Alaghodaro 2023: Edo inaugurates Planning C’ttee of summit’s 7th edition, unveils theme

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…to showcase opportunities for State’s prosperity created by Obaseki in 7 years

The Chairman, Alaghodaro Economic Summit Limited/Gte, Mr. Asue Ighodalo, has said the seventh edition of the Alaghodaro Summit will be used to showcase the innovative policies and gains of reforms implemented by the State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki, to create prosperity for the State and improve the livelihoods of Edo people.

Ighodalo said this at the inauguration of the sub-committees for the 2023 Alaghodaro Summit, held in Government House, Benin City.

The Chairman, who was represented by a Board member and Secretary to the State Government, Osarodion Ogie Esq., said, “It is with great delight that I welcome you all to the inauguration ceremony of the planning committee for Alaghodaro 2023: The Edo Summit.

According to him: “The Alaghodaro Summit, since its first edition in 2017, has become a veritable tool to share ideas and discuss initiatives that have delivered positive impact to the people of Edo State and opened the State to investment from the rest of the world.

“This year’s summit is themed; The Edo Story: Creating Shared Opportunities into the Future and being the Governor’s last summit in office, it will showcase the innovative policies, gains of reforms, plans, programmes and projects designed and implemented by this administration, through targeted investment, partnership and collaborative efforts and innovations across critical sectors of the State.”

He further noted, “In constituting this planning committee, we were very careful and deliberate in selecting from among the brightest and the best of our people and we are delighted that you decided to answer this call to serve the people of Edo State. I urge members of the Committee to be meticulous and diligent in the discharge of this assignment and to ensure compliance with the terms of reference. This is a serious task, and history beckons on you not to disappoint our people.

“It is now my singular honour to formally inaugurate the planning committee for the 2023 Alaghodaro: The Edo Summit. I wish members of the planning committee a resounding success in the discharge of their responsibilities and the hosting of the summit.”

In her remarks, the Chairperson, Local Organising Committee and Executive Secretary, Alaghodaro Economic Summit Limited/Gte, Eire Ifueko Alufohai, said the summit will hold between November 8 and 12, adding, “On Wednesday, November 8, there will be a Press Conference and the Edo Women Conference, a programme, which is being worked on. On Thursday, November 9, 2023, there will be the Ancient City Tour which will end with a cocktail at the Secretariat.

“Friday, November 10 will be the actual day of the Summit and a Muslim prayer. In the evening of the same day, there will be an Award Night/Dinner. On Saturday, November 11, there will be the Governor’s Cup, a Golf Tournament. This will be followed by a Food Fair – the Edo Market. In the evening of the same day, there will be a Youth Summit. The following day, Sunday, November 12, there will be a Thanksgiving.”

The Sub-committees include Sponsorship and Finance; Hospitality, Logistics, Protocol and Security; Programme and Content; Communication and Branding; Ancient City Tour; Alaghodaro Secretariat, among others.

Members of the Sponsorship & Finance include Accountant General EDSG, Toju Onaiwu, Samuel Abada, Edgar Ogiamen and Osarumwense Ogbeide-lhama. Members of the Programme and Content committee are Onoise Onoghinon, Nnanna Ude, Chris Nehikhare, Osayamen Mokogwu, Osahon Ojomo and Aiseosa Osaghae.

Members of the Communication and Branding Committee include: Crusoe Osagie, Andrew Okungbowa and Innocent Omoaka.

Those in the Hospitality, Logistics, Protocol and Security committee are Isoken Omo, Kingsley Uwagbale, Director of Protocol, Government House, Chief Security Officer, Government House, Elvis Osagiobare, Usifo David, and Moses Idenala.

Members of the Ancient City Tour committee are: Ethan Uzamere, Uyi Malaka, Crusoe Osagie, Osayamen Mokogwu, Yuwa Aladeselu, Imudia Iyamu, Izegaegbe Joy, Steve Omorogbe and John McDonald.

Members of the Alaghodaro Secretariat are: Aiseosa Osaghae, Chimaobim Okeke, Kamara Egbuchua, Magaret Ohiafi, and Linda Emale.

The Exhibition Coordinators are: Yamen Mokogwu and Hope Osung, while the Event Coordinator is Yuwa Aladeselu.