By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba
As if God answers prayers of the poor, a name that made waves in Abuja many years ago before surfacing in Dr Ifeanyi Okowa administration in wealth creation sectors has resurfaced in the present dispensation.
Mrs Shimite Bello was behind wealth engineering and micro business incubation that made Delta State the number and ahead of many other states.
Now, Mrs Bello and seven others are the eight persons in the first batch of special advisers whose appointments have been approved by Sheriff Oborevwori, the Delta State Governor.
Mrs Bello was among the 88-man Transition Committee chaired by Emmanuel Nwanze, a professor and former Vice Chancellor of the University of Benin (UNIBEN), a committee that had been set up by Gov Oborevwori ahead his administration’s inauguration on May 29. She is always where ideas are nursed and groomed because she see wealth where many see nothing.
The committee was mandated to come out with a report that would guide the Oborevwori’s administration. The governor had while receiving the report, noted that the report which has short term, medium term, and long term segments would help him deliver on his ‘MORE’ agenda to the people of the state.
Mrs Bello, known as ‘Sabificate Mama’ because of her emphasis on what you can do with your hands and brain than what your certificates say, was the immediate past Special Assistant to Gov Okowa on Export Initiatives and Coordinator, Delta-UNIDO Center (DUCEI).
Mrs Bello, a seasoned entrepreneur, was former executive secretary, Delta State Macro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (DEMSMA).
She contested for the Oshimili South State Constituency seat in the state House of Assembly primary election last year.
A government special announcement signed by Kingsley Emu, the Secretary to the Delta State Government (SSG), on Tuesday, revealed that Solomon Funkekeme, the former senior special adviser (SPOLAD) to Dr Okowa, the immediate past governor of the state, was among the special advisers appointed by Oborevwori.
Others in the list are Edwin Uzor, Basil Ganagana, Tony Emechi, Eunice Okiemute Anirah, Griftson Omatsuli and Olorogun Jaro Egbo.
The governor equally appointed Frank Omare, a former Commissioner, as director-general in charge of special duties.
The statement added that the date for their inauguration would be announced in due course.
It would be recalled that the governor approached the state House of Assembly last week, seeking approval for the nomination of 20 special advisers, a request which was expressly granted by the 29-man legislature.