By Lubem Gena
The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari is billed to commission the legacy projects of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) to demonstrate the support of his administration for the private sector.
This was disclosed at the Annual General Assembly of the chamber by the ACCI President, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode who cited communication between the Presidency and the Chamber leadership.
The legacy projects include a six story ultra modern secretariat of the ACCI along Abuja airport road and a huge well furnished newly completed Abuja International Trade and Convention Centre.
The President in his main address listed the many advances recorded by the Chamber in the last one year including :
The completion of legacy projects like the six story ACCI secretariat and the ultra modern trade and convention centre to be commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari;
The listing of ACCI as a Grade A federal chamber alongside Lagos Chamber with only two Chambers with such recognition across Nigeria;
The signing of cooperation MOUs with many state Chambers of commerce as a recognition of ACCI as the only federal chamber in the country;
The emergence of ACCI as within number five worldwide at a skill programme competition organised by the International Chamber of Commerce in Brazil;
The organisation of many policy impacting programmes, roundtables and workshops by the Chamber that improves its visibility;
The increasing recognition of the chamber by local and international organizations as a credible platform for trade facilitation and private sector engagement in Nigeria among others.
The President who was flanked by First Deputy president, Alhaji Abubakar Al-Mujtaba as well as the Second Deputy President, Chief Emeka Obegbolu specifically commended the leadership of the four ACCI centres in the Chamber.
The Centres are: Business Entrepreneurial Skills and Technology; (BEST) Policy Advocacy Centre (PAC), Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC) and Abuja Trade Centre (ATC).
He showered encomiums on Chief Emeka Obegbolu (Chair of DRC board) a Professor Soji Adesugba (the Provost of BEST Centre, Mallam Olawale Rasheed (the Coordinator of Policy Advocacy Centre), among others.
He lauded the roles of other directors such as Aisha Ado of Dispute Resolution Centre, Victoria Akai of BEST Centre, assuring that efforts are on to ensure that the centres are sustainable.
President Kayode informed the AGM that the four centres of the ACCI listed above are soon to be adopted by the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) to serve as national centres for business Chambers all over the country.