Godfry Nwosu, president of Phone and Allied Products Dealers Association (PAPDA), has assured that the Association would encourage the growth of local content in the mobile device market in the country, while it plans to launch its online store.
Nwosu, who was re-elected unopposed made this disclosure when PAPDA completed its transition programme with the election of new national executives.
“We will push for more local content in the mobile devices market in the country. Before the expiration of our tenure, we will ensure that we have our local brands to compete with the existing international brands”, the re-elected president of the association, Nwosu said in his acceptance speech.
The president, Godfry Nwosu and secretary, Obinna Otozie of the association were re-elected unopposed just as most positions were not contested as contenders stepped down at the last minutes.
The election which was the third in the history of PAPDA was observed by security operatives and other trade associations in the Computer Village, Ikeja. The new executives will lead the body for three years.
Mr. Ohachusim Sunday, head, Transition Committee, lauded the contestants and members of the association for keeping the peace during the polls.
He enjoined other trade associations to take a cue from PAPDA in the management of transition programme.
The re-elected president, Nwosu thanked members of the electoral committee for overseeing a credible election.
He requested the members to support the “vision and leadership” of the group.
Nwosu, while reviewing the performance of the immediate past executives stated: “The past three years have been invested mainly in building a strong foundation for a dynamic and progressive association. We have proved that our primary objective is to protect the business interest of our members and develop a good working relationship with relevant government agencies and the regulatory bodies such as Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Consumer Protection Council (CPC) and others critical stakeholders.”
Commenting on members’ welfare, Nwosu disclosed that the association has arranged a favourable credit support schemes from some financial institutions, adding that through this PAPDA members can have access to overdraft to finance their businesses.
Under his leadership, he said the organisation has established healthcare delivery scheme to provide affordable medicare to members.
“We have done very well to protect our members from any form of intimidation. We have shown to our members and Nigerians that we have a law in Nigeria, as we have sought redress through legal means for our collective interest. We have commenced plans to establish PAPDA Cooperative, where thrift savings and borrowing will be encouraged. I will lead our association to affiliation with other professional bodies where our members will take advantage of seminars and conferences geared towards self-improvement which will in return grow our different businesses”, he added.
PAPDA is primed the largest trading group in the Lagos Computer Village.