Thiry is one of the nine new board members announced recently by the President of the bilateral chamber, Tunde Okoya. Other members of the board include, Abdullahi Sanni, vice president of the Chamber from Abais Law Firm; Rabi Aliyu, director, Maharaz General Services; Immanuel Emoife, CEO Port Plus Limited; Frank Ejizu, general manager of Samsung Heavy Industries; Ugo Nwabuisi, CEO, 151 Products Limited. Also appointed into the Board are Femi Tejuosho, executive vice chairman of Trifant Resources; Sadiq Usman, head, corporate business development, Flour Mills and Bert Willie, country manager of Dredging International Services Nigeria Limited.
Giving the rationale behind their appointment, Okoya explained that the move was made to strengthen the NBCC in view of the important role Nigeria and Belgium play in their regions. According to him, the two nations share common features, the most obvious being Belgium’s role as the gateway to Europe and Nigeria also being the gateway to Africa by virtue of its being the largest economy on the continent.
The appointment of Thiry and others was thus premised on their outstanding performance in their endeavours as they brought enormous wealth of experience to the Board of NBCC.
Speaking during the inauguration of the new board members, Okoya said they have the opportunity to visit several Belgian companies operating in Nigeria so they can begin to understand the impact they are making in their respective industries in terms of creating employment and adding real value.
The Nigerian-Belgian Chamber of Commerce is an organisation having local and international companies operating in Nigeria with foreign affiliations as members.