The Rivers State House of Assembly, has screened and confirmed 14 commissioners designate, presented to it by Governor Ezebunwo Nyesom Wike.

The House also approved a request from the governor seeking approval to appoint 26 Special Advisers.

The screening and approval was sequel to a letter dated 7th August, 2017, pursuant to sections 192 and 196 of the 1999 Constitution (amended), respectively, by the governor.

Those screened for commissioners included 7 former commissioners, three former members of the House of Assembly and four others. They include; Barr Emmanuel Okah, Mr Charles Nworgu, Chief Ibibia Walter, Dr Tamunosis Gogo-Jaja, Mrs Ukel Oyaghiri, Hon Isaac Kamalu, Hon Damiete Albert Miller, Hon Boma Iyaye and Hon Emeka Onowu.

Others are; Prof Princewill Chike, Elder Tasie Chinedu Nwabueze, Barr Sylvanus Nwankwo, Prof Kaniye Ebeku and Hon Rodaford.

Fielding questions from lawmakers, Prof Kaniye Ebeku, who was the former commissioner for education, promised to help strengthen the education system in the state by ensuring that educational standards and policies are implemented.

Ebeku stated that there is the general impression by parents that private schools are better than public schools, adding, “and we need to bridge that gap.”

In his motion to confirm the nominees, Majority Leader, Hon Martin Amaewhule argued that the governor made a right choice in the caliber of persons nominated.

Amaewhule, therefore called on the House to confirm them. When a vote was put through, 21 lawmakers voted to confirm the nominees.

Commenting, thy Speaker, Rt Hon Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani urged them to urged the appointees designate to carry out duties that will be assigned to them by the governor in a manner that will bring peace and development to the state.

Ibani said, “I urge all those who have been screened to carry out their legitimate duties as assigned to them by the governor, to do so for the good and development of the state.”

He, however, added that the 8th Assembly as an arm of government will continue to deliver the dividends or democracy to the people without distractions.

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