A multi-sector investor, entrepreneur, leadership guru, and one-time president of the Port Harcourt City Chamber, Emi Membere-Otaji, has emerged 2nd national deputy president of the nation’s main organised private sector body, the National Association Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA).
Membere-Otaji, a University of Lagos-trained medical doctor, won the slot at a keenly contested election on June 8, 2023, where he defeated his opponent with 33 votes against 12.
By this outcome, the one-time commissioner of health in Rivers State and Kalabari chief is lined up to assume presidency of NACCIMA in 2027 behind the man on the seat, Dele Kelvin Oye, a lawyer, who will serve for two years and give way to Kwara-born Jani Ibrahim, now first Deputy National President. Membere-Otaji will be Inaugurated President in the next four years because there will be no other election for him to assume the exalted office of President beginning 2027. The slot open for contest is 2nd deputy national president, which he just won.
Membere-Otaji first founded the Princess Medical Centre which has grown into an international medical signature. He later established the Elshcon group of companies to which he is chairman and CEO.
The Kalabri chief is one of the early business executives that honed their skills at the Lagos Business School and later went to the MCDonough School of Business, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA.
The multiple award-winner is a one-time Chairman of West African Glass Industry Plc and a former Director of Pabod Breweries Limited. He was not only a former Commissioner for Health, he is also a former Special Adviser to the Rivers State Government on Investments & Privatization, and also a former Chairman, Board of Directors of Clearline International Limited (Health Management Organization).