IMPHAL, May 16 � Former Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed was formally sworn in as the 16th Governor of Manipur at the Banquet Hall of Raj Bhavan here on Saturday.
Chief Justice of Manipur High Court, Justice Laxmi Kanta Mohapatra administered the oath of office and secrecy to the new Governor. Chief Minister O Ibobi Singh, Deputy Chief Minister Gaikhangam, other Ministers, MLAs, former Chief Minister Rishang Keishing and top officials of the State Government attended the swearing in ceremony.
The 70 year-old Ahmed, who replaced the outgoing Governor Dr KK Paul, will serve as Governor for the rest of his term till September next year. Ahmed, who once held additional charge of Kerala, was appointed the Governor of Jharkhand on September 4, 2011 by then President Pratibha Patil.
Ahmed, a former Congress Lok Sabha member, was received at the airport here yesterday by the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers.
His predecessor, Dr Krishna Kant Paul, who took Manipur Governor�s charge on September 15 last year, was sworn in as Governor of Uttarakhand on January 8 this year.
Newmai News adds: Ahmed assured that his first priority as the Governor of Manipur would be on improving the education sector and to bring welfare to the scheduled tribe community of the State. He appealed to all the communities of Manipur to co-operate with each other and to maintain peace, unity and harmony.