Business activities still low as Lagos Trade Fair enters Day 2

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Business activities were still on at a slow pace at many stands on Saturday as the Lagos International Trade Fair entered its second day.

Some visitors at the Tafawa Balewa Square venue of the fair, said the economic situation in the country could take its toll on this year’s event, though it was just in its second day.

They spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews at the venue.

Mr Dare Kelvin, a Civil Servant, told NAN that the economic situation could affect the influx of people to buy goods at the fair.

“The economy is the cause why people don’t come in to buy; people are not happy.

“Happiness comes when one is buoyant and able to come out and do basic things for himself, and by the time this is not happening, this kind of situation is what you will find,” he said.

Mrs Komolafe Peters, an Evangelist, said the level of unemployment in the country, could have an effect on the fair.

“Many Nigerians are not working, those who are working are not well paid or under paid and this cannot even meet their basic needs.

” So, with which money will they come here with to buy things?”

Mrs Virginia Okoro, a former Staff of Bank of Industry, suggested that government should improve the economic productivity and create opportunities for its citizens.

“What I mean is that government should invest in human capital potential and create jobs for women and young people.

” They should also increase financial access for people,” she said.

NAN reports that some exhibitors were seen still setting up their stands at the venue.

Visitors to many stands were seen just window shopping.

Queues were, however, seen at one of the stands where free noodles were being offered and at another Maggi stand where they got freebies.

NAN also reports that few banks have registered their presence at the complex.

UBA, Stanbic IBTC and First Bank were among those with stands.

International companies like HAVILAH Processing Company, Canada, Japan Motors, SUNSHINE Group Limited had also registered their presence at the fair.

The fair will end on Nov.10.

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