Two former presidents of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), Otunba Oye and Prince Kayode have emerged as the first deputy president and national vice president respectively of the John Udeagbala-led Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).
They were appointed national officers at the inauguration of Udeagbala as 21st NACCIMA president at the investiture ceremony that took place in Aba, Abia State.
On the occasion, Engr. Jani Ibrahim was also appointed as the second deputy president, while the honourary award of NACCIMA Life President was given to Nabil Saleh and Hajia Saratu Iya Aliyu, the immediate past president of NACCIMA.
Otunba Oye is the founder and principal partner of Dele Oye & Associates and one of the founding partners of Consolidated Legal Practice, a consortium of law firms. He is a skilled litigator and trial attorney with extensive experience in many facets of litigation in a variety of forums, including all the levels of superior courts in Nigeria, where he has represented a wide variety of clients. His areas of strength and experience include general criminal and civil litigation; securities litigation; business succession planning; employment law counselling and litigation; commercial litigation; mergers and acquisitions and general corporate transactions.
As an astute entrepreneur, he has also utilized his unique skill set to cement a durable legacy in the world of commerce and business. He is the chairman of MST Properties West Africa Ltd, a real estate development & holdings company in Nigeria with business interests in South Africa and Dubai as well as the chairman of MST West Africa Ltd, a company in the business of developing and promoting green energy in the power sector in Nigeria.
Prince Kayode, the new NACCIMA National President is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), a life bencher (the highest legal rank and honour in Nigeria). He is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitration, UK; fellow of the Chartered Institute of Mediators and Conciliators of Nigeria; and Chartered Institute of Taxation of Nigeria.
He served as cabinet minister in four different positions, namely culture and tourism; labour; Federal Attorney- General and Minister of Justice and as minister of defence.
Kayode who chairs the peace and security committee of the Pan African Lawyers Union, Dare Sallam, Tanzania, has business interests in law, agriculture, power and mining. He is on the board of the National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry Mines and Agriculture of Nigeria, Nigerian Chamber of Mines, Nigeria Association of Investment Promotion Agencies.
The president ACCI, Dr. Al-Mujtaba Abubakar on behalf of the council and exco members of the chamber lauded the appointment of NACCIMA president, John Udeagbala and the two ACCI members who also were appointed.
A statement by the chamber’s media and strategy officer, Mrs. Olayemi John-Mensah said Abubakar prayed that as they embark on the set responsibilities, “we are assured that the chamber movement will be taken to greater heights of excellence.”