By Job Osazuwa
Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), is partnering The Sun Publishing Limited to promote trade and investment in Nigeria.
LCCI Vice President and Chairman of the Trade Promotion Board, Mr. Sola Oyetayo led a delegation to The Sun’s corporate head office in Lagos, to announce the partnership with the newspaper on the 2016 edition of the Lagos international Trade Fair coming up on November 4 to 13 at the Tafawa Balewa Square.
Oyetayo also said the meeting with The Sun was to use its wide reach in the country to enhance business opportunities for Nigerians and commended The Sun for its “wonderful job as the voice of the nation.” He explained that LCCI has thrived in advocacy and trade promotion since 1888 and announced that the 2016 edition of the fair has the theme: “Promoting Nigeria Economy for Diversification and Sustainable Growth.”
Other segments, according to him, are “Business to Business”, “International Investment Conference” as well as “Creative Fair”, all designed to drive the economy from its depressed state.
Oyetayo said this year’s edition, the 30th since Lagos took over hosting the fair in 1986, is a unique one.
“What we are asking you is to be our partner in this progress, to help us to create awareness and to make it a win-win situation. We believe that our partners should be talking businesses that benefits all parties involved”, he said.
In tackling Nigeria’s recession, he said apart from creating the platform for policy dialogue between government and the private sector to improve the economy, the chamber also draft recommendations to all stakeholders.
The Sun’s Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Sun Publishing Limited, Mr. Eric Osagie assured LCCI of the newspaper’s cooperation and disclosed that company has, in the last 13 years of existence, remained faithful and committed to all stakeholders, Nigeria and readers. Mr. Osagie told his visitors that The Sun is the widest and highest selling newspaper in the country and added that different, independent findings had proven him right.
“We print The Sun newspapers from three locations in the country, which ensures that you have a dose of it, everyday, simultaneously. For those who care to know our strength, we simply ask them to ask their vendor or people in their own villages.
“We have a kind of a mutual beneficial relationship with the stakeholders and the reading public. Our duty is not simply to disseminate information, but, this is also a business. It means that we are also affected by the different challenges we find in Nigeria today. We are happy to partner with you on mutually beneficial relationship. We like organisations that add value where they operate in, like yours, which promotes trade and investment across the country,” Osagie said.