February 1, 2023 11:40 pm

UCCIMA meets, takes overview of the year 2022 fiscal year


The Chief Servant of Umuahia Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, UCCIMA and Vice President of Nigeria-Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce, Chief Chidi Aruoma has reiterated that the zeal and passion of UCCIMA is to develop the Small and Medium Scale enterprises in Umuahia and Abia State.

To this end, he renewed his call on Abians in diaspora to come home, take advantage of the present status of Abia state as the most investment-friendly environment in the country to position themselves accordingly.

Aruoma who addressed the members of UCCIMA in Umuahia during a special event decried the near absence of indigenous factories, Industries and companies in the state.

His words, “Our citizens who are in the diaspora should please come home and invest. There’s no way you can be faraway and be riding a bicycle, you need to be close to mount the bicycle and ride it comfortably. Therefore, there’s this that urgent need for us to come back home. Minus the Industries which were set up by the late Michael Okpara, there is nothing more here to look at. Minus the Golden Guinea brewery, minus the modern ceramics, what else do we have here?

Chief Aruoma

“Most of the businesses moving on and up in Umuahia and Abia State in general are mostly owned by the nonindigenes. What happened to the indigenes? We take pleasure in going to build factories and other businesses outside Abia. There are cases of people who lives in posh houses abroad but they come back home to meet thatched houses, why not replicate same in your hometown? Let’s remember that there’s no place like home. When you build your establishment here, you have succeeded in pulling our youths off the streets, so that’s the more reason UCCIMA is telling Abians in diaspora to come back home and invest.

“There is security and good roads are springing up. Let’s embrace the window given to us by the governor and move forward to make it better. We are looking at the position where the government will help us setup skills acquisition centres at the three senatorial districts in Abia State. This will help those who cannot do well in the western system of education to learn a trade like carpentry/upholstery, shoe making among others”.

Aruoma seized the opportunity to solicit support and cooperation of members even as he encouraged to shun lukewarm attitude in the year 2022.

He disclosed that the essence of the special meeting was for members to have an overview of what UCCIMA intends to achieve within the new fiscal year.

L-R Chief Aruoma and Hon. Asonye

In appreciation, the UCCIMA Vice President, Finance, Hon. Nmere Asonye lauded the sterling performance of Chief Aruoma and reaffirmed the support of members of the UCCIMA towards the growth and progress of UCCIMA.

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