The Imo state government has responded to widespread criticism of its creation of a Ministry of Happiness.
Mr Nnamdi Obiareri, the Commissioner for Information said the action was in line with Sections 1 and 92 of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
Governor Rochas Okorocha on Tuesday swore in his biological sister, Mrs Ogechi Ololo (need Okorocha). She is now the state’s Commissioner for Happiness and Purpose fulfillment.
This action however has received widespread criticism from very important Nigerians.
In defence of the state governor, Mr Obiareri stated that the Governor did not violate any section of the constitution. Rather, his aim was to serve the people.
“The responsibility of the governor to create more ministry is clearly captured in Section (1) and (92) subsection (2). So, it is the prerogative of the governor of a state, out of overriding public interest to create as many ministries as possible to serve the public interest.”
“What the Governor of Imo State has done in creating the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment is to be able to assist Imo people to realise happiness which is the very primary essence of government.”, he stated.
He further explained that the purpose of the newly carved out ministry was to ensure that lives and destinies were being fulfilled in the eastern heartland.
“Imo people must be happy. Imo people must be made to fulfil their purpose in life. The young school leavers who are out there in the street must be made to be mentored.
“The young apprentices that we have all over the place, the 305 youth millionaires that have been created by this government, the women that have been empowered must be made to realise their purpose in life.”