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PHCCIMA Weekly e-Newsletter 1st April, 2022

The President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, (PHCCIMA), Eze, Sir Mike Elechi, JP has berated Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency NIMASA, Nigerian Ports Authority and Federal Ministry of Transportation over the moribund state of the Eastern Ports.

He expressed the displeasure when the Agency paid him a courtesy visit at the PHCCIMA Secretariat in PortHarcourt, on Thursday, saying that residents and people doing business around the Eastern Ports are suffering due to administrative bottle neck which is negatively affecting business activities around the ports.

Eze Elechi who is the Managing Director of Vintage Farms and Products Ltd questioned the rationale behind the establishment of dry dock yard in far away Kaduna state when the ports in the east are begging for traffic, saying that urgent steps should be taken to address the abnormality, even as he went into memory lane during the colonial days when there were shipping activities in Abonnema and Bonny in Rivers State, he posited that in a normal circumstance the headquarters of NIMASA should be situated in PortHarcourt, Rivers State instead of Lagos State. The PHCCIMA boss maintained that the Chamber is committed and focused to achieve the dreams of its founding fathers, adding that they are open for collaboration with individual or corporate organizations that may wish to do business with them just as he hinted that they are  group professionals with common goal and objectives. Earlier in his speech, the leader of the delegation and the head of Units, Shipping development, Eastern zone of NIMASA, Akpan I.E, said that they were at the Chamber for a familiarisation visit and called  for collaboration on ports development between the two organisations.

In his presentation, the Deputy Head of Unit, Mr Doubara Johnson explained that most of the developed countries  are depending on Maritime sector for its survival and lamented that lack of proper education on the gains of the sector contributes to lack of interest on the people, adding that the theft at the waterways are as a result of long neglect on the side of government. Mr Johnson added that Maritime is the highest employers of labour hence their visit to seek collaborative effort in that direction.

PHCCIMA President presented a souvenir to the NIMASA Head of Units and assured him of PHCCIMA collaboration. Those in attendance were: Eze, Sir Mike Elechi, JP, President, Hon. Charles Beke, 2nd Daputy President, Surv. Emmanuel Ogbonda, Treasurer, Sir Dan Harrison, Financial Secretary, Pastor Uche Onochie, Publicity Secretary, Mrs. Florence Nwosibe, Elected Council member and Chairman Trade Missions Desk, Chief Emeka Ezekwe, Elected  Council member and Exco Supervisor of Oil & Gas Trade Group, Chief Dr. Charles Amanze Chairman Import, Export & General Merchandise Trade Group, Mr. Sule Habib, Vice  Chairman of Shipping, Transport & Logistics  Trade Group and Mr. Erasmus Chukunda, Director General.

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