Ogun 2020 Fish Fair Will Attract 50 International, Local Exhibitors - Olaleye - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS

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Ogun 2020 Fish Fair Will Attract 50 International, Local Exhibitors - Olaleye

 

OGUNCCIMA President, Alhaji Wasiu Olaleye (middle) flanked by Ogun state Director of fisheries, Mrs. (r)  and Director of Commerce, (left)  Mr. Lere Ariyibi addressing journalists on Wednesday at the Trade Fair complex.  

ABEOKUTA - Not less than 50 foreign and local exhibitors have shown interest in the second fish fair exhibition in Ogun state billed to hold between 23 - 27th November, 2020.


The 2020 fish fair themed "The relevance of Fish Production and Processing in increasing the GDP and alleviating unemployment in Nigeria" will hold at the MKO Abiola Trade Fair Complex, Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta. 


Addressing journalists in Abeokuta on Wednesday, the President, Ogun State Council of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA),  Alh. Olaleye Wasiu explained that, the fish fair exhibition is designed for fish farming value chain industries to showcase their products in other to create awareness and to examine the market trend and opportunities available. 


Mr. Olaleye added that, the Fair which is designed for small scale businesses, medium scale and multinationals is geared towards the improvement of the economic status of the people of Ogun state.


Speaking on the theme of the fair, the OGUNCCIMA President noted that, the amount of money expended by the federal government to import fish into the country was too huge, saying awareness on the importance fish farming will help the government to alleviate poverty and unemployment among Nigerians.


"The number of exhibitors we are expecting is huge. If we can have like 50 in the value chain industries it will be good for us. The fair is open to the service providers in the sector, fish sellers, fish farmers,  fresh fish pepper soup sellers, and so on. 


"It will be interesting to note that, we have foreign fish farmers from India who are also going to participate in this fair. 


"No doubt, you will agree with me that, we have unemployment among the youths, poverty is dealing with us. Some Nigerians are living below $1USDollar per day. Fish farming is what we can promote to alleviate poverty in the country. 


"The amount of money federal government use to import fish is huge, therefore, we should produce what we can eat. That is why OGUNCCIMA is joining other private sectors to campaign to improve our economy."


Also speaking, the Ogun state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe who was represented by the Director of Commerce in the Ministry, Mr.  Lere Ariyibi Opaleye said the exhibition was in line with the cardinal point of the present administration in the state. 


Longe said the exhibition unlike other trade fair, is product specific as only fish farmers in the value chain industries would be allowed to showcase their products. 


She therefore commended OGUNCCIMA for bringing the fair during the post covid-19 era, saying it will benefit the youths and the farmers in the state and improve the socio-economic development of the country. 


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