Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN) of Lagos State has called on the Federal Government to return the Trade Fair Complex to the state.
Fashola made the call in Lagos on Sunday at a ceremony, marking the end of 2008 Lagos International Trade Fair.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Princess Adenrele Adeniran Ogunsanya claimed that the complex was a veritable avenue for the promotion of trade and investment in the state.
At the programme, marking the end of the 10-day event, Fashola insisted that there is need for the return of the complex in the interest of the people.
According to him “I want to use this opportunity to renew our appeal to the Federal Government to rescind its decision on the concession of the Lagos International Trade Fair Complex”, “pointing out that the concession arrangement was not in the best interest of the people of Lagos State and the organized Private Sector.
“It amounts to a great disservice to Lagos State being the Gateway to Nigerian economic property and host to many companies and business interests” the Governor said, adding that the state surely would require increased resources and economic growth of at least 12 per cent annually to meet the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals.
He noted that the fair has continued to enjoy the consistent patronage of many nations, adding, “your presence here in large numbers, is a reflection of your appreciation of the contribution of this exhibition to the development of the Nigerian economy”.