The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said that it will not relent on its mandate to advocate for the interest of Nigeria’s Organised Private Sector.
The President of the chamber, Michael Olawale-Cole, stated this on Wednesday during a flag-off of activities to mark LCCI’s 35th anniversary celebration.
Olawale-Cole said the founding fathers of the chamber had a practical idea of building and advancing a thriving economy that was controlled by the private sector through advocacy, trade promotion and business advisory.
According to him, LCCI currently has thousands of members, compared to 14 members when the chamber, and 26 sectoral groups, demonstrating its comprehensive coverage of the Nigerian economy.
He said, “In the last 135 years, several Nigerians and non-Nigerians have been sworn-in as presidents of this chamber. Regardless of the difficulties of the terrain, these men of notable nobility steered the LCCI ship. We are celebrating because of what they did and many others.
“We cannot ignore the challenges we have faced in recent years but have managed to overcome. We have upheld the values of our predecessors and the principles outlined in our foundational documents. In addition, we have done so with courage.”