MAN’s AGM: 75 Companies, Banks Set To Participate In Exhibition


The Chairman of the Rivers/ Bayelsa States branch of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Prince Charles Beke has said that about 75 companies, banks SMEs and national agencies have concluded plans to attend its 2018 exhibition during its Annual General Meeting (AGM) tomorrow in Port Harcourt.
Stating this while briefing newsmen in Port Harcourt, Beke also revealed that up to 5,000 persons are expected to visit various stands during the event which would place the group’s AGM at the 34th position.
According to him, all the companies listed in the programme would be exhibiting their products manufactured in the two states, to prove that locally made goods are of comparative advantage over the foreign products.
The industrialist reasoned that it was about time Nigerians fled from foreign-made products, if they are supportive of the Local Content growth.
“All the companies will showcase their high quality products made here in Rivers and Bayelsa States to prove to everyone that our products have comparative advantage over foreign manufactured products”, he said.
The Rivers and Bayelsa MAN boss further hinted that business discussion, enquiries, discount sales, customer education and enlightment are part of features that would add colour to the event.
Others include, bank account opening, product demostrations and free gifts which would be declared open by MAN President, Dr Frank S.U. Jacobs.
He attributed the success story of his association to what he tagged as “smooth media partnership”, which, he said, has so far paid off.
The businessman explained that the media was very supportive of their advocacy for conducive operating environment in the two states.
He also recalled that through the power of the press, the campaign for the patronage of made in Nigeria goods gained a vintage position in the mind of the people.
The AGM, which has the theme: “The Challenges of Manufacturing in a Globalised Economy”, would be anchored by an Economist, Prof Mike Kwanashie, who also is the Vice Chancellor of the Veritas University, Abuja.