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Ebonyi State Governor, Francis Nwifuru has appointed a University lecturer, Prof. Grace Umezurike as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG).
Umezuruike is the first female to be appointed SSG in the history of the state.
Nwifuru made this disclosure in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Dr. Monday Uzor on Sunday which was made available to The Eastern Updates. .
According to Uzor, the SSG will be sworn-in at the State Executive Council Chamber, Government House, Ochudu Centenary City Abakaliki on Tuesday.
‘The Governor of Ebonyi State, His Excellency, Rt. Hon. Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru has approved the appointment of Prof. Grace Umezurike as Secretary to Ebonyi State Government.
“The appointment takes immediate effect.
‘She will be sworn–in on Tuesday 13th June 2023,” the statement added.
Meanwhile, Prof. Umezuruike, until her appointment, was a lecturer in the department of Philosophy, Ebonyi State University and the wife to the former Commissioner for Health in Umahi-led administration for eight years.
Recall that Nwifuru succeeded David Umahi — both of the All Progressives Congress (APC) — in the March 18 governorship election and was inaugurated on May 29 alongside other newly elected and reelected governors of Nigeria states.
The Eastern Updates had earlier declared that Governor Nwifuru had asserted that he can’t be forced by any faceless group to rush into the appointment of unprofessionals in his administration.
Nwifuru said he was in charge of his administration and that he was taking his time to assemble professionals who would be appointed into various political positions in the state.
The Governor was reacting to a statement credited to a group, Association of Ebonyi Indigenes Socio-Cultural in the Diaspora, led by its President, Pascal Oluchukwu.
The President of the group, Oluchukwu, had challenged the Governor to take full charge of his government or resign from office.