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Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State (left), swearing in five new members into his cabinet at the  Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, on Monday:  Commissioner for Information, Dr Mary Imelda O. Nwogu (2nd left); Housing, Frank Emeka Offor; Agriculture, Afamefuna Chinedu Mbanefo; Special Duties, Barrister Uzoamaka Gladys Ilobi; and Finance, Sir Okey Moka,

Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State (left), swearing in five new members into his cabinet at the Governor’s Lodge, Amawbia, on Monday: Commissioner for Information, Dr Mary Imelda O. Nwogu (2nd left); Housing, Frank Emeka Offor; Agriculture, Afamefuna Chinedu Mbanefo; Special Duties, Barrister Uzoamaka Gladys Ilobi; and Finance, Sir Okey Moka,

GOVERNOR of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, on Monday strengthened his cabinet with the appointment of five new Commissioners.

The action, according to the state government, followed its one-year anniversary of Obiano’s administration “and the need to reflect greater diversity and build a broad-based cabinet in furtherance of the policy of inclusive governance and quality representation across the state…”

The new commissioners, who were sworn-in at a brief ceremony held at the Governor’s Lodge Amawbia, include: Mrs. Mary Imelda Obinuju Nwogu, a lawyer, (Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism); Hon Sir Okey Moka (Finance); Mr. Franks Chukwuemeka Offor (Housing & Urban Development); Mrs. Uzoamaka Gladys Ilobi (Special Duties) and Mr. Afamefuna Chinedu Mbanefo (Agriculture).

Speaking shortly after the news commissioners took the Oath of Allegiance and the Oath of the Office, Obiano told them that they were highly recommended for the jobs because of the value they would add to the administration.

According to the governor, serving in this administration is “an honour to you, and I expect you to live up to the challenge as members of my cabinet. As you already know, we are moving well and we have brought you on board to help move Anambra State forward.”
Speaking further, Obiano charged the five new members of his team comprising three men and two women to justify the confidence he reposed in them in their areas of appointment.

“You can see that among the forms you have with you are your Job specifications. You are expected to perform based on set parameters and there is also provision for periodic reviews.”

Speaking on behalf of the new appointees, the new Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mrs. Nwogu, thanked governor Obiano for the opportunity given them to serve the state.

“We are highly elated and very happy to be found worthy by this administration. We are ready to work to move Anambra State forward, especially in the area of the Four Pillars of Development, where you have shown tremendous capacity and achievements; as well as on the Enablers.”

A statement issued by Obiano’s media team stressed that “the new commissioners are expected to imbue the cabinet with zeal and commitment as the high performing governor seeks to surpass his widely acclaimed first year performance.”


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