With knowledge acquired from Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSMEs) development approaches while studying in India in the eighties, Mr. Henry Aboyewa Erikowa – The Chief Presiding Officer (CMADI), started MSMEs promotions in the early 1990s while at the helms of affairs at Megba Company Limited – a Company devoted to MSMEs promotion, technical and management auditing, and product sourcing/procurement, after five years stint as an Electrical Engineer with the Cement Company of Northern Nigeria, Sokoto.
It was at a time when Nigeria was making conscious efforts at transforming the manufacturing and agro sectors into an instrument of economic development through the introduction of several measures and incentives including but not limited to the establishment of the National Economic Reconstruction Fund (NERFUND)to facilitate the survival and growth of MSMEs in the Country.
He led Megba successfully, stimulating the setting up of many industries and attending many local and international trade exhibitions from 1990 -: WOS before leaving to incorporate Falcorp Global Limited – another privately owned Company with shares divided and fully paid up within its five members Board.
Falcorp operates on a wide business platform, and prominent amongst its range of activities are MSMEs consultancy. Though most MSMEs in Nigeria are operated under the family influence, the Board of Falcorp, like many emerging Companies, is broadening its Board and Management Team in ensuring that (/best hands and brains” and not necessarily family members are hired to enable sustainability.
In line with Company’s desire for sustainable growth, the Board in 2007 voted for the establishment of an environmental conservation project – Falcorp Mangrove Park to further strengthen its operation; given Nigeria’s concern for environmental protection, resource conservation, and the quest for sustainable human capital development.
The Park which has become a one-stop destination for leisure, education, conferences, etc, showcases amongst other departments, a mini zoo, royal museum, traditional coastal gallery atikpa gallery, hall of fame, phytomedicinal garden, a 301-meter mangrove trail, center for business and entrepreneurial development, apiary, etc.
Recording a measure of success in its strategic plans, the Board thereafter, incorporated a non-governmental organization – Coastal and Marine Areas Development Initiative (CMADI) in December 2010 to manage the Park and to engage in other socio-economic activities with a vision:
“To stimulate interest and participation in value addition activities that promote environmental stability and conservation for peace, unity, and economic empowerment”.
And a mission:
“To create a one-stop destination for leisure, conferencing, research, and information dissemination for self-reliance and poverty reduction”.
Working through two divisions: Community Development / Services and Environmental Conservation Divisions, CMADI has been engaged to work with a notable development organization in community development; conducting Peaceable Livelihood Assessment for Community Engagement and Sustainable Livelihoods and Biodiversity Project (SLBP)promoting and supporting livelihoods and flora/fauna conservation in Warri South and South-West Local Government Areas of Delta State.
While the Community Development and Services Division engages in several community development enlightenment/ education programs on Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), including the Total Girlhood -Community Girl Program, The Environmental Conservation Division focuses on conservation enlightenment programs/activities in line with REDD+ (Climate Change).
CMADI’s Falcrop Mangrove Park is a State and National Destination} listed by the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation} National Commission for Museums and Monuments} Federal Ministry of Tourism, Culture, and National Orientation, Ministry of Culture and Tourism Delta State} Delta State Tourism Board and the Federation of Tourism Association of Nigeria.
CMADI is a member of the Nigeria Conservation Foundation and the Nigerian Field Society – an organization devoted to the study of West Africa, its plants, animals and environment, its people, and their culture since it was founded by A. F. B. Bridges in 1930.
To CMADI: growth should be systematic and progressive; affecting the environment and the people for their general well-being. Growth is continuous and we, at CMADI, “Welcome Change to Keep Growing” (WCKG).