Dr. Louis Brown Ogbeifun

Accredited Mediator | Certified Professional Manager and Trainer in Workplace Conflicts


Governor Alex Otti’s Bold Economic Move: Can Abia Rival California’s Success with its New Advisory Council?

As I watched the Channels Television this evening, I saw something uncommon done in Nigeria’s political dictum by the Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti. The Governor established an Economic Advisory Council that goes beyond the servicing of political pipelines, tribal interests, and religious considerations. Among those appointed are the former Emir of Kano, Muhammad Sanusi II, the Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (Honorary Advisor), former Director-General of Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Arunma Oteh, former FIRS Boss Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru, Bolaji Balogun, a top investment executive, etc. His Economic Advisory Council could also go for a national economic team. It is only comparable to Obasanjo’s economic team.

I pray the “powerful internal and external locus” who lurk around government houses do not sabotage the governor. Suppose the Economic Advisory Council is allowed to work. I see Abia becoming Africa’s next economic nerve center, only comparable to the Californian Silicon Valley, and Abians shall be the primary beneficiaries.

For those who want to know, California is one of the states in the United States of America. As a state, “not a country” California has a Gross State Product (GSP) of $3.8 trillion. If taken as a country, California would rank as the world’s fifth-largest economy (Wikipedia). Good luck, Governor Otti, and Abia citizens.

Grace and peace!!!