The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has appointed Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni as its new Director-General (DG). He replaces Mr Emmanuel Cobham.
Olukanni is a 1979 Political Science graduate of the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU). He joined the diplomatic service in July, 1980 after his National Youth Service in Jos, Plateau State.
His first posting was to the Nigerian Embassy in Brussels, Belgium, which also serves as the Nigerian Mission to the European Union (EU).
In 1984, he returned for postgraduate studies in International Law and graduated with Postgraduate Diploma in International Law from the University of Lagos (UNILAG).
Between December1986 and April 1989, Olukanni served in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations (UN) in New York, covering, among others, the work of the second, third, fourth and sixth Committees of the UN as well as the Security Council.
He was involved in the work of the UN spanning Economic and Financial matters; Southsouth Cooperation, Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries (TCDC); Social, Cultural and Humanitarian and Legal affairs as well as Peace and Conflict Resolution and UN Peace-Keeping operations.
He returned to Nigeria in 1989 and enrolled for another postgraduate studies at the UNILAG.
He graduated in 1991 with Masters of International Law and Diplomacy (MILD), specialising on International Environmental Law.