Rivers assembly to re-screen, reconfirm nine ex-commissioners


The Rivers State House of Assembly is set to re-screen and re-confirm nine former Commissioners who resigned from the state executive council on Wednesday.

This was contained in a statement signed by the Clerk of the House, Emeka Amadi, on Monday in Port Harcourt.

The clerk said the commissioners include Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof. Zacchaeus Adangor (SAN), Commissioner for Works, Dr Des George-Kelly, Commissioner for Special Duties, Emeka Woke, Commissioner for Social Welfare and Rehabilitation, Mrs Inime Aguma, Commissioner for Finance, Isaac Kamalu.

Others are, the Commissioner for Education, Prof. Chinedu Mmom, Commissioner for Housing, Dr Gift Worlu, Commissioner for Transport, Dr Jacobson Nbina and Commissioner for Environment, Austin Ben-Chioma resigned.

He said they are expected to produce 40 sets of their Curriculum Vitae, photocopies as well as original copies of their credentials to the State House of Assembly, Legislative Quarters (venue for the screening).

On December 16, 2023, a gale of resignations hit the State’s Executive Council following the political crisis between the Governor of the state, Fubara and his predecessor, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Nyesom Wike.

The reinstatement of the former commissioners who resigned their appointments formed part of the demands of President Tinubu’s peace agreement with Governor Fubara.

At the height of the crisis, the state governor sent bulldozers to demolish the state Assembly complex, while the four pro-Fubara lawmakers declared the seats of the 27 pro-Wike lawmakers vacant following their defection to the All Progressives Congress.

Fubara presented the state’s 2024 budget to the Ehie faction.

He signed the N800bn budget into law, pledging full implementation.

This was followed by the resignations of commissioners loyal to Wike.

However, a peace resolution document was released after a meeting with President Bola Tinubu and the parties in the political crisis in Rivers State.

An eight-point peace deal brokered by President Tinubu and other stakeholders at the crucial meeting in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.