Chamber of commerce urge to introduce cultural displays at trade fair



The Enugu State Ministry of Commerce and Industry has urged the State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) to introduce cultural displays and entertainments at its trade fair.

The Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Dr Moses Otiji, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday that such a move would enliven the various Special Days and State Days at the fair.

Otiji said that cultural displays would also help to draw more participants as well as increase the patronage of businesses at the fair.

“It is a known fact that people want to go where they are thrilled; and infusing cultural displays and entertainment would be a great way to lure more people to the fair and increase patronage.

“As a ministry, we would talk with the chamber to allow us bring cultural troupes and other ingenious display groups in Enugu State to come and enliven the fair and make it a memorable one for the participants,’’ he said.

A Ghanaian exhibitor, Mrs Celestina Bonsu, urged the Chamber to explore more ways of reaching out and getting more ingenious textile and designers of artifacts to the fair.

Bonsu suggested that the fair should give greater attention to exhibitors that come to display Made-in-Nigeria and Africa wares in order to encourage growth of local cottage industries.

“Today, most of our textiles and artifacts are being envied world over due to their peculiar designs, their genuineness and durability.

“The Chamber should exploit this and give our locally-made wares the pride of place they deserve,’’ she told NAN.
She, however, lauded the chamber for a successful fair.

Bonsu said, “I believe that the 2017 fair would be bigger and better than the success recorded this year.’’

The theme of the fair was: “Diversification of the Nation’s Economy: From Rhetoric to Coordinated Action.’’

The 11-day fair, which commenced on Friday, March 25, lasted till Monday, April 4.

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