Governor Otti Swears In Abia Global Economic Advisory Council

Strategic Blueprint for the Comprehensive Economic Advancement

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The Abia State Governor, Dr Alex Otti, has sworn in members of the Global Economic Advisory Council (AGEAC) with the charge to bring their expertise across various sectors in order to enrich the diversity and dynamism of the state for the benefit of the people.

Governor Otti disclosed that the establishment of the AGEAC was a pivotal element in his administration’s strategic blueprint for the comprehensive economic advancement of the state

The under listed 18 distinguished Nigerians with global recognition are to participate in the Council, with the aim to transform Abia into a self-sustaining economic hub;

1. Ms. Arunma Oteh, OON – Co-Chair

2. His Highness Khaleefa Muhammad Sanusi II, CON, Co-Chair

3. Mr. Bolaji Balogun – Co-Chair

4. Mr. Victor Onyenkpa – Member

5. Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui Okauru, MFR – Member

6. Mr. Chidi Ajaegbu – Member

7. Mr. Uche Orji – Member8. Mrs. Ndidi Nwuneli, MFR – Member

9. Mr. Chika Nwobi – Member

10. Dr. Olugbenga Adesida – Member

11. Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe – Member

12. Mazi Clement Owunna, MFR – Member

13. Dr. Uzodinma Iweala – Member

14. Mrs. Ezinwa Okoroafor – Member

15. Mr. George Agu – Member

16. Mazi Uzo Nwankwo – Member

17. Mr. Chinedu Azodoh – Member

18. Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, GCON – Honourary Advisor

19. Dr. Benedict Oramah, CON – Honourary Advisor

He also noted that five representatives from the State Executive Council would serve on the Advisory Council, including himself (Governor Alex Otti), Mr. Ikechukwu Uwanna, Mr. Kingsley Anosike, Mr. Michael Akpara, and Dr. Chimezie Isaac Ukaegbu.

A statement signed by his chief press secretary Kazie Uko highlighted the historical neglect and fragility of Abia State’s economy and emphasized the government’s commitment to socio-economic revitalization since May 29, 2023.

The statement reads in part;

“Our initiatives are reshaping and reconstructing Abia State as a beacon of economic strength in Nigeria. Thus, it is imperative to base its economic development strategy on a deep understanding of the local economic landscape and the evolving forces shaping the global economy.“

The newly appointed members bring extensive experience and expertise across various sectors, enriching the diversity and dynamism of the Abia State Global Economic Advisory Council.

Their combined knowledge will be instrumental in shaping policies that foster innovation, attract investments, forge strong partnerships, and ensure the overall economic resilience of our great state,” declared the statement.

The Council’s Secretariat will be overseen by Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, Principal Secretary to the Governor/Chief Strategy Officer, along with Mr. Charles Egonye, Technical Assistant to the Governor.

Support will be provided by Mrs. Victoria Onwubiko and Ms. Amaka Okonkwo from the private sector.The Abia State Global Economic Advisory Council stands as a crucial advisory body, providing strategic insights and recommendations to steer the state’s economic and investment policies.

The advisers will collaborate closely with relevant State Commissioners to address the distinctive challenges and opportunities ahead, ensuring that Abia State maintains a leading position in innovation and economic development within the region and globally”.