Over 5000 expected to review 75 local manufacturers in Rivers/Bayelsa MAN axis

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By Osi-Nelson

About 75 manufacturers would display top quality Made-In-Nigeria products from the Rivers and Bayelsa axis under the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN). The exhibition is the major highlight of the 34th annual general meeting (AGM) of the chapter which would hold from Thursday, August 16, 2018 at Atrium Event Centre on Stadium Road.

Over 5000 visitors are guaranteed to peep into the exhibition centre to take look at some of the products which the MAN leaders say are better than imported versions. MAN has continued to add exhibitions to their AGMs to show why they object to opening Nigeria’s doors to all manner of imports.

The outgoing chairman of MAN (Rivers/Bayelsa) chapter, Charles Bekee, the CEO of Eastern Wrought Iron Limited, who addressed his last pre-AGM press conference in Port Harcourt on Friday, 10 August 2018, said the Made-In-Nigeria exhibition series which he introduced and which has since gone national, is one of the key highlights of the AGM this year.

Apart from his company (Eastern Wrought Iron) that would be on exhibition, others that make the Port Harcourt manufacturing zone strong include Pabod Group, Indorama (with petrochemical products and now fertilizer), Eastern Enamelware Factory, Nalco Energy Services, Meba Farms, Dufil Nigeria Limited, M.Saleh Nigeria limited, Notore (fertilizers), Alcon Nigeria Limited, Far East Paints, Siat Nigeria Limited, etc.

“All the companies will showcase their high quality products, made here in Rivers and Bayelsa states, to prove to everyone that our products have comparative advantage over foreign manufactured products”, he declared.

He said the exhibition would also feature business discussions, business enquiries, discount sales, customer education and enlightenment, accounts opening with banks, product demonstration, and gifts, and would be declared open by MAN president, Frank Jacobs of Jacobs Wines.

The MAN event is expected to also attract top government officials from Rivers and Bayelsa states as well as CEOs of companies and captains of industries. The chairman, Bekee, would deliver his farewell address and state of MAN (Rivers/Bayelsa) address that would show where the chapter is placed now since he took over. The report would also feature some state and federal policies that have boosted or hampered manufacturing in recent times.

Bekee who is fully in support of ban on palm oil and non-signing of EU’s EPA and African Union’s trade pact by the federal government said MAN was totally against turning Nigeria into a dumping ground. He said Nigeria has no reason to open its doors to importation of palm oil when local producers especially RISONPALM and other small holders were struggling to sell their products. “Do they want to wipe off our local investors in that sector?”.

 The AGM would also feature a lecture on ‘The Challenge of Manufacturing in a Globalised Economy” by a professor and Vice Chancellor of Veritas University in Abuja, Mike Kwanashie, a renowned industrial economist. He is expected to offer solutions inherent in the nation’s manufacturing space with his good grasp of issues in the sector.