PHCCIMA President, Eze, Sir Mike Elechi, JP on Wednesday 20th July, 2022 at the Chamber Secretariat inaugurated the Shipping, Transport and Logistics Trade Group of the Chamber. In his inaugural speech the President noted that although the trade group was being inaugurated lately, the Chairman and members of the trade group should aspire for higher capacity and be able to execute viable activities considering the calibre of members present at the inaugural meeting by galvanising all available resources as one of the functional trade groups of the Chamber and put into positive use their envious position as the key trade group that controls and facilitates trade and commerce both locally and internationally to generate adequate income that will help grow the trade group as well as the entire Chamber positing that it’s only with the option of thinking outside the box that the Chamber can be sustained in these hard economic times, and charged them to brace up to the task. He also implored them to comply with the provisions of the Chamber Constitution and Code of Ethics in the conduct of their activities and wished them success. In his welcome address, the Trade Group Chairman who also is the Zonal Coordinator of Nigerian Shippers Council, Glory E. Onojedo, JP thanked the President and Exco for the opportunity to serve and appreciated the President, Exco, his Vice Chairman, the Director General and members present for their support in making their inauguration a reality.
He stated that the primary goal of the Shipping, Transport and Logistics Trade Group is to strengthen and improve the representation of the logistics, freight forwarding and Customs services industry in Port Harcourt. He noted that although the inauguration was talking place months behind time due to circumstances beyond their control, but with commitment and collective efforts of members their lost time can be covered by the outlined trade group programmes for the coming months. He listed three core objectives of the trade group as representing members vis-a-vis the Nigerian Customs Service, Nigerian Ports Authority, and other regulatory agencies in the Eastern Ports, promoting entry into seaborne trade, logistics, freight forwarding and Customs services among members and society in general, and to advise and share experiences among members regarding current and future government policies and how to mitigate their impacts on members businesses. He noted that much is needed to be done and to achieve the onerous task all members must be committed, dedicated and ready to make sacrifices, he promised the President and Exco not to fail in their responsibilities. The 2nd Deputy President Hon. Prince Charles OsiminiBeke advised them to be focused to achieve their goals, the Exco Supervisor of the Trade Group and Elected Council member, Chief Ernest Elochukwu assured the President and Exco of his support to the trade group, the Treasurer, Surveyor Emmanuel Ogbonda commended their courage to serve and advised them to work as a team to succeed. Other distinguished members of the Trade Group present at the inauguration include the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of El- Nafajo Ltd, Mr. Joseph Habib Sule, a retired Assistant Comptroller of Customs Service and Managing Director of Kolesil Investment Nigeria Ltd, Mr. Baritor Lenu Kpagih, representative of NIMASA, Mr. Johnson Doubara, Joy Apochi of Gromzia Ventures Nig., Okere Celestina of Celefrank Nigeria Ltd, Michael Columbus of Jethad Enterprises, Ekereobong Essien of Nigerian Shippers Council, Emeremigbogini Richgift Corper and the Director General, Mr. Erasmus Chukunda as shown in the above photo gallery.