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Joe Ayuyu Jr. takes oath as new Zoning Board member

JOE E. Ayuyu Jr., the newly appointed member of the Zoning Board, took his oath before acting Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider yesterday and promised he would do his best for the CNMI.

Newly appointed Zoning Board member Joe Ayuyu Jr., center, poses with acting Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider, Zoning Administrator Therese Ogumoro, Zoning board member Alice Igitol,  acting board chairman Gus Kaipat and zoning  planner Maryann Borja-Arriola.  Photo by Junhan B. TodiñoNewly appointed Zoning Board member Joe Ayuyu Jr., center, poses with acting Gov. Jude U. Hofschneider, Zoning Administrator Therese Ogumoro, Zoning board member Alice Igitol, acting board chairman Gus Kaipat and zoning planner Maryann Borja-Arriola. Photo by Junhan B. Todiño
The ceremony was held in the Zoning Board conference room and attended by Special Assistant for administration Esther Fleming, Rep. Antonio R. Agulto, legislative staff members and zoning officials led by administrator Therese Ogumoro, zoning planner Maryann Borja-Arriola, acting board chairman Gus Kaipat, board member Alice Igitol and former board member Natalie Mabel Ayuyu.

Before the brief ceremony, Hofschneider expressed his confidence in Ayuyu’s knowledge in the field of business which the acting governor said could help the board implement the desired development programs for the island.

The two other board members are Bruce Bateman and Chairman Diego Blanco.

Ayuyu’s sister Natalie Mabel Ayuyu was reappointed to the board on January but she preferred to continue her service with the Saipan Enrichment Foundation.

“I’m new, I’m nervous,” Ayuyu Jr. said after the ceremony. “But I have a faith in the people around me and I will do my best for the CNMI.”

In an interview, Ayuyu Jr. said his focus will be the good of the CNMI, particularly its tourism industry.

Ogumoro said Ayuyu Jr. will be an asset to the board whose other members, she added, are involved in the environment, culture, and the economy.

Kaipat said he believes that Ayuyu’s expertise in business and tourism can help strengthen the vision of the board.