– Enugu trade fair organizers have said President Muhammadu Buhari will open the event
– The fair is slated for March 31 – April 10 in the Enugu
– The aim of the fair is to promote Nigeria’s industrial sector
As the entire country awaits the return of President Muhammadu Buhari with bated breath. Organizers of the 28th edition of the Enugu International Trade Fair have said Buhari and the minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, will be special guests.
Rev Ugochukwu Chime, the president of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), revealed this on Tuesday, February 7 in Enugu.
Chime said that the fair would hold between March 31 and April 10 and the theme is: “Promoting Nigeria’s industrial sector and SMEs for inclusive and robust economy.”
It will take place at the Permanent Trade Fair Complex, off the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.
The president said: “It is incumbent, as expected, that the fair will be declared open by His Excellency, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
Rev Chime also explained that a good number of business organisations and government agencies will participate in the fair.
“We wish to acknowledge that a good number of enquiries are being made concerning participation in the fair so far,’’ he said.
Speaking on the preparations put in place, he said that the chamber had enhanced its online platform for registration, exhibition and marketing.
“As part of our efforts to boost the success of the fair, we shall as it is strategic, be commencing the systematic sensitization tours and consolidating our marketing with visits to key stakeholders both in public and private sectors in different parts of the country.
“We have equally put in place measures to ensure stable and quality supply of electricity and water during the fair.
“Relatedly, we shall soon commence the overhaul and maintenance of the two stand-by generator sets in the fair complex, in event of public power failure,’’ he said.
On the issue of security and power supply, the commerce boss said:
“This has become necessary as the weak wooden electric poles used in the initial networking had to be replaced to enhance stable electricity supply.
“We shall continue to gradually replace the wooden poles with concrete poles, particularly those that are weak.
“On security, we are pleased to note, that we have not had any security breach/problem since we started hosting our fairs in the trade fair complex within the Golf Estate area about six years ago.”
Meanwhile many prominent Nigerians have continued to speak on Buhari’s health and when he will return.
A renowned lawyer and senior advocate of Nigeria Femi Falana have condemned President Muhammadu Buhari for not disclosed the status of his health condition to Nigeria.
Falana said Nigerians have the right to know the health status of a sitting president.