By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
TWO Nigerian leading business concerns, Dangote Group of companies and BUA Group of companies are debuting at the 1st edition of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states joint National Trade and Exhibition Fair 2021.
The ten days event to be hosted by the Sokoto state Chamber of Commerce , Industry, Mines and Agriculture (SOCCIMA)
with the theme: ” Repositioning and Restructuring of Non -Oil Sector as Key alternative Source of Exonomic Development of Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States and the Nation” will also feature participation of a number of companies.
SOCCIM President , Alhaji Mu’azu Bello Magajin Rafi hinted a group of reporters at the weekend in Sokoto.
According to Bello, preparations were ongoing as pavilions of various companies and businesses that have signified interest to participate have started taking shapes.
He said the essence of the fair was to enhance , harness and promote better business links and partnership towards investing in non oil sector of the economy by the three states.
” We want to practically ensure the showcasing of our mineral potentials for as well explore avenues for profitable investments partnership with other organised business concerns to boost he economies of he three states and Nigeria as a whole”, he said.
He said ” Dangote and BUA Groups are participating as key sponsors of the fair. We have UBA and CAC, NADDC which is expected to showcase made in Nigeria vehicles as well the latest innovation of electric driven vehicle .”
The SOCCIMA President explained that all local governments across the three states and some trade friendly states have signified interest to participate including from Gombe.
Though, while disclosing that SOCCIMA has also established contacts with a Department in the Federal Ministry for participation said the official Flagg date for the event was being arranged ” You know that the fair can open but the official flag off will be different which we are working towards.”
On security and observance of the NDDC protocols on Covid-19, Bello said the organisers had made proper and adequate arrangement by liaising with security agencies even as they were aware that it can affect the event.
” We have strategised with security agencies and we advise that participants should avoid carrying cash on transit. There will be adequate surveillance and secured mobile banking transactions. But we don’t hope to envisage anything negative to happen.
” As for Covid-19, we will keep emphasising on the basic protocols of using PPEs as well manage situations as it should as to the observance of regulations accordingly”, he assured.
He however, said the fair would avail participating companies and businesses to evolve some responsive practical measures of investing resources in harnessing the potentials of the non oil sector adding ” it is not an even of buying and selling but to establish a sustained business partnership that would revive our economies for large scale production capacity.