Enugu Intn’l Trade Fair: Food vendors experience business boom

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Food vendors are currently making brisk business at the opening of the 29th Enugu International Trade Fair.

According to source, there are no fewer than 40 food vendors so far at the fair.

Most of the vendors sell between N250 and N500 per plate of different variety of foods, especially local delicacies.

Such local delicacies include jollof and stewed rice, native soups, Okpa, local beans and plantain combination popularly called “mixture’’ and tapioca commonly known as `abacha’.

A food vendor, Mrs Joy Obaze, expressed delight that the fair was holding again in the state, adding that it had been a source of blessing to her as she smiled home each day after bountiful sales.

Obaze, who sells local jollof rice and soft drinks, noted that within a short while her food would have finished for the day.

Miss Veronica Umunna, another food seller, said that the large number of artisans and part-time job seekers had made it possible for each of the vendor to have good sales each day.

Umunna, who sells various native soups, said the fair would be an opportunity for her to make more money.

“It has been a season of continuous sales, which is unprecedented in my food-selling experience and I pray for improved sales,’’ she said.

Miss Chidinma Onovo, another food vendor, said that she had been at the fair complex since its preparation last week, adding that sales had been very good.

Onovo, who sells `abacha’ (a local delicacy) said that she made nothing less than N2,500 as profit each day.

The 10-day fair holding at the Golf Course on Enugu-Onitsha Expressway, commenced March 16 and would run to March 26.

The fair is being organized by the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) with the theme, “Engendering the Competitiveness of Nigerian Products in the Global Market’’.

Amaka E. Nliam