By Etuka Sunday
The incoming President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Prince Adetokumbo Kayode yesterday said that Dangote products and among the best products in Nigerian Market therefore, should be given great attention.
Prince Kayode who stated this during his visit to Dangote Stand at the ongoing 12th Abuja International Trade Fair, noted that the group is producing high quality wheat, flour, pasta and semolina which are also fortified with vitamin A and other vitamins, therefore, very healthy for Nigerians.
He said, the Chamber would continue to partner with the company in future organisation of the trade fair.
”we look forward to working, continuous working and partnership with the Dangote group in future,” he said.
In his response, the Dangote’s Deputy Sales Director, North Central, Mr. Dim Ikenna said, “Dangote has always been in the fore front of production, be it food and in the building construction industry. Presently now, we have a new semolina and the tactic group. These are products made for the home consumption. This brings out the ingenuity in our products, from the best production fields, back to our machines and bring out refined products for the home consumption.
“Dangote cement is a brand name in Nigeria. Talk about our flour, the best bread in this country and the cake is from our Dangote flour. Our salt is one of the best iodized salt in the industry now. Our cubes is good for every seasoning and the most important one is our Dangote cement; what we call the ‘big boss’. There is no single construction that goes on in this country that is not done with Dangote cement and that is our big boss. That is Dangote for you
”In this fair we know when we are talking about quality, we are not talking about pricing here, what we know is that we are talking about quality so if you want to buy quality, you have to buy it at the right price. I believe we have the right products at the right price in this fair already.
“My expectation is that people will come to know more about Dangote, people think that Dangote is far but Dangote is quite near with you. You can see from the array of products we have, we have everything every single woman, every single family needs, even every man. So, from this fair we make it very known to people that Dangote is close to everybody; that Dangote is in your house to help and assist for every day cooking and even in your construction industries.
Talking about competition, he said, “In this industry, there is nothing like popularity, it is a war. You have to be strong wherever you are. You have to be wherever and however, even though you are popular as a Dangote, you have competition going on so you have to be there where the competition is or else the competition will eat you. Dangote is popular already but you cannot do without competition. It is a healthy environment, competition is welcome so if you know your onion, you come out for the competition and face it. “
Speaking earlier, Price Kayode said, ”the 12th edition of the International Trade Fair opening today,(Yesterday) is another concrete step, which over the years deepened the horizon of economic activity among several players across the various sectors of the economy and nations. It is an avenue we have created to offer direct services and on a first-class scale to both local and international audience.
As usual, we hope the Fair will act as a catalyst to states of the federation including the FCT, and go a long way in providing the timely opportunity for them to showcase their natural endowments, ingenuity, creativity, inventive or innovative prowess and hospitality consequent upon which many of the stakeholders will key into the reinvigorated investment and business climate in the territory.
This year’s theme: “RETURNING NIGERIA TO THE PATH OF SUFFICIENCY THROUGH NON-OIL EXPORT” has become very apt to the life of this nation. You may wish to ask why. It is simple! Nigeria exited a draconian economic recession it has witnessed in more than two decades, notching up growth of 0.55 per cent in the second quarter of2017. The economic recovery was driven by improved performance largely on agriculture, manufacturing and trade sectors of the economy, even as oil played a role in it.
Furthermore, an opportunity has presented itself for us to, as a country, once more, take a diagnostic look at our comparative and competitive advantages with the singular objective of embarking on activities, programmes and projects that will reap from the benefits and gains of economic diversification.