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Olukanni is NACCIMA new DG



The Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), has appointed Ambassador Ayoola Olukanni as its new Director General, replacing Emmanuel Cobham, who recently left association.

Olukanni graduated from the University of Ife (now OAU) in 1979 with a first degree in Social Sciences (Political Science). He joined the Nigerian diplomatic service in July 1980 after his National Youth Service in Jos, Plateau State.

His first diplomatic posting from 1982 to 1983, was to the Nigerian Embassy Brussels Belgium, which also serves as the Nigerian Mission to the European Union between.


In 1984 he returned to school for postgraduate studies in International Law and graduated with Post Graduate Diploma in International Law from the University of Lagos Between December1986 and April 1989, he served in the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations New York, covering among others, the work of the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th Committees of the UN as well as the Security Council.

He was thus involved in the work of the UN spanning Economic and Financial matters; South-South Cooperation, Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries(TCDC); Social, cultural and humanitarian and Legal affairs as well as Peace and Conflict Resolution and UN Peace Keeping operations.

He returned to Nigeria in 1989 and in line with his insatiable quest for knowledge he enrolled for another Postgraduate studies at the University of Lagos.

He graduated from UNILAG in 1991 with Masters of International Law and Diplomacy(MILD) with focus on International Environmental Law.

Between 1991 and 1994, he worked at the Bilateral Economic Cooperation Division (BECD) at the Headquarters, (the Ministry of Foreign Affairs) and was in Tel Aviv Israel from 1994-1998 where he functioned as Counselor Political, Culture and Information following closely the implementation of the Oslo Peace Accord.

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