This was confirmed in a statement by Willie Bassey, Director of Records, Office of the Federation's Secretary to Government.
The appointment is effective from 1 June 2020 and is for an initial term of five years.
Ikonne was the founding member of 2014 All Progressive Congress (APC) held in Abia State.
He was the Lands Commissioner from 2007-2008, and the Works and Transport Commissioner from 2008 to 2009.
The statement added that
“President Buhari congratulates him on the appointment and urges him to bring his wealth of experience on the new assignment”.