Md. Creates Commission to Help African Immigrants

AP, May 14, 2009

Gov. Martin O’Malley has created a new commission to help business and community development interests of African immigrants who have come to Maryland.

O’Malley signed an executive order creating the African Affairs Commission on Thursday. The governor also swore in 21 members of the commission.

One of the commission’s main goals will be to expand state government outreach efforts to help Maryland citizens who have immigrated from African nations. The state also has commissions that oversee efforts to help Asian, Hispanic and Middle Eastern immigrants.

Valentina Ukwuoma, who heads the Bureau of Solid Waste for the Baltimore City Department of Public Works, has been appointed to chair the commission.

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