COMMISSIONERYesterday, the Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha released another list containing names of 14 commissioner nominees to add to an earlier 14 names already released and sent to the Imo State House of Assembly for necessary legislative foresight. This list, like the one before it is a balance between experience, opportunity and revolution. While some political virgins were brought in, a number of tested politicians and public administrators also made the list, giving credence to the governor’s avowed commitment to deploying the best hands to achieve the best possible, in the best interest of Imo people.

The new list released yesterday by the Principal Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Pascal Obi brings to 28, the total number of commissioners expected to make up the incoming Rescue Mission cabinet, as the administration prepares for a final push on delivering the best possible service to Imo people for the next 18 months.

With Dr. Mrs. Angela Uwakwem, Professor Nnamdi Obiaraeri, Professor Florence Emenalo and Barrister Obinna Mbata, you have a full squad of technocrats who can hold their own anytime, anywhere and help direct the ship of State to a desired and enviable path of progress. Angela Uwakwem’s record as the Federal Medical Center, Owerri remains one of the best any CMD of a Nigerian public health center can boast of. She achieved that much in an environment that was most unfriendly and unfavorable to progress, how much more when she comes on board as the Commissioner of Health under a governor that is desperate to turn the health sector around for good?

In Chief Emmanuel Ojinere, Barr. Ugochi Nnanna Okoro and others, we have a formidable team of technocrats who have have spent years in political offices and also shown capacity and integrity in the jobs they had been given in the past. These men and women represent, not just the focus and visions of the Rescue Mission administration, but the dreams of every good and patriotic Imo citizen, who desire that Imo continues on the path of progress and positive transformation.

We also have a few young people in the list who may be said to have had little experience in politicking and public offices. Young men like Chidi Nwaturuocha, Emeka Benjamin and Blessing Nwamerenini are names that may not ring a bell among political players in the State, but whose capacity to deliver is tested and certainly not in doubt.


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