The Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha has sworn in 28 new commissioners and 27 Transition Committee Chairmen for the 27 local government councils in the state.
He charged the newly sworn in officers to prove their worth by serving the state and her people diligently. Amongst the many sworn in was the Governor’s biological sister, Mrs Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha). She is now the state’s Commissioner for Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment.
Mrs Ogechi Ololo is married to Chuks an engineer. She was the All Progressives Congress’ candidate into the House of Representatives for the Owerri Federal Constituency seat in 2015 and has served in various capacities since her brother became the state governor in 2011.
She had, before her new appointment, served as her brother’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Adviser on Domestic Matters.
Swearing in the new commissioners and the Transition Committee Chairmen on Monday at the Imo International Convention Centre, Owerri, the governor charged them to leave their marks in their respective ministries and local governments.
He urged them to see themselves as people on a rescue mission.
The governor added that they had come to be part of the success story of his administration.
Okorocha 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.”
The Governor stated that what his administration had achieved so far had exceeded all that the previous administrations in the state, both civilian and military put together, had achieved.
The Transition Committee Chairmen also sworn-in are; Okechukwu Victor Onyechere(Ideato South). Barrister Onomeze (Ihitte Uboma). Sir Anyehe Okeneme (Ikeduru). Julius Onyeneho (Isiala Mbano). Barr. Akas Paschal, (Isu). Steve Odoemena (Mbaitoli). Eke Sylvester Chidi (Ngor Okpala). Aloysius Onwuegbuchulam (Njaba). Barrister Paschal Onwukaike (Nkwerre). Chief Bona Akwaiwu (Nwangele). Chidi Nwoke, (Obowo). Barr. Mgborokwu G. (Oguta). Amadi Ebenezar (Ohaji/Egbema). Benneth Ilochuonwu, (Okigwe). Uche Lebechi, (Onuimo). Onyeocha Obinna, (Orlu). Mrs. Ihekire Ngozi, (Orsu). Barrister Duru Evaristus, (Oru East). Okoro Obinna, (Oru West). Ojirisi Alex, (Owerri Municipal). Mrs. Esther Eburuche, (Aboh Mbaise). Sir Edmund Enwereji, (Ahiazu Mbaise). Onuoha Franca, (Ehime Mbano) Anyanwu Bob, (Ezinihitte Mbaise). Kingsley Uche Onwuka, (Ideato North). Ofurum Kelechi, (Owerri North). Hon. Osigwe Victor, (Owerri West).
Governor Okorocha’s 28 New Commissioners are:
Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri (Information)
Lady Barr. Ugochi Nnana – Okoro (Agric. & Food Security)
Hon. Gertrude Oduka (Primary & Secondary Education),
Chief Dr. Jones Uzoka (Niger Delta Affairs)
Hon. Uchendu Chijioke Mark (Public Utilities)
Hon. Gerald C. Okolie (Rural Development)
Hon. Dr. Cyril Okafor (Tourism)
Engr. Emmanuel Umunnakwe Ojinere (Trade & Investment)
Chief Lasbery Anyanwu (Transport)
Hon. Onwueyiagwu Valentine (Youth Development)
Hon. Barr. Mrs. Ngozi Njoku (Gender & Social Development)
Hon. Chief Mrs Josephine Udoji (Works)
Hon. Achilike Nwawuike (Internal Resources & Pension Matters)
Prof. Emenalo Chizoba (Tertiary Education)
Hon. Nwamerenini Chukwuka (Labour)
Hon. Dr. Iyke Njoku (Planning, Budget & Statistics)
Hon. Barr. Emma Ibediro (Local Government)
Hon. Barr. Obinna Mbata (Finance)
Hon Dr. Martin Ohiri (Sports)
Hon. Mgbeanulu Obinna (Environment & Natural Resources)
Hon. Emma Buka Iwuanyanwu (Science & Technology & Vocational Education)
Hon Dr. Mrs. Angela Uwakwem (Health)
Hon. Lady Joy Mbawuike (Informal Sector & Market Development)
Hon. Barr. Chief Tony Umezuruike (Housing)
Hon. Prince Chidi Nwaturuocha (Public Safety)
Hon Dr. Ernest Nwigbo (Inter-Government Affairs & Donor Agencies)
Hon Duru Okechukwu Luis (CGC & Traditional Affairs)
Hon. Emeka Benjamin (Special Duties).
Chief Kingsley Uju (Supervisory Commissioner Ministry of Land and Chairman Bureau for Land)
Mrs. Ogechi Ololo (Commissioner for Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment)