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Obiano Swears-in Mark Okoye As Youngest Commissioner In Anambra

Willie Obiano
Posted: Jun 20, 2016 at 8:24 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chukwujekwu Ilozue

AWKA – Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State has sworn in Mr. Mark Okoye as the state’s Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners.

Mr. Okoye,  who was sworn in during a State Executive Council Meeting held, Monday, at the Government House Awka , was initially appointed Senior Special Adviser on the same portfolio since Mr. Peter Obi’s administration.

He was to be appointed commissioner along with others earlier by Governor Obiano but the State House of Assembly rejected him on ground of not meeting the age requirement.

Last week, however, Okoye’s appointment was confirmed by the State House of Assembly, having attained the age of 30 years.

By the appointment, he has become the youngest commissioner ever appointed in any state of the country.

Performing the swearing in, Governor Obiano said the appointment is consistent with his administration’s insistence on quality and merit first in constituting its cabinet as well as its youth-friendly stance.

Describing the honour as merited, Obiano said Okoye has been a key member of the State’s Economic Team, having played very strategic role in the development of the State’s Economic Blueprint, adding that he has remained consistent in delivering on all tasks he has been assigned by the government.

Governor Obiano tasked the new commissioner to bring his wealth of academic knowledge and experience in financial management to bear in his new assignment to ensure that the state remains progressive in its economic policies.

Responding, Okoye thanked Governor Obiano for the opportunity to serve the state  as a commissioner and assured that he would give his best in moving the ministry forward.

He described his appointment as a bold statement by the Governor about the abundant potentials that abound with the Nigerian youths and the need for government at all levels to give them a chance.

His oath of office and oath of allegiance was administered by the Director, Civil Litigations, Ministry of Justice, Mr. Emma Ike.