Our Chambers History

Abeokuta Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ABEOCCIMA) was established in July 1976 and it was incorporated in November 1979. The Chamber was established for the following cardinal objectives:

  1. To promote and protect trade, industry, mines and agriculture.
  2. To collect and disseminate statistical data and information relating to trade, commerce, insurance, shipping, industry, manufacturing, agriculture and technology.
  3. To educate members of the business community on likely viable business ventures by printing, a published newsletter, periodical book or leaflet that the Chamber may think desirable for the promotion of its interests.
  4. To organize, promote and sponsor trade or/and industrial exhibitions, fairs and symposia.

Our Chamber also studies and make regular responses on the government’s public policies affecting the economy.

The membership of the Abeokuta Chamber of Commerce comprises companies established or are having economic interests in all the local governments under the Egba Zone of Ogun State. These are Abeokuta North, Abeokuta South, Ifo, Ewekoro, Odeda, and Obafemi/Owode Local Governments.

In 2005, ABEOCCIMA was accredited alonthe gside other five City/State and Bilateral Chambers of Commerce in Nigeria under the accreditation programme by NACCIMA/Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), Washington D.C, USA.

Presently, the membership of the Chamber is about 500. The operation of the Chamber is structured on the Executive/Secretariat pedestal. The Executive formulates policies while the Secretariat implements the programmes of the Chamber.

From the side of being a business advocacy group, ABEOCCIMA has also made a tremendous impact in assisting businesses to build capacities for profitability. From 2005 through 2010, the Chamber played a leading role in facilitating the establishment of Abeokuta Gas Station by the Nigerian Gas Company Limited (a subsidiary of NNPC) for the benefit of industries at the Onijanganjangan industrial layout along Abeokuta-Sango-Lagos Expressway. The successful launch of the gas station has given way for the establishment of gas-powered Independent Power Stations which guarantees uninterrupted power supply to the industries, apart from the fact that the industries also power their facilities directly from the gas station.

The Chamber has also ventured into SMEs cluster projects, focusing on Agriculture value chain development for youth empowerment. Presently, the Chamber has succeeded in clustering some youths for Palm Kernel Oil Production at the Technology Incubation Centre, Onijanganjangan, Abeokuta. A plan is underway for the establishment of more clusters for shea butter production as well as Ofada rice processing and packaging.

In 2018, we collaborated with DFID-PERL to bring together Ofada Rice farmers, millers, processors and marketers at t stakeholder forum aimed at upscaling the production of Ofada rice in the Egba zone. The primary goal of the Chamber in this regard is to work together with research institutions to make available improved varieties of Ofada rice seedlings to farmers at an affordable cost to build their capacity for enhanced planting and production of the local rice.

The Chamber, under a joint venture arrangement acquired 26.3 hectares of farmland at Akogun Village in Odeda Local Government for an integrated farm project.

The Chamber´s Multipurpose Cooperative Society is open to members and non-members of the Chamber. Since its inception over five years ago, the cooperative movement has continued to wax stronger.

ABEOCCIMA played a frontline role in the first phase of the OGUNCCIMA/AHK-Dual Vocational Training Programme in Office Administration and Project Management, Industrial Electronics, Industrial Mechanics and Technical Facility Management from 2017 to 2018. We have been persistent in mobilizing our members to key into this programme to achieve the objective of improving vocational education within the Nigerian enterprise, thereby enhancing industrial skill acquisition and youth employability. Our Chamber is deeply involved in the work towards the upscale of DVT through the commencement of the project’s second phase.

ABEOCCIMA has established collaboration with development partners and bilateral Chambers like the German Agency for International Development (GIZ), UK DFID-PERL and Nigerian-German Chamber of Commerce (NGCC), (formerly Nigerian-German Business Association (NGBA).

The main objective of the partnership with NGCC is to create opportunities for capacity building, networking and trade facilitation for our members in Germany and European markets at large. Our members also participate in the annual Canton Fair in China and Hanover Messe (Trade Fair) in Germany.

In 2017, ABEOCCIMA promoted and facilitated the establishment of a microfinance bank, Abestone Microfinance Bank Limited to provide financial support and services to MSMEs in Abeokuta and its environs.

ABEOCCIMA is affiliated with Nigerthe an Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) and Ogun State Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OGUNCCIMA).