From Maurice Okafor, Enugu.
The Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Marian Katagum has assured that the Federal Government will look inwards on how to update the facilities at Enugu International trade fair complex site, so it can have a befitting international standard.
Katagum gave the good news after an inspection of the Enugu International trade fair ground as she attended the opening ceremony of the on-going 31st Enugu International trade fair.
She instructed that two officials from Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), the organisers of the annual event should proceed to Abuja, immediately after the fair to hold talks with the ministry on how to advance the course of Enugu International trade fair site.
The non completion and provision of facilities at Enugu International trade fair complex to make it attain a desired status of an international trade fair complex site has been a pain on the neck of officials of Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), with every administration repeating the appeal at the beginning of every trade fair.
THE AUTHORITY checks revealed that the neglect of the trade fair complex has impacted negatively on the fair
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Governor of Enugu State, Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi disclosed that his administration has appropriated the sum of N3.4 billion in the 2020 budget for establishment of Small and Medium sized industry in each of the 17 local government areas in Enugu state.
He stressed that the sum of N200 million is allotted to each of the local government for this singular purpose.
Ugwuanyi said that eight brand of agricultural products including ‘Coal city rice’ registered by his administration will be launched soon.
His words: “Our administration has continued to function as business and investment enabler through the provision of secure operating environment for business/investment, consistent and favourable policies, facilitation of all bureaucratic process for starting and doing business, friendly tax regime, provisional regulatory oversight etc”.