First Nsukka trade fair opens

Cyril Okonkwo, Nsukka

The first Nsukka trade fair opened in Enugu state, South east Nigeria on Wednesday with manufacturers and service providers from different parts of the country exhibiting their products and services.

Organised by the Nsukka Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, NSCCIMA, the trade fair is aimed at providing a forum for manufacturers and service providers to showcase their products , in the university town,

Speaking at the opening of the trade fair, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi said the fair would boost economic growth in Enugu State.

He said his administration was committed in its support of business ventures that would
promote opportunities for both local and international businesses to expand the state’s economic potential.

Ugwuanyi  said the fair, which has its theme: “Promoting SMEs and Agriculture for National Recovery”, would : “provide the platform for the identification and harnessing of business and investment opportunities in the state, especially in the areas of agriculture and agro-allied ventures and small and medium enterprises.”

The governor also added that the event was consistent with the administration’s policies to attract investment and create business opportunities for the state’s economic growth and quest for diversification of its economy.

Gov. Ugwuanyi reassured the people of the state of his commitment to develop the entire state, enjoining the people of Enugu West Senatorial district to organize a similar fair so that the three senatorial districts will exploit the inherent benefits of trade fairs for the overall interest of the state.

The President of NSCIMMA, Dr. Basil Onugu, said that the mission of the association was to promote business and economic development in the state in general and Nsukka zone in particular in order to create wealth and jobs through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Also speaking, the rector of the Institute of Management and Technology, Prof. Austin Nweze, while identifying with the noble vision of the fair, commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for his remarkable leadership

Other dignitaries that spoke at the event include the Senator representing Enugu North Senatorial district, Chukwuka Utazi; former Minister of Information, Mr Nnia Nwodo, Council chairmen, traditional rulers, and others.