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40, 000 persons to participate in Delta State’s fair

By Owen Akenzua, Asaba
12 December 2017   |   2:20 am
No fewer than 40, 000 persons including top business stakeholders are being expected at the 2-day STEP/YAGEP exhibition and business fair being organized by the Delta State Government. The State Officer, job creation, Professor Eric Eboh who briefed journalists on the preparations so far made, disclosed that the fair which is being organized for beneficiaries…

Ifeanyi Okowa, Delta State Governor

No fewer than 40, 000 persons including top business stakeholders are being expected at the 2-day STEP/YAGEP exhibition and business fair being organized by the Delta State Government.

The State Officer, job creation, Professor Eric Eboh who briefed journalists on the preparations so far made, disclosed that the fair which is being organized for beneficiaries of the State Skills Training and Entrepreneurship Programme (STEP), and its twin programme Youth Agricultural Entrepreneurship Programme (YAGEP).

The trade fair slated for December 13, 2017 in Asaba, according to Eboh, would involve participants from the World Bank, European Union (EU), Bank of Industry (BoI), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as the African Development Bank.

Professor Eboh further disclosed that other National/International Institutions expected at the fair include; Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NAFDAC, Commercial Banks, Chambers of Commerce within the State, Association of Industrialists, cooperative societies, Traditional and Religious Institutions, among others.

The Chief Job Creation Officer also hinted that beyond the number of about 1000 exhibitors which cuts across beneficiaries from the STEP, YAGEP and GEEP Programmes would be taking part at the fair that would be declared open by the state governor, Dr. IfeanyiOkowa.

He added that the event will also provide the STEPreneurs and YAGEPreneurs the opportunity to exhibit, and market their products, and business contacts, create business relationships with investors as well as communicate their business vision to banks, and other business support institutions from within, and outside the state.

He said: “the goal of the exhibition, and business fair is to demonstrate the outcomes of the STEP and YAGEP since inception of this administration and elicit buy-ins from national, and international development agencies, and partners”, disclosing that the fair will offer the participants, particularly the exhibitors who were trained, and established by the state government under the STEP and YAGEP Programmes the platform and ladder for growth and substance.

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