The National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has described death of former United Nations (UN) Secretary General, Dr. Kofi Annan as a rude shock.
In a press release personally signed by the NACCIMA National President, Iyalode Alaba Lawson, MFR,FIoD, JP, it was stated that the world has indeed lost an erudite diplomat and internationalist who devoted his entire life to the pursuit of just peace and stable world for development particularly for people of the developing world.
The rest of the statement reads:
“He was a peace practitioner who left his footprints in the sands of history as the UN Secretary General. He was a visionary who believed that business and the private sector can only thrive in an environment of peace and he worked for it, in various ways including through his position as UNSG.
“In recognition of the capacity of the private sector and global business for an inclusive growth and development. He pushed for the establishment of the UN Global Compact, an institution which continues to mobilize a global movement of Sustainable Private Companies as stakeholders to create a better world.
“Kofi Anan will also be remembered for his role in adoption of the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000 and the SDGs designed to eradicate poverty and ensure a truly sustainable path to development.
“As an illustrious son of Africa he also demonstrated his commitment to the continent of his birth, Africa through his involvement in Growing Africa’s Agriculture (AGRA), a non profit organisation dedicated to catalyze and sustain agricultural transformation in Africa by increasing incomes and improving food securities for 30 million smallholder households for an agriculture transformation. He will certainly be missed.
“NACCIMA joins the rest of the world to mourn this great African who worked tirelessly on the world stage for a better world for humanity.
“A fitting tribute in his honour especially for those of us in the business world is to join other stakeholders for peace at home and abroad to enable pursuit of inclusive economic growth and sustainable development.
“Our condolences to his family. May his soul rest in peace”.