Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR, has announced the constitution of the Abia Global Economic Advisory Council (AGEAC) as part of his administration’s strategic plan to ensure the overall economic development of the state.
Consequently, Governor Otti has appointed 19 distinguished Nigerians with global acclaim to serve on the Council, aimed at building Abia into a self-sustaining economic hub.
Those appointed are:
- Ms. Arunma Oteh, OON – Co-Chair
- His Highness Khaleefa Muhammad Sanusi II, CON, Co-Chair
- Mr. Bolaji Balogun – Co-Chair
- Mr. Victor Onyenkpa – Member
- Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui Okauru, MFR – Member
- Mr. Chidi Ajaegbu – Member
- Mr. Uche Orji – Member
- Mrs. Ndidi Nwuneli , MFR – Member
- Mr. Chika Nwobi – Member
- Dr. Olugbenga Adesida – Member
- Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe – Member
- Mazi Clement Owunna, MFR – Member
- Dr. Uzodinma Iweala – Member
- Mrs. Ezinwa Okoroafor – Member
- Mr. George Agu – Member
- Mazi Uzo Nwankwo – Member
- Mr Chinedu Azodoh – Member
- Prof. Peter Tufano, Havard Business School – Member
- Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, GCON – Honourary Advisor
- Dr. Benedict Oramah, CON – Honourary Advisor
Also, five members, drawn from the State Executive Council, will represent the government on the Advisory Council.
They include the Governor, Dr. Otti; Attorney-General and Honourable Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ikechukwu Uwanna; Honourable Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Kingsley Anosike; Honourable Commissioner for Finance, Mr Michael Akpara; and Honourable Commissioner for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Dr. Chimezie Isaac Ukaegbu.
A statement issued Thursday by the Governor’s Office said the economy of Abia State had suffered neglect and became fragile due to untold economic sabotage, over the years.
However, with the inception of Governor Otti’s administration on May 29, 2023, the government has since commenced the socio-economic re-engineering of the State from the wreckage of over the last two decades.
“Our programmes are already re-positioning and rebuilding Abia State as the economic pride of Nigeria. Therefore, it is essential to ensure that its economic development strategy is founded not only on a thorough understanding of the local economic environment but also on the dynamics of the emerging forces now shaping the future of the global economy.
“The newly appointed members bring a wealth of experience and expertise in various sectors, enhancing the diversity and dynamism of the Abia State Global Economic Advisory Council. Their collective knowledge will play a pivotal role in shaping policies that drive innovation, attract investments, form solid partnerships, and ensure the overall economic resilience of our great state,” the statement declared.
According to the statement, the Secretariat of the Council will be managed by Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, Principal Secretary to the Governor/Chief Strategy Officer, and Mr. Charles Egonye, Technical Assistant to the Governor, and supported by Mrs. Victoria Onwubiko and Ms Amaka Okonkwo from the private sector.
The Abia State Global Economic Advisory Council serves as a key advisory body, offering strategic insights and recommendations to guide the state’s economic and investment policies. The Advisers will collaborate closely with the relevant State Commissioners to address the unique challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, ensuring that Abia State remains at the forefront of innovation and economic development within the region and globally.
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor Abia State
Government House, Umuahia.