LAGOS, NIGERIA – JULY 5, 2019 – Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder and Chairman Africa, Initiative for Governance (AIG) has been appointed Private Sector Co-Chair of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) Steering Committee for its Governance and Institutions Policy Commission (GIPC), a role he co-chairs with the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, who was appointed the Public Sector Co-Chair. The inauguration ceremony held on July 3, 2019 at the NESG Offices in Lagos.

The Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG) is a foremost think-tank organization in Nigeria that promotes sustainable growth and development in the Nigerian economy. It is a not-for profit/non-partisan organization with a mandate to champion the reform of the Nigerian economy into an open, private sector-led economy that is globally competitive on a sustainable basis.

NESG has eleven Policy Commissions, which serve as working groups comprising public and private sector executives that meet regularly to fast track the adoption and implementation of Nigerian Economic Summit recommendations. The Governance and Institutions Policy Commission (GIPC) is one out of eleven Policy Commissions, with three thematic groups: Anticorruption, Civil Service Reforms and Institutional Reforms. The Commission was set up to facilitate the overhaul of Public Institutions, including the Civil Service and monitor Regulators and Private Organizations with a view to accelerating growth and development of the economy through good governance.

Reacting to his appointment, Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede expressed his commitment to achieve the Commission’s mandate. He noted that “across the world, in many first world countries, the advancement of the private sector — especially with the adoptions of new-age technology tools served as a critical source of inspiration for the public sector and for successful government reform. Furthermore, the quality of the leaders of public institutions — their skillset, capability, their approach and their beliefs — always serves as an important determinant of the success of the reform. This combination of factors — strong private sector innovation and entrepreneurship, and effective public sector leadership — are widely acknowledged as the key to the developmental success we see in the world’s most advanced nations. Thus, if sustainable long-term solutions are to be developed and consistent growth and development is to be achieved, a greater level of collaboration must be fostered between the public and private sectors.”

The Governance and Institutions Policy Commission, led by Mr. Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede and Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, have members comprising notable public and private sector leaders.  Amongst them are: Prof. Tunde Olaopa, Executive Chairman, Ibadan School of Government and Public Policy; Mr. Gabriel Aduda, Permanent Secretary, Political and Economic Matters, Office of Secretary to the Government of Federation; Dr. Joe Abah, Country Director, DAI International Development; Mr. Dasuki Arabi, Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR) and Mr. Uyi Akpata, Regional Senior Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers. The team will be pivotal to strengthening the cords of public-private partnerships in Africa’s governance domain.

The newly constituted Government and Institution Policy Commission (GIPC) will facilitate the implementation of NES recommendations pertaining to Governance and Institutions, as well as develop advocacy programmes to engage policymakers and influence public debates through Summits, Seminars, Workshops, Position Papers, Local and International Conferences, Policy Dialogues, Public Lectures and spearhead initiatives to drive the commission’s mandate.

Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede is the Founder and Chairman of Africa Initiative for Governance (AIG), a not-for-profit organization,  with the goal to see a high performing public sector by nurturing and supporting future leaders of Africa’s public sector. Other social and philanthropic engagements include his roles as Co-Chairman of the Board of Global Business Coalition for Health, Chairman of Africa Business Coalition for Health, member of the Board of the Aliko Dangote Foundation and a member of the International Advisory Board of Oxford University’s Blavatnik School of Government.  

Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, Founder & Chairman AIG & Committee Co-Chair; Mrs. Wonu Adetayo, NESG Board Member and Mr. Udeme Ufot, Group Managing Director, SO&U Group during the Inauguration of the NESG Steering Committee on Governance and Institutions Policy Commission (GIPC) in Lagos on July 3, 2019.