The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has confirmed that it will limit the number of booths to be accommodated at this year’s edition of the Abuja International Trade Fair.
Director-General of the Chamber, Ms Victoria Akai stated this on Monday when members of the FCT Health Department, headed by Dr Yakubu Muhammed visited the Chamber Secretariat, venue of the Trade Fair to inspect the venue and facilities.
The DG who noted that the Chamber was conscious of the COVID-19 Protocols put in place by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, stating that the safety of its members and their customers is paramount, hence the reason for the limited booth this year.
She noted that the Chamber was expecting to have about 500 exhibitors adding that many of whom will be exhibing their products online.
She also said that the number of people at the venue at a particular time will be monitored to give room for strict adherence to COVID 19 measures.
“We will only have 50 people at the opening ceremony” she said.
“We are going to have a virtual as well as the physical fair because we know that alot of our international participants might not be able to arrive on time, go for isolation before attending the event so we have encouraged people to go online and register and sell their products” she said.
“We are leaving that platform open for six months, that way we will reduce the number of people who come here” she added.
She informed the health team that there is adequate arrangement for a safe environment. She also noted that the Chamber would install adequate hygiene measures.
While inspecting the facilities, Dr Yakubu Muhammed of the FCT Health Department requested that his team who are also members of the protection and control team of the FCTA will be amongst the Chamber’s inspection group to ensure continuous abiding of the COVID-19 Protocols, monitoring and also if necessary, enforcement of the COVID-19 measures.
“There should be strict monitoring of the number of people in the venue at a particular time. We will like to be a part of the enforcement team to emphasize strict use of face masks and other preventive measures” he said.
He stated that the entire response to COVID-19 is about behaviour change adding that people should consciously adjust to these changes.
The team also advised the Chamber to install more pedal operated or sensor operated hand wash and sanitizers, stressing that daily proper decontamination of the environment should be adhered to.