Governor Rochas Okorocha appoints his sister as Commissioner for Happiness and Couples’ Fulfilment
Rochas Okorocha, Imo state governor, who was recently criticized for using public funds to erect statues of prominent African leaders, has done something new again. Guess the governor is trying to have his name in the Guinness Book of Records!
On Monday, he appointed his sister, Ogechi Ololo as Commissioner for Happiness and Couples Fulfilment, first such portfolio in Nigeria. Mrs. Ogechi Ololo was previously Okorocha’s deputy chief of staff and special adviser on domestic matters, in charge of Christmas decorations.
As of now, even the governor’s spokesman, Sam Onwuemeodo, could not provide exact details of Ololo’s responsibilities when contacted by AFP Tuesday, all he knows is: “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.”
Okorocha, a leading member of the All Progressives Congress party(APC), is one of Nigeria’s best-known but also controversial state governors.
He has been accused of appointing family members and cronies to government offices without regard to the state’s lean finances, including naming his son-in-law as chief of staff.
In recent months he has honored Liberia’s outgoing President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma with statues in the state. Zuma’s statue was reported to have cost 520 million naira ($1.4 million, 1.2 million euros).
This he did, according to reports, at the expense of public sector workers in who were owed several months’ salary.
The governor also recently spent millions of naira in putting up a Christmas tree reputed to be one of the biggest in the world.
Kudos to our governor, he is highly innovative – coming up with fantastically legitimate ways to l**t public funds.