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St Finbarr’s Old Students plan trade expo


St Finbarr’s Old Students plan trade expo


By Ada Anioji


The St. Finbarr’s College Old Boys Association Business Group has concluded arrangements to organise its two-day International Trade Expo 2022 on October 28 – 29, 2022. The international trade expo will take place on the college grounds at Akoka, Lagos starting from 11am each day.

The purpose of the SFCOBA Worldwide Trade Expo, according to Mr. Bosede Odelusi, who is the immediate past second Vice President of St. Finbarr’s College Old Boys Association, the founder of the business group and Sponsor of the trade expo, is to lay the foundation for good policies including new ideas, best business practices, and ease of doing business for start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs with the aim of getting them to compete favourably on the global stage. He added that the expo’s main objectives are “to create an avenue to showcase and advertise individual businesses and to network and share ideas.”

While the group is inviting members of the public, other targets include the business community, financial Institutions, the Catholic Community, St. Finbarr’s College PTA (Parents/Teachers Association), students from all Catholic schools in Lagos, and members of Secondary Schools Old Boys and Old Girls Associations in Nigeria.

According to Mr Lekan Badejo, the Trade Fair Expo Coordinator, “the Trade Fair will highlight and recognize the crucial role played by small and medium-scale organizations, start-ups, and innovators within and outside the association. It also provides a unique opportunity to further boost trade exchange among exhibitors, build business relationships and networks with value and at the same time encourage participants to have a little fun.

“It will set the scene, create domestic opportunities for the small business sector, and enhance global competitiveness. It will also forge relationships and produce a viable environment whereby small businesses can compete and thrive. The overall idea is geared toward entrepreneurs more interested in doing than dreaming. The event will also involved cultural activities, music and other side attractions,” Badejo added.

Incidentally, the trade expo will be a first of its kind in the history of old students association in Nigeria. Conference papers will be delivered by distinguished international speakers from the school who will share insight and valuable experiences on different spheres of the economy. This will be followed by exhibition of goods and services by various vendors and service providers with rewards and incentives. This maiden conference and trade expo will hold at the prestigious St. Finbarr’s College, Akoka, Lagos. It is open to the general public.

Father Joseph Slattery established St. Finbarr’s College, Akoka, in 1956. It was the first technical college in Nigeria, and is also well known for sports and academic excellence.

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