The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has screened and confirmed no fewer than four Commissioner and Special Adviser Designates forwarded to it by Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Recall that the House had on Tuesday December 22, 2020, at Plenary, received a letter from Governor Udom Emmanuel, requesting it to confirm four persons for appointment as Commissioners and Special Advisers into the State Executive Council.
In line with the procedure set out in Order 2, Rule 7 (7) of its Standing Order, the House deliberated on the letter and subsequently referred same to the House Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights and Public Petitions to screen the nominees and formally report back to the House within one week.
Presenting the report at Plenary on Thursday, Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Victor Ekwere, revealed that the credentials and other relevant documents of the nominees were screened, while they (the nominees) were interviewed on a wide range of issues, particularly, their areas of specialization.
He pointed out that the Committee received no negative report against the nominees, stressing that the nominees have met the constitutional requirements for appointment as Commissioners as outlined in Section 192 (4) and 106 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.
He commended Governor Emmanuel for selecting men and women of proven integrity for appointment into the State Executive Council and further urged the nominees to give in their best when sworn-in.
Subsequently, the House after interacting with the nominees, considered the Committee’s recommendation and confirmed their appointments as Commissioners and Special Advisers.
Those confirmed include Uko Essien Udom SAN, Idongesit Iboro Etiebet, John James Etim and Pastor Umo Eno.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey, in his remarks, directed the Clerk, Mrs Mandu Umoren to communicate the resolution of the House to the Governor for further action.
In the meantime, the House has adjourned plenary till Tuesday, 29 December, 2020.