Reappointed Abia Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Barr Eze Chikamnayo has said that he would reposition the information machinery of the state with a view to making it attract more coverage to the state as well as provide the people with the goings on of government activities.
Chikamnayo who was served under the administrations of Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, Chief T A Orji, as Information commissioner on different periods, opined that he would deploy his wealth of experience in attracting goodwill to the state and create a relationship that would make the people know the government properly and vice versa.
The new Abia Information boss told the our Reporter at the Government House, Umuahia on Tuesday after he and 26 other commissioners were sworn in at the Michael Okpara Auditorium Umuahia that he would galvanise the information networks of the state to make them the challenges of the time.
“I’ll ensue that the day to day coverage of the state is enhanced through the collaborative efforts of journalists and staffers of the Ministry of Information. Now that we’re entering another crucial stage, the period of election, nothing would be left untouched in selling Abia positively to the outside world”, he declared.
Meanwhile, 27 newly appointed commissioners have been sworn in by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu with a charge on them to the Abia State Executive Council.
Speaking shortly after the swearing in ceremony, Ikpeazu stated that the new Commissioners were carefully selected to support and drive his administration’s vision towards a better life for the people of the state.
The governor who noted that his administration is on its final lap, acknowledged the desire of Abia State government to complete ongoing projects and possibly embark on new ones.
He therefore charged the new appointees to be active players in the socio-political and economic renaissance of the state, warning that against the belief that some ministries are juicy while others are not.
“There is nothing juicy in the appointments; therefore if your agenda is to fill your pockets, you’ll be disappointed. I hereby urge you to work hard and in line with the vision of this administration”, he told the new members of the State Executive Council.
Ikpeazu challenged them to see their appointments as calls to duty and assured that the state government would substantially provide them with the resources to work with, even as he admonished them to leverage on their connections and wealth of experience to move their various ministries forward.
The Abia governor advised them to remain loyal to the government, warning that those found wanting will be shown the way out.
The Abia chief executive also implored them to keep in touch with their localities, saying that state government would be relying on them to galvanise support from the grass root.
The new Commissioners and their portfolios are: Mazi Donatus Okorie – Ministry of Cooperatives and Rural development; Mr Ndom Godwin -Boundary Matters; Chief Okezie Erondu, Ministry of Science and Technology; Professor Ikechi Mgbeoji, Ministry of Agriculture; Pascal Karibe Ojigwe, Ministry of Sports; Mrs Uwaoma Olewengwa, Ministry of Industry, Promotions and Development; Prince Christopher Enweremadu, Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
Others are: Barr.Charles Esonu – Ministry of Youth Development, Chief Chinagorom Nwankpa, Ministry of Housing, Hon Monday Ejiegbu – Parastatals; Deaconess Rose Urenta- Ministry of Women Affairs; Chief Kingsley Imaga, Ministry of Public Utilities;
Chidiebere Uwagwu Kalu – Establishment and Training; Barr.Chijioke Mark, Post-Basic Education; Chief Chisom Nwachukwu, Ministry of Special duties/Vulnerable Groups andMr Sopuruchi Bekee, Ministry of Homeland Security.
Others include: Chief Eze Nwanganga, Ministry of Petroleum and Energy Development;Barr Tony Nwanmuo, Ministry of Culture and Tourism; Barr Sam Nwogu, Ministry of Environment; Dr Chidi Onwuchuruba, Ministry of Lands and Survey; Mr Ugochukwu Emezue- Documentation and Strategic Communications; Mrs Adaku Uwaoma Onusiriuka Oseiza , Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises and New Businesses Development.
The rest are: Barr, Eze Chikamnayo, Ministry of Information and Strategy; Chief Godswill Uche Nwanoruo, Ministry of Transport; Prince Obinna Okey – Inter -Governmental Affairs; Chief Ukwu Rocks Emma, Ministry of Basic Education and Barr Chinenye Emelogu – Joint Projects Implementations.
The immediate past Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu who did very well in that ministry is now the Commissioner for Trade and Commerce.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.