ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA)- The Abia State Governor-Elect Alex Otti has announced a list of distinguished professionals and technocrats in various capacities as members of the Transition Council, in preparation to his formal assumption of office on 29 May, 2023.
Otti disclosed this in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Council’s Secretariat.
He said the Transition Council will help to articulate a policy document that would forge a direction and developmental agenda for Abia, in line with his vision for the State.
The Transition Council will be chaired by Victor Onyenkpa, Partner and COO, KPMG, and cochaired by Ifueko Omogui Okauru, former Executive Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).
Arunma Oteh, former Director General of Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC); former Treasurer and Vice President of the World Bank and currently a Director at FSD Africa, an international development agency focused primarily on financial markets in sub-Saharan Africa, is also on the Council member.
Other notable members are Professor Ndubuisi Ekekwe, a Nigerian-born inventor who helped Apple design a semiconductor for the iPhone; Mr Uche Orji, the immediate past CEO of Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA); Victor Okoronkwo, GMD of Aiteo Oil and Gas; Mr. Frank Nneji, Founder of ABC Transport Company; and Ide John Udeagbala, an Aba-based business mogul.
The Council will be inaugurated on Friday, 14 April, 2023 by the Governor-Elect in Aba.
Aba was chosen for the inauguration of the Council, as it is the commercial nerve centre of Abia State. Also, it is significant with the Enyimba City being the centrepiece of the incoming Alex Otti government’s economic and infrastructural development plan.
During his campaign, Otti had promised to create a ministry for Aba, to take charge of the urban and physical renewal of the once foremost commercial and industrial hub of South-East Nigeria.