The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA, is set to revive the moribund Trade Fair Complex located in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
To achieve the task, the construction of over 300 lock-up shops has been completed as first phase, while regular market activities is scheduled to commence soon.
The Deputy National President of the association, Alaba Lawson, stated this on Saturday in Abeokuta at a press conference in preparation for trade exhibition for women entrepreneurs across Africa slated to hold between December 7and 16 at the M.K.O Abiola Trade Fair Complex, Abeokuta.
She added that the plan was the initiative of NACCIMA Businesswomen Group to promote women entrepreneurs in the country.
Ms. Lawson explained that the Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs Exhibition, NIWEX, 2015 edition is tagged: “Promoting Women Entrepreneurs Through Networking” while the exhibition is focusing on how to synchronise women economic potentials towards boosting nation’s economic development and promoting women in business.
She said the sixth edition of NIWEX would avail women entrepreneurs opportunities of growing their businesses by exploring available chances provided by government through its drive to diversify the nation’s economy.
Ms. Lawson emphasised that women entrepreneurs represented “a large untapped source of innovation, job creation and economic growth,” adding that through engagement in useful and productive activities, women have significant roles to play in growing the nation’s economy.
She, however, appealed to government at all levels to provide enabling environment that “would encourage women to venture into entrepreneurial activities through creation of centres for women entrepreneurial development, skills acquisition, right economic policies, programmes for effective business networking and financial support programmes.”
She also disclosed that NACCIMA Businesswoman Group put the exhibition together in collaboration with ECOWAS Federation of Business Women Entrepreneurs and an initiative the wife of the Ogun State Governor, Funso Amosun.