Ekiti State Government have inaugurated 11-member economic management team to assist the Government in the formulation of economic and financial policies as well as promoting investment in line with the administration’s shared prosperity agenda.
At a brief ceremony held at the Executive Council Chamber, Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti, Governor Oyebanji said that the team would perform the role of a strategic economic intelligence system that would assist in generating useful policy initiatives, evaluate policy performance and give advice on policy and programme direction of government to reposition the economic drive of the state.
He said his administration is determined to drastically reduce the economic hardship being faced by the people of the state, adding that has been working painstakingly to scout for highly resourceful and experienced professionals to join him in the task of steering the economy into prosperity since the inception of the administration.
He described members of the team as exceptional technocrats who have made their marks in their respective chosen careers and were ready to give the state a new economic direction that would bring about inclusive growth and development.
The Governor also told the team members that they are expected to work in tandem with the six Pillars of his administration’s development agenda to deliver sustainable economic growth and development in the state; ensure seamless implementation of the State Development Plan 2021-2050 as well as come up with policies or programmes aimed at driving the economic wellbeing and quality of life of the people.
He reiterated that the main focus of his administration was to create wealth by spreading prosperity across the world and make Ekiti the best destination of choice for investment and human development indices in Nigeria.
He maintained that the shining light as the state with the least out-of-school children, lowest maternal and child mortality and high literacy level among other indices of growth and development.
Governor Oyebanji expressed his unreserved appreciation to the Chairman and other members of the team for accepting to serve the state in their various capacities as he commended their patriotism and willingness to step out of their comfort zones in the drive to take the state to its place of prominence in the committee of states.
The Chairman of the team, Senator Olubunmi Adetunbi, in his remarks, pledged the commitment of the team to the assignment.
He thanked the Governor for giving them an opportunity to bring their experiences to bear in the development of the state.
Members of the team who are expected to serve on part-time basis include: Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi (Chief Economic Adviser/Head of Team); Mr Feyisayo Charles Ogoji; Dr Falil Ayo Abina, Mr Tope Adebayo; Dr Olugbenga Oyewole; Ms Folakemi Fatogbe and Arc. Eyitope Ajayi.