Awka - The Anambra House of Assembly has confirmed the list of 19 commissioner-nominees
sent to it by Governor Willie Obiano for approval.
The commissioner nominees were confirmed at the plenary after presentation
of the report of the screening committee headed by Chukwudi Orizu.
Orizu said the nominees were found worthy to hold the respective portfolios
after the committee interacted with them and screened their documents.
He said that the committee had advised the government to explore ways of
compensating the local government areas that were not represented in the
The chairman of the committee also urged the government to follow Section 14
(4) of the Nigerian Constitution while giving political appointments to the
Orizu said that Idemili South and Awka South local governments had two
The list includes Dr Chinedu Emeka, a former Deputy Governor in
the administration of Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju as the designated
Commissioner for Water and Public Utilities.
Two former commissioners in Gov. Peter Obi’s administration,
Callistus Ilozumba and Azuka Okeke retained their portfolios in the
Ministry of Works and Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs
Others are a former member of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Chief
Tony Nnacheta, who is penciled as the Commissioner for Sports. Prof.
Kate Emenugha, a Professor of Mass Communication Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, will
be in the Ministry of Education.
Also confirmed are Anali Chude, as the Attorney-General and Commissioner for
Justice, Gringory Obi, Finance, Florence Chinwuba, Housing
and Prof. Solomon Chukwu, Economic Planning and Budget.
The list also includes Ifeatu Onyejeme, Trade and Commerce,
Anthony Onyimah, Information, Ricky Chukwumelu, Women Affairs, Chukwuma Mbonu,
Transport, Evaristus Ubah, Environment, Stella Onuorah, Land
and Norbert Obi, Special Duties.
Dr Joseph Akabuike, Health, Nnamdi Meko, Agriculture
and Osita Obinwankwo, Science and Technology, were also confirmed.
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