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Trade fair: food vendors lament lack of water, electricity


Lagos – Some food vendors at the ongoing Lagos international trade fair on Tuesday complained of frequent power outage and lack of water supply at the fair ground.

They made the complaints to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in separate interviews in Lagos.

They lamented that the organisers did not provide commensurate facilities at the fair in spite of the huge sums collected from each of them by the organisers.

Mrs Grace Uche said that she paid N120,000 for her pavilion only to get to the venue to discover that there was no water.

” I pay 4,000 to some people who fetch water for me daily.

” You can imagine the expenses I have to bear due to the fact that the organisers are not efficient,” Uche said.

Mrs Chioma Egwim, who took up two pavilions, said she thought that the problems of electricity and water at the last trade fair would have been addressed.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”70560″]

She expressed her displeasure that she was spending so much to get water to cook.

” This kind of business needs a lot of water to keep the environment neat enough for people to come in to eat.

” I have to run my generator throughout the day so that my clients do not complain of heat,” Egwim said.

Mrs Ugochukwu Authre, another restauranteur, complained about illegal food hawkers around the fair who sell in the morning and disappear.

” These people don’t allow to make good sales in the morning and they did not pay to the organisers.

” We have complained to the organisers, but they have not done anything about it,” Authre said. (NAN)

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