By VINCENT UJUMADU
Awka — Governor Willy Obiano of Anambra, Tuesday, in Awka, appointed Mr. Oseloka Obaze as Secretary to the State Government, SSG, following his retention in that position from Peter Obi’s administration.
He also appointed Professor Joseph Asike as his Chief of Staff, and Mr. Willy Nwaokoye as Principal Secretary.
The appointments came as Anambra State House of Assembly pledged its support for the new governor to ensure the state government achieved greater heights.
Speaking at the inauguration of the new appointees, Obiano said they were capable hands who had done well in their private careers and would carry out their tasks dutifully.
“The task ahead is huge, we need the best of hands and I believe they will deliver,” the governor said.
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, Oseloka thanked the governor for the honour done to them, saying they would work to meet the expectations of the governor to surmount the challenges of governance in the state.
The oaths of allegiance and office were administered on the appointees by the Solicitor-General of the state, Mrs. Tina Emekekwue.
Meanwhile, Anambra State House of Assembly has pledged its support for the new governor to ensure the state government achieved greater heights.
Mrs. Chinwe Nwaebili, Speaker of the House, gave the pledge in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, yesterday in Awka.
“I will ensure that the legislature, which I am the head, will stop at nothing in supporting every good intention of the governor for the common good of the Anambra people.
“All I am asking Anambra people is to support him, they could criticise him with love when need be for the future of our children and generation unborn. This is necessary so that our state can make a great history,” she said.
The speaker said the immediate past governor of the state, Chief Peter Obi, had done “very well in all sectors of the state’s economy.”
Nwaebili, therefore, advised the new governor to build on the structures on ground.
Mr. Oseloka Obaze, Secretary to the State Government, who also spoke, called on all citizens to rally round the governor by giving him necessary support and criticism to move the state forward.
He said: “I am confident that with God, the sky is the limit to what this government will do to better the lot of the people, all we need is their support.”
He said the inauguration of Obiano as the governor of the state marked the beginning of a good thing to come in Anambra .Chief Nathaniel Uzoma, Ekiti State Chairman, Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, said that the people of Anambra had shown that there was strength in unity by their presence during the inauguration of Obiano.
He called on Igbos to be united where ever they lived for the development of Igbo land and the country at large.
Mr Alex Ezeobi, Ohaneze National Youth Leader, called on Igbo youths to be responsive and sensitive to issues affecting their race and be politically enlightened to face their challenges with optimism.
Mr Allison Anadi, President of Anambra indigenes in America, said that the group would give every support to the government of Anambra to ensure that the growth of the state “from strength to strength”.