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 agricultural value.
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.
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.
He assured of the association’s support while encouraging his members 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 NACCIMA 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,” the NACCIMA president 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 as Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, a position he held for 22 years.
Edem 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.
He is currently a Vice Chairman of the Governing Council of the National Productivity Centre, non-executive director of PNL and of Presco Nigeria Plc, the Chairman of Demaco Integrated Ventures Limited and a commission member of the Cross River State Planning Commission.

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