Otti appoints 22 Special Advisers, market administrator
Expert Urges Support For Governor
Abia State Governor, Alex Otti, has announced the appointment of 22 Special Advisers as he shapes up his administration.
A statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Kazie Uko, listed those appointed as Mr. Michael Akpara (Special Adviser on Finance); Mr. Uwanna Ikechukwu (Senior Special Assistant on Legal Matters); Prof. Uche Eme Uche (Special Adviser on Education); Prof. Joel F. Ogbonna (Special Adviser on Petroleum and Energy); Dr. Clifford C. Agbaeze (Senior Special Assistant on Agriculture); Mr. Chimereze Okigbo (Special Adviser on Internally Generated Revenue); Mr. Uche Mark Nwosu (Chief of Protocol); Mr. Uche Ukeje (Senior Special Assistant on Aba Rejuvenation); Mr. Dodoh Okafor (Special Assistant on Public Communication); Mr. Uzor Nwachukwu (Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs); Mr. Kingsley Anosike (Special Adviser on Planning and Strategy) and Mr. Uzoma Nwagba (Senior Special Assistant on Digital Economy and SME).
Others are Rev. Father Christian Uche Anokwuru (Special Adviser on Policies and Interventions); Mrs. Ifeoma Thomas (Special Assistant on Vulnerable Groups and Poverty Alleviation); Pastor Dike Nwankwo (Senior Special Assistant, Special Duties); Mr. Okey Kanu (Special Adviser on Strategic Communication); Dr. (Mrs.) Betty Emeka-Obasi (Senior Special Assistant, Special Duties); Mr. Chinedu Ekeke (Senior Special Assistant Youth and Sports Development); Mr. Chuka Ofili (Senior Special Assistant, Domestic); Luke Ukara Onyeani (Senior Special Assistant on Legislative Matters); Navy Commander Macdonald Ubah (rtd) (Special Adviser on Security) and Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu (Special Adviser on Trade and Commerce).
In another statement by Uko, Otti also approved the appointment of Mr. Timothy Iheke Kalu as the Sole Administrator of Umuehilegbu Industrial Market in Osisioma local council of the state.
The statement noted that the appointment takes immediate effect, adding that the governor has subsequently ordered the reopening of the market, which had been closed to commercial activities, owing to leadership crisis.
It stated that Kalu would hold office for three months within which period he would work with various unions in the market to resolve all the issues that led to the closure of the market and a leadership properly instituted to enable the market function seamlessly.
Meanwhile, a seasoned entrepreneur, leadership expert and geologist, Dr. Timothy Ogboruche, has solicited total support for the governor.
In a statement yesterday, he said Otti would perform to the admiration of the people of Abia during his tenure in office.
“This is a new dawn in the state and I don’t doubt the ability of Dr. Alex Otti to change the narrative of the state in every sector. I see a man with clear vision and mission for a better tomorrow,” he said.
He expressed optimism that with the support of every individual in the state, new grounds would be broken in the state within the shortest possible time.
He, however, urged the governor to focus more on youth empowerment and job creation, saying: “Youth empowerment is very germane. He needs to keep the youth busy and create employment opportunities for Abians.”