Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi Of Enugu State Inaugurates A 15- Man Economic Advisory Committee To Advise And Guide His Government On Best Economic Policies.
Amah Baldwin, Enugu
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has constituted a 15- man Enugu State Economic Advisory Committee to advise and guide his government on the best economic policies that would help the state engender sustainable economic development in the face of the present dwindling revenue from Nigeria’s Federation Account caused by the glut in the oil industry. Among prominent Nigerians that made the list of the 15-member Enugu State Economic Advisory Committee are the former Minister Of Power, Prof. Barth Nnaji, Deputy Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, industry giant and chairman of Innoson Group of Companies, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, former Economic Adviser to the president and current Director of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Nigeria, Prof. Osita Ogbu. Chief Chilo Offiah, among others.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Uwakwe Abugu said: “In setting up the economic advisory team, the administration of Governor Ugwuanyi desires that the pool of experts would effectively discharge its obligations by thinking of new ideas on economic issues and or give government pertinent advise on what should be done to enhance the economic fortunes of the state.” Abugu further stated that: ‘the functions of the economic and development experts would revolve around three key objectives, namely, to promote balanced and sustainable economic growth, to promote and engender adequate employment for the people of Enugu state and to promote a system of fair income distribution among the various income groups in the state.”
He continued, “The Vicar- General of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Msgr (Prof). Obiora Ike, who has been central figure in the successful entrepreneurial exploits of the diocese has been named the chairman of the committee while the Economic Adviser to the governor would serve as the secretary of the committee.” Other members of the committee put together by the governor include former Aviation minister, Amb. Fidelia Njeze, a successful investor and civil society activist, Chief Loretta Aniagolu, Dr. Chikelu Mba, Mr. Kelvin Emeka Onah, Mr. Emeka Odo who had mercurially ‘transfigured’ from a business reporter with the Daily Times of Nigeria to become a banker and financial guru, Princess Ngozi Nnaedozie, Mr. John Okoye and Mr. Ikechukwu Chioke.
The membership of the committee cut across states other than Enugu and the Chief Press Secretary explained it in the statement, saying the decision to include experts from outside the coal city state was informed by Governor Ugwuanyi’s desire to ensure that nothing was left undone in the current efforts to shore up the revenue base of the state in view of his burning desire to fulfill his campaign promises to the people of the state who gave him overwhelming support at the polls last April and have continued to show their love for him since he assumed office.