Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State on Monday inaugurated 18 Commissioners and assigned portfolios to them, bringing the total number of Commissioners in the state to 28.
Uzodimma performed the inauguration of the Commissioners at a brief ceremony at Government House in Owerri.
Those sworn-in included Prof. E. J. C. Duru (Ministry of Environment); Dr. Prosper Ohayaya (Health); Prof. Sylvester Okorondudu (Education); Dr. Anthony Mgbeahuruike (Livestock)l and Kezie Ogaziechi (Lands and Physical Planning).
Others were Rex Anunobi (Transport); Love Ineh (Housing); Rubby Emele (Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs); Simeon Ebegbulem (Commerce and Industry); Dr. Okey Anukwuen (Special Duties); Chief Ford Ozurumba (Labour and Productivity); Lady Ann Dozie (Powers and Water Resources); Rt. Hon. Goodluck Opiah (Petroleum); Stanley Obidiegwu (Special Projects); Dr. Ugorji O. Ugorji (Homeland Security and Vigilante Affairs); Dr. Elias Emedom (Mines and Solid Minerals); and Hajia Rabbi Ibrahim (Humanitarian Affairs).
The governor called on the newly sworn-in Commissioners to see their appointments as a call to duty and service to the people or be thrown out if they performed below expectations.
Uzodinma said: “Your appointment is a call to duty and public service, not a tea party, and it requires solemn commitment to serve Imo people in the fear of God.
“I took my time to select you people because I wanted the best our state can offer and I am satisfied today because we have got the best.
“Your primary responsibility is service and governance and not politicking, the reason you must concentrate on working with me to Share Prosperity to Imo people.”
He acknowledged possible shortfalls in the past two years of his administration but asked the Commissioners to see their appointments as an opportunity to correct such mistakes by bringing their capacity and ingenuity to bear.
Uzodinma listed his achievements as governor to include reduction of payroll fraud to its barest minimum, construction and rehabilitation of critical road infrastructure and rejigging the Education and Health Sectors.
He, however, identified his most daunting challenge to be insecurity but thanked God that he had recorded massive improvement in the area.
Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, the Commissioner for Power and Water Resources, Anne Dozie, thanked the Governor for finding them worthy to serve in his government and pledged that they would put in their best.
Highlights of the event were the elevation of the Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs to a full-fledged Ministry and the redeployment of erstwhile Commissioner for Health, Dr. Barthy Okorochukwu, to the Ministry of Agriculture.
NGOs demand justice for five-year-old pupil murdered by proprietor
Non-governmental organizations, the Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Justice in Africa and The Unity Project Nigeria have jointly, this weekend condemned the gruesome murder of Hanifa, a five-year-old pupil who was abducted and eventually murdered by the proprietor of the primary school she attended in Kano.
Describing the incident as a “harrowing tragedy”, the NGOs demanded that the accused, and others who abetted him, be made to answer for the “heinous crime” which callously terminated the life of an innocent and promising child placed in his care for academic development.
The groups in a statement jointly signed by the Executive Director, Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Justice in Africa, John Mayaki and National Chairman, The Unity Project Nigeria, Jennifer Serrano respectively, said: “It is most unfortunate that Nigerians are once again made to experience the painful grief of the loss of another child in an environment where children ought to receive the most protection and be guaranteed safe expression.”
“From all accounts, it appears that the accused Proprietor, Mr. Tanko, is a remorseless murderer who must be made to answer for the heinous crime of brutally terminating the life of an innocent and promising child.”
“The death of Hanifa is one too many. Our children, being the most vulnerable in society, rely on our responsible actions as adults for their protection and safe development. A situation where schools, an environment that should ordinarily serve the purpose of intellectually stimulating pupils, become a death scene and hunting ground for predators is certainly unsustainable and calls for urgent actions.”
“The government across all levels must immediately embark on a country-wide assessment of schools to ensure that they remain conducive and safe for learning. Furthermore, they must intensify efforts to curb the spate of insecurity which, perversely, has encouraged opportunistic crimes such as local kidnapping for ransom that endangers the most vulnerable in the society.”
“The measure of any society lies in how it cares for the weak and protects the vulnerable. If our children cannot learn peacefully in school, without safeguards in place to protect them against the criminal tendencies of perverse reprobates like Mr. Tanko, then all hope is truly lost.
“We must secure justice for Hanifa and lay down a marker that no parent or family will be thrown into such painful sorrow or made to question the decision of enrolling their ward in a school to obtain an education and attain skills necessary for social progress and self-development.
“The groups also condoled with the family of the late Hanifa, offering prayers that the Lord should grant them strength and fortitude in “what is truly a dark, troubling, and traumatizing episode.”
Lagos hawker receives scholarship letter from Obi Cubana, placed on N100,000 salary
Businessman and socialite, Obi Iyiegbu, popularly known as Obi Cubana, kept to his promise as he has offered a letter of scholarship to Jeremiah Ekumah.
Earlier last week, Ekuma, a young hawker, was caught on camera in the Ajah area of Lagos, giving money to persons who were being transported to prison in a Nigerian Correctional Service van.
Obi Cubana, who chairs the Cubana Group, last Saturday, in an interview with media personality, Ifedayo Olarinde, popularly known as Daddy Freeze, made known his intention to sponsor the young boy’s tertiary education in any institution of his choice.
Keeping to his promise, Obi Cubana on Saturday (today) shared pictures of the young lad who received his letter of scholarship from the Cubana Group.
Obi Cubana, on his Instagram page, also revealed that one Mr & Mrs Afuah, based in Canada, has placed Ekuma on a N100,000 monthly salary till he finished his education.
... read, “And God has remembered Jerry!! @jerryluck_ God used Rocky @rockyemmyphotography to make that video! And God used @daddyfreeze to connect me and Jerry!
“He has collected his letter of scholarship from Cubana Group! Thank God for His uncommon Grace! Mr & Mrs Afuah @iam_hymans who are based in Canada, we ran into ourselves last night at Cubana Lagos, and he introduced himself and said he wanted to reach out to Jerry.
“We all met this afternoon here in Lagos. He has promised Jerry (and started paying immediately) a salary of 100k monthly from today till he is done with school!
“God has really remembered Jerry! Do Good, be nice, be generous! God will definitely remember you someday.”