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PHCCIMA Weekly e-Newsletter 25th March, 2022

The Port Harcourt Chamber  of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) has reaffirmed it's commitment to partner with the Nigeria Customs Service, Area 2 Rivers State Command to strengthen the frontier of diligent business activities and eliminate invasion of certain regulations within the ports in the state.

President, PHCCIMA, Eze, Sir Mike Elechi who stated this when he led a Delegation of the Chamber Executives on a  courtesy visit to the Customs Area Comptroller ,Area Two Command, Onne Port, Rivers State, Comptroller Auwal B. Mohammed, said the Chamber is also poised to work concertively with the command to add value in its operation.
While describing Nigeria Customs Service as a gate keeper of the country, Eze Sir Mike Elechi expressed dismay, altitude of some importers and exporters who obtain Certificate of Origin from any Chamber of Commerce outside Port Harcourt instead of the one issued by the City of Origin and urged the command to collaborate with PHCCIMA to check the trend in the state.
The PHCCIMA President also told Comptroller Auwal Mohammed that not every individuals that cresscross Onne Port are bonifide members of the Chamber pointing out that they will work with the Customs Area Command to identify genuine members as according to him members of the Chambers indulge in a legitimate and diligent businesses and never cut corners.

Responding, the Customs Area Comptroller ,Area two Command Onne Port, Comptroller Auwal Mohammed on behalf of the Area 2 Customs House welcomed the President  and the high calibre Chamber delegation to his Area Command asserting that his Command will synergise and partner PHCCIMA to entrench legitimate import and export business activities in the state and the country describing the visit as first in the annals of the Command.
Comptroller Mohammed while declaring open an interactive  session during the visit emphasized that the current Onne Port under his leadership runs an open door policy in line with it's statutory functions to facilitate trade operations, remove bottlenecks that hinder the federal government policy on ease of doing business as well as encourage patronage of Onne Port with a view to facilitating legitimate trade within the port in the state by constantly holding stakeholders enlightenment forum, and commended PHCCIMA Executives for the visit.
The Area Comptroller and his deputies during the interactive session spoke extensively on their concerted efforts to make import and export operations easier for operators at the port, advised the Port operators to make use of the Customs Fast Track Scheme to facilitate their activities and  the Peace and Conflict Resolution Committee of his Area Command to resolve their challenges. He assured the Chamber President and his delegation of his Area Command commitment in quick resolution of operational matters, and promised to harmonise the issue of Certificates of Origin in his Area Command.

The Chamber President was well impressed describing the visit as the best courtesy visit ever since his assumption of office and thanked the Comptroller and his deputies for their warm reception and  high level operational capacity presentations. The Area Comptroller presented plaque of an Award of Excellence to Eze, Sir Mike Elechi for his outstanding performance in the development of the Chamber, and the Chamber President reciprocated by presenting a souvenir to the Customs Area Comptroller. Other distinguished members of the President's entourage on the visit include the 2nd Deputy President, Hon. Prince Charles Beke,  Publicity Secretary, Pastor Uche Onochie, Elected Council member, Chief Emeka Ezekwe, the President General, National Shippers Association of Nigeria and Chairman of Professional Services and Consultancy Trade Group of the Chamber, Engr. Chief, Sir, Dr. Innocent Akuvue, Chairman Export and Import & General Merchandise Trade Group, Dr. Charles Amanze,  Member of Financial Services Trade Group and Principal Partner of Madu, Onyekwena & Co. Chartered Accountants, Sir Sampson C. Madu, Nigeria Shippers Council Officer, Mrs. Patricia Osuma, the Director General, Mr. Erasmus Chukunda, NYSC Staff, Miss Richgift Nneoma and Radio Rivers News Correspondent, Mr. Francis Golden.

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