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PHCCIMA Inducts New Members, Unveils Investors Compendium

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The Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) has again inducted another set of new members into the organisation as well as unveiled a compendium of the activities of the chamber since its incorporation and Rivers State Investor’s Guide.
In his speech, President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA), Sir Mike Elechi, expressed satisfaction that his vision of running an all-inclusive administration was yielding positive results, as the monthly general forum of the chamber has continued to gather momentum, saying that the forum gives members opportunities to interface with one another, exchange business ideas and make new friends while networking.
The chamber president, who is the managing director of Vintage Farms and Product, said that August in retrospect was loaded with so many activities, including the well-attended ‘POWER-TO-POWER’ business summit that was held at the Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt where major stakeholders and eminent personalities from all walks of live participated in the event.
He used the medium to commend the Chairman of Power and Energy Trade Group of the chamber, Engr. Tony Nwogbo-led committee for the success of the event, adding that within the month under review, the chamber acquired a new 30KVA Generator to power its operations, and also received a high-powered delegation led by the Rwandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, Amb. Stanislas Kamanzi, where robust business ideas were discussed and the chamber secured an opportunity to lead a delegation of 50 members on a trade mission to Rwanda.
In his induction speech, Elechi charged the new members to see their induction as not only an opportunity to widen the scope of their businesses but also make contributions by attracting investors for the even development of Rivers State, adding that the copy of the compendium which chronicled activities of the chamber would serve as a guide to anyone doing business and those wishing to do business in Rivers State.
Speaking on the topic; ‘the role of non-oil Export in Economic Development in the South-South region, the Regional Coordinator of Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Mr. Joe Itah, called for diversification into the non-oil export sector to save the country from imminent collapse, saying that Nigeria as a country was naturally blessed with abundant potentials apart from the crude oil and gas.
He expressed the hope that talking with PHCCIMA which was the leader of the organised private sector in Rivers State remained the best opportunity for the required attention.
He maintained that NEPC was constitutionally empowered with the responsibilities of coordinating, regulating and encouraging business owners to register their businesses and export their products to earn the much needed foreign exchange.
The NEPC regional coordinator further hinted that their organisation has assisted some small scale business owners that were affected during the COVID-19 era to return to business.
Highpoint of the August members’ monthly general forum at the chamber’s Secretariat, Aba Road in Port Harcourt, was the unveiling and lunching of the PHCCIMA’s compendium.
Other key members of the chamber in attendance were the Exco members who presented membership certificates to the newly inducted members in turns, the 2nd Deputy President, Hon. Prince Charles Osimibeke; Treasurer, Surveyor Emmanuel Ogbonda; Financial Secretary, Sir Dan Harrison;and Members Welfare Secretary, Engr. Godwin Etim.
Past President, Engr. EmekaUnachukwu, performed the swearing in of the new members and presented the chamber plaque of recognition to the NEPC Regional Coordinator Mr. Joe Itah.
The Director of Commerce and representative of the Permanent Secretary, Rivers State Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Emmanuel Nwankwo, also took his turn to present membership certificate to new member.
Others present at the event were Director and representative of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Collins Nathaniel;state Coordinator of Nigerian Raw Materials Research and Development Council, Mrs.ObyAgbam; South-South Regional Coordinator, Nigerian Shippers Council, Chief Glory Onojedo;elected council members, Mr.OkeyOdu; and Chief EmekaEzekwe; various trade group chairmen; former publicity secretaries of the chamber, PastorOluwatoyinAlabiof The Promise Fast Foods; and Dr. Mercy Abu; as well as distinguished members, guests, pressmen, the Director General,Mr. Erasmus Chukunda; and staff of the chamber.

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I’ll Provide Solid Representation, If Elected -Banigo

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Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, has assured the people of Abua/Odual Local Government Area that she would provide undivided representation if voted into the Senate in 2023.
Banigo gave this assurance when leaders and critical stakeholders of the Peoples Democratic Party had a meeting with her, at the Government House in Port Harcourt to map out campaign strategies, yesterday.
The deputy governor said, she was excited that the meeting was held for the stakeholders to understand themselves, to ensure the party wins at the elections in 2023, adding that by the grace of God the local government area would be better than what it is now, if she emerges as the Rivers West senator.
In a related development, the Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, who is the Rivers West Senatorial District Candidate of the PDP in the upcoming polls, has also met with leaders of the PDP in Ahoada East Local Government Area, where she urged them to reach out to their constituents and encourage the collection of PVCs.
“We must realize that with this new Electoral Act, the votes will surly count, as this 2023 election is not going to be like the previous elections, there will be a difference, people should not be afraid to pick up their cards and vote, they should not be lackadaisical about it, they should keep their cards safe and on the day of election they should come up and cast their vote, because this time every vote will count”.
She said the campaigns would be unit based and urged them to reach out to those in their units.
“Make sure you have unit executives in each of the wards, so we can have a door to door campaign”, Banigo said.
In his remarks at the meetings, the Vice Chairman of the Rivers West Senatorial District of the PDP, Dr. Nname Robinson Ewor, said there is a need for members of the PDP to go out and establish their presence in all units’ wards and constituencies, stressing that the nature of this upcoming election would be different from previous elections.

