By Ignatius Chukwu
Peace may be the most important capital in business. This is why most business leaders work hard to create peace and stability to enable investments and businesses thrive.
Change of guards has successfully taken place at the Port Harcourt City chamber, the PHCCIMA, where the outgoing president, Nabil Saleh, has handed over to Mike Elechi. This followed a smooth election the threw up new leaders, but Elechi stepped in from 1st deputy president to president, according to the bye-law of the place.
The former 2nd deputy, Chinyere Nwoga (PhD), stepped into first deputy position. Elechi is a retired permanent secretary who became a successful farmer and producer (MD/CEO of Vintage Farms and Products Limited, Vintage Resorts and Recreations, Veteran and Vintage Tech Limited, Cedar Construction Limited, and Vintage Water Limited). Saleh is a multi-talented businessman who has his footprint across a range of industries.
Elechi took over the chief, Saleh, during PHCCIMA’s 2021 Elective Annual General Meeting held on Tuesday 16th November 2021 at the PHCCIMA Council Hall in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
A commercial farmer and agriculturist, he is also the former chairman NACCIMA Agric Trade Group, former chairman NACCIMA Building & Construction Trade Group, chairman PHCCIMA 2019 Trade Fair Committee, Exco Supervisor for PHCCIMA Agric & Agro-Allied Trade Group among others.
As a civil servant, he rose to the position of Permanent Secretary in the Rivers State Ministry of Works and Ministry of Sports and was Commissioner I in the Rivers State Civil Service Commission. He is a recipient of the Nigeria Government’s National Productivity award honour (NPoM) in recognition of his company’s valuable contributions to the growth of the nation’s gross domestic products (GDP). He is also a traditional ruler in Elele, Rivers State, where he holds the traditional title of Obua Weze III Ovua Elele.
Also elected with him are Charles Beke, former Rivers state Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, and MD/CEO Eastern Wrought Iron Limited as 2nd Deputy President and Emmanuel Ogbonda as as Treasurer, Dan Harrison as Financial Secretary, Uche Onochie as Publicity Secretary and Godwin Etim as Welfare Secretary.
Others elected as PHCCIMA Council Members include, Chief Engr Emeka Ezekwe, MD/CEO of Arrow Construction Company Limited, Mrs. Florence Nwosibe, MD/CEO of A-Floxson International Limited, Barr Innocent Amah, MD/CEO of Freshland Integrated Limited, Chief Ernest Elochukwu, MD/CEO of Nestello Gateways Group, and Mr. Okey Odu, MD/CEO of BSL Insurance Brokers Limited.
In a post-election interview, the newly elected president promised to operate an all-inclusive government that he hoped would bring about peace, unity, acceleration, and open new frontiers of business opportunities for member companies.
As the mouthpiece of the organized private sector, he said PHCCIMA would continue to pursue its objective is to ensure that businesses thrive, to facilitate ease of doing businesses, engage all levels of government and her agencies in advocacy for effective and fair economic policies and help in mentorship and development of large, medium and small scale enterprises to stimulate the local economy and also attract direct foreign investment to the state.
Sources said the successful transition of power without rancor is another highpoint of the out-gone administration led by Saleh as this would create harmonious atmosphere for the incoming administration.