The President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Dr Toki Mabogunje has described the 2020 Lagos International Trade Fair as ‘very successful.’
This was despite the limitations imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic which started in Nigeria in March 2020.
Mabogunje, in her closing remarks during the fair’s closing ceremony said participants at the nine day fair which started on December 4 and ended on Sunday December 13, had rewarding business interactions during the fair.
She said, “Despite the limitations posed by the coronavirus pandemic, we have been able to hold a successful Fair.
“Let me acknowledge the remarkable cooperation and support we received from all concerned as well as the peace that prevailed since the beginning of the event, nine days ago.
“ It is heart-warming to note that participants had rewarding business interactions during the fair.
“I commend and appreciate their resilience and optimism.”
The LCCI president then reiterated the chamber’s call to the government at all levels to continue to address the issue of enabling environment, especially in the area of infrastructure, for the private sector to thrive.
“We need to do this in order to fully harness the huge enterprising resource of domestic and foreign investors for the diversification of our economy and the welfare of our people,” she added.
The LCCI president appreciated the President, Muhammadu Buhari for his presence at the fair in through the minister of Industry Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, adding that the minister was very supportive.
The sent a special not of thanks to the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his disposition and commitment to promoting close collaboration between the state and the organized private sector.
Continuing in her note of thanks she said, “I must thank the Secretary to the Lagos State Government Mrs Folashade Jaji and the Honourable Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Hon Lola Akande for their support and encouragement.
“I would like to express our profound gratitude to all the government agencies that provided useful and important services, which facilitated the staging of the 2020 Lagos International Trade Fair.
“We appreciate the cooperation of Lagos State Safety Commission for their collaboration and support in ensuring the observance of necessary COVID-19 protocols at this fair.
“Let me also express our profound appreciation to our official partners and sponsors. They all will be better acknowledged by the Chairman of the Trade Promotion Board in his vote of thanks.”
She also acknowledged the efforts of the Trade Promotion Board of the Lagos Chamber, under the leadership of the Chairman, Mr Gabriel Idahosa, FCA, adding, “the result of their commitment is the remarkable outcome that we have all witnessed for the past nine days. It is no doubt a very demanding project.”
The nine-day fair which is in its 34th year, held at the Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.
While declaring the fair open, Buhari had said the challenges posed by Covid-19 had made it imperative to accelerate the growth of the industrial sector, adding that the government had concluded plans to revive the Nigerian Industrial Revolution Plan (NIRP.)