It is not good news for Rochas Okorocha as more people especially people who matters in politics speak against his action of creating the laughable Ministry of Happiness and Couples Fulfillment. Not only that he created this, he named his blood sister Mrs Ogechi Ololo as the commissioner to take care of the ministry.
One of the creme de la creme in the aspect of politics in Imo state, Mr Emeka Ihedioha, a former deputy speaker of the house of representative vented his animosity and frustration in the actions of Okorocha. When contacted by journalist to know what he thinks about the action of Rochas, he said, “Honestly, I am completely tired of talking about this man and his style of administration. You can be sure that before we finish talking about the creation of Ministry of Happiness, he will come with a more bizarre thing”,
The immediate past governor of Imo state Ikedi Ohakim, did not shy to speak against Rochas’ creation of the Ministry of Happiness. According to Ohakim, “This is a sort of abomination. How can this man continue to insult the sensibilities of Imo citizens? Whose happiness are they looking for when salaries and pensions are not paid? Are we looking for the happiness of the Okorocha family and friends? I have not heard about such a ministry anywhere in the world, before. It is not in Britain that gave us independence. It is not in the United States of America, whose democratic system we copied. It is not in Canada. It is nowhere in West Africa. I have searched through the internet and I am still searching to see where it was practised and couldn’t find any. Honestly, this is a bizarre creation and I won’t be surprised to see the Governor’s aides struggling to defend this indefensible act.”
Also, a social critic and one time supporter of the Governor, Prince Bob Njemanze said: “As I make serious effort to convince myself that Imo has not been trapped by a megalomaniac, the more I am proved wrong by someone I am belabouring myself to make excuses for. The recent appointment of the Imo Governor’s sister, Mrs. Ogechi Ololo, who as his housekeeper, was designated Deputy Chief of Staff and now branded Minister or Commissioner for Happiness, is an indirect way of re-enacting the Governor’s aborted Abortion Law. This shows to what level governance has been reduced in Imo State. This act borders on moonlight jokes and folklore. The most uncommon thing is sense and that can be seen from the uncommon wisdom being exhibited by the numerous actions and activities of Governor Rochas Okorocha.Deliverance is what Okorocha needs for his rescue mission. Someone somewhere is mentally challenged. We pray for help before more than one runs amok.”
In addition, former gubernatorial candidate of Democratic Peoples Party, DPP, Dr. Fabian Ihekweme, raised some critical questions in the social media. “I need all the legal minds and opinion moulders to digest this trending fact of breach of law and reckless impunity and tell us if Mrs. Ogechi Ololo could rightly be addressed as a Commissioner in Imo State. The fact remains that she was never subjected to the scrutiny of the House members, as her name was never forwarded for screening. What is the true position of the law on this matter? Can the Governor nominate someone and as well confirm the same person as a Commissioner? Can Mrs. Ololo be rightly addressed as a Commissioner? Has the Governor breached the Law and the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria? If yes, what are the implications and remedies?”
In his view, the State Organizing Secretary of Labour Party, LP, Mr. Igboayaka. O. Igboayaka said, “Let me start with this, the person the governor appointed as commissioner for Happiness is his sister. She is also the Deputy Chief of Staff, Domestic. This is the high level of mediocrity and nepotism. Okorocha’s government does not consider expertise in governance. If you look at his commissioners, they are the same. What Imo people are currently facing is the inability of the government to pay workers and pensioners. This is what we call administrative prodigality. The governor and his family members are turning the economy of Imo state into their personal business. However, it is unfortunate, where we have found ourselves. Take note, this is called political familiocracy. We do not need this kind of ministry.”
Speaking also, the Director General, New Media, Imo State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. Arc Akwarandu, made this as his submission: “I have said it all the time that nothing about Okorocha interests me. I wish I can stop talking about him but it is not possible. This is just to say that whoever the gods want to kill, they first make him mad. He will continue to make mistake to the detriment of the people who are at the receiving end, the Imolites. How can a governor create 27 ministries and a ministry of Happiness and Couples Fulfilment, in a state pensioners are being owed in this time of recession. This is the height of ridicule. This is just, my family, my family governance in Imo State. Also, you can see that the key ministries are not given to any other person if not people around him.”
In his contribution, the national president of Igbo National Council, INC, Chilos Godsent, said: “We have observed the creation of a new ministry called ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment. This is the highest ridicule of governance. A ministry he created without due process, without due consideration of the economic hardships of the state.”