It was indeed a week of celebrations and milestones for the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC). The day following the SME conference event EDC celebrated her 15th year anniversary with a solemn Mass held at the EDC Green Building foyer. There were about 150 guests in attendance.
The mass was officiated by the Vicar of Opus Dei in Nigeria, Msgnr. Ignatius Sotos, concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Boniface Okafor and three other priests. Prominent among the guests were the Vice-Chancellor, Pan Atlantic University, Prof Juan Elegido, The Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of PAU, Prof Albert Alos, the Dean of Lagos Business School, Enase Okonedo, pioneer EDC advisory board member, Prof. Fabian Ajogwu, SAN.
In his welcoming speech during the Mass, the EDC Director, Mr. Peter Bamkole noted that EDC actually clocked 15years in January 2018 but elected to celebrate the occasion at a more suitable time. His account of the inception of the institution which started as Enterprise Development services (EDS) showed that hers was a case of little beginning with a clear focus.
He said that EDS started with a simple clear mandate given to him; as he was just completing his EMBA program at Lagos Business School, by the then Vice-Chancellor of Pan-Atlantic University, Prof. Albert Also. In a nutshell, Mr. Bamkole was charged to go develop the SME sector in Nigeria. In addition to the solemn thanksgiving Mass, the day was marked with a special dinner at Twin Towers Lekki attended by EDC management and staff alongside long-standing EDC partners, collaborators, and friends.