Anambra State Governor, Mr Willie Obiano has appointed the youngest Commissioner in Nigeria, Mark Okoye who is only 30 years old. He was yesterday confirmed as the Honourable Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget Development by the Anambra State House of Assembly.
Mark has paid his dues in terms of garnering experience working in government. His skill set is spread across governance, policy formulation, public sector financing, public budget analysis and corporate finance.
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.
Before he was given his present role, he served in his current capacity for a year and eight months in the last administration and he waited for his time to come. Sources disclose that the Anambra State House Assembly previously refused to grant him his new position prior to now because he was deemed ‘under-age’ but once he clocked 30 and after much clamouring, his appointment was made final.
Mark also served as a senior member of the investment banking division at Afrinvest (West Africa) Limited where he played a huge role in carrying out numerous capital raising and financial advisory transactions.
Some of his key accomplishments at the firm include the restructuring of UBA Plc in line with new Central Bank of Nigeria banking guidelines (2012), US$80mm debt and equity capital raising for Kano Shopping Mall (2012), the first and largest shelf registration in Nigeria, US$2.3bn Lagos State Government bond issuance program (2011).