The President of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mining and Agriculture (ECCIMA), Jasper Nduagwuike, lamented the poor condition of the Enugu International Trade Fair complex, saying that for 33 years , ECCIMA has appealed for the completion of the complex. , which has remained 18% complete since the 1980s.
Nduagwuike made his feelings known in his welcome address during the opening ceremony of the 33rd Enugu International Trade Fair held on Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at the permanent site of the trade fair complex, Golf Estate , GRAEnugu.
The president called on the federal government to give the permanent site a facelift.
He said: ‘This is the 33rd time we have implored the federal government in a 37 year period for this complex which has remained 18% complete since the 1980s to receive at least a facelift.
“We made several visits to Abuja to bring this matter back to our line ministry. However, probably due to lack of funds, nothing was done.
“This fair is supposed to be an international trade fair, which means it is the country Nigeria that is featured with this chamber as the host. This means that whatever impression people leave here will be the impression they will have of Nigeria and not of ECCIMA. That being so, we again pray that at least some structures such as the exhibition hall and the administrative complex are put in place to increase our bargaining power when negotiating PPP projects.
“But until that is done, the House has decided to take its destiny into its own hands, and I can assure you that by the special grace of God and the co-operation of public-minded individuals and perhaps the Government, the The 34th Enugu International Trade Fair will be declared open in a brand new pavilion. So you might want to take note of how this place is as this is the last time you will see it like this. For those who hear this call, a gold memorial plaque will be erected in their honor and where donated funds can build the pavilion, the pavilion will bear the person’s name.
“To be very clear, you must understand that every kobo donated to this cause serves to clean up the image of the country in front of the international community.
“I deeply believe that for us at the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, it is still morning on the day of creation. God willing, by next year, this Fair will truly assume its international status since more than twenty countries have already expressed their desire to participate in the 34th edition. In our view, things can only get better.
The President expressed his gratitude to God for the 33rd Enugu International Trade Fair and hinted that the current administration will strive for relevance, excellence and visibility.
His words: “When this current administration was inaugurated on February 5, 2022, we made it clear that our House will no longer be ritualistic in doing things the way it has always been done. We have affirmed that our pursuit will be relevance, visibility and excellence.
“We immediately set out to achieve these objectives. We are proud to say that we have already started realizing some of them. Without a doubt, we have become more relevant and visible, attracting sponsorship from reputable companies like Dangote and Nigeria Breweries Plc for the first time in a very long time. When it comes to excellence, I’m sure when you walked into the fairgrounds, you must have noticed some very obvious changes that point to our pursuit of excellence.
“Without a doubt, we still have a very long way to go, but we are encouraged to have taken the first steps towards realizing the social contract that we have entered into with our members and the general public.
He observed that “Nigeria’s economy is slowly growing after the universal devastation caused by COVID 19 and complicated by the recent conflict between Russia and Ukraine.”
Nduagwuike was pleased that the government’s response to this position has been proactive and that the resilience of our people has kept us at the forefront.
“As a result, Enugu State has not only continued to prosper but has remained one of the most peaceful states in the country. It is to this and to Almighty God that we owe our ability to host this fair for the 33rd time, Nduagwuike said.
He thanked Governor Ugwuanyi, Deputy Governor Ezeilo and all who graced the occasion for their support.
In his speech, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Ms. Cecilia Ezeilo, congratulated ECCIMA for organizing the fair. He noted that ECCIMA has remained “a key player in the Nigerian economy, especially the economy of the South East Zone of Nigeria by hosting the prestigious Enugu International Trade Fair year after year.
He said the theme of the fair, “Opening Nigerian Trade Windows for Competitiveness in the Emerging Global Market, was appropriate.
“To accomplish the much-desired recovery and accelerated development, the Nigerian economy must become globally competitive by demonstrating its ability and resilience to meet growing global demand and sustain exports.
“The economy must create and develop the set of institutions, policies and factors that continually raise levels and improve the well-being of all.
He expressed the hope that the 33rd Fair will help open up new vistas to improve the global competitiveness of the Nigerian economy through the creation of opportunities for increased innovation, technological collaboration, human capital development, construction resilient business partnerships and general trade facilitation.
“The Enugu State Government recognizes the private sector as a key development partner, with sincere appreciation of its indispensable contributions to job creation, provision of essential goods and services, income generation and building mutually beneficial partnerships,” he said. .
The Governor urged all entrepreneurs to build close relationships with the Ease of Doing Business office to help them overcome issues that affect starting a business.
There were goodwill messages from the Federation Government Secretary, Boss Mustapha, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, General Services, Dr. Moris Mbaeli, Permanent Secretary, State Ministry of Trade and Industry from Enugu, Dr. Godwin Anigbo, National Chairman, NACCIMA, Ide John Udeagbala, who was represented by the Chairman, South East Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mining and Agriculture, (SECCIMA), Dr.Humphrey Ngaonadi, respectively.
They urged participants to maximize the opportunity offered by the Fair to engage in business discussions and transactions.