Stories By Ayo Fadimu
Hajiya Saratu Iya Aliyu has been inaugurated the 20th National President of the Nigerian Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture ( NACCIMA). She took over from the former President Iyalode Alaba Lawson, who was the first female to occupy the seat.
Speaking at the event in Kaduna President Muhammadu Buhari promised to do all within his power to enable businesses to thrive in the country. The President said the massive investments in rail, roads and power are aimed to assist the growth of business in the country. Saratu Aliyu had her University education at the famous Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Kaduna state. She is a seasoned professional ,teacher, trainer, farmer, trader and a host of other fields.
She was the former Chairperson at the coalition of the Northern States Chambers of commerce , the first and the second Deputy President and later President of Kaduna Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( KADCCIMA). The new NACCIMA boss has attended several leadership courses both in Nigeria and overseas. Aliyu has also attended several local and international conferences where she distinguished herself as a business icon. Aliyu is so passionate about women issues and a leader in the development of women causes, these could be seen in her involvement in women related organisations.
Born on September 24, 1948 in Lagos. The new NACCIMA president originated from Borno State and married to Aliyu from Niger State. Her spouse was a former Deputy Inspector General of Police. She is happily married with children
Meanwhile, the immediate past president of NACCIMA, Iyalode Lawson has described her time in NACCIMA as fulfilling as the association glew during her tenure.
While speaking with Commerce and Industry Correspondents during the commissioning of Ide John C. Business Center at NACCIMA Head office in Lagos said the most memorable achievement of her two-year tenure 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 positions to mentor them, to make sure they use their talents. We linked with some Agencies like FIIRO, Nigeria Export Promotion Council, among others to build their capacities, training, workshops which brought out their talents”she said.
Lawson stated that the youth entrepreneur centres are currently in 17 states and training over 50,000 youth Entrepreneurs, while more are still joining.
She added that another great achievement of her time in office was ensuring that NACCIMA Export Promotion Group was result-oriented.
“Another thing is that NACCIMA Export Promotion Group is doing extremely well. To improve our Gross Domestic Project, GDP, you need to have very good strong 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 however called on standards 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.