The Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) has concluded arrangements to hold two days power-to-power summit in Port Harcourt between 11 and 12 August, 2022 at the Presidential Hotel in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital.
Briefing Journalists at the PHCCIMA Secretariat in Port Harcourt on the 8th of July, 2022, the President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture, (PHCCIMA) Eze, Sir Mike Elechi, JP explained thus "It is my privilege and honour to welcome our partner, valued Pressmen and distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen to the 2022 Power-To-Power Summit Press Conference holding today and to thank God for the success recorded so far in organizing the summit. This time around, the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) is the Leader of Organised Private Sector (OPS) in Rivers State, and our main objective is to promote growth and development of business activities in a conducive environment in the state. To achieve this we are partnering with government and other private sector organisations to advocate people oriented programmes and make businesses thrive in Rivers State". He stated.
The PHCCIMA President maintained that they are in partnership with Dorisdesmond Nigeria Limited (DDN) which is organizing the 3rd edition of the Power-To-Power Summit, Africa’s premier Sustainable Energy Platform to educate, dialogue and exchange ideas on Energy efficiency, Innovation and Technology, Renewable Energy and other emerging issues affecting Energy consumers, adding that This year’s edition of the summit will gather Nigeria’s Energy and Petroleum sector leaders to define solutions and propel the industries through innovative thought leadership to industry excellence.
Sir Elechi who is the Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Vintage Farms and Products Ltd hinted thus "the 2022 edition of the Power-To-Power Summit with the theme “EXPLOITING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES IN THE POWER INDUSTRY.” is scheduled to hold at the Royal Banquet Hall of Hotel Presidential in Port Harcourt on 11th and 12th August, 2022 with the opening ceremony scheduled for 10am on 11th August, 2022 at the same venue. The summit will require extensive media coverage to inform, sensitize and mobilize our guests and the general public for adequate participation, we deemed it necessary therefore, to launch out firstly with our major pre-event activity, the Press Conference, by gathering our esteemed Media Partners to brief you on the programme of the Power-To-Power Summit, its objectives and to ask for your cooperation in providing adequate media coverage of the Summit to achieve the stated objectives, the 2022 Power-To-Power Summit shall host discussions centred on the following sub-topics:
• Power Sector Untapped Business Potentials
• Rethinking Global Consumption, Production and Distribution Investments in the Nigerian Power Sector
• Opportunities and Responsibilities with Sustainable Investing in the Electricity Industry
• Harnessing the Benefits of Innovation and Technology in the Power Industry
• Integrating Cities, Customers and Technology
• Investment Opportunities in Nigeria Power Sector
• Exploring Renewable Energy Options", he continued
Sir Elechi who is also a recipient of National Productivity Order of Merit award posited that the availability of sufficient and sustainable power supply is a huge concern not only for Rivers State but also for Nigeria as a whole, adding that some of the key challenges facing the power sector including inadequate power generation capacity and distribution, ineffective legislation, poor collection rates, higher diesel price, inadequate transmission and distribution infrastructure, saying that as a result of the inadequate power supply, majority of households and businesses in the State rely on expensive self-generated electricity since Nigerians have resorted to powering themselves at various levels, some are using kerosene, lanterns, candlesticks, with majority using darkness.
"This year’s strategic agenda of the power event featuring high-impact plenary presentations, cutting edge discussions, one-on-one meetings and convivial networking sessions is aimed at proffering solutions to these challenges and also accentuate the state government’s commitment in collaborating with the private sector to tackling the state’s power problems with the view of providing adequate power supply in realizing the vigorously pursued state urban renewal programme, light for all citizens project and promoting higher productivity in the state.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, as the leader of the Organised Private Sector we advocate for Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) to woo investments into the various options of power supply including introduction of Modular Power Plants as a means of providing adequate, affordable and sustainable power supply thereby solving the power problem in the state which is the essence of the summit, I therefore, on behalf of the Executives, Council and entire members of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) welcome you all to the Press Conference, he concluded. Pressmen from all media houses in the State and beyond attended the Press Conference which also had Executive members of the Chamber and other guests in attendance as shown in the photo gallery above.
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