Asiwaju Olaitan Alabi, the chairman 2014 Odua International Trade Fair Planning Committee, has revealed that the Federal Government would be collaborating with Odua Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, ODUACCIMA, for a regional international trade fair, which is expected to attract over 5,000 exhibitors and participants.
Alabi made this known at a press conference held at the MKO Trade Fair Complex, Abeokuta to discuss the trade fair which will take place from November 21 through 30, 2014.
Also at the briefing were the National President of ODUACCIMA, ,Iyalode Alaba Lawson, and other south-west executives, the planning committee chairman explained that, the fair will take place at the Trans Amusement Park, Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital.
According to the chairman, the theme for this year’s trade fair is ‘Promoting Mass Agricultural Production and Agro Processing as a Panacea to Unemployment and Poverty in Nigeria’. He added that the association’s aim is to complement the efforts of various state governments in their bids to revitalise and bring back the lost glory of agriculture through the organisation of annual international trade fairs.
‘ODUACCIMA, an association of all Chambers of Commerce and Industry drawn from all states in the South-West of Nigeria comprising Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti States, is organising this trade fair in collaboration with the Federal Government and the respective state governments’ the chairman stated.
Speaking further, Alaba Lawson enjoined the South-West governors, who jointly own ODUACCIMA, to put aside their political differences which are temporary and face the reality of the permanent economic ties that binds them together in the economic zone.