Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, NACCIMA has elected Otunba Dele Kelvin Oye as the body’s 16th president. The event which took place recently at Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State had many captains of industry and political figures in addition to many top businessmen and women.
Speaking at the occasion, the guest of honour who is also the governor of the Ekiti State, Biodun Oyebanji said that his state is delighted that this is the first time an Ekiti man will emerged as the president of the body. Oyebanji used the occasion to called on the local and foreign investors to invest in the state.
The governor postulated that the state has huge well read citizens, good climate and tourism sites that required investors. He lamented that poor public power supply being witnessed in the state has led to the closure of many Small and Medium Enterprises, SMEs in the state, adding that his administration is poised to partner the federal government to ensure that the SMEs, outfits in the state enjoy a new lease of life.
“My administration is ready to partner the federal government, NACCIMA and other Organised Private Sector associations to enhance the state’s economy. He called on the new NACCIMA president to use his contacts to attract genuine investors into the state’s economy.
Oyebanji celebrated the fact that it is under his administration that an Ekiti man has emerged as the NACCIMA president. “I appeal to you to use your wealth of connection and experience to attract local and foreign investors to our dear state.Ekiti has well read people, good weather, tourism sites and well cultured people that could be utilise to turn the fortunes of our state around,” he stressed.
In his presentation, the Founder of Afe Babalola University, Aare Afe Babalola, SAN said he graced the occasion because of the huge respect he has for the NACCIMA new president and the governor of the state.
He said the love he has for the state and his people prompted him to established Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti, adding that just 13 years after the institution was established, it has earned the best University in Nigeria and Africa award from a reputable United States of America institution. He commended the NACCIMA new boss for the remarkable achievements he has recorded so far, adding that the people of Ekiti States were very proud of him.
In his valedictory speech, the former president of the association, Ide John C. Udeagbala called on NACCIMA members to accord his successor the needed support he needed to succeed in his new assignment. Udeagbala said he is handing over the baton of leadership to Oye very happy knowing the caliber of the person assuming the leadership.
Responding, the NACCIMA new boss promised that he wouldn’t used his new position to enriched himself, instead he will use his experience, funds and contacts to take the association to a greater level, adding that he sees opportunity of service to people as an avenue to support the institution and its objective further.
The NACCIMA boss promised that he will use his tenure to mentor and support women and youths businesses, adding that young Nigerians have been bringing revenues and fame to Nigeria than what an oil company could.
He said his tenure would see NACCIMA partnering with the federal government to enhance the country’s economy, adding that the Organised Private Sector, OPS members will no longer leave the country’s politicians with the economy. He added that the country’s businessmen are also major stakeholders in the country’s economic matters.
It would be recalled that NACCIMA was established in 1960 as the umbrella organisation for all the affiliate members within the country. The association’s membership is voluntary and it encompasses city, state and Bilateral chambers.
The main objectives of the association among others are: promotion, protection and development of all matters affecting business; encouragement of an order expansion and development of all segments of the nations; contribution of ideas for the overall economic stability of the nation.
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