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The Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti has announced the appointment of Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Ms. Arunma Oteh and His Highness Khaleefa Muhammad Sanusi II as members of a 19-man Abia State Global Economic Advisory Council (AGEAC).
They also include former Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN) President, Chidi Ajegbu, Mr. Bolaji Balogun, Mr. Victor Onyenkpa, Mrs. Ifueko Omoigui Okauru, Mr. Uche Orji, Mrs. Ndidi Nwuneli, Mr. Chika Nwobi and Dr. Olugbenga Adesida.
Others are Prof. Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Mazi Clement Owunna, Dr. Uzodinma Iweala, Mrs. Ezinwa Okoroafor, Mr. George Agu, Mazi Uzo Nwankwo, Mr Chinedu Azodoh and Dr. Benedict Oramah.
The governor said five members, drawn from the State Executive Council, who would represent the government in the advisory council, include him (Governor Otti), Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ikechukwu Uwanna, Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Mr. Kingsley Anosike, Commissioner for Finance, Mr. Michael Akpara and Commissioner for Trade, Commerce and Industry, Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu.
Dr. Otti said the constitution of AGEAC was part of his administration’s strategic plan to ensure economic development of the state.
He added that the appointment of the 19 distinguished Nigerians with global records to serve in the council was aimed at building Abia into a self-sustaining economic hub.
The governor said the secretariat of the council would be managed by the Principal Secretary to the Governor/Chief Strategy Officer, Mr. Chinenye Mba-Uzoukwu, and Technical Assistant to the Governor, Mr. Charles Egonye, supported by Mrs. Victoria Onwubiko and Ms Amaka Okonkwo from the private sector.
AGEAC serves as a key advisory body, offering strategic insights and recommendations to guide the state’s economic and investment policies.
The advisers will collaborate with the relevant commissioners to address the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead, ensuring Abia State remains at the forefront of innovation and economic development within the region and globally.