GOVERNOR Theodore Orji of Abia state yesterday swore-in 19 new commissioners, including Vanguardâ€™s John Nwokocha who was assigned the Ministry of Information, Culture and tourism.
Swearing-in the new commissioners, Governor Orji warned them against acts of sabotage, saying that any of them that feel no longer interested should honorably resign rather than sabotage the government. The governor also charged the new commissioners to fish out the bad eggs in their various ministries, such those who divert government money and properties.
Orji also charged them to work hard and surpass the last executive council. He said they were appointed â€œto re-energize the machinery of government and introduce fresh ideas and perspectives in our bid to deliver qualitative and purpose-driven services to the peopleâ€.
The last Executive Council tried their best but it was evident that more needed to be done. Today, we are inaugurating a team we expect to surpass whatever level at which the last Council operatedâ€, the governor noted. He described the new executive council as â€œa melting pot of diverse professionals in different fields of endeavour. You will note that for every Ministry we assign a Commissioner to, the individual possesses a sound knowledge of the dynamics of that sector. We are putting square pegs in square holesâ€, he said.
The Governor explained that the new executive comprised of people from other political parties, and called on other parties to join hands with him, but however warned them not to disturb him if they are not interested.
â€œYou will also notice that other political parties are represented in this new cabinet. It is a unity government and our doors are still open to leaders of the remaining political parties who are yet to identify with our government. If however they choose not to work with us, then they should go and sit down and allow us to do the work Abians resoundingly elected us to doâ€, the governor said.
Tasking the new commissioners, Governor Orji said â€œLet me state that these new Commissioners will be expected to go the extra mile in the course of their duty. You will be expected to surpass bounds and limits previously set; you will work odd hours and under tight situations yet I will expect maximum results from you.
Abia peopleâ€™s money must be used to work for the people of Abia State. If you know that your sole aim of coming here is to make money, then I am afraid you are in the wrong placeâ€.
Further charging the new commissioners, the governor reminded them: â€As you all are aware, your offices have automatically elevated you to the position of political leaders in your various localities. You will be expected to uphold the structure of our Political Party at the local levels.
The new commissioners are Chief Victor Ubani, Special Duties, Governorâ€™s Office; Chief Johnny Ukpabi,Local Government and chieftaincy Affairs; Mr. John Nwokocha, Information, Culture and Tourism; Mr. Jones Udeogu,, Finance; Mr. Umeh Kalu, Attorney-General and Justice; Prince Emeka Okafor, Commerce; Engr. Emma Nwabuko, Works and Transport; Prince Emeka Nwachukwu, Lands and Urban Development.
Others are Dr. Rose Ndimele, Education; Dr. Rose Ekeleme, Youth Development; Mr. Fidelis Nwachukwu; Public Utilities; Mr. Amanze Israel, Rural development and Poverty alleviation; Mr. Uche Ihediwa, Housing; Prince Ezekweili Ananaba, petroleum resources, Mr. Loveday Nwauba, Science and Technology, Mr. O. c. Nwanmuo, Sports; Mr. Uche Enyioko, Agriculture and Dr. Camdi Okezie Ahuama, Health.