The Governor of Imo State, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, has called for sacrifice among political appointees in the discharge of their duties.
Governor Okorocha, who made the call during the swearing-in of three commissioners, six permanent secretaries and the transition committee chairman for Orsu Local Government Area at the State Government House Owerri, stressed the need for them to cultivate the spirit of sacrifice “to build the Imo of our dream”.
“To whom much is given, much is expected and it takes sacrifice to build the Imo State of our collective dream”, he said.
The governor, who advised them to be careful with public fund also urged them to shun primitive accumulation of wealth and have the interest of the poor masses at heart to make a mark for themselves.
“Be careful with public fund, make judicious use of government money and don’t feed fat on public fund at the expense of the poor masses,” he said.
Governor Okorocha recalled that Imo State three years ago was in need of good leadership as kidnapping and ritual killing were the order of the day and noted that his administration has tackled such security problems and has also transformed the state.
The state governor, who reminded the people that the position of permanent secretary is a political appointment, said that it is the wish of his administration to make sure that every local government has a permanent secretary and urged the relative of the political appointees to always support and pray for them for God’s direction and wisdom to enable them perform effectively.
Speaking on behalf of the newly sworn-in appointees, Prof. Mrs Adaobi Obasi, who is the new Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, thanked the governor for finding them worthy to serve in his administration and promised that they will not fail the rescue mission government and the people of Imo State, we are grateful to be part of this team that has brought changes in Imo, she said.
Those sworn-in were Chief Ken Aneme – Commissioner for Transport and Tourism, Prof. Victoria Adaobi Obasi – Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs and Chief Frank Chukwuemeka Ibezim – Commissioner for Agriculture.
The permanent secretaries were Mr B.I. Ibuike, Dr. G.C.O. Okeagu, Mrs T.O. Ibeagi, Mr. E.O. Asuonyeigwe, Mrs N.U. Izunobi, Pastor J.I. Ngoka and the Transition Chairman Orsu Local Government Area, Mr. Pete Clinton Ihejiagwa.