A ten-man pioneer executive of Akwa Ibom State chapter of Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Management of Nigeria has been inaugurated.
The inauguration which took place in Uyo recently was performed by the National President of the institute.
By this inauguration, Akwa Ibom State has joined other states of the federation where the institute is formally recognised.
Represented by a member of the national executive, the national president urged the new chapter executive to evolve all legitimate strategies to ensure that the institute prospered in the state.
He enjoined them to be prepared to utilise their time and resources to update the chapter with current happenings in the institute.
The special guest who emphasised on due process in running the institute took time to educate his hosts on certain developments about the profession, such as the change in nomenclature of store-keeper which he stressed should be procurement officer.
To still drive home the due process philosophy, he conducted an election, even though there were no two candidates for each post, prior to the inauguration.
He warned those who are practicsing store-keeping without requisite qualifications to hasten up and update their qualifications in order to become bonafide members of the institute.
He also said that the institute has enough room for interested members of the public who want to become associate members.
The curator of national museum and monuments, Uyo, Mr Peter Odey who was the chairman of the occasion described the institute as one of the best and assured that some of his staff would register as members.
Pledging support to the institute he admonished the pioneer executive to be up and doing to lay a solid foundation for new members to come in.
Also speaking, an editor with the Pioneer newspaper, published by Akwa Ibom State Publishing Company, Friday Udoh said he was impressed with the institute for inaugurating a chapter in Akwa Ibom at a time when due process occupies the front burner in national discourse.
However, he reminded them of the existing conflict where those who knew nothing about procurement are given the responsibility to the detriment of the qualified ones and advised that machinery be put in place to address the anomaly.
The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply Management of Nigeria is a non-governmental professional institute founded in 1974 but Chartered by Act of Parliament No. 21 of 2007.
Welcoming guests, the Chairman of the Planning Committee, Mr Mfon Umoisua stated that procurement contributes to the supply chain strategy and management.
In his post inaugural speech, the chapter chairman, Ime Akpan promised to take the institute in the state to higher heights through training of members and vowed to embrace accountability and transparency in matters concerning the institute.