A former member of the House of Representatives, Hon Ben Nwankwo and 79 other prominent Nigerians were on Thursday inaugurated as members of Prof. Charles Soludo Transition Committee. 


The committee headed by former Minister of Education, Oby Ezekwesili was inaugurated at Golden Tulip Hotel, Agulu in Anambra on Thursday amidst high expectations by the Anambra State Governor-elect, Prof. Charles Soludo. 


Hon. Nwankwo who twice served in the House of Representatives representing Orumba North/South Federal Constituency (2003 to 2007 & 2011 to 2015), both under the platform of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) made the list of the carefully selected Transition Committee members. 

Among other things, they are expected to work out modalities to aid easy transition from the governor Willie Obiano-led exco to the incoming state executive Council to be led by the Governor-elect, Prof. Charles Soludo. 


The Transition Committee according to Joe Anatune, Media Assistant to the Anambra State Governor-Elect, Chukwuma C. Soludo will also liaise with a team set up by the government of Anambra State to ensure a seamless transition from the Governor Willie Obiano’s administration to a Chukwuma Charles Soludo-led administration as from 17th March, 2022. 


Members were selected based on their achievements in their various fields of endeavour and across political parties and states to set a strong footing for the incoming administration. 

Hon. Nwankwo, an Orumba born successful businessman, an administrator, politician and lawmaker is expected to bring to fore his reach managerial experience in the committee which is expected to form about 28 sub-committees. 


Hon. Nwankwo worked as a Special Adviser to The Governor of Anambra State from 1999 to 2000. He also worked as a Commissioner in the State, serving in three different ministries; Works & Transport (2001-2002), Housing & Urban Development (2002-2003) and Finance & Budget (2002-2003).


There is no doubt that he is a perfect fit for the quantum of assignment the Transition Committee is expected to carry out. 


There are indications that the Committee will go beyond just producing a blueprint for the transition to monitoring progress of the incoming government in its first 100 days in office. 

Inaugurating the Committee, the Governor-Elect, Prof. Soludo, expressed gratitude to the people he described as wise men and women for accepting to pay service to the state. 


He said, "This committee comprises some of Nigeria’s best, and Anambra is deeply grateful that you are sacrificing your time and talent pro bono, to help our journey to a liveable and prosperous smart city.


"This is a friendly transition, it is an APGA government to APGA government, and we expect nothing except the level of cooperation expected among members of a family. And that we are having this at this transition committee jointly, being inaugurated, speaks eloquently. It is almost like a combined transition committee and it is a testimony that this is a family affair.


"Some commentators have observed that the number of the transition committee is large in their estimation, even without seeing the terms of reference, or the task, or that the members are offering their time and talent without remuneration as it were.


"Some were already computing the amount of money that each of you would be paid. If Anambra accepts to pay or remunerate the calibre of people here, I’m sure even a world bank facility would not help us. Despite those observations, I must advise that you should feel absolutely free to bring anyone else that you feel can bring great value to this work" he said. 


See full list of members 


1) Mrs Oby Ezekwesili (Chairperson)


2) Prof. Benedict Okey Oramah


3) Rt. Hon. Uche Okafor


4) Prof. Pat Utomi


5) Prof. Chidi Odinkalu


6) Mr. Steve Nworga


7) Chief Osita Chidoka


(8) Hon (Dr) Ben Nwankwo


9) Hon Charles Odedo


10) Barr Tony Ifeanya 


11) Mr. Ferdinand Agu 


12) Prof. Osita Ogbu 


13) Chief Chikwe Udensi 


14) Dr. Greg Ibe  


15) Dr. Alex Otti 


16) Mr. Coleman Uba  


17) Chief Collins Chikeluba 


18) Engr (Sir) Chris Okoye 


19) Prof. (Mrs) Uche Amazigo 


20) Barrister Pat. Ikwueto, SAN 


21) Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, SAN 


22) Barrister Echezona Etiaba, SAN 


23) Prof. Offornze Amucheazi, SAN 


24) Engr. Emeka Ezeh 


25) Chief Leon C. Mezue 


26) Hon Chike Anyaonu 


27) Hon Evarist Uba 


28) Dr. P.C.J Adibe 


29) Chief Akachukwu Nwankpo 


30) Dr. Mefor Law 


31) Dr. Alex Obiogbolu 


32) Dr Godwin Owoh 


33) Dr. Greg Ugochukwu Ezeilo 


34) Mr. Epundu Emechebe 


35) Mr. Christian Udechukwu 


36) Chinyere Ossy Okoye, Esq 


37) Chief Don Eze 


38) Mr. Chijioke Uwaegbute --- PWC 


39) Mr. Franklin Edochie  


40) Mr. Dozie Okpalaobieri  


41) Ms Nkoli Anyaoku 


42) Ms Uche Onwuamaegbu 


43) Mr. Innocent Isichei 


44) Mr. George Nwangwu 


45) Mr. Ikechukwu Nweje 


46) Dr. Innocent Okpanum 


47) Arc Henry Arize 


48) Dr. Will Fleury


49) Barrister Udu – Former Head of Service 


50) Dr. Emma Ezenwaji 


51) Prof. Phil Phil-Eze  


52) Mr. Joe Anatune 


53) Mr. Ike Chioke 


54) Prof. Ifedioramma Eugene-Mary Nwana 


55) Mr. Emma Onyilofor 


56) Ms Prisca-Anne Nwangwu 


57) Ms Chinwe Jane Okoli 


58) Mrs Amaka Obi 


59) Fred Chukwuemeka Agbata 


60) Mr. Chinedu Nwoye 


61) Dr. Nelson Omenugha 


62) Prof. Nkechi Ikediugwu 


63) Prof. Ike Uzochukwu 


64) Dr. Emeka Okeke


65) Dr. Polycarp Emenike


66) Dr. Godwin Nnadozie


67) Engr. Ifeanyi Okeoma


68) Amb Uche Ajulu-Okeke


69) Chief Pat Ubajaka


70) Prof. Okey Ikeanyibe


71) Comrade Charles Onyeagba


72) Prof. Au Nnonyelu


73) Dr. Forster E. Ihejiofor


74) Mr. Odera Ozoka


75) Mr. ThankGod Ibeh


76) Prof. Sylvia Chika Ifemeje


77) Mr. Kanayo Nwafor


78) Comrade Churchill Okonkwo


79) Sir Damian Okolo


80) Dr. Chinedu Onyeizugbe

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