By Emmanuel Sampson.
The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Works, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-eyen has commended his boss, Governor Udom Emmanuel for setting up a 20-member post COVID -19 Economic Reconstruction Committee with the task of evolving ideas aimed at strenghtening the State economy from the effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
Inyang-eyen while fielding questions from journalists just after the inauguration of the Committee at Government House, Uyo, saluted the vision of the Governor and all his efforts in fighting the disease in the State.
” what the Governor has done is thinking ahead. Covid-19 has changed the global scenario. The way we were doing things have changed completely. I’m commending his Excellency’s vision for bringing in the pillars that would sustain the economy during and after this difficult moment. I must say that the quality and capacity of those selected to be part of the committee is purely on merit having considered their pedigree in private and public Sector.To the best of my knowledge, they’re the best economic brains that would put the state in the path of sustainable growth.”
In respect to the Isolation Centre in Utuk Mbang, the Commissioner explained that all measures have been put in place in achieving the target of the one week completion deadline as said earlier by the State’s helmsman, adding that the Governor is not only building the center for today but for tomorrow’s use as it will serve other medical related issues.
The Committee is chaired by a former Vice Chancellor of the University of Uyo, a renowned professor of Economics and public policy as well as the immediate past Director General of the West African Institute for Financial and Economic Management, Prof. Akpan Ekpo.
Responding after the inauguration, Professor Ekpo lauded the governor for the confidence reposed on them.
Ekpo said all members will inject their wealth of knowledge and experience in the overall interest of the State with sound recommendations and implementation.
Other members of the committee include Udom Inoyo, the retiring Vice Chairman of ExxonMobil; Mary Uduk, Acting Director General of Securities and Exchange Commission; Leo Stan Ekeh, Chairman , Zinox Technologies; Obong Nseyen Ebong, Chairman of Uyo Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture and Vincent Anigbogu, , Institute of National Transformation.
Others are Akan Okon, Commissioner for Economic Development and Ibom Deep Sea Port, Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, Commissioner for works, Barr. Ukpong Akpabio, Commissioner for Trade and Investment, Dr. Glory Edet – Hon. Commissioner for Agric & Women Affairs, Mr. Linus Nkan – Hon. Commissioner for Finance and Hon. Ime Uwah – Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Marketing & Brand Managem.ent
Others who also made the list are, Prince Bassey Sampson Inwang, President, All Farmers Association of Nigeria, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, Pastor Samuel Archibong , League of Akwa Ibom Business Association (LABUSA), Mr. Lordswill Umani, President, Akwa Ibom Business Community (AIBC), Sir Effiong Afiakurue – Former Executive Director, NCDMB Chairman/CEO of Rootcare Pharmacy, Sir Inyang Inyang, Managing Consultant, NobleHouse Consulting , Mr. Hilary Akpan Executive Director, NNPC/NAPIMS and Pastor Umo Eno, Executive Director, Agricultural Investments (AKICORP), while Prof. Emmanuel Onwioduokit, Head, Department of Economics, University of Uyo serverd as the Secretary.
The Committee will advise the governor on economic policy matters, including fiscal analysis, economic growth and a range of internal and global economic issues vis-a-vis the relevant stakeholders and heads of various organizations.