The Vice President, National Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Sir Emma Nwakpadolu declared yesterday in Umuahia, Abia State capital that for chamber of commerce to be part of the business development process of a city in which it operates, that chamber must unite and ensure that peace reigns amongst their members.
Speaking at interactive session with members of the Umuahia Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (UCCIMA) on Monday, Nwakpadolu described the institution of chamber of commerce as an amalgamation of industrialists whose major interest is only to promote business activities in the cities they found itself, warning that chamber business is not a platform to cause disaffection and strive for positions in oreder to make cheat money amongst the members.
The NACCIMA boss who was in Umuahia Chamber of Commerce Industry, Mines and Agriculture on a fact find finding mission with the President of Aba Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA), Mr Andy Obasi, described the Chief Ako Atulomah led UCCIMA as an organized chamber.
While expressing satisfaction over the various moves by the chamber to reorganize and refocus UCCIMA for national acceptance, Nwakpadolu observed that NACCIMA and its counterpart in the south east, South East Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (SECCIMA), were interested in ensuring the enthronement of a vibrant and business-like chamber in Umuahia.
In his comment, Obasi challenged members of UCCIMA to do their best to ensure that convivial and peaceful atmosphere reign in in the chamber, adding that the NACCIMA would not accept the emergence of two factions in Umuahia Chamber Commerce.
He requested UCCIMA officials to furnish the fact finding team with some relevant documents that would enable it to present unbiased recommendation to the national body and described their finding assignment in Umuahia on Monday as revealing.
Earlier, the interim President of UCCIMA had outlined the various moves by the interim officers of the chamber to revive the chamber by ensuring its re-enlistment into folds of SECCIMA and NACCIMA, adding the chamber was delisted from both chambers under the leadership of the immediate past President, Chief Uzodinma Okpara.
Atulomah disclosed the efforts UCCIMA officials were making to reapply and put the chamber in the mainstream chamber business in Nigeria, saying that chamber has done a lot of repackaging by bringing all businessmen and women in the ancient city back to the chamber, planning of an annual general meeting (AGM) as well as making moves to hold an inauguration and honours’ day, pointing out that the Umuahia business community now has implicit confidence in the Umuahia Chamber of Commerce.