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Ariolu, Others Welcome Ex-Deputy Guber Candidate To PDP

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Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Council, Barrister George Ariolu, has led other party faithful, including Chairman of PDP, Ward 6, Kingsley Nna; Chairman of PDP, Ward 9, Collins Wobo Chukwu; and Obio/Akpor PDP Secretary, Kingman Ogbonna; to receive a bigwig and stakeholder of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Rumuogba in Ward 6, Chief Williams Igwe, into the PDP.
Receiving the former Deputy Governorship Candidate of the then Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) at the Obio/Akpor PDP Secretariat, Rumueme, Ariolu expressed delight over his decampment from the APC to the PDP, describing it as an indication that the party was waxing stronger.
Ariolu, who was greeted with euphoria by the LGA PDP Chairman, Chidi Amadi, who also welcomed the former deputy governorship candidate at the secretariat, promised to work closely with Igwe to build the party ahead of the forthcoming election.
He pointed out that the foundation of the PDP was built on togetherness, stating that collectively, the party would achieve more.
Ariolu thanked Igwe for wholeheartedly accepting to come back to the party.
According to him, Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, has separated governance from politics following his relentless battle to promote the interest of Rivers people.
Also speaking, Chairman of the PDP in Obio/Akpor, Chidi Amadi, said the reception of Igwewas a fulfilment of an age-long dream, and a welcome development for members of the party, expressing joy over the event.
He further commended Ariolu for his strong support and leadership towards the sustenance and growth of the party.
In his remark, Chief Williams Igwe affirmed his loyalty and commitment to the PDP in its quest to oust the APC and fix the broken state of the country’s socio-economic and political fabrics.
He described the reception as a homecoming for himself and his supporters who would be formally received at a formal event which would be organised by the state party chairman, adding that PDP remains a major political party which will unite the nation.
He added that his decision to defect to the party was well-thought-out, and called on others to join hands with the Rivers State Government to rebuild the socio-economic fortunes of the state.
According to him, he believed that it was time for him to cross over to join hands with the Rivers State governor in moving the state forward.
The former Deputy Governorship Candidate was also received by PDP Chieftain, Barrister Temple Ejekwu; Obio/Akpor PDP Woman Leader,Gloria Wonodi; Barrister Kelvin Akani; and members of Obio/Akpor PDP Executive.

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NNPC Posts N674bn Profit

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The Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPC Ltd) has declared a profit after tax of N674billion for the financial year ended December 31, 2021.
The profit represented a growth of 134.84per cent when compared with N287billion profit in 2020 which was recorded under the old Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).
The Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), NNPC Ltd, Malam Mele Kyari, said this at a news conference, yesterday, in Abuja.
“NNPC progressed to a new performance level, from N287billion profit in 2020 to a N674billion profit after tax in 2021 climbing higher by 134.8per cent year on year profit growth,’’ he said.
Kyari also said that it recorded an increase in total assets from N15.86trillion in 2020 to N16.27trillion in 2021.
Speaking on the group’s financial position, Kyari said the corporation’s total liabilities decreased by 8.3per cent to N13.46trillion during the review period from N14.68trillion in 2020.
The GCEO said its shareholders funds position rose N2.81trillion representing 144per cent year-on-year.
“The performance would have been greater if the operations in the year under review were free from incessant vandalism, crude oil and products theft, among others.
“Details of the performance of NNPC and the respective subsidiaries as well as that of National Petroleum Investment Management Services (NAPIMS) will be published on our website www.nnpcgroup.com for stakeholder’s perusal.
“We look forward to achieving greater performance to support our growth aspirations and to create more value for our stakeholders as we drive full commercial operations under NNPC Ltd.,’’ he said.
He recalled that in September 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari approved the publication of the 2020 NNPC Group Audited Financial Statement, in which NNPC declared a profit after tax of N287billion for the first time in 44 years.
Kyari said that in spite of the challenging operating environment, it strongly believed that the corporation had the potential to sustainably deliver better value to it esteemed shareholders.
He said it sought to become a dynamic global energy company of choice to its customers, partners and over 200million shareholders comprising of all Nigerians.
Kyari noted that the corporation in 2019 rolled out deliberate policies and initiatives aimed at reducing costs and eliminating losses while adopting technology to entrench transparency, accountability and performance excellence (TAPE) across its various functions.
He said the NNPC had recorded significant improvement over the past three years, turning up the curve from losses to profits.

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