GOV NWIFURU SWEARS IN CHIEF OF STAFF, 35 COMMISSIONERS IN EBONYI

REPORTER: AMECHI ODO

Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Francis Nwifuru has sworn in thirty five Commissioners who will man various Ministries and ensure that the new administration delivers on the people’s Charter of Needs that formed part of his campaign promises.

Also sworn in were the Chief of Staff, Professor Emmanuel Echiegu; the Deputy Chief of Staff, Chief Timothy Nwachi; Special Assistants and Senior Special Assistants, including the Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists, Ebonyi State Council, Comrade Tony Nwizi.

The Commissioners among whom were the Attorney General of the State, Dr. Ben Odo, three Professors and five women, including Dr. Ngozi Obickukwu, who was assigned to be incharge of Aviation; Mrs. Chinyere Iyioku, who is the Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Development; and Mrs. Felicia Nwamkpuma, who is the Commissioner for Women Affairs.

Others are Mrs. Chinwe Okah, who is the Commissioner for Budget and Planning and Mrs. Ann Aligwe, who heads the Ministry of Human Capital Development.

At the event at Government House Abakaliki, Governor Nwifuru charged the Commissioners to live up to the dictates of their offices or be shown the way out, noting that their appointments were not political patronage but a call to duty.

The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Professor Emmanuel Echiegu, who spoke on behalf of the appointees, assured the people of the state that they would close ranks to meet their expectations.

In an interview, the new Commissioner for Information and Culture, Mr. Jude Okpor, pledged strict partnership with the media to ensure that the good policies and programmes of the government were projected beyond the shores of the state.

The Solicitor General of the State, Mr. Albert Alo, had earlier said the appointees were screened by the House of Assembly in line with section 192 sub section 1 of the 1999 constitution.

EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU

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