It was not a reward to those who played active role in Okorocha’s re-election but a reward to those whose insights and accomplishments have impacted positively in their LGs.
One of Okorocha’s apostles, Hon Uju
On January 14th 2016, Imo State Government House crossed into the hallowed annals of history as the day Douglas House witnessed the highest turn out of people. It was not a turnout of demonstrators or for protesters but rather a turnout in celebration of excellence and competence.
After months of consultations, intense politicking, lobbying, speculations, scheming and maneuvering, the much awaited Commissioners and the Transitional Committee Chairmen were sworn in and their portfolios assigned to them.
The swearing in ceremony was more than the appointment. It was a moment of triumph for the appointees, the people’s governor and the good people of Imo State who had been anxious to have them in place. They came out in their numbers to herald the new helmsmen and women.
The ceremony which was scheduled for 9 am on January 14th at the EXCO Chambers was immediately moved to Nick Banquet hall to be able to accommodate the army of supporters who accompanied the appointees to the venue.
After about an hour, the Nick Banquet hall was already filled to its capacity and the organizers had no choice but to instruct the security officials at the main gate (Tunnel 1) to stop the multitude outside the gate from coming into the venue.
The decision almost turned fatal, not even the stern looking security details from the Nigeria Police, Army, Immigrations, Customs, Civil Defense and Imo Security Guards could stop the jubilant crowd from gaining entrance.
No one wants to be told; the good people of Imo State defied all the odds to be part of history.
Youth groups, women groups, Council of Ndieze, teachers, representatives from the 27 Local Government Areas, political appointees were all in attendance.
The ground swell of supporters that graced the occasion is an affirmation that the Transitional Committee Chairmen chosen to represent the people at the grass roots are worth the salt.
It was not a reward to those who played active role in the people’s governor’s re-election but rather, a reward to those whose extra-ordinary insights and accomplishments have impacted positively in their various Local Government Areas.
After the swearing-in ceremony of the TC Chairmen, the people’s Governor, Owelle Anayo Rochas Okorocha, an administrator whose commitment to education is universally acknowledged charged them to see themselves as mini governors in their respective Local Government Areas, which is the major means by which development will spread to the grass root levels.
The acceptance of the newly sworn-in commissioners by the good people of Imo State was tellingly electrifying. A mix of the young and the bright, the competent the experienced; men, women, intellectuals, technocrats, seasoned administrators and other professionals who have proven themselves in their chosen careers.
In his speech after the swearing-in ceremony, the Governor described the new commissioners as the bridge between the old and the new generation politicians in the state. He also charged them to “take credit for the things they have done and not what others had done”, adding “you should add more feathers to the flying wings of the state”.
Continuing, he advised all the appointees to tighten their seat belts in these austere times and improve on the gains so far recorded by the Rescue Mission Government. “All hands must be on deck to sustain the gains made in education, security, infrastructure, and other facets of this administration too numerous to mention”.
It is now clear why it took the Governor so long to assemble his cabinet. The people’s Governor doesn’t just go for players with skills, he goes for the right players with character, attitude and ethics that would suit each of the positions they would be occupying. In the governor’s ensemble are lethal strikers whose serial scoring abilities will alleviate if not eradicating the remaining challenges facing our State in this final lap of the Rescue Mission Agenda.
The people he appointed as commissioners will, to a large extent, determine the direction of his government and the quote by Abraham Lincoln, “give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four hours in sharpening my axe“, aptly explains why it took the Governor so long a time to assemble his cabinet.
The people’s governor took his time to assemble men and women of unequaled integrity who will not only add impetus to the people’s Governor’s cabinet but will astutely put Imo State on the path of unprecedented progress and development.
From the Office of The Deputy Chief of Staff Operations, we say congratulations to the newly inaugurated Transitional Committee Chairmen and Commissioners. May your reign in the Rescue Mission Government be crowned with an exceptional feat that no other State will be able to march.
Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations), Imo State Government
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