The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) President, Dr. Nike Akande in an opening ceremony of the LCCI members’ day exhibition noted that exhibition had opened up market access and brought the SMEs in contact with consultants and financial service providers.
She appealed to the government to encourage more programmes aimed at exposing the sector to the market and called on the citizens of Nigeria to patronise locally made products.
She also added that there is a need to provide greater market access for operators in the Small and Medium Enterprise sector of the Nigerian economy.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Trade and Cooperatives, Mr. Olalekan Akudo, said that the SMEs needed encouragement from government and individuals by creating visibility for their products.
“Rather than rush to expend our scarce foreign exchange on foreign goods, we can buy at home and export what we produce and generate more foreign exchange for the country,” he said.