US-Nigeria Trade Council names Iyalode Alaba Lawson as new Chairman

Iyalode Alaba Lawson has been named the new chairman of the US-Nigeria Trade Council (USA).

The Council disclosed that Lawson is to provide leadership and overall guidance and direction in the programmes, policy and strategic efforts to improve the trade traffic between US and Nigeria.

As the council added new members to its advisory board, it stated that, “The board is truly exemplary in their individual and combined extensive expertise in business, commerce, academics, government and international relations.”

Following the announcement, Iyalode Alaba Lawson, MFR, FIoD, JP, has graciously accepted the appointment to serve as the Chairman of the Advisory Board.

Currently serving as the first female President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Chief (Mrs) Alaba Lawson is a Nigerian business magnate, entrepreneur and academician. She’s the Proprietor of Lawson Group of Schools and Chairman of Abestone Microfinance Bank.

She is the Chairman Board of Governing Council, Moshood Abiola Polytechnic Ogun State (MAPOLY), Fellow Institute of Directors (IoD), Justice of Peace (JP) and Council Member – Nigerian British Chamber of Commerce (NBCC).

Iyalode Lawson would be attending the upcoming Nigerian – British Chamber of Commerce Summit, 16-18 November, 2017, in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and will be leading a delegation from NACCIMA to the Summit.

Other new board members are:

Oba (Dr.) Michael Ajayi, Elerinmo of Erinmo, Osun State, Nigeria – member

Alhaji Remi Bello (Former Chairman of Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industries, and currently MD/CEO of Critall-Hope Nigeria Ltd – member

Ms. DeLois Babiker (MD/CEO Intellectual Concepts, Atlanta – Member

Prof. Juliet Elu – Chair & Charles E. Merrill Professor, Morehouse College, Atlanta – Member.

Mr. Mohammed Audu – Chief operating officer DPL – Member

Mr. Onyebuchi Okafor, MD/CEO, JAFCON Home Development (Nig) Ltd. – Member

Mr. Isa Mohammad Ari – pioneer Chairman/CEO of the FCT Internal Revenue Service – Member

The US-Nigeria Trade Council, USA ( is saddled with the responsibility to strengthen and enrich the vehicle of investment and trade between the United States of America and Nigeria. The Council’s core agenda is built around three interdependent themes:

Establishment of linkages, policy input and advocacy to increase bilateral trade and investment between US and Nigeria;

Interchange with the American business community on the resources that abound in Nigeria, generating trade, tourism and foreign investment in Nigeria;

Promote internationalisation of Nigerian businesses, products and services to the US marketplace.
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