By Dennis Agbo
ENUGU- THE Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture, ECCIMA has told Nigerians that apart from the election temperaments, they need to be upbeat about economic affairs.
The chamber stated its concern on the issue of deepening democracy in Nigeria, noting that it was only with a thriving economy and free enterprise that the nation’s democracy would be rooted and sustained.
It also said that economic programs such as Trade fairs provide cleavages to gauge the economic outlook of the country, with its associated risks and opportunities to make informed business and investment decisions.
President of ECCIMA, Sir Emeka Udeze made the remarks Tuesday, while unveiling programs for the 30th Enugu International Trade Fair slated for April 5 and 15th 2019.
He stated that thriving economy could only be achieved by unleashing the industrial sector, both oil and non oil sectors of the economy for value chain and development of the economy.
Udeze said that “eventhough we are in the twilights of election/democratic transition, yet we need to be upbeat about our economic affairs because the economy remains the centre piece of our survival, growth and development.”
He disclosed focal points of this year’s trade fair to include deepening the use of social media as a marketing mix in promoting the fair; boosting technological advancements by encouraging participation of researchers, innovators and creative thinkers.
“The fair would also get more credence and attention towards boosting the agricultural sector and particularly commercial farming as the much needed job creation and food security.
“We shall be providing amenable environment for the hosting of the fair as we shall continue to update facilities in the trade fair complex,” Udeze reassured.