By CHUKS Ofurum
Imo state Governor, Emeka Ihedioha has warned the newly appointed commissioners that he will not hesitate to remove anyone found wanting in the the discharge of his/her duties, stressing that having been chosen from amongst millions of young, experienced Imolites and beyond, they must be committed and fair in the discharge of their duties, be a team player and eschew corruption.
The governor who gave the warning at the swearing – in ceremony of Imo commissioners on Wednesday, also disclosed that he has set up a governance delivery unit which will set key performance indicators that will periodically measure and guide the commissioners.
He equally stated that since its inauguration, the government has put in place other machineries of state through various high-level appointees which includes the Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff, Deputy Chief of Staff, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants, ‘Boards and Chief Executives of Government Agencies, Interim Management Committees for Local Government Council, a host of ad-hoc committees and task teams etc, stressing that prior to their inauguration, the shape of the government was been actively moulded.
On why it took time to appoint commissioners, Ihedioha said there was the need to rationalize the ministries which according to him numbered thirty one to eighteen, stressing also the need to painstakingly headhunt qualified Imo sons and daughters to compose the cabinet.
He said with the successful screening of the nominees as commissioners designate by the Imo state House of Assembly, and the swearing-in, “we have now completed a major part of team Jigsaw”
Ihedioah however reminded the appointees of the challenges which they will face which according to him include poorly built infrastructure to the total lack of them, inadequate teaching personnel in the schools to the dilapidated classrooms, fiscal rascality to the pure rape of our common wealth, from unlawful acquisition of land to violation of established master plans, from slashed salaries to non-payment of pensioners, from familiocracy to Nepotism etc.
“This is what characterizes the Imo state we have inherited. We are not perturbed, however, as we have swung into action to address these inconsistencies and misnomers. You have therefore come on board to enrich the content of the “rebuilders” as we march to an assured success. I once again appeal to Ndi imo for their patience, prayers and support”, he pleaded.
Responding on behalf of the other commissioners, Prof. Mrs. Viola Onwuliri landed the governor for the choice of his appiotments so far, noting that his administration has shown serious commitment to repositioning the state.
She assured their determination to join the governor in his commitment, zeal and passion to rebuild the state, and promised to offer their individual and collective best.
Commissioners and their portfolios include, Prof. Mrs. Viola Onwuliri (Education); Prof. Uche Uwaleke (Finance); Dr. Vin Udokwu (Health); Hon. Chuma Nnaji (Public Utilities); Mr. Meekam Mgbenwelu (Technology Development); Sir Bon Unachukwu (Lands, Survey and Physical Planning); Tony Okere (Environment); Engr. Benjamin Ekwueme (Works); Chief Emma Nworgu (Agriculture and Natural Resources); Mr. John Okeahialam (Commerce, Industry and Entrepreneurship); Chief Mrs. Nkeiru Ibekwe (Gender and Vulnerable Groups Affairs); Reginald Ihebuzor (Budget and Economic Planning); Barr. Chijioke Nzekwe (Tourism, Creative Arts and Culture); Mr. Sly Enwerem (Transport); Mr. Okey Umez-Eronini (Youth and Social Development); Mr. Nicholas Anayo (Housing); Barr. Felix Ebiliekwe (Information and Orientation).
Also, inaugurated at the event were; Barr. Chima Nwanna (Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor); Hon. Oliver Enwerenem Special Adviser (Technical and Vocational Education), and Dr. Mrs Uche Muoneke Special Adviser (Project Monitoring and Evaluation)