What Rivers Assembly Told Wike’s Men During Fresh Commissioners’ Screening


The Rivers State House of Assembly has approved the screening of nine commissioner-nominees loyal to FCT minister, Nyesom Wike, to serve under Governor Sim Fubara.

At the screening on Wednesday, the Rivers Assembly ordered the nine commissioners who resigned their positions last to ‘take a bow and go.’

The parliament, led by Rt Hon. Martin Amaewhule invited the commissioner-nominees for screening on Monday as part of the 8-point peace agenda signed by Governor Fubara and Wike following a meeting with President Bola Tinubu in Abuja last year.

The nominees are: Zacchaeus Adangor, ⁠Dr. Jacobson Mbina, Dr. Gift Worlu, Mrs. Inime Chinwenwo- Aguma, ⁠Engr. Chukwuemeka Woke.

Others included Prof. Prince Chinedu Mmom, ⁠Dr. George-Kelly D. Alabo, ⁠Hon. Isaac Kamalu and Engr. Austin Ben Chioma.

During plenary, the Speaker read the letter from Governor Fubara requesting the screening and confirmation of the commissioner nominees.

The letter dated December 11, 2023, puts to rest controversy surrounding whether or not the governor made the request.

In his reaction, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Major Jack, moved a motion that, because the nominees have been screened before, there’s no need to repeat the process; as such, they should take a bow and go.

The motion was supported by the deputy speaker, Rt Hon Dumle Maol, hence the lawmakers’ decision for the commissioner-nominees to ‘take a bow and go.’

The Speaker also complained that the staff in the Government House in Port Harcourt have been declining to receive correspondence from the House.

He warned that if the governor’s office declines to accept correspondence from them, then the House will also decline to receive any correspondence from Fubara.

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