Journalists Ubani, Iwuoha, others resume as commissioners in Abia
FOLLOWING their screening and endorsement for appointment as commissioners by the state house of assembly, the state governor Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu yesterday swore in journalists Eziuche Ubani, Bonnie Iwuoha and seventeen others as Commissioners.
Ubani and Iwuoha were assigned Works and Information portfolios respectively and charged along with others by the governor to shun corrupt practices, be guided by probity and accountability and become active partners in the process of moving Abia state forward.
The governor told them “ think of what you can do for Abia and not what it will do for you. Emphasis must be on the five pillars on which our administration has hinged namely Education, Industry, Trade and Investment, Oil and Gas and Agriculture.”
Asserting that no commissioner-nominee paid anybody or group to influence his or her clearance and endorsement, he assigned the other commissioners the following portfolios namely Chiefs Chinwe Nwanganga – Sports, Uche Ihediwa – Lands, Obinna Oriaku – Finance, Osita Igbe – Housing, Tony Ezebuiro – Public Utilities, Mrs. Kate Enwereji Nwosu – Trade and Investments and Mrs. Chinedum Brown – Women Affairs.
Others are Mr. Chima Mgbeke – Poverty Alleviation, Hagler Okorie- Youth Development, Gab Igboko – Environment, Charles Ogbonnaya – Local Government/Chieftaincy Affairs, Professor Ikechi Mgbeoji – Education, Professor John Ahukanna – Health, Mrs. Nnenna Obewu-Onwuka – Transport, Stanley Eche – Petroleum.
Ebo Duke Ihekwereme – Urban and Physical Planning and Chief Henry Ikoh- Industry.
The post of Attorney General and Justice Commissioner, to which Chief Umeh Kalu was appointment in May, is still held by him.
The Finance Commissioner Mr. Obinna Oriaku on behalf of the sworn-in commissioners thanked the governor for finding them suitable to serve the state and pledged to serve according to his charge and by so doing contribute to the state development as dictated by him.