30-year old Mark Okoye, has become Nigeria’s youngest Commissioner as he was recently appointed Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget Development, by Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano.
Mark’s appointment was confirmed by the Anambra state House of Assembly on Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
Mark Okoye II is the newest and youngest Commissioner in Anambra State. He is a young man with good history, quality and class.
He was a former Executive Director, Anambra State Investment Promotion & Protection Agency and was also the Special Adviser to the Governor on Economic Planning and Budget.
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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.
He holds a B.Sc. 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, Euromoney, Dubai, UAE.
Mark Okoye possesses a unique combination of experience spanning governance, policy formulation, public sector financing, public budget analysis and corporate finance. Prior to his current role, he served in his current capacity for twenty (20) months during the last administration.
Hon Mark is one of the numerous hardworking youths appointed by Gov Willie Obiano, who has been described as Africa’s Most Youth-friendly leader. His government comprises of over 55% of Young People.
In a tweet, Governor Obiano disclosed that if not for constitutional restraints, the state would have 24-year-old commissioners.
In March, Gov Obiano reshuffled his cabinet and re-designated his commissioners and ministries. In April, he appointed 19 new Commissioners and 10 Special Advisers.
Among the 19 commissioners were two Commissioners who served in the immediate past Governor Peter Obi’s administration. Some special advisers in the past Governor Obi’s government were also retained.