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Why ECCIMA established ADR centre in South East

By Lawrence Njoku, Enugu
28 December 2021   |   3:54 am
Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) has said that it initiated the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) centre in Enugu to facilitate less costly...

Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA) has said that it initiated the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) centre in Enugu to facilitate less costly, speedy and efficient settlement of business disputes in the South East region.

It stated that several businesses in the region had suffered due to long adjournments in the courts and heavy financial burden on those involved, stressing that the ADR was cheap, affordable and accessible in promoting healthy business environment.

Director General of ECCIMA, Henry Awuregu, told The Guardian, yesterday, that the centre would help parties resolve their dispute mutually, stressing that the centre would impact the economy of the zone if well harnessed.

He also disclosed that as part of efforts to encourage industrialists and entrepreneurs, who have impacted the economy and future of the region, the Chamber has unveiled six Nigerians for its 2021 Keyman awards.

Awuregu stated that the persons must be people with respect and regards for society, unblemished and free from any vice, thorough professionals and acclaimed managers of men and resources.

Among those on the list are: Reverend Father Christian Anieke for Best Private University in the South East category; Chief Cyril Ajagu (Best in Portfolio Investment); Humphrey Ngonadi (Best in Manufacturing); Sir Kingsley Eze (best in Innovation and ICT); Chief Cosmas Agu (Metal Technology and Dr. Paulinus Ozonnagbo (Service and Distribution).

Awuregu, disclosed that the award would take place at the investiture ceremony of the 16th President of ECCIMA in February 2022, adding that the recipients would join Dr. Emeka Okwuosa, Dr. Samuel Onyishi, Dr. Uchechukwu Ogah, Mrs Nkechi Obi and Anayo Onwugbu, who he said, had received the award in the past.

On his part, outgoing President of the Chamber, Emeka Nwandu, said the international network of the organisation had gained more traction and should serve as a signpost to attract investments and match making in the South East and entire country.

He stated that the achievements of his administration would serve as a benchmark for the chamber to remain committed in the promotion of business and economic development, as well as in collaboration with all levels of government in boosting business and investment opportunities in Enugu State and the South East region.

Nwandu expressed hope and confidence that the incoming administration would sustain the local and global strides aimed at impacting positively on the business environment of the South East region and Nigeria.