COVID-19, a blessing in disguise for us in 2020 ― LCCI boss

The president of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Mrs Toki Mabogunje,  has described the advent of COVID-19 pandemic and the attendant lockdown, as a blessing in disguise for the chamber; since it afforded it the opportunity to rapidly digitise its operations.
Speaking at the chamber’s 132nd Annual General Meeting (AGM), held in Lagos, over the weekend, Mabogunje stated that the chamber had, prior to the advent of the pandemic, commenced the digitisation of its operations,  but the pandemic, she added, helped in fast-tracking the process.
She added that the digitisation, and the chamber’s presence on social media,  had enabled it to attract younger investors who had hitherto been oblivious of its activities.
Besides, she stated, the digitisation of the chamber’s operations and the training given to the staff made it easy for the chamber to move its activities online, to enable it to cope with COVID-19.
The LCCI boss noted that the outgoing year being a ‘very challenging one for the global economy’,  the chamber was still able to do its best for the development of businesses in Nigeria.
While ascribing the feats recorded in the year to the quality council, paraded by the chamber, and its highly committed staff, Mabogunje, however, urged the staff to brace up for the coming year, since the chamber would be doing everything within its power to explore every opportunity that might come with the year.
 “For us, at the chamber, the pandemic could be described as a blessing in disguise.  As if we knew there would be COVID-19, we had, earlier in the year, embarked on the digitisation of our operations. So the advent of the pandemic gave us no alternative than to fast-track the digitisation process to get our operations going.
“We were able to move our meetings, training and even events to digital platforms, and the participation of stakeholders, at those events,  had been phenomenal.
“We also succeeded in deepening our policy advocacy by meeting the leadership of the government, through technology, from the comfort of their homes, and get things done,” she stated.
Mabogunje also stressed the need for the chamber’s sectoral groups to be more active, through increased participation in the chamber’s activities,  adding that such would go a long way in enhancing the fortunes of the nation’s business community.

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