Nnamani reshuffles cabinet
February 27, 2006

Governor Chimaroke Nnamani of Enugu State has reshuffled the State Executive Council and approved the appointment of six new Permanent Secretaries and a Special Adviser on Project Development and Implementation.

The six Permanent Secretaries are: Mr. Douglas Eze, Permanent Secretary and Principal Secretary to the Governor; Mrs. Sylvia Onwubuemeli, Permanent Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer in the Governor's Office; Mr. Chikwendu Nnamani; Mr. Linus Egwu; Mr. Chris Ugwu and Mr. Felix Amoke.

In the same vein, the governor has also sent six fresh names of Commissioners-designate to the State House of Assembly. They are Dr. Simon Idike, Mr. Jonathan Ivoke, Barrister Godwin Ogbo, Mr. Uche Anioke, Mr. Okey Ogbodo and Arch. Paul Eze.

The cabinet reshuffle, which had 14 members of the erstwhile cabinet retaining their seats, led to the dropping of a few others. Those retained are; Dr. Dan Shere, Mr. Sullivan Chime, Dr. Patrick Asadu, Dr. Festus Uzor, Mr. Igbonekwu Ogazimorah, Princess Peace Nnaji, Mr. Bethel Onyeyiri, Mr. Sunday Onyebuchi, Mr Peter Mbah, Dr. Martins Chukwunweike, Mr. Chinedu Onuh, Barr. Ray Nnaji, Mr. J.C. Udeh and Mr. Eddy Nnaji.

Equally, seven Special Advisers were retained in the cabinet reshuffle. They are Prince Sam Ejiofor, Mr. Martins Ilo, Mrs. Evelyn Ahanonu, Chief Ayogu Eze, Barr. Ifeanyi Nwoga, Mr. Ment Nomeh and Mr. Festus Adedayo. Engineer Luke Mmamel was also appointed Special Adviser to the Governor on Project Develooment and Implementation.

While swearing-in five of the six Permanent Secretaries at the Government House, Enugu on Monday, Governor Nnamani declared that every individual in the State had an equal chance of serving in his administration based on personal merit and integrity, rather than the section of the state they came from.

The Governor pledged to continue with his highly applauded reform agenda which he described as a "righting process" for a civil service system unduly polluted by politicians, adding that he was fully committed to injecting strict professional standards into the civil service.

Governor Nnamani stressed that the civil service must be shielded from the menacing influence of the political class some of whom, he said, were in government for their own selfish ends.

He therefore enjoined every member of his team to be alive to their responsibilities to ensure that the civil service of Enugu State was left intact as the political class leaves office in 2007.

The governor reiterated that the appointments were made based on merit and the recognition of the roles the appointees had played in governance in Enugu State.

He further re-stated his commitment to setting standards and upholding such standards of professional conduct, in line with his enduring pursuit of excellence.

Governor Nnamani thus urged the appointees to have the dignity to resist abuse and corruption and courage to disobey unlawful orders, adding that they must be prepared to resign if undue pressure was put on them.

The governor further charged them to be loyal in the service of the government and people of Enugu State, even as he pledged that all the on-going infrastructural projects the state would be completed by September this year.

Speaking on behalf of the officials, a Permanent Secretary, Mrs. Sylvia Onwubuemeli, thanked the Governor for the confidence reposed in them by the appointments and promised that they would discharge their duties diligently.


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