The Coker Building Materials and Allied Products Dealers recently inaugurated its new executives after a successful election that marked an end to a four-year tenure of Nze Sam Okpala-led executive.
Speaking at the event, the Union’s outgoing president, Nze Sam Okpala thanked God for a successful completion of his tenure. Appreciating the Union members for confidence reposed in him and his team, Okpala said it was an opportunity to contribute to the growth and development of the Union.
The outgoing president who noted that though he inherited a Union that was faced with so many challenges, he however said that having carefully waded through the various storms, addressed several issues and challenges along with his team that he was happy to handover to his successor a transformed union as well as a repositioned organisation. According to Okpala, his executive’s mission at inception to manage the affairs of Coker Building Materials and Allied Products Dealers such that that would become one of the most coordinated and serene business environment in Lagos State was achieved.
“We promised on assumption of office that our administration will be hinged on three cardinal points – transparency, accountability and improved welfare of members. We pursued these policies with every sense of responsibility and today, I am elated to say that we got it rights.”
Enumerating some of the team’s achievement, Okplala said, “We entrenched the culture of due process in the management of the union’s finances. My administration revived the association’s annual football league competition for our sports-loving youths. We encouraged members who have financial needs to apply for soft loan as enshrined in our constitution.
“I am happy to announce that as at date, over 70 members have benefited from the scheme. We have maintained cordial relationship with our host community and neighbouring unions alike, discharging our corporate social responsibility,â€ he said. Congratulating the new executives, Okpala urged them to sustain the tempo of good governance.
Speaking also, the incoming President, Mazi Justin Okpani thanked the members of the association for their sacrifice of time and confidence reposed on him to pilot the affairs of the Union for the next four years.
Calling for members’ support, Okpani also appealed on the financial institutions around the market to partner with the new executive its drive to improve members welfare in granting credit facilities to interested members as well as support the association’s corporative society in the area of information sharing.
Restating his team’s commitment to serve and move the union forward, Okpani said, “On behalf of my team, I wish to state the confidence you reposed in us will not be dashed. And in line with my campaign promises, we will move the union forward and ensure genuine unity that will ensure the peace, progress and prosperity of our great Union.”
The electoral chairman, Mr. Okechukwu Obi, presenting the certificate of return to the 13-man executive committee, urged them to endeavour to print their names on the sand of time with quality leadership.