All is now set for the 2021 annual workshop of the Commerce and Industry correspondents association of Nigeria (CICAN) scheduled to hold at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Lagos.
A statement, jointly signed by the Chairman Conference Planning Committee of CICAN, Barnabas Esiet and the Chairman of the association, Mr. Charles Okonj, made available to newsmen over the weekend in Lagos, said the workshop with the theme ” Impact of Forex crisis on the Real sector & MSMEs ” will attract economic experts and captains of industry in the manufacturing, SMEs and financial institutions among others in the country.
“Issues surrounding the challenges in sourcing Foreign exchange and the impact on the local industries as well as the Nigerian economy will take center stage at the CICAN, 2021 workshop and wards.” The statement read.
According to the statement, the event will take place this Thursday December 16, 2021 as from 4pm at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Ikeja, Lagos.
The statement read in part: “Chief Executive Officer, Centre for the Promotion of Private Enterprise (CPPE), and Immediate Past Director General of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) Dr. Muda Yusuf, will be the guest speaker at the event where distinguished captains of industry and outstanding entities will receive the CICAN’s prestigious award for their ingenuity despite adverse economic headwinds in the country.”
“Some of the awardees include; His Royal Highness, the MD/CEO Kris Oral Group of Companies, Igwe Chris Oranus, the MD/CEO Nipson, Malinson Afam Ukatu , whose firm pioneered tiles production in Nigeria, Mr. George Onafowokan, the MD/CEO Coleman Wires & Cables, who is being recognized for his organisation’s great strides in wires and cables manufacturing in Africa and the world, and Engr. Bede Egwu Obayi, FNSE Director, National Metrology Institute, SON, for his passion for standards compliance.”
The statement added that the Managing Director of Nigeria Commodities Exchange, Mrs Zaheera Baba- Ari, and the current Commissioner of Agriculture of Ogun State, who has done much to grow the agricultural sector of the State, are some of the other awardees.
Institutions like Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) that has had sustainable partnership with CICAN for three decades, the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) that has consistently use its advocacy roles to champion the cause of the country’s manufacturers are also to be recognized at the occasion.
The statement listed the panelists to include; Igwe Chris Oranus, Mr Malinson Afam Ukatu, Mr George Onofowokan and the Director General of NACCIMA , Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni.
It would be recalled that recently, the manufacturers’ umbrella body in the country told the world that manufacturers are unable to access up to 20 per cent of their FX needs from the local banks which the Central Bank of Nigeria had designated for the purpose.
Over the years, CICAN, the only outstanding association that reports and analyses the country’s commerce, industry and the SMEs sectors, brings together captains of industry, manufacturers, SMEs operators, financial institutions players and the media as well as other experts every December to discuss topical issues threatening the Real and SMEs sectors.