The new President of Ibadan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), Mr. Olatunde Alapa, has assured of further strengthening relationship with the Oyo State government towards getting more benefits to members of the Chamber.
He gave the commitment in the speech he delivered at his installation as the 19th President of the Chamber, swearing in of other members of the executive council and annual general meeting of the Chamber, held in Ibadan.
Other members of the executive council to pilot the affairs of the Chamber for the next two years include Chief Adesola Abodunrin, first Deputy President; Architect Bamidele Samson, second Deputy President; Chief (Mrs.) P. Omotomilola-Osunde, Treasurer 1; Chief Emmanuel Ogunnaike, Treasurer 2 and Dr. (Mrs.) Kemi Wale-Olaitan.
Alapa said with the state government operating as a friend of the private sector, the Chamber is more than prepared to key into the programmes of the government that will impact positively on the business
According to him, “The Oyo State government has continued to maintain good relationship with the organized private sector most especially the Chamber of Commerce as the arrowhead. Our administration will further strengthen the existing relationship with a view to facilitate more benefits to the Chamber members.
“Without any gain saying or political interest the executive governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi is a friend of the private sector and we shall explore all available means to key into the programmes and activities of the government that will impact positively on the business community”.
On membership development drive, the ICCI President said the new administration under his leadership will pay visits to new companies now emerging along Lagos-Ibadan expressway and in other areas in Ibadan environment to bring them to join the Chamber, stating that the Chamber will sustain their membership by meeting their expectation through improved benefits.
While pledging to build up stronger diplomatic relationships with the foreign embassies in the country in order to be acquainted with their trade activities and stimulate business linkages with foreign investors, he said this will help the Chamber to generate more income while members will also derive enormous benefits from it.
The state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Princess Taibat Adeyemi-Agaba, in her remarks, said the state government at all times will be working with all the Chambers in the state, noting that business development of the state cannot be left in the hands of the state government alone.
She however lauded the Ibadan Chamber of Commerce and Industry for the role it has played in the business development of not only its members but the state as a whole, stating that her door is wide open for the leadership and members of the Chamber.