By NewsCritic Reporters
Abia State governor Dr Alex Otti has announced the appointment of Prof (Mrs) Uche Eme Uche, former governorship running mate, Rev Fr Uche Onukwuru, Navy Commodore Macdonald Ubah (retd), Dr (Mrs) Betty Obasi, Mr Okey Kanu and 16 others into various positions as special advisers and senior special assistants to the governor.
According to a press released issued on June 1, 2023 and signed by Kazie Ukoh Chief Press Secretary to the governor, the appointment is with immediate effect.
Earlier, Gov Otti had appointed Prof Kenneth Kalu as Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Pastor Caleb Ajagba, PhD as Chief of Staff to the governor, Mrs Njum Onyemenam, Accountant General and Dr Ngozi Okoronkwo, Special Adviser Media and Publicity among others.
The press release stated thus:
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 Rejuvenation
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