2002 Lagos International Trade Fair

The 2002 Lagos International Trade Fair

(Organised By The Lagos Chamber of Commerce & Industry)  Date: 1st November - 10th November 2002
Sub Site Sponsored By Chivalry Merchant & Brokers Ltd.
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Day 10 - Sunday, 10th Nov 2002

10 Glorious Days of Commerce and Networking, as Trade Fair Ends

The 22nd Lagos International Trade Fair came to a close today. From a humble background in 1980, the annual fair has become the most popular and widely participated trade show in Nigeria and indeed Africa. This year's events took a different turn with noticeable increase in exhibitors/participants and an astronomical leap in the visitors. The people that visited the fair today is in the neighbourhood of 65,000. Without doubt this year fair recorded the largest participation and visitors compared to its predecessors.

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly picking the First Prize winnerLagos State took the centre stage today at the fair ground. With a pavilion that caught the fancy of many. The host State bagged an award for having the best State pavilion among other States. The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mr. Babatunde Balogun received the award on behalf of the State. Lagos State indigenes and ministry officials were conspicuous at their event, many of the "Iya Ekos" (Lagos women) were gorgeously dressed with headgears competing for space, and these women rendered local songs at intervals to entertain guests. The Honourable Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Mamowora, ably represented the Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, at the occasion.

Immediately after the Lagos State Day, the franchisee of the ticketing and marketing of this year's fair, Chivalry Merchant and Brokers Limited, led by their General Manager, Mr. Gboyega Oloniyo presented the stub of the tickets of all visitors to the fair from day 1 to 10 for the raffle draw. In the history of the Lagos International Trade Fair, this is the first time a raffle draw will be organised and winners drawn from the ticket numbers of visitors to the fair. The Speaker, Honourable Mamowora drew the winner of the Volkswagen Bora saloon car being the first prize. The second prize winner, a return flight ticket to South Africa was drawn by the President of the LCCI, Chief John A. Odeyemi and the third winner was drawn by the Chairman Trade Fair Board, Dr. Herbert Ademola Ajayi, the winner goes home with a brand new generating set.

Shuttle buses at the 2002 Lagos Trade FairThe closing ceremony of the fair started around 2.00 pm with the two main addresses delivered by the Chairman, Trade Fair Board, Dr. H Ademola Ajayi and the President, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Chief John A. Odeyemi. The ceremony was spiced by a cultural display, which was followed by the inspection of Pavilions. The German pavilion bagged the best foreign exhibitor award, with the UAC carting home the foreign conglomerate award and some media houses bagging various categories of awards. The Lagos State Speaker delivered the Governors speech and the special guests were ushered to the LCCI focus centre where a short press conference was held.

Many people have different opinions about the just concluded Trade Fair. Some see more of the failings of the LCCI in the area of inadequate utilities like water, toilets, electricity, telephone and waste disposal facilities. All these imperfections was admitted by the Chairman, Trade Fair Board, but he says it could be worse and people should look forward for a better organised fair come 2003. These problems, he attributes to the difficult terrain of this year's venue and he believes things will be improved soon.

On the other hand, the fair this year grossed the highest number of exhibitors/participants. A high number of 'illegal' hawkers and exhibitors were recorded to have boosted the figures. Inspite of the bad road to the International Trade Fair Complex along Badagry Expressway, Lagos, the fair witnessed one of the largest turnouts of visitors in the history of the Lagos International Trade Fair. The provision of shuttle buses greatly reduced the burden of visitors to the fair. This feat was made possible by the franchise given to City Buses by the LCCI.

Another positive effect of the present fair ground is the ample space, which allowed the exhibitors, and visitors more elbow room. With a total space of 70,000sqm, the International Trade Fair Complex along Badagry Expressway is far bigger than the Tafawa Balewa Square, venue of the Lagos International Trade Fair, for the past 6 years with just 40,000sqm.

If the LCCI can maintain the momentum of its achievements this year,
subsequent fairs will turn out very successful. Though, a lot of organisation is needed especially in carving out sections for exhibitors in the same sector, this will allow for easy identification of a visitor's interest and also guarantee better security. For example, the banks need a more secluded section on the fair ground to ensure the safety of their depositors and customers that came to withdraw funds.

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