LAGOS – The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) on Saturday prevented hawking by exhibitors at the ongoing 28th Lagos International Trade Fair ground.
Alhaji Remi Giwa, Board Member, Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the TBS, Lagos, venue of the fair.
Giwa said that officials of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) had been authorised by the chamber to arrest hawkers.
”The marketers are not authorised to hawk outside their company’s pavillion.
“KAI is empowered by law to arrest and sanction offenders and that is why we invited them.
”We are making effort to meet international standard when it comes to trade fair business.
“In other countries, you do not see hawkers inside the fair.
”We have foreigners participating in the fair and we must leave a good impression, that is why there are stand-by cleaners and mobile toilets everywhere,” Giwa said.
NAN reports that youths employed by exhibitors to market their products were arrested by KAI officials.
Mr Kayode Lawal, a KAI official, who arrested some of the hawkers, told NAN that the marketers were not allowed to hawk outside their pavilion.
”Nobody is allowed to hawk product outside his stand.
“The marketers can beckon to customers in front of their stand but they are not allowed to hawk their products,” Lawal said.
He told NAN that 20 hawkers were arrested on Saturday and their goods confiscated.
According to him, the hawkers will be released later. (NAN)