MTN leads investors, entrepreneurs to Abeokuta as Odu’a trade exhibitions begin


mtn-nigeriaThe telecom giant, MTN Nigeria has been listed as part of both local and foreign investors and manufacturing companies that will exhibit wares, goods and services at the 18th Joint Odu’a trade fair scheduled to begin Tuesday (today) at the MKO Abiola International Trade Fair Complex in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.

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The Joint Odu’a trade fair with the theme: “Connecting business beyond barriers for effective growth,” starting from November 12 to 25, according to the organisers, will feature various manufacturing companies, entrepreneurs and service providers, including MTN, a host of manufacturers from Ogun Guangdong FTZ, Igbesa, All Farmers’ Association, and Standards Organisation of Nigeria among other participants.

Speaking on the joint trade fair, Nureni Ogunbayo, Chairman, Joint Planning Committee disclosed that about 137 local government areas across the six states of the South West and more than 100 manufacturing companies will showcase their products at the event, adding that the fair would provide a platform where entrepreneurs could showcase their goods and services as well as interact with stakeholders from different sectors.

Ogunbayo said the Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Ekiti, Oyo and Lagos States Council of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture organised the event with the full support of their respective state governments, just as he revealed that the earlier moribund Joint Odu’a trade fair was revived by Ogun state government to re-position the Southwest economy and spur all-round social economic development.

“The Odua Joint Trade Fair had been suspended for a long time but now we are resuscitating it. We are expecting participants from agro-allied industries, manufacturers, small and medium enterprises to come and showcase all their produce. We want all the local governments of the six states to showcase all our natural resources in the state”, he said.

Also speaking, the President, Odua Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ODUACCIMA), Alaba Lawson, declared that the fair would boost the economy of the state by showcasing local manufacturers, calling for the removal of all trade barriers militating against economic growth in Southwest in order to ensure effective growth of the economy.

But, Bimbo Ashiru, Ogun commissioner for commerce and industry said that government was putting up enabling environment for the success of the resuscitated Joint Odu’a trade fair, adding that Ogun state government was supporting the trade fair as part of its efforts to engender economic development in the whole Southwest region, especially in Ogun state which is one of the economic nerve centres of the region.


Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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