Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state on Monday swore in 27 Transition Committee chairmen, as well as 28 commissioners, among whom was his biological sister, Mrs. Ogechi Ololo, inaugurated to head the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose fulfilment.
Mrs. Ololo (nee Okorocha) was the 2015 candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, for the Owerri federal constituency seat and was one-time deputy chief of staff and special adviser on domestic matters to the governor.
During the inauguration which took place at the Imo International Convention Center, IICC, in Owerri, the governor called on the appointees to see themselves as men and women on a rescue mission, adding that they are a part of the success story of his administration.
He said, “You are the privileged group that has the opportunity to make names for yourselves. I want to remind all of you that this appointment is not business as usual.
“We shall not tolerate any sharp practice or corruption of any type. Neither shall we accept indolence or laziness. You have been called to duty to help us to achieve our vision in the Rescue Mission Project.
“At this moment, I charge you all to be good ambassadors of the Rescue Mission wherever you find yourselves. To the transition committee chairmen, you must ensure that ongoing projects must be completed especially the schools, chapels etc.”
Okorocha disclosed that some of the ministries have been moved out of Owerri to villages, such as Ministry of Agriculture to Ngor Okpala local government area, while the ministry of Tourism to be taken to Oguta local government area.
Aside that of the governor’s sister, the new commissioners and their portfolios are as follows:
Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri – Information
Ugochi Nnana-Okoro – Agriculture and food security
Gertrude Oduka – Primary and secondary education
Dr. Jones Uzoka – Niger Delta affairs
Uchendu Mark – Public utilities
Gerald Okolie – Rural development
Dr. Cyril Okafor – Tourism
Emmanuel Ojinere – Trade and investment
Chief Lasbery Anyanwu –Transport
Onwueyiagwu Valentine – Youth development
Ngozi Njoku – Gender and social development
Josephine Udoji – Works
Achilike Nwawuike – Internal resources and pension matters
Prof. Emenalo Chizoba – Tertiary education
Nwamerenini Chukwuka – Labour
Dr. Iyke Njoku – Planning, budget and statistics.
The Transition Committee Chairmen who were inaugurated include:
Okechukwu Onyechere – Ideato South
Sir Anyehe Okeneme – Ikeduru Julius Onyeneho – Isiala Mbano Akas Paschal – Isu
Steve Odoemena – Mbaitoli
Eke Chidi – Ngor Okpala
Aloysius Onwuegbuchulam – Njaba Paschal Onwukaike – Nkwerre
The governor stated that the Transition Committee chairmen have only “maximum of six months to stay in office, after which an election will be conducted to give way for elected chairmen.”
He also disclosed that by January the Imo state council of Traditional rulers will have their election to elect a new executive.