Washington DC. 16 May, 2019 (CABNC-TV)- Nigerian former head of state, H.E General Abdussalam A. Abubakar GCFR leads government delegation to the official National Presidential investiture ceremony of the Nigerian Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines & Agriculture NACCIMA held in Kaduna State, Nigeria. General Abdussalam, 5 State Governors were among top government officials that attended the new NACCIMA National President Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu Inauguration/Investiture held in Kaduna State, Nigeria.
General Abdussalam expressed confidence in Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu’s ability to lead the organization. He stated further that, the appointment of Hajiya Saratu as the 20th National President and 1st female from northern Nigeria is very significant and assured Nigerians that, it would definitely promote businesses and economic development across Nigeria.
H.E Gen. Abubakar (rtd) called on all NACCIMA stakeholders to cooperate and support the newly inaugurated National President of the prestigious Nigerian Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mine & Agriculture (NACCIMA).
Also present at the inauguration/ investiture ceremony were, H.E Governor Jigawa State Alhaja Badaru Abubakar, H.E Executive Governor Niger State Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello, H.E Executive Governor Kogi State Alhaji Yahaya Bello, H.E Executive Governor Plateau State Dr. Lalung, and H.E Executive Governor Kaduna State represented by Prof. Kabiru Matu
They all took turns to eulogize the new president. Governor Sani Bello, said NACCIMA made a good choice in Aliyu and expressed hope that she would take the Association to greater heights. His Kogi counterpart too graciously described her as a leader who is approachable with qualities that are endearing, but not without reminiscing that he too grew up in Kaduna.
The Jigawa State governor assured Aliyu of his support, adding that having performed well as Kaduna chamber president; she would do great as the 20th national President of NACCIMA. Abubakar urged Aliyu to build on successes of the immediate past president and make NACCIMA greater. On his part, Lalung advised Aliyu to focus on making Nigeria a truly but viable zero- oil nation through Agriculture. The host governor congratulated Aliyu and said Kaduna State Government acknowledges the role of the private sector as that of valuable partners in development. El-Rufai who was represented by Prof. Kabiru Matu, welcomed NACCIMA delegates across Nigeria to Kaduna.
Aliyu is married to Senator Nuhu Labbo Aliyu, a retired Assistant Inspector-General of police and they are blessed with children and grandchildren. The new president acknowledged the fact that the private sector is expected to play a bigger role in the quest for the rejuvenation of the economy for inclusive growth and development and the concerted efforts to reposition the country as one of the leading economies not just in Africa but the world; and also make it works for the well- being of the people. According to her, “In pursuit of this goal, the private sector has a big role to play and a lot will devolve on us in the chambers movement.
Our 59th annual conference thus presents us with another opportunity to rededicate ourselves to the work ahead of us and work closely with government and other members of the private sector for the realisation of our goals and in doing so, we must work together to strengthen our association and rededicate ourselves to the task ahead.” As part of her planned programme, she identified revenue generation and finance as a challenge. She said “We must take seriously the issue of our finances. Our current financial situation is not encouraging. We must, therefore, embark on a revenue generation drive to improve the financial profile of the association.
Contributor: Jonathan Eze, Leadership.ng