The Imo state government has cleared the air on why the administration created the Ministry of Happiness and appointed Ogechi Ololo as the commissioner.
In a statement released by Governor Rochas Okorocha's chief press secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, the Imo state governor blamed a typographical error for changing the name of the Ministry of Happiness and Purpose Fulfillment, to the Ministry of Happiness and Couple's Fulfillment, Vanguard reports.
Onwuemeodo said: “There was a typographic error in the first statement issued on the swearing in of the new commissioners. The word “Couple” was inadvertently written, instead of the word “Purpose,” we regret that."
Explaining why the ministry was created, the governor said: “The real essence of life is to be happy and to fulfil one’s purpose in life; government officials are elected to address this. Happiness and Purpose Fulfilment Ministry therefore, is established for the lost time to correct the policy framework to guide ministries and departments on what they must do to guarantee the citizens’ happiness and contribute better to the society.
“This is the very reason people elect their leaders: to guarantee their happiness and purpose fulfilment. A great leader therefore, is one who provides happiness to the people.
“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.
“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.” Nigerians reacted unfavorably to the news of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state appointing his sister, Ogechi Ololo, as the state’s commissioner for happiness and couple’s fulfillment. As the news broke, various Nigerians took to Twitter to register their displeasure and frustration over the development.