Aba (Abia) – The Aba Chamber of Commerce, Mines and Agriculture (ACCIMA) has called on the Federal Government to return the Bank of Industry (BOI), which was moved to Asaba at the peak of kidnapping in Aba, Abia.
The outgoing President of ACCIMA, Chief Anthony Enukeme, made the call at the chamber’s 15th Annual General Meeting in Aba on Tuesday.
He said that the decision was not favourable to the real sector in Aba, the hub of business in the South East, noting that its return would boost business activities in the town and its environs.
“I wish to make a clarion call, on behalf of Aba business community, to the Federal Government to revisit the issue of relocation of the Bank of Industry (BOI) zonal office from Aba to Asaba and to return it to Aba.
“BOI has enough work to do in Aba and its environs in the overall interest of the nation’s economic growth.
“The business potential in Aba needs encouragement from the Federal Government through its agencies such as the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and BOI, among others,” he said.
Enukeme also urged the CBN to develop and implement policies that would enable BOI and allied organisations to function unhindered in aid of manufacturing.
He said that the Abia Government had promised to allocate land to ACCIMA for its trade fair complex and called on members to pursue the promise with vigour.
The chamber elected new executive members with Mr Emma Nwakpadolu as President; Mr Ossy Prestige and Mr Andy Obasi as the first and second deputy presidents respectively.
Nwakpadolu, in his acceptance speech, thanked the chamber for electing them to run the affairs of the chamber for two years.
He expressed confidence that the chamber would support the new council to uplift the organisation.(NAN)