By BONIFACE OKORO
SEVEN new ministries were created in Abia State Monday, as Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, swore in 27 Commissioners. The Commissioners, being the second batch in the Ikpeazu administration were cleared by the state House of Assembly.
The new ministries comprise the Ministry of Strategy and Social Development, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Ministry of Inter State Affairs and Ministry of Small, Medium Entrepreneurs Development.
The rest are Ministry of Conflict and Boundary Resolution, Special Duties, Establishment and Training, Special Duties, Vulnerable Groups.
In his charge to the Commissioners during the swearing in ceremony at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Ikpeazu urge the new cabinet members to see their appointment as a call to duty.
The governor said that Abia was in need of credible men and women who would serve with humility and fear of God, as well as those that would correct whatever shortcomings characterised the dissolved state executive council.
“We also believe that if there were things we did not do properly during the last council that you are called upon to fill that gap and do it better this time around”
“Abia State today is not just in need of men and women. We are in need of men women that can be trusted; people on whose shoulders the development of Abia State rests for the remaining part of his tenure. “Therefore I want to make it clear that the position you occupy today, you occupy on behalf of your people and the people of Abia state. It is not a position with which you have been called to oppress anyone,” he said.
The Governor expressed confidence that the commissioners were capable of leading Abia to the next level of development and urged them to make use of the opportunity to serve the people of the state to become bridge builders in their areas, warning that would no longer tolerate commissioners who do not touch base with the grassroots.
“Something is peculiar with this particular council and that is that there is no tenure attached to the lifespan of this council. For all those that will work in tandem with this administration, they will last but those who will not keep pace and faith with what we have enunciated for ourselves to create better life for Abia people, they may easily fall by the wayside”.
Responding on behalf of the others, the Commissioner for Works, Eziuche Ubani promised that they would strive to meet the expectation of the Governor and people of the State.