Poised to pilot a first-class sharing of notions with sister chambers locally and internationally by utilising the goals of synergy in trade and industrial networking, Ikorodu Chamber of Commerce and Industry officially steers in a new leadership on the 24th of November 2022.
Engr Chief Kayode Shoderu, the Chairman and CEO of Omokof Ltd, a member company of Ikorodu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) since its inception has been installed 4th President of ICCI.
The investiture ceremony, which brought in creme De La creme together at Oteju Hall in Ikorodu Ultra modern Town Hall saw Chief R.O Shoderu, take the wheels as 4th chamber president with plans to support and protect the interest of the business community in Ikorodu Division.
Aiming to liaise with Government and the Private Sector within and outside Nigeria to promote infrastructural progress, the chamber intends to attract and increase trade and industry, improve agriculture, conserve resources and enable public interests in the business of the Chamber.
ICCI was integrated in 2011 as a private, non-profit-making organisation of businessmen and professionals, Limited by Guarantee (LTD/GTE), under the company and Allied Matters Act 1990.
Conceived by Ikorodu Division Resource Development Group (IDRDG) following the successful hosting of the 1st Trade Fair in Ikorodu Division in April 2000 tagged “Ikorodu Division Expo 2000”, the chamber gained bearing with the establishment of the Ikorodu Division Industrial and Investment Promotion Council (IDIIPC) which comprised notable, proactive, business-oriented characters who were, apiece and all, assured that the rapid growth of the Socioeconomic abilities of Ikorodu Division was likely and that the member firm stood the chance to gain in the process of Lagos maturing as a mega city.
Before installing the new president, Prof. (Emeritus) Kunle Ade Wahab, outgoing president, stated that the chamber has come a long way, committed to fulfilling its motive of forming positive connections with the government and non-governmental role players to overcome common challenges faced by the community.
Asserting that the chamber will continue to play important roles in bridging the concerns between Policy makers and the business community, Prof. Wahab noted that its business luncheon events have been a good forum for networking and unlocking deeper insights and opinions about the business district.
He continued, “My time in ICCI has been an instructive journey which has compelled me to think beyond the present and understand the larger picture, this lesson I will carry with me for many years ahead”.
“It is important that Ikorodu Entrepreneurs, Women and Youth Businesses are enabled to partake in key sectors of our economy if we want to develop our nation into a thriving and vast country; we know it can be done”.
Prof. Wahab completed his speech by informing guests that the latter part of his regime formulated a rebranding committee that initiated the facilitation of the new ICCI website.
Prof. Kunle Ade Wahab is also the current National Treasure of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines, and Agriculture (NACCIMA).
Chairman of the occasion, Senator Adetokunbo Abiru, Represented by his special adviser on media and publicity, Enitan Olukotun, said the chamber will continue to have his support like it did the year prior.
Explaining the need to be involved in the system, Senator Abiru explained that he comprehends the need to synergise with the chamber for successful projections.
He continued, “The minimum duty we owe ICCI is to create an enabling environment and opportunities for it to thrive in this digital revolution age”.
Urging the chamber to be more efficient at the forefront of the inventiveness and digital innovation that is currently shaping the world, Senator Abiru stated that ICCI must adopt more sophisticated means to channel businesses to leverage the numerous supports it has to offer in Ikorodu.
He stopped by saluting the new leadership on his successful installation, wishing Engr Shoderu a prosperous tenure ahead.
In his post-installation speech, Engr. Shoderu clarified to the guests that in the next two years, his tenure will build on the foundation that has been laid by its predecessors, even though he’s open to exploiting new paths.
According to him, the vision to develop the Ikorodu Chamber of Commerce and Industry into a first-class Business Organisation is a trajectory to maximize.
“Our programs and activities that underscore our core values- through education, training, Trade Fairs, Economic Summits, Business Luncheons, Business Research, Entrepreneurial Programmes and resources will be continued”.
“We will maintain our commitment to represent all business stakeholders in Ikorodu Division and will encourage membership and representation regardless of race, political affiliation, or religious association” Engr. Shoderu added.
Guests in attendance include; Chief Tunde Onakoya, Chief Dr Owolabi Shitta, Akin Oyenusi, and Barr. Ladi Sowemimo, Alhaji M. Lawal Animashaun, Dr Taiwo Hassan, Ashipa Kaoli Olusanya, Engr. Kunle Amid, Mr Abraham A. Balogun, Engr. Kayode Anibaba, Sir Dr Ayodele Ajayi, Alhaji Bashorun Babatunde Rotinwa, Otunba J.O. Odunlate, Sir. David Sunmoni, Otunba Akinola Adegoke Awomodu, Alhaji F. 0. Lasisi, Mrs O. O. T. Benson, Mr Ola Mudashiru, Sir Engr (Chief) Oladimeji Oshinowo, Prince Segun Ogunlewe, Prince Gani Oluwole, Prince Bode Ogunleye, Amb Ademola Onafowokan and Mr Rotimi Erogbogbo.
Alhaja Adeola Rotinwa (1st Vice President), Alhaji Mukaila Afolabi, Alhaja Zainab Alogba (ICCI NAWORG coordinator), Mrs Stella Akande (NAWORG Lagos coordinator), Hon Ganiyu Abiru, Engr. H.O.B Lawal (Life President), Mrs Helen Ogedegbe, Mrs Kehinde Adelaja (ICCI director general), Prince Seye Adedipe and other executive members graced the event.
Ayangburen in council and HRM, Oba Bashiru Sotonwa, Sekumade of Ipakodo was represented by High Chief Oludayo Shotomiwa (Olisa of Ipakodo) was also in attendance.