The President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA), Eze Mike Elechi, has expressed joy over the positive outcome of his all inclusive administration vision for the organisation.
Elechi said this during the induction of new members of PHCCIMA and the unveiling of the compendium of the activities of the Chamber since its incorporation into the Rivers State Investors’ Guilde in Port Harcourt recently.
According to him, his plan, for running an all inclusive administration was yielding positive results due to positive outcome of the monthly general forum of the Chamber.
Elechi, pointed out that the forum under his control, gave members opportunities to interface with one another, exchange business ideas and as well, make new friends while networking.
The PHCCIMA President who also is the Managing Director of Vintage Farms and Products, Elele posited that August in retrospect was loaded with so many activities including the well attended ‘Power-To-Power’ business summit that just ended in Port Harcourt.
He also used the medium to commend the Chairman of Power and Energy Trade Group of the Chamber, Engr. Tony Nwogbo and his committee for the success of that event.
The former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, further revealed within last month, the Chamber acquired a new 30KVA Generating set to power its operations and enhance work efficiency.
“We also received a high powered delegation led by the Rwandan High Commissioner to Nigeria, His Excellency, 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”, he said.
Meanwhile, he has charged the new members to see their induction as not only an opportunity to widened the scope of their businesses, but also make contributions by attracting investors for the even development of Rivers State.
He added that the copy of the compendium which chronicled activities of the Chamber will serve as a guide to anyone doing business and intending business operators who may want to pitch their tents in Port Harcourt.
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 in order to save the country from imminent collapse.
Itah noted that Nigeria as a country is naturally blessed with abundant potentials apart from the crude oil and gas.
He however, expressed hope that talking with PHCCIMA which he described as the leader of the organize private sector in Rivers State remained the best opportunity for the required attention.
He explained that NEPC is constitutionally empowered with the responsibilities of coordinating, regulating and encouraging business owners to register their businesses and export their products so as to enable them earn the much needed foreign exchange.
The NEPC regional coordinator, also hinted that their organization has assisted some Small Scale business owners that were affected during the Covid-19 era to return to business.
Giving hint on the untapped business opportunities in Rivers State, the Governorship Candidate of the Social Democratic party(SDP), Senator Magnus Ngei Abe who was at the Chamber members forum at the instance of his Deputy, Chief Dr. Patricia Ogbonnaya, said that Rivers State has all it takes to replicate the Arri-Arria market in Aba, Abia State where millions of Rivers youths could have opportunities to either learn trade or get themselves gainfully employed.
Abe who expressed regrets that the dilapidated state of Ogoni axis of East West road has driven out a lot of companies out of the State and added that the state will continue to lead in business activities.
High point of the Chamber August members monthly general forum held on Wednesday 31st day of August, 2022 at the Chamber’s Secretariat Aba road in Port Harcourt was the unveiling and lunching of the PHCCIMA’s compendium.
By: King Onunwor
RSG Tasks Workers On Communication, Record Mgt
The Rivers State Government has tasked the administrative staff of the State Ministry of Health on Effective Communication and Proper Record Management.
This is in order to prepare the administrative staff of the Ministry on service delivery.
Giving the task while declaring open a two-day workshop on “Understanding Basic Technique of Effective Communication and Record Management”, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Ndidi Emmanuel Utchay, emphasized on the importance of effective communication and record management in service delivery.
According to her, “the essence of the two-day training of administrative staff of the Ministry is to increase their skills and knowledge on key techniques in communication and record management.
“It has been observed that staff lack the understanding of handling confidential and classified documents, files, in public service”, she stated.
She, therefore, charged staff to take advantage of the opportunity of the two-day training to improve on their skills to enhance quality service delivery.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Training Coordinator, Nnamdi and Associates, Sir Cletus Idu, said “it’s a known fact that adequate understanding and clear writing, effective communication, and proper record management constitutes the most precious asset in organisations operating within the purview of public service”.
