The Oasis Reporters
January 2, 2021
In keeping with Edo State Governor, Obaseki’s tradition of celebrating any exploit of any Edo born indigene on the global scene, mention is about to be made of US president-elect, Joe Biden’s naming of 26-year-old Nigerian-American, Ms. Osaremen Okolo, as a member of his COVID-19 Response Team.
The president-elect named Okolo who is also a Democratic Party activist who had worked with US Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois into the crucial team that is expected to help roll back the global pandemic once he takes office on January 20.
Okolo is the second Nigerian-American that has been named into senior government positions.
Earlier, he had named Nigerian-born Adewale Adeyemo as the Deputy Treasury Secretary.
“Prior to joining the transition, Okolo served as Senior Health Policy Advisor to US Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois. Okolo drafted, negotiated, and managed the Congresswoman’s legislation, oversight, and policy across a comprehensive health care and public health agenda, most recently focusing almost exclusively on the COVID-19 pandemic,” the transition team said in a statement.
She had also served as Legislative Aide for Health Policy on the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labour, and Pensions for Ranking Member Patty Murray of Washington, the team added.
Okolo, is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants and was born and raised in the United States.
According to Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the COVID-19 Response Team will “work to quickly implement a comprehensive, whole-of-government COVID-19 response strategy to contain the pandemic, restore public trust, and protect all Americans.”
With Edo’s robust, proactive and outspoken response to the pandemic, Obaseki is set to tap Ms Okolo for advice on the way forward out of the pandemic in this new year, going forward.