Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has appointed immediate past Accountant-General of the state, Dr Paschal Okolie, his Special Adviser on Financial Matters.
In a swearing-in ceremony at the government house, Enugu on Monday, Ugwuanyi charged Okolie to bring his wealth of experience to bear in repositioning the financial status of the state for additional revenue generation.
The governor lauded Okolie, who was also a retired Permanent Secretary of the state, for exhibiting enviable commitment and dedication while in the service of the state.
“I must commend you for your meritorious and decades-long service to the state as well as your forthrightness and enviable transparent record.
“However, the reward for good work is not money; but more work as our people say.
“So, I charge you to bring your experience, dedication and forthrightness to bear in your new appointment.
“I sincerely believe that these qualities of yours will help our dear state to reposition itself as the best in terms of revenue generation and prudent management of the state’s financial receipts,’’ he said.
Responding, Okolie thanked Ugwuanyi for finding him worthy for a new appointment; describing it as an “elevation’’.
“I thank God and His Excellency, the Governor of Enugu State, Rt. Hon. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, for considering me fit for this opportunity and elevation,’’ he said.
It would be recalled that Okolie, who is a financial expert of high repute, before his retirement was the Chairman of Forum of Accountants-General in Nigeria among other high-profile positions he had held in the past.
Earlier last week, he handed over to the new acting Accountant-General of the state, Mr Remigius Odoh., after 35 years of meritorious service to the state.