Artisans profit good as Enugu Intn’l Trade Fair begins

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Activities are in top gear for the 29th Enugu International Trade Fair holding in the state between March 16 and March 26.

The Fair, hosted by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA), will have various exhibition stands.

According to source, artisans were seen on Wednesday erecting sheds and exhibition stands for various participants at the fair.

More than 40 artisans were erecting make-shift stands and had erected about 52 stands as well as painting and electrical wiring for exhibitors at the 10-day fair.

Mr Mike Okechukwu, a carpenter, said that each moderate make-shift stand cost as much as between N215,000 and N250,000 to make.

“The cost varies due to the type of painting and electrical finishing the company or participant that owns the make-shift stand wants.

“I have built four of this since last week when I came to start work here,’’  Okechukwu said.

Another carpenter, Mr Hamza Sule, said “I have been around for two weeks to ensure that deliveries are made of the three make-shift stands contracted to me.

“It has been hectic but I just have to deliver since the fair is barely 72 hours from now.

“I must justify why I left my family in Lagos to deliver these projects and I believe before the end of tomorrow, I must have finished the painting of the third make-shift stand.’’

The fair is themed; “Engendering the Competitiveness of Nigerian Products in the Global Market’’.

Amaka E. Nliam