Rivers State House of Assembly, yesterday, screened and cleared the appointment of 20 commissioner nominees to form the executive committee of the state. The screening is sequel to a request sent to the House by the state governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike in pursuant to section 192 of the 1999 Constitution (amended).
Among the commissioner nominees were a former member of the House of Representatives and three former state lawmakers, who were asked to take a bow and leave.
Also screened was Mr. Emeka Onowo, a non-Rivers’ man who hails from Imo State.
Debating before the confirmation, some of the lawmakers in their submissions, expressed optimism that the calibre of persons screened would help in moving the state forward.
Leader of the House, Hon. Martin Amaewhule, in particular, said the array of nominees were persons with pedigree, adding that they covered all sectors.
In his ruling, the Speaker, Ibani, relying on Section 192 of 1999 Constitution as amended, said that the screening was in line with the constitution. Twenty-five lawmakers present at the sitting voted in favour of their confirmation.
Briefing members of the Assembly Press Corps shortly after the screening, House Committee Chairman on Information, Hon Sam Ogeh, said the House cleared the nominees because they were found to be capable from the responses gotten during the screening.
He expressed the hope that the commissioners designate will work hand in hand with the governor to move the state forward.
On the non-indigene who was screened, Ogeh argued that the 1999 constitution (amended) abhors any form of ethnic discrimination. “ What is important for us is to bring someone who can perform”, he added.

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