Governor Ikpeazu Swears-In 20 Commissioners

IkpeazuThe Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has sworn in 20 Commissioners into his cabinet. The commissioners comprises of three women and seventeen men – Four of whom have served in previous administrations.

The swearing-in ceremony took place at the Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahiaon Monday.

Administration’s Five Pillars

According to the Governor, the men and women assigned to be part of the executives were carefully chosen, based on their precedence and assurance that they would deliver in their various ministries, supporting the administration’s drive to turn around the fortunes of the state.

Governor Ikpeazu also promised to give the new commissioners all that they needed to perform. He also urged them to cue into the administration’s emphasis on the five pillars of agriculture, environment, commerce, trade and oil and gas, to drive the economy of the state.

Their appointment, according to the Governor, is a privilege, as the state can boast of many qualified men and women who could occupy the same position, if given a chance.

Governor Ikpeazu also said that with priority to enhance economic development, his administration in the new dispensation had divided the Ministry of Commerce into two – the Ministry of Trade and investment and Ministry of Industry.

Some of the new commissioners thanked the Governor for finding them fit to serve and pledged their readiness to support the upliftment of the state.

FG Asks DISCOs To Use Locally Produced Meters/Transformers

Power plant in NIgeriaThe Federal Government has directed all Electricity Distribution Companies in the country to patronise local manufacturers of metres and transformers.

The decision was reached at a meeting between officials of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and the Electricity Meters Manufacturers Association of Nigeria.

The Director in charge of Industrial Development, Missus Awobokun Omotanwa, said the government is working to provide funding for the manufacturers to boost the local production of meters and electricity transformers.

The Secretary of the Electricity Meters Manufacturers Association of Nigeria insisted that the locally produced meters have a competitive edge over imported meters.

The Association and the Electricity Distribution Companies have been at loggerheads over the insistence of the DISCOs to continue to import meters at the expense of local producers.