Commissioners In Anambra State Are Jittery Over Plans By Gov Willie Obiano To Overhaul The State Executive Council
Raymond Ozoji ‘Awka
Indications are strong that Governor Willie Obiano of Anambra State may offload some of his commissioners any moment soon, in what will be his first such action aimed at re-energizing his administration for delivery on his development vision for the state. The state has 19 commissioners appointed about a year ago.
The commissioners likely to be dropped are those Obiano inherited from the past administration of ex-governor Peter Obi. A source close to the governor however said he was no longer comfortable with some of his commissioners following the strained relationship that now exists between him and his predecessor. Others penciled to go are those adjudged to have performed poorly. According to our source, “His excellency (Obiano) wants to step up his performance to meet up with his election promises. “For this reason, he is looking for vibrant, selfless and committed persons to work with to actualize this goal”.
The governor had last Thursday submitted names of six nominees to the state House of Assembly for confirmation. They are: Mrs Chinwe Nwaebili (Incumbent Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly) Frank Ofor, Afam Mbanefo, Mark Okoye, Dr. Mary Nwogu and Mrs. Amaka Ilobi. However, the lawmakers refused to confirm Okoye on grounds of being under aged. The legislators argued that according to Section 192 (4) of the 1999 constitution (as amended), any such appointees must attain the age of 30. The lawmakers maintained that to confirm the said Okoye would amount to violation of the constitution which they all swore to protect.