I created Happiness ministry because Imo people were bitter - Okorocha/ Okorocha
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state on Tuesday disclosed that his creation of the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment stems from an observation that the people were bitter, hence the need to archive happiness for them.
Okorocha had on Monday swore in his biological sister, Mrs Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha) as Commissioner, handing her the portfolio of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment. The action was elicited by widespread criticisms and derision in some quarters.
The governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Sam Onwuemeodo, explained that the typographic error led to the naming of the Ministry as the Ministry of Happiness and Couples Fulfilment. It is now called Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment.
Defending the creation of the Ministry, he said in a statement issued to newsmen in Owerri that, “the real essence of life is to be happy and to fulfill one’s purpose in life. Government officials are elected to address this.This is the very reason people elect their leaders to guarantee their happiness and purpose fulfillment.”
The governor went on to state that: “There is no activity of mankind that is not geared towards providing happiness.
“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.
“In today’s world, especially in our country, millions of people are not fulfilling their purpose in life because of lack of mentorship and guidance. There is complete talent abuse as people no longer engage in life activities suitable to their talents.
“Sometimes in university environments, students are meant to study courses they ordinarily would like to do.
“This has given rise to why we have people who are favored, do work against their natural will just to survive.
“Happiness and Purpose Ministry therefore, is established for the lost time to correct the policy framework to guide Ministries and Department son what they must do to guarantee the citizens happiness and contribute better to the society.”
The statement further described the choice of Mr. Okorocha’s sister, Ogechi Ololo, as the Supervisory Commissioner in charge of the ministry as a wise choice considering her experience in administration.
“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.”
Governor Rochas Okorocha has also created other similar ministries such as the ministry of non-formal sector and market development to address issues of the poor state of Imo markets and organise the non-formal sector to make them more productive.
The ministry of education was also split into three ministries, primary and secondary; tertiary non-formal education; ICT, Science and Technology.
Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Information in Imo state, Nnamdi Obiareri has stated that the governor’s action was in line with Sections 1 and 92 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), adding that the governor did not violate any section of the decision but was rather out to serve the people of his state better.


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