As we are all aware, a major component of the change agenda of the present Administration is the prioritization of the diversification of Nigeria’s economy. The roadmap out of our nation’s present single commodity export market can only be through the promotion and marketing of our other indigenous products. It is to this effect that Senator Enyinnaya H. Abaribe organized the 4TH edition of made-in-Aba fair in Abuja as his zonal intervention project in partnership with Small & Medium Enterprises Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN).

The fair which is aimed at enhancing the patronage of locally made goods was declared open on Monday 6th March 2017 at the Arts and craft village zone 4 and is to run for 5 days with over 100 exhibitors from different sectors of businesses all the way from Aba.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the FCT Minister Mallam Muhammed Bello ably represented by the Ag Managing Director Mallam Arabi Muhammed Tukur stated that the FCT Administration is ready to collaborate with Aba business men in our effort to build an indigenous industrial base for the FCT economy. The Abuja Enterprise agency is our arrowhead for promoting indigenous entrepreneurship and economic empowerment for our teaming youths.

“The agency has evolved a One-Village-One-Product (OVOP) Scheme aimed at assisting rural farmers in the development of cottage industries on crops where they enjoy a comparative advantage over others. Product covered already include: Shea butter, cassava, ginger, honey and bee farming among other. Similarly the agency is promoting entrepreneurship among our youths and fresh graduates through various means including organizing business plan competition.

Another agency of the FCT Administration that would be of interest to you is the Abuja Investment Company Limited, which is the Administrations major driver for investment partnerships. Through these agencies, our doors are open for all business men that seek to invest in the Territory” said the Minister.

The Senate President Dr Bukola Saraki who was represented by Senator Bala Ibn Na-Allah encouraged the business men to be more productive as he is impressed by the products exhibited. He further encouraged them to improve on the quality of their products so as to enable them to compete with other products in the world.

Dikko Umar Radda, Director General SMEDAN on his own part assures the general public that adequate arrangement has been made to guarantee their safety during the entire duration of the fair and also to give free Business Clinic at the fair ground.

By Asiya Sani Sulaiman