The fourth edition of Made-in-Aba trade fair in Abuja kicked off on Monday 6th of March 2017 at the Art & Craft village opposite Sheraton Hotel, Abuja. The fair will hold from 6th-10th of March 2017. The fair which is organized to showcase locally manufactured goods in the country is an annual event put together by the made in Aba group and the small and medium enterprises development agency.
The senate president, Bukola Saraki in his remark during the opening event, commended the effort of Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe for his commitment in hosting the trade fair.
Saraki assured that the National Assembly will continue to do everything within its powers to provide enabling environments for domestic manufacturers and service providers to thrive
Here is his full remark;
“It gives me great pleasure to be here today to declare open this session of the Made in Aba Trade Fair.
“I would like to congratulate, my friend, and colleague, Distinguished Senator Abaribe, for his foresight and devotion for continuing this renowned event. The dedication to continue this initiative, has taken the Made in Aba Fair from being a local event, to being a National event of worthy recognition. It is my hope that soon, Made in Nigeria, and Made in Aba, will become internationally recognized and respected.
“Many of you will recall, that last year, when I visited this same Trade Fair with my Distinguished Colleagues from the 8th Senate, we promised that the Senate would continue to do everything in our power to ensure that Nigerian businesses and manufacturers begin to enjoy more patronage from the Federal Government.
“This is precisely what we have done. With the amendment of the Public Procurement Act, which has passed final reading in the Senate, and is making its way through the House of Representatives. We are in the process of making it easier for manufacturers and entrepreneurs around the country to benefit from the over N2 trillion in government procurement contracts.
“Additionally, my Office, has launched the Made in Nigeria Challenge, which is aimed at showcasing the innovative ideas of Nigerian businesses. Through this challenge, which is still ongoing, we hope to identify goods, services and other products that can be matched with investors and government agencies, to further the plight of our homegrown businessmen and women.
“Today, as I see the various goods on display, I stand here reassured that ‘Made in Nigeria’ can truly and fully drive us towards the path of economic sustainability and prosperity.
“On our part, we in the Nigerian Senate, and the National Assembly as a whole, will continue to do everything within our mandate and powers to ensure that our domestic manufacturers and service providers have the enabling environment that they need to thrive. Working with the Federal Government, we will push for improved infrastructure, financial investment and technology to boost our domestic manufacturing value chain.
“We are partners in this process; we will continue to be partners. I believe in Made in Nigeria, I believe in Made in Aba. The possibilities ahead of us are endless.
God bless you all. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
He says the goods produced in Aba and by extension Nigeria are capable of competing with those produced anywhere in the world. Goods of various kinds including clothes, shoes, beads and other domestic product are in display.
Dignitaries including Service Chiefs, members of the National Assembly and members of the diplomatic corps are all on hand to grace the event.