Dr. Ugorji, a 2019 alumnus of the Homeland Security master’s degree program, has been appointed as Commissioner of the newly created Ministry of Homeland Security and Vigilante Affairs of Imo State in Nigeria. He was one of the 18 commissioners sworn in by Governor Hope Uzodinma on December 20, 2021.
“Congratulations!! This is exciting news and you must be very pleased. I look forward to hearing more about the work you will do in this capacity, said Professor Elaine Lammert, program director, homeland security.”
Ugorji is a security analyst and global affairs scholar, with expertise in human capital development and homeland security. In addition to his master’s degree in Homeland Security from The George Washington University, he has a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Administration from Rutgers University. He has over 35 years of experience in public administration at local, state, national and international levels.
Since January 2021, he has served Governor Uzodinma as the first Special Adviser on Homeland Security and Intelligence for the state. His new appointment as Commissioner elevates his previous role to building and leading a full-fledged ministry tasked with homeland security and intelligence matters.
“We now have the historic and exciting task of building a new ministry at the directions of Governor Uzodinma. A ministry we hope will streamline security efforts in the state and become a model for the rest of the country,” said Ugorji.