Acting governor Jude U. Hofschneider administered the oath of office yesterday to 22-year-old Joe Erra Ayuyu Jr. to serve on the Commonwealth Zoning Board, a day after the Saipan and Northern Islands Legislative Delegation confirmed his appointment by an 18-0 vote.
“I like to thank everyone who’s here. This is a very proud moment for me…I’m nervous [about my appointment] but I have faith in the people around me. With their support, I will learn [about] and do what’s best for the CNMI,” Ayuyu told the crowd at the Zoning office in Dandan yesterday afternoon.
Witnessing the ceremony were Ayuyu’s family and friends, Zoning board members, Zoning administrator Therese Ogumoro and staff and other government officials. Ogumoro said Ayuyu’s appointment brings the number of current board members to five. There are two vacancies on the board right now, she said.
Ayuyu recently graduated from the Miami University of Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in economics.