Uzodinma appoints nine special advisers
Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has appointed nine Special Advisers (SAs), and also approved the posting of 22 permanent secretaries to oversee various ministries.
Similarly, Uzodinma approved the posting of seven directors as acting permanent secretaries in various ministries and establishments in the state, while the Deputy Governor was appointed to chair a six-man taskforce to monitor the progress of work on the on-going road projects.
According to a statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Cosmas Iwu, the SAs are Mrs. Rubby Emele (Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs); Dr. Batos Nwadike (Political); Mrs. Pat Ekeji (Strategy and Development); MacDonald Ebere,(Sanitation/Transport, and General Manager, Environmental Transformation Commission), ENTRACO.
Others are Innocent Ipka, (SA and General Manager, Owerri Capital Development Authority (OCDA); Prof. Henry Njoku (Chief Technical Adviser and Economic Rehabilitation Council); Dominic Uzowuru (Inter-Party Affairs); and Amaka Okafor (News and Electronic Media).
The statement also said 22 permanent secretaries were posted as follows: A. C. Otuokere, Ministry of Housing; Chris Duru, Ministry of Technology Development; Ucheoma Raymond, Ministry of Agriculture; Uzoma John, Ministry of Lands, Survey and Physical Planning; and Dr. Uwandu Uzoma, Ministry of Education.
Also included are Ibeagi Ogechi, Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Economic Affairs; Asonye Igwe Ije, Ministry of Youths and Social Development; Dr. Ekennaya Patricia, House of Assembly Service Commission; Dr. Irene Chima, Principal Secretary to the Executive Governor; and Chikaodi Emenalo was moved to the Ministry of Information.
Others are Izuogu Kowuladinma (Local Government Service Commission); Ogudoro Ekuba (Civil Service Commission); Njoku John (Office of the Secretary to the State Government, Political Affairs); Nwokonkwo Theodore (Office of the Head of Service, Establishment); and Nna Gilbert (Ministry of Tourism and Creative Arts).
There are also M.C. Uwasomba, (Ministry of Justice); Mrs. E. C Aguta (Law Reform Commission); Moses Chikezie (Ministry of Finance); Mrs. Angela Iheanacho (Ministry of Public Utilities); Dr. A. O. Igwe (Ministry of Health); and Obiageri Amadi-Obi, (Ministry of Gender and Vulnerable Group Affairs).
The seven substantive directors posted as acting permanent secretaries include; C. E. Ebuka, (Ministry of Works); Awunobi Nnamdi Isaac (Bureau for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs); Ude Reginald (Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning); Valentine Obieze (Ministry of Commerce and Industry); and Oluchi Sabina.
Others are Njoku John Onyedika (Deputy Governor’s Office); and Okonkwo Nkiruka (Special Duties).
The six-man taskforce on monitoring of progress of work of on-going road projects chaired by the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, has other members as C. E. Egbuka, acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works/Secretary; Dr. Iyke Njoku; Dr. Fabian Ihekweme; Willie Okorie Ogwo; and Emeka Iheanacho.
Uzodinma directed them to examine, and inspect all awarded on -going roads in the state; identify serious and unserious contractors based on performance; identify abandoned road projects, make recommendations for extermination of the contracts; make periodic reports to the Governor to enable him take appropriate decisions.