History has been made today in Anambra state as Nigeria’s youngest commissioner, Mark Okoye has been sworn in by the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano.
The swearing-in ceremony which was conducted in the Anambra State Executive Council Chambers took place earlier today, June 20th 2016.
The newest and youngest commissioner in the country, Mr Mark Okoye II, flanked by his wife and some other dignitaries, was inaugurated on Monday as the Honourable Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Partners.
Mr Okoye who is 30-years-old becomes the youngest commissioner in Nigeria. Mark possesses a unique combination of experience spanning governance, policy formulation, public sector financing, public budget analysis and corporate finance.
Prior to his current role, Mark Okoye had served in his current capacity for twenty months during the previous administration of former governor Peter Obi.
Meet Nigeria’s Youngest Commissioner, Mark Okoye
Mr Mark also served as a senior member of the investment banking division at Afrinvest (West Africa) Limited where he was instrumental in executing numerous capital raising and financial advisory transactions.
Key transactions include the restructuring of UBA Plc in line with the new Central Bank of Nigeria banking guidelines in 2012, debt and equity capital raising of US$80 million for Kano Shopping Mall in 2012, the first and largest shelf registration in Nigeria, and the Lagos State Government US$2.3 billion bond issuance program in 2011.
Mark Okoye holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Finance from the prestigious George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA and is an alumnus of several executive education courses and programmes, including Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, as well as Euromoney, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
In June 2015, Mark was appointed the Special Adviser to the Governor on Economic Planning and Budget.