Obi Ozor, the founder of Kobo360, has been appointed the Commissioner of Transport in Enugu State.
At the swearing-in ceremony, the governor stated that the commissioners had been chosen based on their experience, track record, and backgrounds. He also expressed hope that residents of the state would begin to see results from the newly appointed commissioners within their first 100 days in office.
“We expressed a massive vision that would see us growing our economy exponentially. We also promised our people to eradicate poverty and want to make Enugu State the premier destination for investment. Those are laudable and lofty ideas. But when we made those promises, we needed a team that will convey our people from where we are today to that destination we want to take them to. For this reason, the process that resulted in your selection was quite rigorous and detailed,” he said.
Ozor is the latest member of Nigeria’s startup ecosystem to be appointed to a political position after Bosun Tijani was included in the list of ministerial nominees sent by Nigeria’s president, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
It's unclear if Ozor will be stepping away from his role as CEO of Kobo360, as there is no explicit requirement for political appointees from the private sector to leave their previous employment.