Ikpeazu swears in 2 journalists, 5 others as perm secs
By Steve Oko
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State, Monday, swore in two journalists and five other top ranking civil servants as Permanent Secretaries in the State.
The two journalists were Mr. Friday Ikpeoha, and Ajuzie Eze, who was until his latest appointment, a media aide to the Governor’s wife.
Others were : Nwachukwu Isaac , Nwaigwe Innocent, Dimanochie Joy , Njoku Okwuchi and Ngwakwe Amarachi.
Speaking at the event at the Executive chamber, Government House Umuahia, Ikpeazu, charged the new Permanent Secretaries to identify with the on-going reforms in the state civil service with emphasis on discipline and productivity.
The Governor noted that the civil service remained the engine room of any administration and charged them to inject values to address emerging challenges in the service.
He emphasized the need to tackle youth unemployment to save the state from the vices associated with youth unemployment.
Ikpeazu explained that the proposed Enyimba Economic City was borne out of his administration’s desire to address unemployment in the state.
He said that the project which is top on his priority list would generate thousands of new jobs when realised.
The Governor wished the new Permanent Secretaries success in their respective ministries.
Speaking on behalf of the new Permanent Secretaries, Mr. Isaac Nwachukwu pledged to vigorously pursue the development agenda of government to enhance the welfare of the people.
He thanked the Governor for finding them fit to serve and promised not to disappoint him.
Speaking later at a reception ceremony, Eze expressed gratitude to God for his appointment and thanked the Governor for the appointment.
Ajuzie Eze and his mother
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Abia State, Comrade John Emejor, thanked the Governor for the fair share accorded journalists in the appointments.
He described the appointees as seasoned journalists and men of proven integrity and competence.
The NUJ boss charged them to remain good ambassadors of the ‘pen profession ‘ ,while wishing them well in their elevated positions.
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