From Laide Raheem, Abeokuta

The Ogun State Government has said that the 13th Gateway International Trade Fair will commence on April 19, 2024 at the M.K.O Abiola International Trade Fair Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.

Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Industry, Oluyemisi Somorin-Dawodu, disclosed that trade fair scheduled to end on April 29, 2024, has begun to generate excitement across the Southwest geopolitical zone of Nigeria as stakeholders get prepared to storm Abeokuta, Ogun State for the much awaited yearly event.

He said: “The 13th Gateway International Trade Fair will feature increased exhibitors and product offering as well as a more effective transportation system to ease movement of visitors to the Trade Fair Complex.

“Preparations are well underway to welcome participants to the trade fair with the theme ‘Achieving Economic Prosperity Through Business Connection, Trade and Investment.’

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“This year’s trade fair is more than just the exhibition of products as a lot of other economic and trade-related activities have been lined up to make the experience more worthwhile for participants who will be coming from far and wide.”

She said tboth the Ogun State Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA), which organises the annual Trade Fair and the Ogun State Government are working round the clock to give participants unforgettable experiences:

“We decided to make the Fair bigger and better. Among other innovations, we have introduced the raffle draw that will help to bring more people to the Trade Fair, and there will be daily prizes.

“The main prize is a two-bedroom bungalow. And we have also introduced the Entertainment Village where we are going to be selling drinks, food, etc. There will be good music and a live band.”

OGUNCCIMA President , Mike Akingbade, said more participants are being expected at the Trade Fair as a result of the new innovations introduced by the state government: “I can tell you that we are working happily towards holding a more improved trade fair.”