Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) new helmsman Chief Nike Akande has pledged to ensure that the chamber retained its status as the leading private sector advocacy organisation in Nigeria, through increased effectiveness and synergy with necessary sectors of the economy.
At her investiture in Lagos, during the week, she said the chamber would rededicate itself to promoting a conducive environment for private sector to operate hitch-free while realising the Nigerian vision.
She said: “As I mount the saddle of leadership of the Chamber, effectiveness and positive impact on the quality of investment climate will be my watchword.
“We would ensure our advocacy achieve the right level of effectiveness, which will be measured by the response of various tiers of government to our proposals on policy direction in the interest of the investors, whether domestic or foreign.”
Congratulating her, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, Aisha, who was represented by former deputy governor, Lagos State, Mrs. Adejoke Adefulire, said her election came at an auspicious time when the chamber needed a visionary leader to drive its cause.
“The present administration will be glad to collaborate with LCCI leadership in ensuring a conducive business environment for the economy to improve on policies and measures affecting business and the economy at large. The government remains committed to the implementation of the economic diversification, reforms as well as creating enabling environment for investors,” she said.
Expressing confidence in the new leadership, Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, represented by his deputy, Mrs Oluranti Adebule, said the chamber would rise to greater heights through its broad and unique experience on the Nigerian economy.
“At a time when the nation and the world is facing economic challenges, we need our best brains to move us forward. Businesses have to reinvent themselves and collaborate with each other for us to remain a sustainable economy,” the governor said.
NBCC immediate past president Alhaji Remi Bello said he had confidence in the new president, noting that her tenure would bring a rich blend of public and private sector experiences to bear on the chamber.
He said: “This investiture is unique in a number of ways as Chief (Mrs.) Akande is the second female president of the LCCI in its 127 years history and first former minister of the nation to be president. I formally congratulate her on the well-deserved election.”
Source: The Nation Nigeria