Former Minister of Industries, Dr. (Mrs) Nike Akande CON, has been appointed as Chairman of the NEPAD Business Group Nigeria (NBGN) at the 3rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the organisation held on Tuesday 8th December, 2015 at the Diamond Suite, Eko Hotels & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos. She took over from Chief Chris Ezeh, MFR
Dr. Akande, two-time former Minister of Industry, is a seasoned industrialist and a believer of strong and virile private sector as the engine and catalyst of economic growth. She is a founding member and a Director Board Member of the Group as well as a foundation member of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group (NESG) and Member of the African Business Roundtable (ABR).
Among other achievements, Dr. Akande is a Director, PZ Cussons, Foundation, Board Member, Bank Directors Association of Nigeria (BDAN), Chairman, Entrepreneurial Studies (AES) Excellence Club, Deputy President of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Honorary Life Vice-President, National Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), and President, Pan-African Organisation for Women Recognition. She was also at various times, a Director of the National Insurance Corporation of Nigeria (NICON) and Nigeria Industrial Development Bank (NIDB), now Bank of Industry (BOI). She is a member of Vision 2010 and 2020 of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and was an active member of 2014 Nigerian National Conference.
Chief Dr. Akande was also be installed in the first week of December, 2015 as the second female President in the one hundred and twenty six year existence of the Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI).
In her acceptance speech, Chief Dr. Akande assured members of her commitment to repositioning NBGN for effectiveness in terms of value addition to members and their business concerns. She equally canvassed for the support of members and stakeholders alike to be able to do this.