200 exhibitors for NASSI fair

To provide awareness for its members’ products, the Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI), MSMEs, Lagos chapter is set to hold its sixth trade fair.

The event, billed for the Digital Institute, Oshodi, according to the association’s Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC), Peter Popoola, has 200 exhibitors registered.

He noted that small scale industries were the backbone of an economy, especially Nigeria’s where they made up over 80 per cent of it and contribute significantly to its gross domestic product as well as provide jobs.

Popoola, who is also NASSI’s Vice Chairman, said the group’s members faced a lot of challenges such as lack of patronage, poor power supply and access to finance.

NASSI Lagos Chairman Mrs. Getrude Aikhimien said the government, as the biggest spender, should assist its members by buying their goods. She, however, thanked the Lagos State Government for its assistance over the years and for sponsoring the fair.

She noted that SMES were the backbone of the economy and that if they were not selling their products, it would have a spiral effect on the eceonomy. She listed the benefits of the fair as: more patronage, free training and access to funds. She appealed to hotel owners and other big businesses to partner NASSI members.

She added the symposium and training at the fair were free for participants.
At the event were Director of Commerce, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperative, Lagos State, Mrs Titilayo Adesina, who represented the commissioner; Manager, Lagos, Bank of Industry, Uche Nwachukwu, SMEDAN DG representative, Mr Bunmi Dawodu and Ismael Lawal of GIZ GOPA. Mrs Adesina pledged the government’s commitment to the fair. She noted its assistance to the group over the years.

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