Five more new Commissioners and four Special Advisers have been sworn-in. The ceremony took place in the Exco chambers of the Government House. The swearing followed their recent screening and approval by the State House of Assembly. The five new Commissioners bring the number of Commissioners in the State Executive Council to Seventeen.
Governor Peter Obi in his speech said more Commissioners and Special Advisers would be appointed to increase the Executive Council Members to thirty. He explained that his administration has a lot to deliver within the next one year which he said will mark a turning point in the life of the State and urged the Exco members to brace up for hard and tedious work.
The Governor disclosed that the State government is working relentlessly to resuscitate the five billion Naira Omor Rice Mill project and will, within the next six months, deliver a 1.3 billion Naira MDGs project.
He enjoined the members to work as a team and put the collective interest of the State above every other consideration. Meanwhile, Governor Obi has assigned portfolio to the new Executive Council members. Mr. John Okoh Akirika is now the Commissioner for Lands while Mr. Chuba Okoli is the new Commissioner for Science and Technology.
Dr. (Mrs) Uju Okeke, who in 2000 resigned as Obi’s Senior Special Assistant is the new Commissioner for Education and Mrs Ngozika Okoye is the new Commissioner for Finance and Mr. Ndubisi Menakaya is the Commissioner for Social Duties. Retired Colonel George Molokwu was re-appointed Special Adviser on Security while Mr. Fidel Okafor is now the Special Adviser on Political Matters. Mrs Vivian Nwandu is the Special Adviser on MDGs while Sir Godfry Moutulu is the Special Adviser on Chieftaincy and Town Union Matters.