PHCCIMA Pres. Dr. Vincent Furo (with cap) and the NACCIMA president Dr. Herbert Ajayi presenting an award to Total upstream companies during the 1st quarterly meeting of NACCIMA in PH
Governors across the 36 states and the country’s capital, Abuja has been told to work in synergy with the various city chambers of commerce in their states to help actualize and galvanize the Public Private Partnership, PPP initiative.
President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, PHCCIMA Dr. Vincent Furo made this call during the first quarterly meeting of the body held in Port Harcourt from the 7th to 9th March 2012.
He explained that the federal government has shown commitment by aligning itself to work as partners in progress with NACCIMA, and emphasized the need for this to be replicated at the state level where most of the state governors only pay lip service to the issues concerning their city chambers.
He said in Rivers state the PPP program has not hit the desired altitude because major players who have the knack to make it work are either totally blanked out or given the back bench in the scheme of things. “We have made our voices heard following the absence of our members on the Rivers state public procurement board and the various PPP drives in the state” he said, condemning the trend as capable of stifling economic progress in the state.
Speaking on the first quarterly meeting of NACCIMA held recently in Port Harcourt , the PHCCIMA boss said it was a huge success. “Rivers people are noted for their hospitality and goodwill, hence, the first quarterly meeting of NACCIMA in Port Harcourt was a further proof to that as members from the various city chambers in the country and the national body was treated to an excess dose of our traditional hospitality. According to him, the event was the best in terms of organization and the quality of resource persons that attended.
Corroborating the remarks of the PHCCIMA boss, President of NACCIMA, Dr. Herbert Ademola Ajayi said Port Harcourt was a good host, affirming that they everyone had a swell moment within the period of the first quarterly meeting.
Speaking on some of the resolutions, he said, NACCIMA will soon launch an emergency relief fund that would be driven by the private sector to provide speedy attention to matters of urgent interest in the country.
He said the project is of immense importance to the NACCIMA and will serve as part of its social corporate responsibility aimed at giving back to society and the country at large.
The NACCIMA helmsman had noted that the group in the course of its meeting were able to approve various items of importance – notably the launching of an emergency relief fund driven by the private sector where speedy attention will be given to emergency matters within even as he said NACCIMA must be seen given its little to support society and to complement government’s effort.
“NACCIMA serves as the umbrella association for the chambers of commerce in Nigeria and must be seen contributing her quota in support of society and national development’ he said.
In addition to some of the communiqué reached at the three-day event, the NACCIMA president also said by the association’s constitution, the president of the country is expected to be the grand patron of NACCIMA. Hence, as part of the communiqué reached, there are plans to have an investiture that would eventually honour the president in this direction and make him the grand patron.
Speaking on the security threats and its effect on the economy, Dr Ajayi noted that no matter the threats posed by anyone to defame the government, one of the basic tenets of NACCIMA is to develop a responsible working relationship with government, regardless of its political fate, for the pursuit of commerce, business and other economic activities of interest to its members and also within the wider context of the nation’s socio-economic development. He observed that foreign investors determined to do business will surely invest, knowing the effort of government to bring the problem under control. He acknowledged that the private sector is on the same page with government to ensure that it improves on the economic fortunes of this country.
The three-day conference hosted by the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and agriculture, (PHCCIMA) attracted major players in the organized private sector (OPS), top government functionaries, members of the diplomatic corps and the general public.
In his remark the executive Governor of, Rivers state, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi thanked NACCIMA for the opportunity to host the event. The governor who was represented by the Director General of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Nelson Dagogo Brown said the Amaechi administration has done remarkably well in the area of security and that accounts for the peace and serenity presently in the state.
He emphasized the need for chambers of commerce in the country to close ranks and constitute themselves as vehicle for economic development. According to him, “NACCIMA must keep a good legacy of progress by traveling far and wide to tap ideas on how to improve on our industries and economy to compete favorably with others”
Highlight of the event was the presentation of an achievement award on corporate social responsibility (CSR) to Total Upstream companies in Nigeria , and was received by, Mr. Norbert Ikwuazu on behalf of the Managing Director of Total E and P. On the choice of Total for such award, the PHCCIMA President, Dr Vincent Furo praised the company’s Exploration and Production subsidiary for the peaceful manner it has, so far, conducted its operations in its host communities in Rivers State. It particularly commended their activities in Egi clan of Ogba/Egbema/Ndoni Local Government Area, stating that if all multinational companies conduct themselves in similar manner, we wouldn’t have the kind of problems facing the region.