A Nigerian governor has appointed his own sister as commissioner for happiness in the state, triggering sadness and anger, rather than the happiness and joy she was meant to bring.
Many people condemned it and called for her immediate sack.
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, who recently erected expensive monuments for some African leaders he admires, appointed his biological sister, Mrs. Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha) as the state’s Commissioner for Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment.
Local newspaper, The Punch, reported that the governor’s sister is married to Chuks, an engineer, and was the ruling All Progressives Congress’ candidate into the House of Representatives for the Owerri Federal Constituency seat in 2015.
She has served in various capacities since Okorocha became the state governor in 2011, and before her new appointment, she served as her brother’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Adviser on Domestic Matters.
The appointment became known on Monday when Mr. Okorocha swore in 28 new commissioners and 27 Transition Committee Chairmen for the 27 local government councils in the state.
“You are the privileged group that has the opportunity to make names for yourselves,” he told the new leaders at the swearing in ceremony in Owerri.
“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 to achieve our vision in the Rescue Mission Project.
“At this moment, I charge you all to be good ambassadors of the Rescue Mission wherever you find yourselves. To the Transition Committee Chairmen, you must ensure that ongoing projects must be completed especially the schools, chapels etc,” he added, according to the report.
The commissioners sworn in and their portfolios are: Prof. Nnamdi Obiaraeri (Information); Lady Ugochi Nnana-Okoro (Agric and Food Security); Gertrude Oduka (Primary and Secondary Education); Dr. Jones Uzoka (Niger Delta Affairs); Uchendu Mark (Public Utilities); and Gerald Okolie (Rural Development).
Others are Dr. Cyril Okafor (Tourism); Emmanuel Ojinere (Trade and Investment); Chief Lasbery Anyanwu (Transport); Onwueyiagwu Valentine (Youth Development); Mrs. Ngozi Njoku (Gender and Social Development); Chief Josephine Udoji (Works); Achilike Nwawuike (Internal Resources and Pension Matters); Prof. Emenalo Chizoba (Tertiary Education); Nwamerenini Chukwuka (Labour); and Dr. Iyke Njoku (Planning, Budget and Statistics).
The Transition Committee Chairmen sworn in include Okechukwu Onyechere(Ideato South); Sir Anyehe Okeneme (Ikeduru); Julius Onyeneho (Isiala Mbano); Akas Paschal, (Isu); Steve Odoemena (Mbaitoli); Eke Chidi (Ngor Okpala); Aloysius Onwuegbuchulam (Njaba); and Paschal Onwukaike (Nkwerre).