Chipping Dealers in Bayelsa State under the auspices of the Association of Chipping Dealers of Nigeria have elected a 7-man executive to pilot its affairs for the next three years after a keenly contested election in Yenagoa.
The newly elected Chairman of the Association, Mr. Ikechukwu Nweke who was re-elected for a second term in office while giving an insight into his plans and challenges under the COVID-19 pandemic, hinted of his resolve to continue to focus on the mandate given to him to serve.
Nweke who spoke through his Vice Mr. Elochukwu Ezeani said the lock down adversely impacted the sustainance of their business, especially with no external support from either government or any source but however noted that as a responsible organization they like planning and saving for the rainy days.
Concerning his plans and programmes for the group under his second term, he disclosed that they were working on an existing long term master plan with some notable significant achievement, promising to improve on it and take it to the next level during the second tenure.
He disclosed that one of his major achievement in his first tenure was the acquisition of a 20 plots of land along the Bayelsa palm axis of Yenagoa, adding that before the end of this tenure additional 20 plots will be added to already acquired land.
According to him, talks are already on going as regards building an ultra modern permanent secretariat and dump sites, in addition to procuring heavy duty equipments like pay loaders to enable the addociation do business efficiently instead of the tedious manual way in line with global best practice and ease of doing busines.
Also, the equipment when procured they will also used for rental business to help generate revenue and handle other responsibilities of the association.
The association in a bid to cushion the effect of the pandemic gave out palliatives such as food stuff and distributed face mask to its members as well as other Bayelsans, saying that it observed social distancing, wearing of face mask, regular hand washing and frequent use of sanitizer in course of carrying out their business.
Also speaking, the secretary of the group Mr. Paulinus Obi Commended the chairman and his vice for their exemplary leadership and pray God to continue to grant them with wisdom and Grace to serve the association in their various capacities.
Mr.Obi who is also returning as secretary for a second term said they have never defaulted in any of their obligations to government as regards taxes, levies or any legitimate fees as according to him government needs support from the private sector.
He decried a situation whereby chipping used for government project are sourced from outside the state, meanwhile they are the ones here paying tax heavily to Government, and appealed to Government to consider patronizing them since they are here in the state.
The association scribe called on the state government to look into this issue of daily ticket as it is affecting the reputation of the state and expressed regret that the daily ticket has become a torn in the flesh of industrialist in the state insisting that if the issue is not urgently addressed could drive away investors from the state.
Those elected as members of the Exco for the next three years are:
Mr. Ikechukwu Nweke, Chairman, Mr. Elochukwu Ezeani, Vice/Chairman, Mr. Paulinus Obi, Secretary, Mr. Philip Edor, Financial Secretary, Mr. Sunday Anosike, Treasurer, Mr. Jude Obi P.R.O and Mr. Chinedu Onwuegbu, Provost
The association is the apex chipping organization recognized by government and registerd with CAC operating a functional secretariat with plans to move to its permanent site a long Bayelsa Palm road soon.