Mr. Okara was the Secretary to the Government of Bayelsa State from November 2017 – July 2019 and was re-appointed to this position after contesting as an aspirant for Governor of Bayelsa State on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the 3rd September 2019. As Secretary to the State Government Mr. Okara’s agenda has been to ensure that the government “Finishes Strong” on all its policy initiatives. Prior to this period, Mr Okara served as Honourable Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment from April 2016 – November 2017. He had also earlier served in the same position from April 2014 – February 2016. As Commissioner, Mr Okara set out a vision to make Bayelsa State the model of an African economic success focusing on industrialization of the State economy.
Mr. Okara was responsible for developing The Bayelsa State Industrialization Policy, designing the masterplan for the State Eco-Industrial Park, designing the masterplan for the State Power Generation Hub, providing conducive trading inf rastructure, and developing the strategic plan for viable inward investment into Bayelsa State. In addition, Mr Okara organized the inaugural edition of the Bayelsa State Investment and Economic Forum from 16th-18th July 2014 and the 2nd edition of the Bayelsa State Investment and Economic Forum from 29th-31st July 2015. Mr Okara also oversees the N2b CBN MSME funding for Bayelsa State providing single digit interest rate financing for the MSME sector.