Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has constituted a 15-man Economic Advisory Committee to advise and guide the state government on the best economic policies that would help the state engender sustainable economic growth in the face of the present dwindling revenue from Federation Account caused by the glut in the oil sector.
Among prominent Nigerians that made the list of the 15 members of the Economic Advisory Committee are the former minister of power, Professor Barth Nnaji, deputy senate president, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, industry giant and chairman of Innoson Group of Companies, Chief Innocent Chukwuma, former Economic Adviser to former President Obasanjo and the current Director of the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Nigeria, Prof. Ostia Ogbu, Chief Chilo Offiah, among others.
In setting up the committee, the governor charged the experts effectively discharge its obligations by “thinking of new ideas on economic issues” and or give government pertinent advice on what should be done to enhance the economic fortunes of the state.
According to a release by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Uwakwe Abugu, 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.
The Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Enugu, Monsignor Obiora Ike, who has been a 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 include former Aviation Minister, Ambassador Fidelia Njeze, a civil society activist, Chief Loretta Aniagolu, Dr. Chikelu Mba, Mr. Kelvin Emeka Onah, Mr. Emeka Odo, Princess Ngozi Nnaedozie, Mr. John Okoye and Mr. Ikechukwu Chioke.
“The membership of the committee cuts across states other than Enugu,” the Chief Press Secretary explained in the statement pointing out that “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.
“The governor’s move is basically a response to the concern across the country owing to the frightening development in the oil sector which has made it difficult for some states and even the federal governments to pay their staff salaries and meet other obligations starring them in the face as governments that should be responsive to the yearnings of the people.
“It is our own economic survival strategy and we also intend to use the platform to encourage and reengineer effective public-private partnership”, the statement informed while also describing the committee as an “assemblage of economists, entrepreneurial gurus, financial experts, and others from the energy, civil society sectors as well as politicians who have cut their teeth in the executive and legislative business of government in the country,” the statement reveals.

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