About 48 hours after the nomination of eight officials, the Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti, has made 22 new appointments, a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Kazie Uko, said Thursday.
The appointments comprise the Governor’s Chief of Protocol, ten special advisers, nine senior special assistants, including the incumbent Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Lagos Branch, Mr. Ikechukwu Uwanna as Senior Special Assistant on Legal Matters and two special assistants.
This comes about 48 hours after the nomination of eight officials, including Prof. Kenneth Kalu as the Secretary to the State Government and Caleb Ajagba as his Chief of Staff.
Since assuming office on Monday, the governor has also directed that all accounts of the Abia State Government be immediately frozen as well as those of its agencies domiciled in every bank and financial institution across the state and country.
See the full statement below:
The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Alex Otti, OFR, has appointed the following persons into the underlisted positions, effective today, June 1, 2023.
1. Mr. Michael Akpara – Special Adviser on Finance
2. Mr. Uwanna Ikechukwu – Senior Special Assistant on Legal Matters
3. Professor Uche Eme Uche – Special Adviser on Education
4. Professor Joel F. Ogbonna – Special Adviser on Petroleum and Energy
5. Dr. Clifford C. Agbaeze – Senior Special Assistant on Agriculture
6. Mr. Chimereze Okigbo – Special Adviser on Internally Generated Revenue
7. Mr. Uche Mark Nwosu – Chief of Protocol
8. Mr. Uche Ukeje – Senior Special Assistant on Aba Rejuvination
9. Mr. Dodoh Okafor – Special Assistant on Public Communication
10. Mr. Uzor Nwachukwu – Special Adviser on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs
11. Mr. Kingsley Anosike – Special Adviser on Planning and Strategy
12. Mr. Uzoma Nwagba – Senior Special Assistant on Digital Economy and SME
13. Rev Father Christian Uche Anokwuru, PhD – Special Adviser on Policies and Interventions
14. Mrs. Ifeoma Thomas – Special Assistant on Vulnerable Groups and Poverty Alleviation
15. Pastor Dike Nwankwo – Senior Special Assistant, Special Duties
16. Mr. Okey Kanu – Special Adviser on Strategic Communication
17. Dr. (Mrs.) Betty Emeka-Obasi – Senior Special Assistant, Special Duties
18. Mr. Chinedu Ekeke – Senior Special Assistant Youth and Sports Development
19. Mr. Chuka Ofili – Senior Special Assistant, Domestic
20. Hon Luke Ukara Onyeani – Senior Special Assistant on Legislative Matters
21. Navy Commander Macdonald Ubah (Rtd) – Special Adviser on Security
22. Dr. Chimezie Ukaegbu – Special Adviser on Trade and Commerce
Chief Press Secretary to the Governor