The Nigerian Worldwide E book Truthful(NIBF), might expertise low turnout of exhibitors this yr in view of the prevailing financial hardships.
Its Government Secretary, Abiodun Omotubi made this recognized throughout a briefing on the NIBF workplace in Ogba Lagos.
Unlike earlier editions, Omotubi stated the organisation discovered it tough convincing potential exhibitors to accomplice with them this yr.
"Unlike our experiences previously, now we have been having some points in encouraging potential exhibitors to be registered with us this yr. They've been complaining concerning the financial state of affairs of Nigeria. It has affected loads of issues within the ebook trade most particularly because the (President Muhammed)Buhari administration began .
"This yr is completely different for Nigerian books sellers. Numerous them who usually register early are but to be registered. Some have determined to not be a part of this year’s guide honest. Our common worldwide exhibitors are complaining that Nigeria
just isn't funding-pleasant so they can not come.
"Last yr we had about 70 however this 12 months, we have now up to now gotten solely forty fascinated exhibitors. That is to indicate that the response is low. This has made us to scale back the variety of halls that we're going to make use of for this 12 months in order to not incure losses within the end".
However, Omotubi is hopeful that earlier than the graduation of the honest from 8th by way of thirteenth Could, extra booksellers will point out curiosity.
Former JAMB Registrar, Prof Dibu Ojerinde, will ship the keynote tackle on the fair’s worldwide convention themed "Book chain, authorities insurance policies and promotion of studying tradition in Africa". Eminent personalities just like the Minister of data, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, Senator Shehu Sani, Chairman, Senate Committee on Native and Overseas Debts and the Vice Chancellor,College of Lagos, Prof Rahaman Bello will grace the occasion. The honest may even characteristic teachers’ seminars and kids programmes.
Omotubi referred to as on the federal government to intervene in the expansion of the e book business. He mentioned the business has not been getting assist from authorities , coupled with authorities insurance policies that haven't favoured the business.
Expressing his dismay, he famous that the trade price has discouraged books sellers throughout the globe including that many Nigerian printers expertise unfavourable atmosphere to supply. He subsequently urged authorities to set insurance policies that shall be helpful to the expansion of the guide business.