Ola­wore Elected 15th Pres­i­dent of NBCC

THISDAY - - BUSINESS WORLD -

The Nige­rian-Bri­tish Cham­ber of Com­merce (NBCC), the fore­most bi­lat­eral Cham­ber of Com­merce in Nige­ria, at its 38th an­nual gen­eral meet­ing (AGM) held last week in Lagos, elected Mr. Aki­nola Ola­wore, as its 15th Pres­i­dent and Chair­man of Coun­cil of the Cham­ber.

He is ex­pected to steer the ship of the fore­most bi­lat­eral Cham­ber and take charge of its af­fairs for the next two years.

His elec­tion fol­lowed the ex­pi­ra­tion of Adedapo Adel­e­gan’s ten­ure of of­fice as chair­man, after he mer­i­to­ri­ously served the Cham­ber for two years.

At the AGM, the re­port of the coun­cil au­dited fi­nan­cial state­ments for the year ended 31 De­cem­ber, 2016 and the re­ports of the au­di­tors were pre­sented to the mem­bers as part of the or­di­nary busi­ness of the day.

Also elected into the Na­tional Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee, were; Mr. Kay­ode Falowo as Deputy Pres­i­dent; Mr. Alan Davies as Sec­ond Deputy Pres­i­dent; Mr. Uwa­mai Igein as Vice Pres­i­dent; Dr. Ikenna Nwosu as Sec­ond Vice Pres­i­dent; Mrs. Ade­bisi Adeyemi as Third Vice Pres­i­dent; Mr. Nnamdi Okonkwo as fourth Vice Pres­i­dent;

and Bimbo Olashore as Trea­surer.

In ad­di­tion, new coun­cil mem­bers were also elected at the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing.

While re­view­ing the ac­tiv­i­ties of the year, dur­ing his speech, Adel­e­gan said the Cham­ber wit­nessed more mem­ber in­volve­ment in var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties and events, dur­ing the last two years, with in­creased num­ber of its mem­bers. He said the NBCC had four break­fast meet­ings in 2016, which were highly at­tended and graced by high pro­file guest speak­ers. He said the NBCC cel­e­brated its 40th an­niver­sary with a press con­fer­ence held in Lagos on 9th Fe­bru­ary 2017, fol­lowed by a com­mem­o­ra­tive an­niver­sary lec­ture, with the theme: Nige­rian-Bri­tish Re­la­tions-The Next 100 years, which was held in April this year.

“As part of our 40th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions, the Cham­ber em­barked on an out­ward trade mis­sion to the United King­dom be­tween May 22 and 26, 2017, with key fo­cus on Mar­itime, Fi­nance and In­vest­ment, Min­ing and Min­eral Re­sources and Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices,” Adel­e­gan said. He added that work has com­menced on the NBCC Plaza project and that the com­mit­tee han­dling the project is work­ing tire­lessly with the sup­port of the Coun­cil to com­plete the project in record time.

“To­day, we have be­come a voice to be reck­oned with de­vel­oped re­la­tion­ships across board for the ben­e­fits of our mem­bers. I will to re­mind mem­bers that the best re­ward for suc­cess, is more work. I there­fore wish to en­cour­age the in­com­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion to see the achieve­ments of this ad­min­is­tra­tion as the pedestal for greater heights,” Adel­e­gan said.

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