Ailing Economy: Utomi, Usman, Others to Brainstorm at Lagos Summit


Dele Ogbodo in Abuja

The former Minister of National Planning, Dr. Shamshudeen Usman, Economist and Essayist of the Lagos Business School, Prof. Pat Utomi, the Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer of Nubuke Investments, Tutu Agyare, and other development experts have been slated to brainstorm on solutions to the country’s ailing economy in the forthcoming 2016 International CEOs Economic Summit (ICES) billed for Lagos.

A statement jointly signed by ICES Coordinators, Messrs. Charles Nicholas and Tajudeen Kareem, which was made available to the media on Sunday in Abuja, said the event comes at an opportune moment as democratic space has made business a powerful voice in proffering solutions towards lifting the ailing Nigerian economy out of the woods.

The statement said: “It is exciting to note that such proven business gurus as Prof. Pat Utomi, Tutu Agyare, Managing Partner and Chief Investment Officer Nubuke Investments, Nina Vaca, Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group, Tony Jimenez, CEO of Microtech, Jeff Vigil,
CEO of My Business Matches, Dr. Shamshudeen Usman, former Minister for National Planning, among others, have been engaged to facilitate the summit.”

According to the statement, the session will bring together business executives, industry and economic experts, government regulators and investment opportunities, adding that the ICE Summit intends to identify opportunities where businesses can add value to the growth of the economy.

The statement read: “It is to this end that the International CEOs’ Economic Summit, ICE 2016, is being organized by The CEO Business Journal to break the afore-mentioned pattern of conventional business summits and decisively raise the bar on business and commercial activities in Nigeria.

“ICE 2016 summit has as its theme; “Promoting A Private-Sector Driven Economy Through Partnerships.”