Former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs ,Dr Aliyu Idi Hong ,publisher of Sahel Standard magazine,Olawale Rasheed and many others were on Tuesday elected into the executive and council membership of Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry at its 2019 AGM.
The former minister was elected Dr Hong was elected Vice President Diplomatic , International affairs, Strategy and Public sector affairs while the Sahel Standard publisher was elected into the ACCI council in addition to his position as the Coordinator of ACCI Policy Centre.
Also elected was Dr Sijuade Kayode as Vice President Commerce and Bode Thompson as a Council member.
Aside newly elected officials ,some existing vice presidents changed portfolios in line with ongoing reorganization at the chamber.Those in this category include
Dr. Somadine Anene Johnson elected as Vice President Mines from Commerce ;Chief Jude Igwe for Vice President Industry from Media and Strategy;Mrs. Rose Nwosu for Vice President Women Development from Mines;Prof. Adesoji Adesugba for Vice President,Technology, Skills with Digital Economy as a new addition.
Alhaji Usman Balarabe Vice President Finance was re-elected into the office at the AGM
Earlier at the AGM members were briefed that President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to commissioned the legacy projects of Abuja Chamber of Commerce to demonstrate the support of his administration for the private sector.
This was disclosed at the annual AGM 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 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 and deputy presidents(Emeka Obegbolu and Alhaji Mutjhaba) specifically commended the leadership of the four ACCI centres (PAC,BEST,DRC and ATC),showering encomiums on Professor Soji Adesugba(the Provost of BEST Centre,Olawale Rasheed (the Coordinator of Policy Advocacy Centre ),Chief Emeka Obegbolu (Chair of DRC board) among others.
He lauded the roles of other directors such as Aisha Ado of Dispute Resolution Centre,Vikki k 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 NACCIMA to serve as national centres for business Chambers all over the country.