The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has arrange a 47-member panel of eminent residents of the state, together with three former governors, to assist mobilise sources to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Panel which is formally referred to as Ekiti State COVID-19 Response Resource Mobilisation Committee has the previous Minister of Health and Chairman, Juli Pharmacy, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi as Chairman.
The Founder/Chancellor of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola will function the Grand Patron, whereas three former governors of the state have been named as Patrons.
The three former governors to function Patrons are Otunba Niyi Adebayo, Chief Segun Oni and Chief Ayodele Fayose.
The Committee has as members captains of business, distinguished personal sector gamers, famend professionals and distinguished members of Ekiti within the Diaspora.
The checklist embrace Chairman, Standard Chartered Bank, Sir Remi Omotoso; former Chairman United African Company (UAC), Mr. Ayo Ajayi; Principal Partner, Aluko and Oyebode & Co, Mr. Gbenga Oyebode; CEO of Ecobank International, Mr. Ade Ayeyemi; Chairman, Boyage Oil and Gas, Otunba Olutoye Ariyo; President, Nigeria-American Chamber of Commerce, Otunba Toyin Akomolafe; a former President of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN) and Senator Ayo Arise..
Others embrace famend Oncologist and Director, Global Medicine, University of Chicago, USA, Prof Funmi Falusi-Olopade; Vice President, International Affairs, Kings’ College, London, Prof Funmi Olonisakin; former Executive Secretary, NHIS, Dr Femi Thomas; Human rights lawyer, Mr Femi Falana (SAN); Managing Director, Luk Oil Nigeria Ltd, Mr Kunle Gidado, CEO Agro Innovate, Mrs Foluso Olaniyan and former NBA National Secretary, Mr Dele Adesina (SAN).
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Development Partnerships, Mrs Margaret Fagboyo, is the secretary to the committee.
According to a launch by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon Biodun Oyebanji, the committee’s mandate amongst others, is to mobilise and advise on funds and venture administration, direct funding campaigns for the Covid-19 response.
He mentioned the state authorities would do all the things humanly potential to include the unfold of the covid-19 pandemic within the state, whereas assuring the residents of the Dr Fayemi-led administration’s dedication to accountability and transparency within the administration of sources mobilised.