By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRI—Imo State Governor, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, has called for a concerted effort in building a solid foundation for peace and development in the state.
He spoke at the swearing in of the new Head of Service, HOS, and 18 permanent secretaries appointed by the government.
Ohakim challenged the officers to remain selfless, transparent and avoid corrupt practices in the discharge of their offices.
The governor noted that the administration had created over 20,000 jobs, including the 10,000 recently offered to unemployed graduates that have just completed their interviews.
“Their letters of appointment would be given to them between now and November 6, 2010. Your choice and appointment was based on your personal records,” Ohakim said.
He insisted that under the new face of Imo philosophy, the old syndrome of corruption, lack of transparency, zonism, god-fatherism, nepotism and other vices, must take the back seat.
Chief Ohakim also announced the re-deployment of both the new and old permanent secretaries in various ministries and departments.
Responding on behalf of the new appointees, the HOS, Chief Evans Uzokwe, thanked the governor for finding them worthy and promised to discharge their duties with every sense of responsibility.
Vanguard recalls that the new appointment brings to 32 the number of permanent secretaries serving in the state.