Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has shocked political watchers in Enugu state by appointing a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Peter Okonkwo, as a commissioner. Ugwuanyi, 53, submitted Okonkwo’s name to the Enugu state House of Assembly on Thursday, December 7, for screening and confirmation. Interestingly, Okonkwo is an elder brother of Kenneth, a veteran Nollywood actor and a fierce critic of Ugwuanyi’s administration.
Governor Ugwuanyi enjoys huge followership in Enugu state because of his distinct style of leadership.
NAIJ.com gathered that the House of Assembly has since approved the appointment of Okonkwo as a commissioner. The commissioner-designate was a member of the PDP, before he moved to the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to contest for governorship and later joined the APC.
Speaking on his appointment, Okonkwo promised bring humility of service to the state adding that he came to learn and impact his own idea for the development of the state. He explained that if confirmed that he would maintain and uphold the existing relationship between the executive and the legislature.
Meanwhile, the Enugu state executive council on Tuesday, December 5, approved a 13th month salary for the state’s civil servants as an added boost to celebrate the forthcoming Christmas.
The approval of the Christmas bonus followed a meeting between the leadership of the organized labour in the state and the council held at the Government House, Enugu.
Briefing newsmen at the end of the meeting, the state chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress Virginus Nwobodo, said the gesture was unprecedented in the history of the state.