11th Nigeria International Show to Boost Productivity Increase – Organizers

By Ikenna Uwadileke

Organizers of the 11th International Trade Fair/Expo on Thursday in Abuja said the event would provide an avenue to build Nigeria’s productivity capacity.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) to announce the start of the event scheduled for June 21-23 in Abuja, they said that Nigeria needs to increase its productivity to improve the value of the naira.
Describing the theme of the event, “Diversification as a catalyst for our national development”, Mr. Israel Edward, President of Paradise Production, underscored the need for Nigeria to move away from a monoeconomy.
According to him, more than 1,000 participants from 24 countries are expected at the event.
According to him, many inventors and manufacturers come to show the world that we can invent.
“They will let the world know how we can really depend on our own production and create things that we usually thought we couldn’t produce.
“People will come and start buying from us and we’ll get it too.
“The trade show is going to put a lot of strain on the intelligences that we have in this country and it will encourage people to start being creative and being resourceful,” Edward said.
For his part, the co-organizer of the event, Mr. Innocent Ogu, President of African Legacy International, said the need to move the country from a consumer to a production economy necessitated the trade fair .
According to him, we take advantage of this exhibition to interest all sectors of the economy, giving them the opportunity to drive the economy for national development.
“Ministries, departments and agencies, the private sector as well as exhibitors are expected to take advantage of the event to come and showcase their products and day-to-day service delivery.
“It is an avenue to showcase made in Nigeria products and our cultural heritage.
“So we hope that all aspects of the economy with the farmers in the village, the wood makers in the streets, the designers in the workshops, the shoe makers in the factories will all work for national economic growth.
“We are taking advantage of this show to galvanize the country’s productive force to say that our economy can support our national development.
“Our foreign visitors come to interact with our local producers so that our products can attract more attention and get the real value,” Ogu said.
Similarly, Lawrence Nzenagu, National Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Inventors (ANI), said the show will serve as a platform for inventors to make positive impressions.
Nzenagu, however, called on various state governments and corporate bodies to support inventors with a view to promoting knowledge and creating jobs and wealth.
He said that products made in Nigeria are accepted worldwide due to their improved qualities, hence the need to stimulate more customer base.
According to him, the trade fair will provide a platform for inventors and artisans to deepen their market and improve the quality of locally produced goods.
He said “the trade show would be a celebration of success in advancing inventions and products made in Nigeria.” (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Ese E. Eniola Williams

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