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Okorocha swears in sister as Happiness commissioner

Imo state governor, Rochas Okorocha, yesterday, swore in 28 commissioners, 27 Transition Committee chairmen among others.
The ceremony took place at the Imo International Convention Center, IICC, in Owerri.

The governor also announced the new ministry created by his government, with his sister, Ogechi Ololo, to head Ministry of Happiness and Couples' fulfillment.

Ololo, who is married to Chuks, an engineer, was the All Progressives Congress’ candidate into the House of Representatives for the Owerri Federal Constituency seat in 2015 and she has served in various capacities since Okorocha became the state governor in 2011.

She had, before her new appointment, served as her brother’s Deputy Chief of Staff  and Special Adviser on Domestic Matters.

Mrs. Ololo is expected to keep her initial appointment as the Deputy Chief Of Staff (Domestic and International Matters).

Mrs. Ololo is the first commissioner at the newly-created Ministry of Happiness and Couples’ Fulfilment.


The appointments come weeks after the governor was criticised for mounting statues for South African President Jacob Zuma and other controversial personalities on the continent.
It was not immediately clear if there’s any anti-nepotism law in Imo State which the appointment could breach, but critics say they’re hardly surprised.

“Governor Rochas Okorocha has brought government and governance to great height of public nuisance and ridicule,” said Cyril Njoku, a blogger based in Owerri.

Mr. Njoku said he was at the ceremony on Monday, and the announcement made him put together a few instances of Mr. Okorocha appointing family members to government position.

His Son-in-law, Uche Nwosu, is the Chief of Staff. His wife, Nkechi Rochas Okorocha, is the Chairman of Imo Amnesty Committee with a huge budget.
“His father-in-law and the current Minister of State for Education, Anthony Anwuka, was the former Secretary to Imo State Government,” Mr. Njoku said.

Also, Mrs. Angela Uwakwem, former Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Center, FMC, Owerri, as the Commissioner of Health. According to Okorocha, the Transition Committee chairmen, have only “maximum of six months to stay in office, after which an election will be conducted to give way for elected chairmen.”

He also said that by January the Imo state council of Traditional rulers will have their election to elect a new executive. He added that some of the ministries have been moved out of Owerri to villages, such as Ministry of Agriculture to Ngor Okpala local government area, while the ministry of Tourism to be taken to Oguta local government area.

According to the governor, “You are the privileged group that has the opportunity to make names for yourselves, and put your signatures in the sands of time. I want to remind all of you that this appointment is not business as usual. “We shall not tolerate any sharp practice or corruption of any type. Neither shall we accept indolence or laziness. You have been called to duty to help us achieve our vision in the Rescue Mission Project.”