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NACCIMA Promises To Boost Agric Value Chain, Elects New President

Posted: Jun 19, 2015 at 12:16 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Sylvester Enoghase and Phillip Oladunjoye, Lagos


The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) has reiterated its commitment to supporting the Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to boost agric value.

The National President of the association, Chief Bassey Edem, made the pledge in his maiden address to members after his investiture at the 55th Annual General Meeting of the Association last week in Calabar, Cross River State.

Edem promised that the NACCIMA will work towards being the Focal point for the development of MSMEs in Nigeria in terms of access to funds, assistance with feasibility studies and business plan as well as enhancing their representation in any intervention programmes of the Federal Government.

Edem assured of NACCIMA’s support while encouraging members of the Association to ensure that they continue to partner with the government and other private sector stakeholders with genuine intention to move the economy forward.

The newly elected President, who described the Association as a paragon of economic and social development in the country, noted that the theme of the Conference, “Policy Consistency in Agricultural value chain: a key to socio-economic development,” was carefully chosen in view of the current effort by Government at diversifying the economy.

He, however, called on members of the Association to look inwards and go back to the basics so as to appreciate the contributions of agri-business in socio-economic development of the nation.

“The business community is facing serious challenges. In order to ease these problems and chart a course for the nation’s sustainable growth and development, we make a clarion call on the various tiers of governments, especially now that we have a new democratic regime in place to create conducive environment that will make the economy a private sector driven one. This is a sure way of making our country a prosperous nation that we all will be proud of,” he said.

Born in Lagos but an indigene of Akpabuyo, Calabar in Cross River State, Edem holds a National Diploma in Accountancy from Yaba College of Technology, a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree in Accounting from University of Lagos and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Calabar.  He started his working life with the United Africa Company of Nigeria (UACN) Plc. as an Internal Auditor in 1975 and climbed up to the position of Senior Audit Group Manager by 1979 before being transferred to its then subsidiary company, Pamol Nigeria Limited (PNL) as Commercial Manager. In 1982 He was promoted Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, a position he held for 22 years.  He was also an Executive Director of Dunlop Nigeria Plc that later became the parent company of Pamol Nigeria Limited from 1996 to 2005 before going on voluntary retirement.

Chief Edem is currently a Vice Chairman of the Governing Council of the National Productivity Centre, non-executive Director of Pamol (Nigeria) Limited, and of Presco Nigeria Plc, the Chairman of Demaco Integrated Ventures Limited and a Commission Member of the Cross River State Planning Commission.

He was the Acting National President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) before ascending to the enviable position of National President.

Edem is happily married with children and grand children.