Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, ECCIMA, elects new executives as members bemoan growing challenges of doing business.

At its 50th AGM in Enugu on 25 January, members promoted 1st deputy president, Sir Odeiga Jideonwo, as the 17th president.

Jideonwo, the CEO of Bridgewaters Group, succeeds Mr. Jasper Nduagwuike who has completed his tenure.

In his valedictory, Nduagwuike asked government to resolve tax and other policy issues affecting the organized private sector in Enugu.

Agriculture and Agro-Industrialization Commissioner, Mr. Patrick Ubru, represented Gov Peter Mbah at the meeting.

The Governor asked for closer collaboration and for the business community to embrace  innovation and technology.

He said Enugu as a hub of commerce, industry, mines and agriculture must leverage its past heritage to grow its economy sustainably.

The public and private sectors leveraging each other’s strengths can create an environment that attracts investors, supports entrepreneurship and promotes growth of local businesses, Mbah said.

Accordingly, such a strong relationship between private and public sectors could transform Enugu into a leading economic power house.

Mbah pictured Enugu as a business and industries hub operating in a rapidly evolving global economy powered by technological advancements.

He also told ECCIMA members why it is important to work together.

“Our state is blessed with abundant natural resources, skilled work force and vibrant entrepreneurial spirit.

“We must harness these assets, effectively aligning our efforts towards sustainable development and inclusive growths.”

“We operate in a rapidly changing global economy, where technological advancement and sustainability play pivotal roles.

“It is imperative that we adapt and embrace innovation and foster a culture of creativity within the industries.”

Nduagwuike led the governor’s representative to commission a restaurant within the ECCIMA complex which his administration started and completed.

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