Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in Nigeria appointed his biological sister Mrs Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha) as the commissioner in charge of Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment.
Such a commissioner in Nigerian states is the euivalent of County Ministers in Kenya.
Ololo, who is married to Chuks, an engineer, was the All Progressives Congress’ candidate into the House of Representatives for the Owerri Federal Constituency seat in 2015 and she has served in various capacities since Okorocha became the state governor in 2011.
She had, before her new appointment, served as her brother’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Adviser on Domestic Matters.
The governor’s spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo, could not provide exact details of Ololo’s responsibilities when contacted by AFP Tuesday, but said: “There is nothing unusual about the appointment”.
“The governor is a man of ideas, always introducing new things to governance.”
The commissioner’s job “is an innovation that should be copied by other governors,” he added. He “wants to always make the people happy. That’s why he has created a ministry for that purpose.”
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Okorocha said, “You are the privileged group that has the opportunity to make names for yourselves. I want to remind all of you that this appointment is not business as usual. We shall not tolerate any sharp practice or corruption of any type. Neither shall we accept indolence or laziness. You have been called to duty to help us to achieve our vision in the Rescue Mission Project.
“At this moment, I charge you all to be good ambassadors of the Rescue Mission wherever you find yourselves. To the Transition Committee Chairmen, you must ensure that ongoing projects must be completed especially the schools, chapels etc.”
He added that what his administration had achieved so far had exceeded all that the previous administrations in the state, both civilian and military put together, had achieved.