By Michael Adesanya /Abeokuta
The Abeokuta Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (Abeoccima) on Thursday elected a new executive to run its affairs for tenure, following the expiration of the successful administration of its immediate past former President, Akinola Lawson.
The inauguration of the new officers, led by Jare Oyesola, was held at the Chambers House, located beside Government House, Abeokuta, under strict compliance with the coronavirus physical distance rules.
The new officers include: Jare Oyesola(President), Otunba Babs Adesanya(1st Deputy President),Timothy Shorunke(2nd Deputy President),Engr Kelani Dawood(Vice President) and Engr Oluyomi Olutoye(Vice President).
Other executives are:Olalekan Jiboku(Vice President),Chief Olakunle Ewuoso(Vice President), Mrs Fausat Akinbo(Vice President),Ibrahim Bada(Vice President), Alhaji Moroof Popoola(Treasurer),Solomon Enilolobo(Deputy Treasurer), Alhaji Taiwo Raji (Financial Secretary and Akinola Lawson(Ex Officio).
The new President expressed appreciation and disclosed that the chamber intends to interact with government to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR)needed to keep the public workforce by creating a generation of taxpaying entrepreneurs and workers.
“For this we expect more jobs to be given to companies that pay staff salaries and taxes in Ogun State, not elsewhere. I request my colleagues in the chamber to let us roll our sleeves for an economic developmental agenda for the various sectors of the economy that will promote internal trade, export, individual wealth, job creation and so on”.
Oyesola assured that under his administration, the council with encourage intrapersonal development and relationship within the membership will help lift up, and not allow any member to fail using various venture capital and other business model to reduce unemployment, create wealth and a peaceful and healthy environment for members’
He commended Governor Dapo Abiodun for improved living standard of farmers and tailors through his policies and huge patronage and setting up a Tech Hub at Kobape, and also appealed to Abiodun to encourage patronage of local professionals and startups in other sectors by implementing 10% of all government contracts to the organized private sectors
‘This would indeed make Ogun State number 1 in Nigeria to produce the next era of young agriculture and Tech billionaires to sustain His Excellency mantra, building our future together. I am sure we would not disappoint you’ Oyesola stated
Dignitaries at the low keyed event include: Iyalode Alaba Lawson (former President of the Abeokuta Chambers and former President National Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture(NACCIMA), Prince Dimeji Kayode-Adedeji (founder Penpushing Media), Alhaji Wasiu Olaleye, Alhaji Rahman Maku and Dara Adebimpe among others.
The chamber was established in July,1976, but was incorporated with Corporate Affairs Commission(CAC),on November 13, 1979, while its board of trustees was reconstituted on July 20,2010.