PHCCIMA PRESIDENT IDENTIFIES CREATIVE INNOVATION AND ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT AS VITAL TO EMPLOYMENT CREATION

Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce has identified creative innovation, skills acquisition and entrepreneurship development, in our tertiary institutions as vital to creating employment and enterprise, including an imperative that will lead the nation on the path of prosperity if well harnessed. President of Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Chief Nabil Saleh gave this indication while making a goodwill remark at the Pre-37th Convocation Exhibition event of the Ignatius Ajuru University Of Education at the Rumuolumeni campus. He said PHCCIMA is excited to see young students of the university churn out creative innovation that will create employment, adding that entrepreneurship development holds a lot for the future. The PHCCIMA helmsman who described chambers of Commerce as a body that promotes entrepreneurship and ensures that businesses thrive noted that Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce is pleased to identify, and is ready to partner with the university through the instrumentality of her trade groups, the NACCIMA Youth Entrepreneurs, PHCCIMA chapter and her One-Stop-Shop outlet housing gluts of regulatory and business support agencies; be it in the area of mentorship, packaging, NAFDAC, Export, among others. He disclosed that the 2019 Port Harcourt International Trade Fair will commence from 6th to 22nd December 2019, and urged all those who have creative innovations to make themselves available as free space will be provided for those willing to exhibit and showcase their product and services, In his welcome address, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ozo Mekuri Ndimele said the failure to find differences in labor market opportunities from tertiary institutions curriculum is perhaps most disturbing, hence our quest to entrench an educational institution to develop human capacity for excellence, integrity, and service. The school finds innovative approaches to solving social problems as not just inspiring, but also expedient to national growth. He called for collaboration between town and gown to ensure that these creative innovations are harnessed. He particularly commended PHCCIMA for what they have been doing in the business sector and called for a stronger synergy to get these enterprising youths on a stronger footing. Other dignitaries who spoke include, Mr. Innocent Iyalla Harry, the Principal Partner ICL Strategic Partners and former Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the Rivers State Microfinance Agency (RIMA), others include a representative of the Nigerian Liquefied Natural Gas Company among other stakeholders. Highlight of the event was the presentation of PHCCIMA magazine to the Vice-Chancellor and a tour of the various creative innovations by students of the institution followed by a group photograph. The NYE, PHCCIMA chapter Coordinator, Bobby Elechi and the Director General were among the PHCCIMA delegation.