He further explained that in most cases, “we notice that files are kept with scheduled officers longer than necessary because they do not actually understand what action to take.
“Interaction with some employees show that many do not understand the basic techniques of filling memo writing, indexing, and handling of restricted, secret and classified documents”, he said.
He, therefore, urged participants to utilize the opportunity accorded by the training “by using the knowledge so garnered judiciously”.
By: Sogbeba Dokubo
RIWAMA Embarks On Evacuation Of Illegal Dump Site
In a bid to keep Rivers State clean, the Rivers State Waste Management Agency (RIWAMA) has embarked on the evacuation of refuse at the illegal dump site on the bridge linking Egbelu/ Eliopranwo road in Port Harcourt.
The chairman of the agency, Mr Isoboye Jack, who disclosed this during the inspection of the ongoing evacuation exercise at the illegal dump site, said the heap of refuse has caused hazards over the years.
He called on the residents to understand and cooperate with the agency towards achieving a clean and healthy environment in the area.
“We believe that the heaps of refuse over the years has blocked the carnal. If the waterways are blocked it will cause a huge problem which can lead to flooding.
“By evacuating all the refuse here to the approved dump site instead of the unapproved dump site that people are using, it will also help to chase all these scavengers away. We want to make sure that we chase all of them out of this place and provide a receptacle for the people”, he said.
According to him, by the time all waste products are evacuated, the area will be sealed with sink to prevent people from using them as a dump site and a proper receptacle that will be evacuated on a daily basis will be provided for the people.
Isoboye called on the people to obey the ban on dumping of wastes on the median and streets as well as adhere strictly to the dumping hours of 6pm to 10pm daily.
He further called on those doing businesses on the waterways, especially the bricklayers, to desist as they are blocking the canals and causing flooding around the environment.
“Most of them have been complaining that we are stopping them from doing their business, meanwhile what they are supposed to do is to stay off the drainage point. Their sands and cements have been affecting the flow of water thereby causing flood”, he said.
He stated that the task force set up for the enforcement of the ban would be working round the clock to ensure compliance, warning that defaulters will be arrested and prosecuted, especially now that the sanitation court is functional.
The chairman further called on security agencies to collaborate with RIWAMA towards ensuring strict adherence to the rules and regulations of the agency.
Also speaking, the Manager of CDT Logistics, Mr. Charles Obinna, who is in charge of the area, thanked the state government for the move to evacuate the refuse that has pilled up over the years in the area.
He called on both residents and private waste managers to cooperate with the agency to achieve a clean and healthy environment.
By: Iragunima Benice
Peace Corps Urges Nigerians To Shun Ethnicity
In a bid to achieve peaceful co-existence in the country, the Peace Corps of Nigeria has advised Nigerians to embrace peace and shun ethnic sentiment.
The founder and national commandant of the corps, Professor Dickson Akoh, made the call on the sidelines of the celebration of the International Day of Peace in Port Harcourt, recently.
The celebration has “End Racism and Build Peace” as its theme.
Professor Akoh, represented by Dominick Uche, decried high level of marginalisation and inequality in various quarters of political and economic life and urged Nigerians to shun religious bigotry for a peaceful society.
He called on various tiers of government to intensify campaign against ethnic sentiments and work towards taking right decisions that will impact on the people.
According to him, Nigerians and their leaders should begin to pursue and institutionalize peace, and put an end to vices.
He noted that insecurity, conflict and ethnic bigotry had grossly affected the youths and development in the country.
Also speaking, the Rivers State Commandant of the peace corps, Dr Michael Obioru, while lamenting the high level of discrimination and tribalism among Nigerians, prayed for national unity and harmony and urged stakeholders to continue to use the tools of advocacy, dispute resolution techniques and campaigns against social ills in the country.
He also called for the empowerment of youths to reduce the rate of crime in the country.
By: Oreoluwa Adigun & Oribim Ibama
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