Mr. Joe Anatune, the media adviser to Anambra State Governor-elect, has defended Professor Chukwuma Soludo’s appointment of an 80-member governorship transition committee.
After a supplementary poll in the state’s Ihiala Local Government Area, Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria from 2004 to 2009, was proclaimed the winner of the Anambra governorship election on November 6, 2021.
The committee, which was named on Thursday, was tasked with ensuring a peaceful transition from Governor Willie Obiano’s present government to Soludo’s ceremonial swearing-in on March 17, 2022.
Anatune, who spoke with our correspondent in Awka on Friday, insisted that the number of participants was proportional to the difficulty of their mission.
He emphasized that the committee’s composition was entirely pan-Igbo, as there was a conscious effort to avoid making it solely an Anambra affair.
He stated that the group would be abolished once its mission was completed, and that members would volunteer their services for free.
He stated that the governor-elect will concentrate on his four-point program, which encompassed economic change, social transformation, judicial reform, and environmental protection.
He stated, “I don’t agree with the notion that the members of the committee are many. The number is in tandem with the challenges of the assignment. We have many ministries and parastatals. The proper thing to do is to know where they are and to determine the roles those ministries can play in the next dispensation.
Written by Olorunleke Emmanuel on 15 January, 2022.