Governor Rochas Okorocha, who was recently in the eye of the storm for creating the Ministry for Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment in Imo State, has urged the Nigerian Air Force, NAF, to carve out a similar department that would be concerned with making Nigerians happy.
Speaking at the weekend when NAF officers led by the Air Officer Commanding Ground Training Command, AVM Sampson Akpasa, visited him at the Government House, he identified Happiness as a
vital aspect of human existence.
The governor claimed that 89 per cent of Nigerians are truly not happy, adding that while only “four per cent could really be happy to some extent”, “seven per cent might claim to be happy”.
While lauding the Nigeria Air Force “for the good job they are doing in this country, especially their fight against insurgency”, he posited that agitations, insurgence, and hate-speech come up when people are not happy.
The governor continued, “if you observe recently, the level of crisis and agitations are on the increase. While we fight insurgence, I would advise that we also should find the cause of this agitation.
“Agitation comes up when people are not happy and the whole essence of life is to be happy. For this reason, I advice that the Air Force too, just like what I have done recently, which most people didn’t understand, should create a department for Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment.
“This will help to address the need of even junior officers, who may have some forms of dissatisfaction in the discharge of their duties.
“Sometimes, you may think that they are happy when they are not and this sabotages the efforts of the Federal Government,” the governor counselled.
“In Imo State, we have introduced the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment.
“I urge the Air Force to emulate what we are doing in Imo State to let everyone have a sense of belonging,” Okorocha added.
In his remarks, Akpasa commended Okorocha for what he termed “the tremendous transformation” of Imo state by his administration.
He disclosed that their visit was for a familiarization tour of the constituent security outfits established on July 3, 2017, adding that their new training ground has helped to handle insurgency in the North-East.