(Updated: 06.30 a.m. 26 September 2019)
Lion Building, the seat of power in Enugu State, was a beehive of activities today as Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi named a Chief of Staff and admitted 19 commissioners and seven special advisers into his cabinet for his second stint as chief executive of the state.
The governor also announced the appointment of Mr. Chuks Ugwoke, Information Commissioner under the Sullivan Chime administration, as his new Chief Press Secretary.
Early in the day today, 25 September 2019, Ugwuanyi returned Dr. Festus Uzor to continue as his Chief of Staff in a brief ceremony which took place at the Executive Council Chamber of Government House Enugu.
In addition, he swore into office seven special advisers, bringing to eight the number of advisers so far announced from a 15-member list approved by the Enugu State House of Assembly.
Dr. Uzor joins the new Cabinet with three immediate past special advisers, namely Mr. Uchenna Emmanuel Ogbodo (who served as Adviser and CEO of Budget and Planning Ministry), Mrs. Olangwa N. Nzekwu (former adviser on Diaspora Matters), and Mr. Uwakwe Ukuta Azikiwe, son of Nigeria’s first president and former adviser on special duties.
The lone assistant who has been upgraded to adviser status is Dr. Kingsley Tochukwu Ude while coming in as fresh advisers are Mrs. Maryrose Obiageli Abba, an engineer, as well as Messrs. Stephen Oluchukwu Oruruo and Paschal Okechukwu Ukwuani, both lawyers.
The Governor later in the day swore in 19 commissioners, including the Hon. Peace Nnaji, Hon. Chijioke Edeoga, Mr. Peter Okonkwo, Prince Emeka Mamah, Engr. Greg Nnaji, Mr. Solomon Onah, Prince Chidi Aroh, Mr. Vitus Okechi, Prof. Uchenna Eze, Chief Miletus Eze, and Dr. COC Egungbe, all returnees from the previous cabinet.
Metro News learnt that Chief Miletus Eze, the former attorney general whose consideration was deferred by the Enugu State House of Assembly for alleged rudeness to a former member of the House, was eventually cleared to join the Cabinet by the legislators.
Also sworn in as commissioners were Mr. Uche Ogbonna, Mrs. Adaonah Kene-Uyanwune, and Mrs. Mabel Agbo, all advisers during Ugwuanyi’s first tenure.
Making up the 18-member cabinet commissioners are the Hon. Matthias Ekweremadu, Mr. Obi Carl Kama, Mr. Ugonna Ibe, Prof. Anthony Ugochukwu, and Dr. Chukwuemeka Nnam.
They were expected to meet with the Governor later in the day to be given their various portfolios and assignments.
From the Council Chambers, the new officials drove to various reception points in the Coal City to host well-wishers who came to witness their oath taking ceremony.
Metro News witnessed two of the grand receptions in honour of Chief Peter Chigozie Okonkwo (Ohamadike) and Chief Jonathan Chijioke Edeoga (Okaome) both of which held in the New Haven area of Enugu.