Caption: Outgoing Pioneer President, France Nigeria Business Council, Abdul Samad Rabiu (right), handing over to his successor, Herbert Wigwe at a ceremony in Paris.
Pioneer President of the France Nigeria Business Council, Abdul Samad Rabiu, has handed over the reins of the council after a successful two-year tenure, to Herbert Wigwe, the Group Managing Director of Access Bank at a ceremony held in Paris, France on Wednesday, in what he expects will mark a new chapter in the Council’s history.
In his farewell address, Rabiu, the founder and Executive Chairman of BUA Group, expressed gratitude to Council members, President Macron, and other stakeholders for their unwavering support during his tenure, acknowledging the exceptional service of Jean Haas, the Secretary of the Council, who will continue in his role under the new leadership.
A statement listed significant milestones achieved during Rabiu’s tenure as including strengthening of business ties between both nations, in addition to promoting mutual growth and prosperity.
During the period, the council organized two France-Nigeria Business Forums in Paris, a meeting in Lagos, and a session in Paris last year, which led to several fruitful partnerships between French and Nigerian businesses.
Rabiu also oversaw the Council’s support for various initiatives fostering collaboration between the brightest minds of both nations and nurturing the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Rabiu expressed confidence in the ability of Wigwe, a seasoned banker and a prominent figure in the Nigerian banking sector to lead the Council towards new heights, citing his vast experience and keen understanding of the global financial landscape as key assets.
A statement assured that as Wigwe begins his tenure, Council members have pledged their support and look forward to continued collaboration in fostering sustainable and inclusive economic growth for both France and Nigeria.