The President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) Eze, Sir Mike Elechi, JP FNIM, NPOM has charged members and other participants to utilize all opportunities at their disposal to harness the benefits of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) programme.
He made the statement while addressing participants at the two day South South regional intensive training workshop organized by the AFCFTA implementation committee holding at the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (PHCCIMA) Secretariat in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The President maintained that the knowledge that will be acquired at the workshop will help participants broaden the scope of their businesses, adding that the program should have taken place in Enugu but was extended to Port Harcourt based on some considerations and thanked the organizers for the choice of Port Harcourt City for the training programme.
Sir Elechi however expressed some reservations and called on Rivers people to wake from their slumber and embrace new innovations, participate in training programme so as to compete with their counterparts in Lagos and Kano.
The 2nd Deputy President, Hon. Prince Charles Beke had earlier welcomed the participants on behalf of the President. The participants at the AfCFTA training programme came from the six southern states of Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, Edo, Delta and Rivers State