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The President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) Eze, Sir Mike Elechi, NPOM, JP, FNIM,, DSSRS has commended the organizer of Make in Nigeria conference and exhibition just as he charged participants to make good use of the opportunity offered by the event.

The President of PHCCIMA made the statement during his goodwill massage at the opening ceremony of the event at the Autograph event Center in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State Capital, on Monday 23 October 2023.

According to him, the event marks a significant milestone in their journey towards promoting and celebrating the resilience, innovation and enterprise of Nigerian Businesses, adding that the gathering was not just celebrating an exhibition but celebrating the spirit of Nigerian entrepreneurship and untapped potentials that lie within our nation, he encouraged participants and stakeholders to engage in meaningful discussion, forge partnership and explore opportunities that will further drive the “Make in Nigeria” initiative to higher glory.

He maintained that the theme of this year conference, “Think, Make and Grow” reflects their commitment to supporting and nurturing local industries, hence their belief in the capabilities of Nigerian businesses to compete globally, create jobs, contribute to national development and scale up their enterprises.

Sir Elechi who is also the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Vintage farms and Products Ltd further used the medium to invite participants to attend the 17th edition of Port Harcourt International Trade Fair and exhibition at Isaac Adaka Boro park mile 1 fly over in Port Harcourt.

Earlier in his address, the Convener of Make in Nigeria, who is the Publicity Secretary of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA), Pastor Uche Onochie described the 13th edition of Make in Nigeria Conference and exhibition as the largest capacity building and merchandising event in Nigeria, adding that for the past 13 years, they have constantly built one of the most resourcesful and engaging projects called “Make in Nigeria”.

He maintained that the event is largely targeted at showcasing startups, MSMEs, SMEs and Retirees while promoting their goods and services, adding that their value proportion is broken down into Publicity, learning, Selling, Networking and Funding depending on the interest of their participants.

Pastor Uche Onochie further noted that they had lined up wonderful and exciting keynote speakers from diverse fields who are eager to impact knowledge and share their experiences with the participants.

In his paper presentation, the representative of Total Energies, Mr. Nwachukwu congratulated the organizer of Make in Nigeria conference and  exhibition, saying that his Organization, Total Energies in fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities has empowered several young Nigerian graduates in different field of endeavours and are participating at the event to encourage local products and services.

Mr. Nwachukwu added that TotalEnergy has a plastic recycling plant in Port Harcourt which is designed to recycle over 1,000 tonnes of plastic waste per annum and save over 750 tonnes of Co2 emission each year which is equivalent to the volume of greenhouse that can be remote by planting over 4,500 trees.

The Make in Nigeria Conference and Exhibition is scheduled to last for 6days with notable keynote speakers and panelists in each of the days.

Dignitaries who attended the Make in Nigeria opening ceremony includes: The President of PHCCIMA, Eze, Sir Mike Elechi, NPOM, JP, FNIM, NPOM DSSRS, The Immediate Past President of PHCCIMA and HLVP of NACCIMA Chief Nabil Saleh, OFR, NPOM, FIMC, DSSRS, The 1st Deputy President, Dr. Chinyere Nwoga, 2nd Deputy President, Hon. Prince Charles Beke, NPOM, the Treasurer, Surveyor, Emmanuel Ogbonda, FCAI, the Financial Secretary, Sir Dan  Harrison, Elected Council member, Chief Emeka Ezekwe, Elected Council member and Chairman of Trade Missions Desk, Amb. Mrs. Florence Nwosibe, Elected Council member, Barr. Innocent Amah, former Treasurer and Chairman of Economic and Commercial Trade Group, Dr Maraizu Uche, former Publicity Secretary and Exco Supervisor of SMEs & NGOs Trade Group, Dr. Mrs Mercy Abu and the Chamber Director General, Mr. Erasmus Chukunda among others.

The Key highlight was the tour of participants exhibition stands led by the Chamber President, Exco Members, the General Manager, Community Relations, Total Energies, the Convener, keynote Speakers, former Vice Chancellor of RSU and Stakeholders as shown in the pictures gallery above