Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha on thursday at the Government House, Owerri inaugurated the recently confirmed 28 Commissioners 27 Transition Committee Chairmen by the State House of Assembly for the 27 local government councils in the state.
This occurred just ten months after the dissolution of the Imo State Executive Council and running the government without commissioners.
The commissioners sworn in and their portfolios are: Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri (Information); Lady Ugochi Nnana-Okoro (Agric and Food Security); Gertrude Oduka (Primary and Secondary Education); Dr. Jones Uzoka (Niger Delta Affairs); Uchendu Mark (Public Utilities); and Gerald Okolie (Rural Development).
Others are Dr. Cyril Okafor (Tourism); Emmanuel Ojinere (Trade and Investment); Chief Lasbery Anyanwu (Transport); Onwueyiagwu Valentine (Youth Development); Mrs. Ngozi Njoku (Gender and Social Development); Chief Josephine Udoji (Works); Achilike Nwawuike (Internal Resources and Pension Matters); Prof. Emenalo Chizoba (Tertiary Education); Nwamerenini Chukwuka (Labour); and Dr. Iyke Njoku (Planning, Budget and Statistics).
The Transition Committee Chairmen sworn in 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); and Paschal Onwukaike (Nkwerre).
The governor, during the swearing in charged them to be creative and work towards building a prosperous Imo State in line with the ‘Imo Must Be Better’ philosophy of the government
One of the commissioners sworn in by the governor is his biological sister, Mrs. Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha), now the state’s Commissioner for Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment.
Ogechi said to be married to one engineer identified as Chuks was the candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) into the House of Representatives for the Owerri Federal Constituency seat in 2015 and also served in various capacities since Okorocha became the state governor in 2011.
She once served as her brother’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Adviser on Domestic Matters.
However, the Imo state Governor urged the commissioners to see themselves as men and women on a rescue mission, adding that they had come to be part of the success story of his administration.
“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,” he said.
“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,” Rochas added.