Ogun Set To Hold 10th Gateway International Trade Fair In April


Ogun State government is set to hold the 10th edition of Gateway International Trade Fair from April 2nd – 12th, 2021 at the MKO Abiola Trade Fair Complex, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.


The trade fair last held in 2018 is being organised by Ogun State Chambers Of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA) and supported by the state government has already enlisted the commitments of major corporate organisations participating at the event.


Among these organisations are Dangote Group, Obasanjo Holdings Limited, Erisco Group, and African Fertilizer Company Limited and amongst, while many Small and Medium Scale businesses have also registered to take part.


Alhaji Wasiu Babatunde Olaleye, President of the OGUNCCIMA stated this at a media briefing held in Abeoukta on Monday whereby the Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe, Iyalode of Yoruba Land, Chief Mrs. Alaba Lawson; Directors from Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, as well as that of the Ministry of Information and many others were in attendance.


Olaleye in his address noted that the trade fair themed ‘Transforming Agriculture and Commerce in a Highly Competitive Global Market’ was chosen on purpose, considering the global economy situation which had grossly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, being the reason for the cancellation of the 2020 edition of the trade fair.


“The present state of the global economy called for more ideas and enduring innovations for our economic transformation and development, especially in the areas of agriculture and commerce in order to meet the demands of the changing economic climate.


“Therefore, this year 2021 Gateway International Trade Fair will be a platform to ventilate innovations and ideas in agriculture and agribusiness as well as giving value to the agricultural outputs and commercially viable goods and services.


“We have already enlisted the commitments of major corporate organisations to participate at the trade fair. These organisations include Dangote Group, Obasanjo Holdings Limited, Erisco Group, and African Fertilizer Company Limited among others. Also, there are many Small and Medium Scale businesses that have registered to participate at the trade fair.


“Aside the Ogun State government, the 20 local governments in the state are supporting us strongly for the trade fair and they would also be participating. We believe that this year’s edition will be an avenue to stimulate the transformation of our economy for better performances at the state and national levels,” he stressed.


Olaleye hereby commended the state Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun for his support in ensuring a conducive environment by reconstructing the perimeter fence around the venue of the trade fair, which was demolished to pave the way for the construction of railway lines by the Federal Government.


In the same vein, the commissioner in her remarks attributed technology and e-commerce as the order of the day, adding that this year trade fair was to challenge various businesses to do more.


She also confirmed that it would benefit from the recently activated African Continental Free Trade Area (AFCFTA) for offtake agreement from various other African countries, thereby increasing their market shares and target markets.


She said: “Processing and adding value to our agricultural products will give more value to our agricultural exports as the trade fair is being hosted. Participants are encourage to take part in order to see the potential of Ogun State products as the leading industrial state in Nigeria.”


In a related development, Chief Alaba Lawson, in her contribution remarked that for development to happen, there’s need for Public-Private Partnership (PPP) to take place.


She appreciated the past Military Administrator of the state, Oladeinde Joseph for erecting the current structure being used by OGUNCCIMA.


While analysing the importance of commerce in the country, Iyalode Alaba Lawson admitted that any nation that can feed her own people is a wise nation.


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