Chief Patrick Ukah, former Delta State commissioner for Information, has been named as the new Commissioner in charge of the Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education.
This disclosure was contained in a government special announcement, issued and signed by Barr. Chiedu Ebie,
Secretary to the Delta State Government, on Thursday, July 4, following the consecutive swearings-in of the recently named and cleared Commissioners and Special Advisers to serve in the ongoing composition of the new Delta State Executive Council.
The re-assignment of Chief Patrick Ukah, who takes over the Basic and Secondary Education, formerly headed by the new Delta SSG, Barr. Chiedu Ebie, has not only laid some wild speculations to rest, but is clearly the only surprising appointment, as many had expected him to return to his old turf in the Ministry of Information, while Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, who will now head the Ministry of Higher Education, had been widely tipped to return to the Basic and Secondary Education Ministry, where he had held sway meritoriously in the Uduaghan administration, after which he had been appointed as Chairman of the first ever and highly successful Education Summit in Governor Okowa’s first term.
The others, who are returning to familiar terrain are; James Augoye, who performed excellently in the Ministry of Works and contributed immensely to the efforts that earned Governor Okowa the richly deserved sobriquet “The Roadmaster”, Peter Mrakpor, whose return the Justice Ministry was never in doubt at all, as well as Dr. Kingsley Emu, who still operates in the same rarified financial space, having moved from the tediously bureaucratic office of Commissioner for Economic Planning office, to the now more exclusive, very powerful and highly influential position of Chief Economic Adviser.
Prof. Sylvester Monye is also quite at home in his retained position as Senior Policy Adviser, while the others, from the regarded fondly as the erstwhile Tzar of DTHA, Rt. Hon. Basil Ganagana to the surprisingly new entrant, Mrs. Florence Alatan, are also seemingly in their comfort zones, more like round pegs in what Governor Okowa has astutely and quite strategically transformed, into rounded holes.
The one great expectation which Deltans and indeed Delta watchers are anticipating with bated breath, will be the announcement of the next Commissioner for Information, especially with Patrick Ukah no longer in the picture and the two other highly touted and eminently qualified candidates, Charles Aniagwu and Jackson Ekwugum, reappointed to their old beats as Chief Press Secretary and Manager Communications respectively.
The Government Special Announcement released by the office of the Delta SSG is published in full below:
GOVERNMENT SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
It is hereby announced for the information of the general public, particularly Deltans, that following the swearing-in of the newly appointed Commissioners into the State Executive Council, the Governor of Delta State, His Excellency, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has further approved the assigning of portfolios as follows:
Chief James Augoye – Ministry of Works
Chief Patrick Ukah – Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education
Mrs. Flora Alatan – Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and Social Development
Hon. Chika Ossai – Ministry of Commerce and Industry
Rt. Hon. Basil Ganagana – Ministry of Energy
Barr. Peter Mrakpor – Ministry of Justice
Chief Festus Ochonogor – Ministry of Housing
Prof. Patrick Muoboghare- Ministry of Higher Education
2. For purpose of clarity, the portfolios of the Special Advisers as announced by His Excellency, the Governor during their swearing-in are as follows:-
(i) Senator Emmanuel Aguariavwodo – Housing Development and Urban Renewal
(ii) Rt. Hon. Emmanuel Okoro – Rural and Community Development
(iii) Hon. Efe Ofoburuku – Legislative Matters
(iv) Dr. Kingsley Emu – Chief Economic Adviser
(v) Prof. Sylvester Monye – Senior Policy Adviser
Secretary to the State Government