From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State
In a bold move to stir a revolution in the economy of Nigeria’s most promising state, in terms of natural and human resources, Kogi State Government has constituted an Economic and Advisory Council to actualize its dream of boosting the state economy and reducing poverty to barest minimum.
The Council is to be headed by Nda Aliyu Salami.
The rationale behind the setting up of the EAC according to the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Mr Kingsley Fanwo, is to provide evidence-driven decision making and rigorous evaluation of the economy.
“The Council he said will systematically take stock of the most recent trends in economic development, applied economic methods, poverty analytics, evaluation methods, and modelling, measuring, and evaluating development interventions.
He said an all-embracing purpose of the Economic Advisory Council will be to sharpen the Kogi State Government’s analytical methods and capacity in support of continuing development effectiveness.
“The EAC will provide advice to Kogi State Government on issues related to growth and development at the Local and State Government levels and this will include: New perspectives on economic development; Innovative approaches to economic growth; Innovations in Program and Project evaluation; Poverty and income Dynamics; Social and Infrastructural Development and the economics of gender; and Other innovations in the field of development economics, growth and evaluation” the commissioner hinted.
Fanwo said, convening experts in an advisory role will serve to inform the government on the success of its economic program development and measurement of results, shape future policy decisions and methodology, and enhance economic programs and economic growth.
“The EAC will serve as a reference group for assessing and advising on methodological directions and innovations for the economic improvement of the state.
“As a state, we are proud to unleash Kogites who have excelled nationally and globally on the current economic reality with the aim of bringing our finest brains together to move the state forward with the ultimate goal being the need to reduce poverty and underdevelopment in our dear state”
He named members of the Council as follows: Nda Aliyu Salami – Chairman; Chief Engr Joseph Makoju OON, OFR (FNSE) – Member. Chief Kola Jamodu CFR (FCA) – Member.; Dr. Aheruvoh David Ohiku – Member. Dr. Emmanuel E. Onoja, Ph.D, FCA – Member. Chief Abdulrazaq Isa Kutepa – Member. Mr Segun Adaju – Member. Prof. S .I. Ocheni, Ph.D, FCNA – Member Mr. Ola Oyelola – Member.
Other members include;
Musa Itopa Jimoh; Mr. Isah Shaibu; Prof. Seidu O. Muhammed; Mr John Obaro; Mr. Lawal Itopa Lamidi, FCA; Dr. Isah Abdullahi; Prof. Sule Jafaru, Ph.D; Dr Audu Dangana, Ph.D; Prof . John O. Alabi, Ph.D
HE Amb. Shola Rafiu Enikanolaye; Mr. Tunde Ayeni; Prof. Suleiman A. S. Aruwa, Ph.D; Engr. Ismail Akaba
Mr. Thomas Etu; Alh. Abubakar Sanusi Gamji; Ebi Atawodi; Dr. Ronke Bello PhD.; Mr. Tony Okpanachi, MD DBN; Mr. Korede Adedayo; Hajia Dr. Halima Alfa; Mr Gimba N. Baba; Dr. Suleiman Adejoh; Dr. Michael Abuh, Ph.D; Hajia Ladi Ibrahim FNA; Prof. Joshua Okpanachi, Ph.D; Mr. Abdullateef A. Bello