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Ihedioha Appoints Former Minister as Commissioner


The Governor of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha has appointed former Minister of Education, Viola Onwuliri as Commissioner in the state.

Onwuliri was among the 17 nominees for Commissioner in Imo.

Onwuliri was appointed as Commissioner in 2013 under the administration of former President, Goodluck Jonathan.

She was in Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Minister before he was moved to Ministry of Education after Governor Nyeson Wike resigned as a Minister to contest for Governor of Rivers state in 2015.

Onwuliri is the first daughter of the Royal Family of His Highness Eze Cletus and Ugoeze Dorathy Oparaoji of Amuzi, Ahiazu Mbaise LGA, Imo State. She hails from Ahiazu Mbaise in Imo state, Nigeria and was born in Lagos in 1956.

She attended Owerri Girls’ Secondary School before the University of Nigeria, Nsukka where she achieved a 2nd Class Upper 2:1 in Biochemistry. She also attended the University of Jos where she achieved a PGCE, an MSc in Applied Organic Chemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biochemistry.

She then went for certificate courses at Howard University and Harvard School of Public Health in the USA.

Onwuliri returned to Nigeria where she took a job as a graduate assistant ; in 2004 she became professor of Biochemistry 2004 at the University of Jos. In 2004 Onwuliri became the first Nigerian and first African female to be elected member of the Geneva based International AIDS Society (IAS) and became its African regional representative from 2004 till 2008 and reelected in 2008 for another four years.

In 2011 she was a candidate to be a deputy governor of Imo state and ran with Gov. Ikedi Ohakim, after they lost the election she was offered a Cabinet position as Commissioner by the opposing party Governor Rochas Okorocha but she politely turned it down to the surprise of many.

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