From Gambo Ahmed, Lafia
Nasarawa State Governor, Abdullahi Sule, has constituted a 14-man Economic Advisory Council with a call on them to design pragmatic ways of transforming the state economically for the interest of the good people of Nasarawa State.
Inaugurating the economic advisory council at the Government House Chamber Lafia yesterday, the Governor affirmed that this was in line with his administration’s policy aimed at developing the state in all facets for the betterment of the people.
According to him “Today is one of my happiest day in the history of my administration. Today we are inaugurating a practicable economic vision strategy development tagged “Nasarawa Economic strategy”. I am glad in this team because we have global eminent individuals who are tested, who have achieved in all disciplines and who have been seen in all spheres of development in this country and beyond”.
He continued “You will recall that during my inaugural speech of May 29. We made a solid commitment to make Nasarawa State a home for investment and economic development. We promised that our administration will open an investment economic policy that will nurture medium and long term investment. Government will deploy strong political will to actually provide incentives to attract investors that will assist our government to achieve its objectives”.
“We deemed it necessary to constitute an investment and economic advisory council to provide and engage the private sector aimed at improving our Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the rapid development of our state”, Sule said.
Governor Sule also read out a thirteen term guidelines to the council which include:
“Support and advise the government on the development of policies, programmes and strategies which will encourage investment and economic development of the state; advise government on matters relating to the attraction of domestic and foreign indirect investment to the state; act as ambassador for investment initiative, provide advisory roles; advise the government on necessary incentives; others are to facilitate close working relationship with key global private sectors among others.”
In his acceptance speech, the chairman of the Nasarawa State Investment and Economic Advisory Council, Konyisola Ajayi (SAN), who commended Governor Sule for the sincerity of purpose, as well as for choosing them to contribute their quota, described the Governor as a great catalyst of economic growth and development of the state.
“The selection is made up of different crop of experts. We promise to excel while carrying out our duties. We are happy to take up the challenges and move the state forward. We have the transformational impact to make the state one of the best in the area of education, economic, water, power and peace”, Prof. Ajayi added.