BY ANDREW IKEHI/FARVOUR NZEI/NDIDI ONYEKPE
NATIONAL Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry has approved November 15-28, this year for the hosting of Trade Fair in Delta State.
The President, Delta Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (DACCIMA), Chief Uju Udume who disclosed this in an interview with The POINTER, said plans are already in top gear to ensure the successful hosting of the trade fair, come November this year as approved by NACCIMA
“DACCIMA has been able to put Delta Trade Fair in the road map of NACCIMA. NACCIMA is the only body in conjunction with the Federal Ministry of Commerce and Industry that can give date for the hosting of Trade Fairs in the country. And our own-Delta State has been fixed for November 15-28, 2012. To that effect, we have forwarded a letter to the state Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Eweta Uduaghan to look at how we can get support from the state government in hosting the trade fair”
He said DACCIMA has been liaising with the State Ministry of Commerce and Industry towards ensuring adequate renovation of some of the structures at the State Trade Fair Complex in Osubi, adding that plans are also on to contract a consultant that would manage the Fair which he maintained would be one of the best in the country.
He explained that the Trade Fair which would attract investors and exhibitors from within and outside the state is critical at this time in the state as according to him, it will boost the state government’s poise to attract both local and foreign investors into the state to drive its vision of “Delta Beyond Oil”
On the proposed Entrepreneurial Resource Centre for Unemployed Youths in the state which he said earlier would be established in partnership with the Delta State Polytechnic, Ozoro, the DACCIMA Boss assured that there is no going back on the plans as according to him, the Chamber is already in the process of signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Delta State Polytechnic Ozoro for the successful take-off of the programme.
He said the MoU, when fully signed, would ensure the smooth take-off of the programme which he stressed would expose interested participants to six months entrepreneurial training.