By Lubem Gena
The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has called on member chambers to undergo accreditation with the Nigerian Chamber Accreditation Committee (NCAC).
NCAC is an Independent affiliate body of NACCIMA made up of veteran chamber leaders who are knowledgeable evaluators.
The committee is responsible for overseeing and validating Chamber accreditation.
According to an official statement exclusively obtained by Chamber Telegraph, NACCIMA’s call for Chambers’ accreditation is against the backdrop of the recognition of the need to assess chambers’ competence in the areas of governance, management and organisational processes.
It could be recalled that in 2018, NACCIMA successfully underwent the accreditation process through the Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Washington DC.
The process yielded in the scaling up of NACCIMA’s organizational processes to meet best international practices.
Nine (9) pillars were adopted for evaluation during the accreditation process, namely: Governance, Finance, Human Resources, Government Affairs, Programme Development, Technology, Communication, Facilities and Benchmarking.
The NCAC, having been involved in the process of accrediting NACCIMA, obtained hands-on experience on the accreditation process.
The experience is to be applied in the accreditation of City, State and Bi-lateral Chambers.
Benefits of accreditation to City, State and bi-lateral Chambers of commerce include, provision of measurement criteria for Chamber evaluation and ranking, leadership as well as staff development and growth at all levels.
Provision of an opportunity for Chambers to be evaluated with a view to identifying gaps and determining how to close these gaps; enabling the Chamber’s leadership and staff; establish a clear and realistic direction for the chamber in line with the Chamber’s strategic goals.
Accredited Chambers gain prestige and recognition because their processes have been successfully assessed and benchmarked against international best practice.
The Accreditation process involves Chamber Leaders and staff in the whole process thereby getting them to own the process, evaluation, planning and the eventual outcomes; enabling Chambers create self-improvement goals and programmes.
Accreditation supports membership growth and development.
City, State and Bilateral Chambers of Commerce are advised to visit:
to download the Chamber accreditation guide or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org