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Lagos pledges continued support for SMEs following successful trade fair

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Following the success of the three-day Lagos Tourism and Naija Brand Chick Trade Fair, which concluded on Sunday, the Lagos State Government has reiterated its commitment to supporting Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to foster business growth.

Speaking at the final day of the fair in Ikeja, the Special Adviser to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Arts, Tourism, and Culture, Idris Aregbe, noted the positive impact the event has had on vendors and their businesses.

“The trade fair has significantly improved the lives and businesses of the vendors,” Aregbe said. “Lagos will continue to lead in arts, entertainment, commerce, and industry. This initiative, supported by Governor Sanwo-Olu, has transformed many vendors’ business trajectories, and we are proud of the partnership with Naija Brand Chick.”

The sixth edition of the trade fair, held at White Stone, Oregun, Ikeja, was organized in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Tourism, Arts, and Culture. Thousands of vendors participated, with many praising the government for the opportunity to conduct successful business transactions during the event.

Vendors from various regions, including international participants, expressed their gratitude for the platform. Nelly Agboju, founder of Naija Brand Chick Trade Fair, emphasized the fair’s success in helping business owners grow and connect with customers.

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“On the first day alone, over N300 million was realized,” she said, attributing the success to the partnership with the Lagos State Government.

A cosmetics vendor from Kano State, Bahijja Ahmad Wasai commended the organization of the fair, calling it the best she had ever attended. “The trade fair was fantastic and the best in terms of organization and sales intensity,” she remarked.

A clothing vendor, Blessing Aregbesola echoed this sentiment, describing the experience as wonderful and thanking the Lagos State Government for organizing the event.

Aregbe reaffirmed the government’s dedication to supporting SMEs, stating, “We are committed to growing our naira and supporting SMEs. Any government or brand not supporting SMEs is not ready for business.”

The Lagos Tourism and Naija Brand Chick Trade Fair has set a new standard for trade fairs, with vendors and participants eagerly anticipating future editions. The government’s ongoing support for SMEs is seen as crucial in driving economic growth and innovation in Lagos State.

(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; omayowa@globalfinancialdigest.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)

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