National Association of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture,NACCIMA, outgoing President, Chief, Iyalode Alaba Lawson has described her two years as NACCIMA’s National President as fulfilling as the association glows during her tenure.
While speaking with Commercial and Industry Correspondents during the commissioning of Ide John C. Business Center at NACCIMA Head office in Lagos said that the most memorable achievement of her 4 years tenure at NACCIMA was the inauguration of NACCIMA Youth Entrepreneurs.
She noted that the unemployment rate is still high and there are few white collar jobs hence the move to catch them young and teach them how to become an entrepreneur using their talents.
“The white collar jobs are no longer there. So I inaugurated them and put some of them in place of position to mentor them, to make sure they can use their talents. And we put them in so many connections with some Agencies like FIIRO, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, all of them,we put them together for capacity building, training, workshops which brought out their talents”she said.
Lawson also stated that the youth Entrepreneur centre are currently in 17 states and training over 50 thousand youth Entrepreneurs, while more are still joining.
She said another great achievements of her time in office was ensuring that NACCIMA Export Promotion Group is result oriented.
“Another thing is that NACCIMA Export Promotion Group are doing extremely well. To improve our Gross Domestic Project, GDP, you need to have very good solid export group that will obey the rules and regulations of each country, so that we can compete favourably all over the world” she said.
Lawson therefore called on standard Agencies of the government like National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, and Standards Organization of Nigeria, SON, to ensure that the quality of Nigerian products are of international standard and can compete favourably with others in the global market.
She said the move will ensure Nigerian goods are exportable.