The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Udom Emmanuel has sent an extra name to the House of Assembly for consideration as Commissioner/Special Adviser.
TheMail Newspaper learnt that the governor sent the name of Dr. Imo Moffat to the house on Thursday afternoon.
“The first seven names he sent were already read on the floor of House and plenary was concluded when he (governor) reached out to the Speaker to include Dr. Moffat in the list. We now have 8 commissioner/special adviser nominees”.
Dr. Imo Moffat, an old boy of Samuel Bill Theological College, Abak is currently a lecturer in the University of Uyo.
TheMail learnt on good authority that the governor retrieved the first list he sent which had been with the house for about 2 weeks.
‘’The first list which had about 4 nominees were retrieved earlier this week. The governor sent in this new list with additional names on Wednesday. During the window provided by the withdrawal of the list by the governor, high level politicking took place. Some persons whose names earlier made the list were dropped. They lost out in the politicking, horse-trading and power-play. Additional names were also included in the list.
“In the first list, only one female made the list. But the governor’s wife demanded for more women to be included. That’s how we now got Mrs Enobong Mbobo and Dr Ini Nathaniel Adiakpan”, said a member of the House of Assembly who pleaded not to be quoted.
Meanwhile, TheMail has learnt that the commissioners would most likely be screened and confirmed during House plenary next Thursday. This is after they must have all gone through the mandatory security screening.
Names earlier announced during Thursday’s plenary are: Prof. Eno James Ibanga, Hon. Frank Archibong, Comrade Ini Ememobong, Dr. Augustine Vincent Umoh, Princess Ini Jacob Bassey Adiakpan, PhD, Mrs. Enobong Mbobo and Elder Amanam Nkanga.
Prof. Eno Ibanga, Frank Archibong and Ini Ememobong are names that were earlier touted months ago as prospective commissioner-nominees.
Prof. Eno Ibanga who is currently the Acting Vice Chancellor, according to Government House sources, would be swapped with the current Commissioner for Education, Prof. Nse Essien.
Hon. Frank Archibong was touted earlier in the year as a possible replacement for the outgoing Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Hon. Udo Ekpenyong.
According to sources, the governor’s wife wants a new person to take charge of the Ministry of Women Affairs while Glory Edet remains in Ministry of Agriculture.
“The Ministry Agriculture and Women Affairs would be split into two. Dr. Ini Adiakpan is an educationist and former board member. She is a nominee of the governor’s wife and would most likely be posted to the Ministry of Women Affairs. She has been involved in politics for some time now”, said our source.
With Frank Archibong getting the Eket slot, the embattled Commissioner for Health, Dr. Dominic Ukpong may be relieved of his appointment. Dr. Augustine Vincent Umoh from Ikono LGA is tipped as a likely replacement for Dominic Ukpong in the Ministry of Health. Dr. Umoh is a professor of obstetrics and gynecology. He is the 14th Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Akwa Ibom State.
Our source hinted that the governor may create two more bureaus to accommodate the new special advisers. Those who may be dropped to make way for their kinsmen in the new exco are Commissioner for Environment, Rt. Hon. Ekong Sampson from Mkpat Enin, Commissioner for Science and Technology, Dr. Iniobong Essien from Ibiono Ibom, Dr. Dominic Ukpong from Eket. The LGAs slots have been taken up by Prof. Ibanga, Comrade Ememobong and Hon. Archibong respectively.
Our sources say about three commissioners may be dropped, alongside Ephraim Inyang and Udo Ekpenyong who are leaving the Ministries of Works and LG/Chieftaincy Affairs respectively, which would make it five vacant positions. With Prof. Ibanga possibly taking Prof. Essien’s position in the cabinet, two more bureaus would be created making it a total of 8 new slots for the new nominees.
Meanwhile, politicians and PDP stakeholders from Nsit Ibom are irked by Air. Commodore Idongesit Nkanga’s (retd) decision to channel all government appointments to his family.
Speaking to our reporter on Thursday night, some of the party stakeholders who pleaded anonymity said Nkanga’s action is quite disturbing and should not be tolerated by the current governor and future governors of the state.
“First, he nominated his wife to be considered as commissioner. We rejected it but it. It seems he has made himself the only cock that crows in Nsit Ibom. He takes virtually everything allotted Nsit Ibom. Governor confers with him on almost everything that concerns Nsit Ibom. After his wife’s nomination created much furor and the governor asked him to nominate another person other than her, he still went and nominated his younger brother who is currently SSA to the governor. Elder Amanam Nkanaga was the governor’s SA and was later promoted to Senior Special Assistant. One of his other brothers is the PDP Vice Chairman in Nsit Ibom Chapter. Now that Amanam would relinquish his position as SSA, that slot might not come to Nsit Ibom again. Is that not greed? Such nepotism is only possible because the governor has too much respect for him”, one of the stakeholders said.