ACCI appoints new DG, forms new management team


By Peace Oghenegbavwe

Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), has appointed Ms. Victoria Akai as the new Director General of the organisation.

The announcement of the appointment was made during the Management and Staff  meeting of the organisation by the President of the Chamber, Prince Adetokunbo Kayode, CON., SAN who said the appointment is part of efforts to reorganise the chamber and make it more strategic in the task of developing the economy.

“In the life of an organisation such as ours, there is room for continuity and even change of baton at one point in time or the other. The former DG, Chief Tonia Shoyele has played her part but need to step aside for the incumbent. I wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

“I want to emphasise that Ms Victoria is coming with an impressive experience in effectively and efficiently managing resources and personnel that creates impactful results.

“Within a record as the Director of our training arm, the Business Entrepreneurial Skilled and Technology (BEST) Centre, she demonstrated serious commitment that led to receipt of the Centre’s Award during the last International Chambers of Commerce (ICC) conference in Rio De Jeneiro, Brazil.

“She is to work closely with the Executive, Council, Management and staff to scale up the activities of the chamber so as to create maximum impact for our organisation”, Prince Kayode noted.

Between 2010 and 2017, she established a management company that successfully implemented various projects and programs for national and international organisations including the EU, UN, Johns Hopkins University, National Primary Health Care Development Agency amongst various others.

Victoria has served as a lead Consultant to Nigeria’s Senate Committee on Primary Health Care and Communicable Diseases.

She is a Management Expert, with Degrees and Professional Trainings which include an MBA in Management, MDF Certification in European Development Administration and Finance Procedures, B.Sc. in Agriculture with specialization in Agric Economics and Rural Sociology, United Nations Institute of Training and Research Certificates in Debt & amp; Financial Management and Negotiation of Financial transaction, MIT Certificates in Leadership and Entrepreneurship. She is also undergoing a  PHD in Business Administration.

Prior to her current appointment, Victoria was the pioneer Director of the Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technology (BEST) Centre of the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry; a learning Centre established by the Chamber for capacity development of the business community.

She joined Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry as a Director of the Business Entrepreneurship Skills and Technology Centre in 2017. Between 2002 and 2011 she worked with the European Union PRIME & SRIK Projects as a Procurement Manager and Administrator overseeing 23 States and the FCT.

According to Prince Kayode while announcing the appointment, Ms. Victoria resumes immediately.

Other Management team members are: Mr. Olawale Abdulrasheed- Policy Advocacy Centre (PAC) Coordinator; Ms. Aisha Ado Abdullahi-Director, Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC); Mr. Olulorunmaiye Olawale Jonathan-Senior Manager, Trade Facilitation; Mr. Jude Chime-Executive Director, Abuja Trade Centre (ATC); Mrs. Tinuke Temitope-BEST Head of Program and Dr. Adakola Nurudeen Olanrewaju-Accounts