Governor Rochas Okorocha created a Ministry of Happiness and appointed his sister as the Commissioner much to the consternation of Nigerians.
Nigerians have taken offense not only at the perceived nepotism but also the fact that the Ministry is called ‘Happiness and Couple’s Fulfillment’ which led many to wonder what business the Imo state government had with Couple’s fulfilment.
However, the government through Sam Onwuemeodo, the chief press secretary to the governor released a statement admitting an error in the name and giving the correct name to be the ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment.
The statement went on to defend the decision to appoint the Governor’s sister.
The statement read in part:
“There was a typographic error in the first statement issued on the swearing in of the new commissioners. The word “Couple” was inadvertently written, instead of the word “Purpose,” we regret that,” the statement read.
“The real essence of life is to be happy and to fulfil one’s purpose in life; Government officials are elected to address this.
“Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment Ministry therefore, is established for the lost time to correct the policy framework to guide ministries and departments on what they must do to guarantee the citizens’ happiness and contribute better to the society.
“This is the very reason people elect their leaders: to guarantee their happiness and purpose fulfilment. A great leader therefore, is one who provides happiness to the people.
“Unfortunately, this vital element of our social lives has not been properly addressed. Governments at different levels have created several ministries and departments to achieve this, yet people are bitter, angry with hate speeches which lead to crisis, war and even terrorism.”
“The choice of Mrs Ogechi Ololo, a Masters Degree Holder in computer Science, USA who has been the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor on Domestic Matters and Food Security can be described as a round peg in a round hole.
“Before her appointment as the supervisory commissioner, she was charged with the responsibility of liaising with the Federal Government on N-Power Project, CBN Anchor project and BOI, Empowerment Projects.”