For the governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, the solution to every problem appears to be the creation of a ministry or at least an advisory role in his administration.
In 2011, he appointed special assistants on Igbo affairs, inter party affairs, intra party affairs and Lagos affairs, as well as a chief comedian of the state. In 2017, he appointed his sister as the state’s commissioner of Happiness and Couples’ Fulfillment, which he later slightly tweaked to commissioner of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment.
Now he is proposing that his style of governance be exported to the national level.
On Thursday in Owerri while receiving a delegation of the National Council on Establishment (NCE) led by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, the governor called on the federal government to create a ministry of inter-religious affairs in the country.
Okorocha said that ministries should be created as the need arises in order to meet the needs of the society.
The governor advised the head of the civil service and her counterparts in the states to think outside the box and be innovative in running the affairs of the civil service.
“I urge all heads of service and permanent secretaries to always adjust quickly to the visions of their governors for national growth and speedy development. Do not waste time when it comes to implementation of policies and projects, avoid unusual protocols and bureaucracies and do what is right for the nation.
“Always put your nation first and shun every form of distraction and detractors because that is what has helped in the development of Imo State,” he said.
The National Council on Establishment (NCE) held its 40th meeting in Owerri this week. The Head of the Civil Service, Oyo-Ita, commended the state government for development in the state. She explained that the NCE was a statutory council that meets annually, where important matters that relating to the civil service and establishment were reviewed.