President Goodluck Jonathan on Sunday called on the over 1,500,000 visitors from within and outside the country to to avail themselves of every available opportunities at the 27th edition of the Lagos International Trade Fair to support the Federal Government in the ongoing transformation agenda.
Jonathan was speaking to a large assemblage of businessmen, investors, consumers, top government officials and representatives of Nigeria’s important trading houses and those seeking joint-venture partnerships.
Jonathan informed investors of the milestone breakthrough opportunities the Federal Government made at the weekend by handling over the former Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) facility to private investors to provide constant electricity for the nation’s industrial sector
Minister for Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, who spoke on behalf of Jonathan, stressed that with the conducive environment put in place by the Federal Government by allowing private investors to boost the nation’s economy with constant power supply, “the needed opportunities have been given to the private sector to restore the lost glory of the Nigerian industrial sector.”
It would be recalled that Jonathan while declaring open the Lagos International trade fair on Friday at the main Arena of Tafawa Balewa Square, declared that the Federal Government will in no distant time, take the issue of concessioning of the fair complex to the court for revocation of the contract as the concessionaire has not performed to expectation
Meanwhile, the President of LCCI, Goodie Ibru, while addressing newsmen on the progress recording in the 10-day trade fair on Sunday, called local and on international investors coming to the fair to avail themselves of the opportunities provided by the fair to boost investment in the nation’s economy
He said: “This 2013 Lagos International Trade Fair, which is staged with the support and co-operation of the federal and the state governments, covers all aspects of business and economic activities in Nigeria, as it offers a unique exposition for manufacturers, suppliers, buyers and users of a wide range of goods and services as well as opportunities for investment and trade promotion”.
He noted that over 800 of such exhibitors are local companies, while 200 are foreign exhibitor companies from countries like Brazil, China, Ghana, United Kingdom, European Union countries.
“The fair is a platform for national and cross-border communication, perspective, and discussions on the location and regional development in Africa.
“The event offers the opportunity to introduce new concepts, pioneering strategies and projects and discuss them”, he added.
Source : The Best Nigeria Forum