By Jude Atupulazi
Governor Charles Chukwuma Soludo has sworn in Mr. Izuchukwu Okafor as the Anambra State Commissioner for Finance.
Mr. Governor congratulated and welcomed him to the Solution Team and enjoined the new Commissioner to endeavour to periodically read the Oath of Office and Allegiance that he just took to constantly remind himself of his purpose in government. Governor Soludo informed him that he had just become a member of the team that would lay the foundation for a livable and prosperous Anambra State, and asked him to contribute his quota.
The new Finance Commissioner, 39-year-old Izuchukwu Moses Okafor, was a former Senior Special Assistant (SSA) Finance and Audit to Governor Soludo from July 2022, and served as the Deputy Manager of Financial Operations and Audit at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) from July 2020 to June 2022.
He was appointed a Senior Supervisor, Internal Audit Department of the CBN in November 2013 and he diligently discharged his duties until June 2017, after which he was elevated to the post of the CBN’s Assistant Manager, Financial Operations Audit, from July 2017 to June 2022.
He has been a member of the Anambra State Executive Council Committee on Anambra State Legacy Debt from July 14, 2022.
Mr. Okafor was born on September 27, 1984. He was educated at Holy Child Secondary School, Isuofia, Aguata LGA, where he earned his West African School Certificate (WASC) in 2004. He took his B.Sc. Accountancy in 2010 at the University of Abuja, and got an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and Business in 2022.
He is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and a Certified Strategic Professional.
Mr. Okafor has attended more than a dozen seminars, trainings and workshops on finance, accounting, and risk management techniques, including ICT. He excelled as Effective Supervisory Manager in October 2021 at TOM Associates, Lagos, Fundamentals of Risk Management in June 2020 vide Risk Management Association of Nigeria, and SPSS in November 2009 at Afrihub ICT Solutions for Africa.
He is married to Chisom Faith Okafor with children.