Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodimma has charged the newly sworn-in commissioners to avoid corruption and serve the people sincerely.
The Governor who performed the swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday at the Executive Council Chambers, Government House Owerri said the ceremony is symbolic in many respects because “oath taking signals readiness to serve with commitment, diligence and honesty.”
Those who were sworn-in as Commissioners were Dr. Mrs. Doris Nkeiruka Uzoka Anite (Ministry of Finance and Coordinating Economy), Prof. Boniface Ginikanwa Nwogu (Ministry of Science and Technology), Mazi Uche John Ohia (Ministry of Tourism) and Dr. Bartholomew Chukwunonye Okorochukwu (Ministry of Health).
The Governor also inaugurated the six- member Board of the Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC), Owerri.
He charged the commissioners to do everything possible to avoid the banana peel of corruption as “there is no window or door to corruption in the Shared Prosperity Government of his administration.” He explained that the commissioners were chosen to reinvigorate and fuse in new blood into the cabinet for the journey ahead.
Uzodimma admonished them to “serve transparently with accountability and honesty at the back of their mind always,” noting that “the mandate being handed over to them is to serve Imo people with all at their disposal.”
He however reminded both old and new members of the Executive Council that there is no permanent seat or portfolio for any member, “rather performance determines the tenure of a council member and the portfolio he/she bears.”
Uzodimma also inaugurated the Board Chairman and Members of Imo Broadcasting Corporation (IBC) Owerri. They were Hon. Emma Dike (Chairman) and Sir James Egbuchulam, Director-General, IBC as Secretary. Other members included Engr. Onwuelingo Okechukwu, Ms. Ify Onyegbule, Sir John Uchechukwu Nnabuihe, and Sir Kennedy Amanze who represents the Ministry of Information and Strategy.
In her appreciation speech on behalf of her colleagues, Dr. (Mrs.) Anite thanked the Governor and Imo people for trusting in their capacity to serve and pledged that they will do so with honour and distinction. She also promised that they will not disappoint the Governor, the Government and the people of Imo State.