By Lubem Gena
As the National President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Iyalode Alaba Lawson has been mandated by key members of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) movement in Nigeria, the President of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Prince Adetokunbo Kayode has expressed confidence in the arrangement.
In a press release exclusively obtained by Chamber Telegraph, Prince Kayode said the move will better harmonize the OPS which according to him will go along way in introducing the much needed coherence.
“Assuming the leadership of the OPS is a clear recognition of hard work, diligence, competence and dynamisms. We have seen the need to aggregate our respective interests and work for the overall interest and the need to fast track the development of the Nigerian economy.
“It is a step in the right direction. And by entrusting the OPS into the able and capable hands of our National President who is also the newly elected President of Federation of West African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FEWACCI), I am optimistic that better days are ahead.
“As the critical members of the OPS, we at the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry have thrown our weight behind this laudable initiative and is ready to maximally contribute our quota towards ensuring that the intended outcomes and timelines embedded in the arrangement are exhaustively utilised.
“Mama, will surely lead us to the promised land. I therefore want to use this opportunity to enjoin the major players to ensure that we give her our best support to enable her succeed on the tasks ahead of us”, Prince Kayode noted.
Similarly, the First Deputy President of the Chamber, Alhaji (Dr) Abubakar Al-Mujtaba who also sent his goodwill message to the NACCIMA National President who also doubles as FEWACCI President, underscored the importance of the development and said with unity of purpose, the task of developing the Nigerian economy will become easier for all the major players.
“This initiative can simply be described as auspicious. It has come at the time when the Nigerian economy needs all support to ensure its recovery and growth. We can now speak with one voice. We have now seen the need to unite for purpose of developing our country and making it prosperous. This is the right step in the right direction”, he said.
In his own comment, the Second Deputy President, Chief Emeka Obegolu (Esq) said with all hands on the deck, there is a mutual assurance of a deepened economy that will accommodate the concerns of all strata of the society.
“Iyalode Lawson is a tested and trusted leader. The recognition that she will steer all the organisation members to greater could not come at a time better than now. I am quite pleased with this decision and call for massive support for her in order to realize the noble objectives as well as elevate our economy to a higher pedestal”, Obegolu maintained.
It could be recalled that yesterday, 4th February 2019, the President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Engr. Mansur Ahmed handed over the leadership of the Organized Private Sector of Nigeria to the National President of NACCIMA.
In attendance were the Presidents and Directors-Generals of the five major business membership organizations namely; Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA); Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), Nigerian Employers Consultative Assembly (NECA); National Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME) and Nigerian Association of Small Scale Industrialists (NASSI).