Abia appoints Okonjo Iweala, Oteh, others into economic team

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State has named Nigeria’s former Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala as a member of the state Post COVID-19 Economic Advisory Committee.

Okonjo-Iweala’s appointment in Abia comes less than 24hrs after she was announced as the Special Envoy for the newly inaugurated World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator.

Also named as member of the Economic Advisory Committee is Ms. Arunma Oteh, the former boss of Nigeria Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

A release by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Chris Ezem, announced that the committee would be chaired by Prof Anya O Anya. Other members of the committee include, Dr. Emeka Onwuka, Mazi Nnamdi Okwuadigbo and Mr. Chris Odinaka Igwe.

The Chief Press Secretary to the state governor, Mr. Onyebuchi Ememanka, said the team was set up to advise government on the economic realities occasioned by the impact of the Coronavirus and how to make necessary adjustments in the state’s economic strategy.

“They will look at the global economic crisis caused by the pandemic and its implications on the Nigerian economy and then ultimately on Abia economy,” Ememanka stated.

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