By Naomi Uzor
LAGOS â€” TEN member companies under the Nigeria British Chambers ofÂ Commerce (NBCC), are currently exhibiting their products in the ongoing Lagos International Trade Fair.
President of NBCC, Mr Akinnola Akintunde, blamed the low number of member companies in this yearâ€™s fair on economic crisis.
He said the unfriendly business environment made the NBCC to book for only 100 square metres this year, compared to 500 square metres that was usually booked 15 year ago.
â€œSome members of the public may wonder why only 10 companies are exhibiting under the NBCC banner.Â In some years past, we used to have an average of 25 companies in our pavilion. the LCCI may even ask why the chamber booked for only 100sq meters. 15 years ago we occupied 500sq meters.
The answer is not far fetched, the unfriendly business environment has continuously added undue costs to business.Â It is worth to note that a good number of products brought to this fair for exhibition are home made. this shows how the Nigerian people and the private sector are contributing to the economic growth and development of our great countryâ€ he stated.
Akintunde urged the federal government to play its roles in providing infrastructure, security, enabling laws and environment, introducing policies and reforms that are trade and commerce friendly, adding that all Nigerians should put on their thinking cap and provide solutions to our numerous problems, while the government take the real Nigerian businessperson in confidence and dialogue on the way forward.