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By Elvis Iruh
Engr. Emeka Unachukwu presenting his technical paper at the event
Engr. Emeka Unachukwu presenting his technical paper at the event

The President of Port Harcourt chamber of Commerce, Engr. Emeka Unachukwu has advocated a paradigm shift in attitude and approach to issues in order to build a new spirit of enterprise for the people of Egi community in Obite, ONELGA, given the immense support they are presently receiving from multinational oil giant, Total Exploration and Production Nigeria limited.

Unachukwu gave this charge while delivering a technical paper during the official opening ceremony of the 1st Egi city Trade and investment fair held at the Obite civics centre.

He lamented that the injection of funds into Egi has not transformed it to what and where it should be, adding that the funds are available but the people lack the spirit of enterprise to translate that into production.

The PHCCIMA helmsman noted that the spirit of enterprise is key to a gradual but practical progress in the community. “I bring to you message of hope by urging the good people of Egi city to invest on youths who has shown potentials of entrepreneurship; youths who are able to take risk – which is a major key to emerging as a good entrepreneur to move Egi city to the next level.

The executive chairman of ONELGA, Hon. Austin Ahiamadu expressed gratitude to PHCCIMA and all those who contributed in ensuring the stimulation of local economic development through entrepreneurship and innovation for wealth creation by providing professional training for business owners, increasing productivity and generation of employment for sustainable development.

In his remark, the Managing director of Total E&P represented by the Deputy Managing Director, Mr. Nicolas Brunet said the primary purpose of the Fair is not only to provide entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase and sell their goods and services but also to provide a platform where entrepreneurs, would-be entrepreneurs, investors and customers can exchange business ideas, establish business partnerships and relationship, establish new supply chains and link up to new market opportunities so that they can draw more investment into Egi, adding that it was also intended to build the entrepreneurial spirit of unemployed Egi youths.

The event also witnessed the formal opening of the Egi city chamber of commerce, industry, mines and agriculture, (EGICCIMA) by the Rivers state commissioner for Commerce and industry, Hon Chukwuma Chienye who was ably represented by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Mr. Gift Ake.

(5th from left in black suit) PHCCIMA President Emeka Unachukwu, Egi peoples' Assembly President, Oris Onyiri, Perm Sec R/S Min. Of Commerce & Ind., Gift Ake, DMD Total, Nicolas Brunet, AGM Total, Cyprian Ojum and RSSDA Rep, Sabeur.