Mrs. Ogechi Ololo (nee Okorocha) has responded to criticisms which greeted her appointment as Imo State commissioner of happiness.
Mrs Ololo, in an interview with BBC Africa, claimed that the ministry was not created because she is a sister to the state governor, Rochas Okorocha.
She challenged Nigerians condemning Okorocha, saying the ministry was created to cater for welfare of Imo residents.
She said “Happiness can mean anything to anybody; for some people, happiness means having food on their table, some it’s about schools, some about the roads, some it’s about security
“Here in Imo we have free education, this policy makes people happy by paying for children’s school fees. So that is the policy of happiness and that is part of the ministry of happiness.
“Okorocha did not create the ministry because I am his sister.
“There are so many people out there that need help, that need our service.
“Happiness can be defined based on individuals reactions.
“This is Imo life and I believe that Imo people are very happy about it.
“It is a new ministry and people don’t understand, so they have the right to ask questions but with time they will definitely understand meaning of commissioner of happiness.”