Aiming to achieve a target of US$6 billion in earnings from the leather sector, the Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) is reported to have set up a training programme for young people which will focus on manufacturing different leather goods. Speaking during a three-day leather exhibition held in Lagos, Segun Awolowo, Managing Director, NEPC, said the skills gap identified in the sector led to the creation of a capacity training programme for leather products manufacturing and exports, which will emphasise quality over quantity, product branding and business management skills.

Since the 1970s Nigeria has become an oil-dependent economy but the drop in global oil prices in 2015 exposed the vulnerability of its oil industry. Now Africa’s most populous country is said to be looking to diversify its industries.

Source: The Nation/CNN