Mike Elechi, commercial farmer, agriculturist, and industrialist who recently emerged as the new president of the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines, Agriculture and Technology (PHCCIMA), after taking over from Nabil Ahmed Saleh during PHCCIMA’s 2021 elective annual general meeting held at the PHCCIMA council hall in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has assured of progressive and inclusive leadership during his tenure.
Elechi is the managing director/chief executive officer of Vintage group of companies, a conglomerate comprising Vintage Farms and Products Limited, Vintage Resorts and Recreations, Veteran and Vintage Tech Limited, Cedar Construction Limited and Vintage Water Limited.
A commercial farmer and agriculturist, he is also the former chairman of NACCIMA agric trade group, former chairman of NACCIMA building & construction trade group, chairman of PHCCIMA 2019 trade fair committee, exco supervisor for PHCCIMA agric & agro-allied trade group, among others.
Elechi was a career civil servant, rising to a permanent secretary in the Rivers State ministry of works, and ministry of sports. He was once a commissioner in the Rivers State Civil Service Commission.
He is a recipient of the Nigerian government’s National Productivity award honour (NPoM), in recognition of his company’s contributions to the growth of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Elechi was also elected into PHCCIMA alongside Chinyere Nwoga, managing director/CEO of Soluzone Limited, as 1st deputy president; Charles Beke, former Rivers State commissioner for commerce and industry, and MD/CEO, Eastern Wrought Iron Limited, 2nd deputy president; Emmanuel Ogbonda, MD/CEO of Kenneth and Kennethson Limited, as treasurer; Dan Harrison, MD/CEO of Dan Harry Nigeria Limited, as financial secretary; Uche Onochie, MD/CEO of Maddison Group, as publicity secretary; and Godwin Etim, MD/CEO of Goddie Chemicals International Limited, as welfare secretary.
Others elected as PHCCIMA council members include: Emeka Ezekwe, MD/CEO of Arrow Construction Company Limited; Florence Nwosibe, MD/CEO of A-Floxson International Limited; Innocent Amah, MD/CEO of Freshland Integrated Limited; Ernest Elochukwu, MD/CEO of Nestello Gateways Group; and Okey Odu, MD/CEO of BSL Insurance Brokers Limited.
The newly elected president, Elechi promised to operate an all-inclusive administration at the chamber of commerce that will engender peace, unity, acceleration, and open new frontiers of business opportunities for member companies.
As the mouthpiece of the organised private sector, he said PHCCIMA will continue to pursue its objectives by ensuring that businesses thrive, facilitate ease-of-doing business, engage all levels of government and its agencies in advocacy for effective and fair economic policies, and help in mentorship and development of large, medium and small-scale enterprises to stimulate the local economy; and also attract foreign direct investments (FDIs) to the state.