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Ex-Kogi IGR Chairman to head economic advisory

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AbdulAhad Otuoze

Sacked boss of the Kogi Internally Generated Revenue, Mr. Aliyu Salami has been appointed by governor Yahaya Bello to head the state Economic advisory council.

Salami was the former chairman and later replaced by a care taker committee headed by the state Commissioner for Finance, Budget and Economic Planning, Asiwaju Asiru Idris before the eventual appointment of a substantive boss for the agency.

Salami’s new role as head of economic advisory council was made know by the state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Kingsley Fanwo on Thursday in a statement made available to newsmen in Lokoja.

“As a bold move to stir a revolution in the economy of Nigeria’s most promising state in terms of natural and human resources, the Government of Kogi State has made an audacious move to set up an Economic and Advisory Council.

“The rationale behind setting up the EAC is to provide evidence-driven decision making and rigorous evaluation of the economy. The Council 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.

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“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 KGSG on issues related to growth and development at the Local and State Government levels and this will include:

1. New perspectives on economic development;2. Innovative approaches to economic growth;3. Innovations in Program and Project evaluation;4. Poverty and income Dynamics;5. Social and Infrastructural Development and the economics of gender; and6. Other innovations in the field of development economics, growth and evaluation.

“Convening experts in an advisory role will serve to inform the KGSG 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.

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“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.

The EAC which has 36 members is to be chaired by Mr. Aliyu Onfa Salami, while Joseph Makoju, Chief Kola Jamodu are to serve as members amidst others.

The EAC has 36 members as follows:

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Mr. Aliyu Inda Salami Chairman Central
H.E Amb Olusiji Godwin Aina Alternate Chairman West
Chief Engr Joseph Makoju OON, OFR (FNSE) Member Central
Chief Kola Jamodu CFR (FCA) Member West
Dr. Aheruvoh David Ohiku Member Central
Dr. Emmanuel E. Onoja, Ph.D, FCA Member East
Chief Abdulrazaq Isa Kutepa Member West
8 Mr Segun Adaju Member West
Prof. S .I. Ocheni, Ph.D, FCNA Member East
Mr. Ola Oyelola Member West
Musa Jimoh Otaru Member Central
Mr. Isah Shaibu Member Central
Prof. Seidu O. Muhammed Member East
Mr John Obaro Member West
Mr. Lawal Itopa Lamidi, FCA Member Central
Dr. Isah Abdullahi Member East
Prof. Sule Jafaru, Ph.D Member East
Dr Audu Dangana, Ph.D Member East
Prof . John O. Alabi, Ph.D Member West
HE Amb. Shola Rafiu Enikanolaye Member West
Mr. Tunde Ayeni Member West
Prof. Suleiman A. S. Aruwa, Ph.D Member East
Engr. Ismail Akaba Member Central
Mr. Thomas Etu Member East
Alh. Abubakar Sanusi Gamji Member Central
Ebi Atawodi Member East
Dr. Ronke Bello PhD. Member West
Mr. Tony Okpanachi, MD DBN Member East
Mr. Korede Adedayo Member West
Hajia Dr. Halima Alfa Member East
Mr Gimba N. Baba Member Central
32 Dr. Suleiman Adejoh Member East
Dr. Michael Abuh, Ph.D Member East
34 Hajia Ladi Ibrahim FNA Member Central
Prof. Joshua Okpanachi, Ph.D Secretary East
Mr. Abdullateef A. Bello Recorder MFB & EP

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