By Udo Ibuot
THE President of the Christian Booksellers Association Nigeria, CBAN, Mrs Modupe Ehirim, has said that its major focus in the next three years will be on training for the empowerment of its members.
Mrs. Ehirim told newsmen, at the end of the two-day Marketsquare Africa-Nigeria Convention organised by the association, that bookselling was a profession.
According to her, â€œIn Europe and United States of America, if you want to engage in retailing, you would have to take a degree in retailing. If it is in buying, you would have to get a degree in buying. We want to be professionals.
â€œOur focus will be on building of the capacity of owners and employees in the book industries.â€
Speaking on the gains of the Marketsquare Africa- Nigeria convention which was focused on training of publishers and booksellers, Ehirim noted that there would be improved profitably, sound customer relations, and improved abilities to sell books, stressing that it would also engender networking between retailers and distributors
She said that during the convention, foreign publishers were taken round the local bookstores where they assessed the various challenges facing Christian booksellers in Nigeria.