The number one citizen of Ebonyi State, Engr. David Nweze Umahi has proven that his second term in office is not a play-time but a time for more engagement which is aimed at lifting Ebonyians out of poverty. He made this prove yesterday by swearing in 26 Commissioners, the local government advisory committee members and the co-ordinators, at the Akanu-Ibiam International Conference Center, Abakaliki.
Governor Umahi also made known the creation of the Ministry of Infrastructural Development for Concessions, saying more flyovers will be constructed and that his administration is bent on saving lives through this new ministry.
“We have to inform you that we created new ministry which is the Ministry of Infrastructural Development for Concessions. There are numbers of projects we are aiming to complete under this ministry; like the dualization of Abakaliki-Afikpo road, Abakaliki-Enugu road. We have flyover bridge at Nkalagu and Ezzamgbo Junction; we have introduced tunnel at waterworks, but we are almost changing our minds to flyover because there is so many conflicts there, so, we will take the flyover. We have another flyover at Vanco, a tunnel point at Ezza South, close to Onueke; we have flyover bridge at Amasiri junction, we have flyover in my own village and then, another flyover by the new College of Medicine. So, these are all within the new ministry while the rest are under the ministry of works. ”
On the other hand, Governor Umahi enjoined the Commissioners and other Government officials to be diligent in performing their duties, to join hands to save lives and eradicate poverty in the state and not depend on the treasure of the Government. According to him:
“I expect a very Robust engagement in our offices to help our people. We all have something deposited in us, so we have to practicalize them. If you want to make money in your own office, you have to generate it. There is so much loose money everywhere and you have to make use of it. And so, all eyes must be on the ball how to lift our people out of poverty.”
Dr. Kenneth Ugbala was inaugurated as both the Secretary to the State Government and the Co-ordinating Commissioner, also the Honourable Commissioner for Justice and the Honourable Attorney General, Hon. Cletus Opoke who was inaugurated earlier, others include;
Mrs. Rebecca Ogbuewu for Women Affairs and Social Development;
Hon. Moses Ogodo-Ali Nomeh for Agriculture and Natural Resources
Hon. Emmanuel Nwobo for Special Projects
Barr. Orji Uchenna Orji for Human Capital Development
Hon. Emmanuel Uguru for Environments
Hon. Stanley Okoro Eme-Agha for Border, Peace and Security Matters
Hon. Charles Akpu-Enika for Youths and Sports
Hon. Mrs. Elizabeth Ogbaga for Culture and Tourism
Hon. Donatus Njoku for Commerce and Industry
Hon. Jonah Egba for Solid Minerals; Hon. Kenneth Uphuo for Information
Hon. Stephen Odoh for Education
Hon. Joseph Ekuma Nkama for Investment and Abuja Liaison Office
Engr. Ogbonnaya Uche Udeh for Power
Chief Sunday Elechi Inyima for Housing and Urban Development
Engr. Uche Okah for Water Resources
Engr. Fidelis Nweze for Infrastructural Development for Concession
Mrs. Chinwe Okah for Budget and Planning
Dr. Daniel Umezurike for Health
Dr. Sunday Nwangele for Grants
Professor Ogbonnaya Chukwu for Finance and Economic Development
Oluchukwu Ukeh Ezeani for Project Monitoring
Engr. Ogbonnaya Obasi Abari for Works and Transport
Barr. Samuel Okoronkwo for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.
The newly appointed government officials accepted the Honour bestowed upon them and promised to serve the state without disappointments.
By Udo Akam-Alo