In a bid to ensure effective administration of Owerri Chambers of Commerce Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OCCIMA), the council has unanimously ratified Mr. Everest Okpara’s acting headship to a substantive President of the business movement, just as Barr. Tony Amadi and Chief Charles Okeke became the First and Second Deputy Presidents respectively.
The ratification which was done during the council’s meeting held last Friday came barely one year after the death of its President – Dr. Igwe Christian as Mr. Okpara was then the organization’s 1st Deputy President.
It is pertinent to recall that based on the constitutional slating method of the chamber business which made Messers Okpara, Amadi and Okeke as the then 1st Deputy President, 2nd Deputy President and Treasurer respectively to mount the throne of the chamber’s leadership on acting capacities as President, 1st Deputy President and 2nd Deputy President.
With the ratification, the new leadership will now be focused in their programmes geared towards moving the organization forward as their mandate expires in the next two years.
However, to put the new leadership on their toes, the council also appointed seven man committee headed by Chief Odunze Brown and the chamber’s Director General Mrs. Grace Egejuru as Secretary with the mandate to organize a befitting programme for the inauguration of the new leadership and in line with the constitutional provision of South East Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (SECCIMA) and National Association of Chambers of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).
In his acceptance speech, youthful Mr. Okpara who is also the Managing Director of Everite Diagnostic Centres expressed satisfaction for the ratification.
He expressed sadness over the death of his predecessor and prayed for God’s grace and directions to lift the chambers higher.
The President also recalled that he had previously handed over to members his activities driven blue print, which he vowed for its implementation in the overall interest of the chamber, its members and the state in general.
Okpara assured to run an all inclusive and visionary administration and enjoined council members on the need for commitment and dedication.
According to him “I am on a mission; the vision is to re-position OCCIMA and make business activities in Imo State profitable and attractive to investors, we must partner with the state government in her efforts of Rebuilding Imo as the fastest growing economy in Nigeria” he insisted.