Enugu Governor Sets $30B GDP Target

Peter Mbah

Emerging from an intensive Executive Leadership Retreat, Governor of Enugu State, Dr. Peter Mbah, has laid out a clear path for his political appointees, emphasizing the need for them to meet performance benchmarks set across Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

Governor Mbah expressed a strong commitment to fulfilling the administration’s campaign promises and achieving rapid progress during his closing remarks at the three-day retreat, which took place at the scenic Nike Lake Resort in Enugu.

The retreat, themed “Strategic Leadership for Disruptive Innovation and Sustainable Development,” brought together a distinguished group of experts from various fields, including Prof. Joseph Urama from the African Development Bank, Dr. Ibukun Awosika, Linus Okorie, Dr. Joe Abah, Dr. Sam Onyia, and Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke.

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During this gathering, Governor Mbah articulated his belief that transforming the state’s economy from $4.4 billion to a remarkable $30 billion was an achievable goal, provided that political appointees leveraged the knowledge and insights gained from the retreat to challenge the prevailing status quo.

Governor Mbah declared, “I believe that everything we have envisioned here in terms of our future is possible. History is filled with examples of countries, regions, and cities where people united to change their narrative, altering the trajectory of growth.

So, no one should doubt the potential of what we can accomplish in Enugu. With our can-do spirit, we can attain a $30 billion economy within the next eight years, providing top-quality education, healthcare, infrastructure, and prosperity for our people. We can make Enugu the premier destination for business, investment, tourism, and living. The future we aspire to offer our children beckons, and if we have the determination, we can make it a reality.”

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The Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Chidiebere Onyia, shed light on the retreat’s objectives, outlining its focus on leadership, strategy, and performance measurement. According to him, the retreat aimed to align with Governor Mbah’s vision and develop strategies to implement it across the various MDAs.

Prominent participants, including Barr. Victor Udeh, Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development; Barr. Lloyd Ekweremadu, Commissioner for Culture and Tourism; Dr. Nathaniel Uramah, Commissioner for Finance; Mrs. Ngozi Enih, Commissioner for Children, Gender Affairs, and Social Welfare; Rita Mbah, Executive Chairman of the Enugu State Tourism Board; and Dr. GOC Ajah, Chairman of the Enugu State Universal Basic Education Board, lauded the retreat’s eye-opening and strategic nature. They expressed their renewed confidence, knowledge, and commitment to deliver on Governor Mbah’s ambitious vision in their respective MDAs.

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