RIVERS State House of Assembly, yesterday, screened Caretaker Committees into 20 out of the 23 local government areas of the state. Those pending include Omoni/ Nkoro, Degema and Asari-Toru local government areas. The state governor, Barr. Nyesom Wike, had recently dissolved the CTCs after their tenures expired. Commenting before the confirmation of the nominees, the Speaker, Rt Hon Adams Dabotoru Dima, charged Chairmen of the CTCs to ensure they bring development to the people at the grassroots or face the wrath of the lawmakers. The speaker, who warned that the House would not condone any misconduct from the CTC chairmen, reminded them of the powers of the House through the House Committee on Local Government Affairs. He said: “We cannot condone any act from any chairman that will not move the LGA forward. And you must know there is a House Committee Chairman on Local Government Affairs. Anything short of the expectations of Rivers people, you would face the lawmakers again. As you are leaving here, know that it is no longer business as usual”. It would be noted that during the screening, some chairmen-nominees, had demonstrated overconfidence on how they would run their respective councils, if given the opportunity to serve the people. Some of the lawmakers, who spoke, frowned at one of the nominees, who declined to recite the National Anthem on grounds that it was not a good recommendation. Reacting, Hon Nathaniel Owaji, representing ONELGA II, called for his outright disqualification. Earlier, the lawmakers debated and passed the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education (Amendment) Law, 2016. With the amendment, any Professor with ten years experience in any field of study can be appointed Vice Chancellor of the institution. During the debate on the report of a public hearing on the bill, which was read and submitted by Leader of the House and Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Hon Martins Amaewhule, the lawmakers representing Emohua and ONELGA II constituencies, Hon Sam Ogeh and Nathaniel Owaji respectively, opposed the 10 years clause qualification. The lawmakers maintained that 10 professorial experiences for the position of a vice-chancellor of the institution would not be in the interest of the development of the university. Ogeh, who is the House Committee Chairman on Information, pointed out that, that section of the law would be discriminatory and called for it to be expunged. The House voted unanimously to pass the bill

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