Lagos Trade Fair: Exhibitors express mixed feelings over patronage


Fair held at Tafawa Balewa Square.

Some exhibitors at the 2013 Lagos International Trade Fair holding at Tafawa Balewa Square, TBS, Lagos, on Sunday, expressed mixed reactions over patronage.

While some said sales were poor, others said they managed to get people interested in continuing business relationships with them after the fair.

One of the exhibitors at the Akwa Ibom stand, Godswealth Henry of Jekon Integrated Farms, however said his outing was impressive.

“Visitors to our stand and patronage in terms of sales and prospective investors are encouraging. I am happy to be at the 2013 Lagos Trade Fair. The idea of the Akwa Ibom Ministry of Commerce bringing us to participate is being achieved,” he said.

Another exhibitor at the Cameroon stand and managing director, GIC Laboratoire Gefeh, manufacturers of herbal medicine, Ngwei George, said visitors had been enlightened on the efficacy of herbal products.

“Our products are made from tree roots, leaves or seeds and we work with Ministry of Health, Cameroun. All the products on exhibition are certified by the Cameroun Government laboratories,” he said.

According to him, his greatest sales and patronage were on sex enhancement products.

An exhibitor at the Abia State stand, Cosmos Onyeibe, however, said sales were poor and that the stand was too small to accommodate about 17 exhibitors that came with the state government.

“We are not happy with the 2013 Lagos Fair. See, this stand is too small; we are 17 exhibitors and we do not have enough room to exhibit our goods.

“Besides, we came to sell and we have not done that. So, we are not happy at all,” he said.

The patronage at the Ghana, Egypt, Indonesia and India stands was good in terms of sales and investors while China Pavilion was a beehive of activities with visitors and prospective investors.

The 10-day 2013 Lagos Trade Fair which started on November 1 had the theme, Harnessing Trade Potentials for an Inclusive Economy.


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