The Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, on Tuesday disclosed that his creation of the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment stems from an observation that the people were bitter, hence the need to archive happiness for them.
Okorocha had on Monday swore in his biological sister, Mrs Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha) as Commissioner, handing her the portfolio of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment. The action was elicited by widespread criticisms and derision in some quarters.
Defending the creation of the Ministry, Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, issued a statement to newsmen in Owerri, which reads, “the real essence of life is to be happy and to fulfill one’s purpose in life. Government officials are elected to address this.This is the very reason people elect their leaders to guarantee their happiness and purpose fulfillment.”
The governor went on to state that: “There is no activity of mankind that is not geared towards providing happiness.
“Unfortunately, this vital element of our social lives has not been properly addressed. Governments at different levels have created several ministries and departments to achieve this, yet people are bitter, angry with hate speeches which lead to crisis, war and even terrorism.
“In today’s world, especially in our country, millions of people are not fulfilling their purpose in life because of lack of mentorship and guidance. There is complete talent abuse as people no longer engage in life activities suitable to their talents.
“Sometimes in university environments, students are meant to study courses they ordinarily would like to do.
“This has given rise to why we have people who are favored, do work against their natural will just to survive.
“Happiness and Purpose Ministry therefore, is established for the lost time to correct the policy framework to guide Ministries and Department son what they must do to guarantee the citizens happiness and contribute better to the society.”
Speaking in the same vein, Commissioner for Information in Imo state, Nnamdi Obiareri said the governor’s action was in line with Sections 1 and 92 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), adding that the governor did not violate any section of the decision but was rather out to serve the people of his state better.