Successful Screening Of Nominees Means They Are Generally Accepted By The People - Dennis

T he member for Etinan State Constituency and chairman, House Committee on Information, has attributed the successful screening of nominees for commissioners and special advisers at plenary to their general acceptability by the people of Akwa Ibom State.

Mr Aniefiok Dennis said during an interaction with newsmen at the Assembly Complex shortly after the conclusion of the screening exercise by the House. He maintained that nobody came up with any contrary view, objections or petitions against them in the period of one week since the names were sent to the House, adding that even as they were being screened by the committee and in the plenary, the exercise was adjudged to be successfully concluded accordingly.

Dennis, who is also the deputy leader in the House, extolled the sterling qualities of the nominees, describing them as intelligent, erudite, competent and the wise choice by the governor judging by their antecedents and wealth of experience in their various areas of specialization.

"What transpired today is that the nominees came for the overall clearance and members were given the opportunity to ask questions. When the names were sent by the governor, we waited for the wonderful people of Akwa Ibom State to come up with petitions if they have any, but interestingly we did not receive any petition and we screened them at the committee level, he stated.

The lawmaker said that during the screening, they realized that the nominees were fit, erudite, competent and men and women of proven integrity to be so nominated by the governor. "As you can see, the nominees were unanimously approved by the House and they were accordingly confirmed, their names have been forwarded to the governor of the state for further action, Dennis added.

Earlier in his report submitted at the floor of the House during plenary which was duly accepted before the commencement of the screening exercise, chairman of the House Committee on Justice, Human Rights and Public Petitions and the member for Mkpat Enin State Constituency, Mr Victor Ekwere, whose committee was saddled with the earlier screening, had described the nominees as intelligent men and women of proven integrity whose credentials and other relevant documents submitted by them during interview were up to date and in order. He maintained that the nominees, when assigned portfolios, would add value to the administrative machinery of the state enormously. It could be recalled that Gov Udom Emmanuel had on July 16, 2020 sent a list of eight nominees as commissioners and special advisers designate to be screened and confirmed by the House of Assembly. The screening by the House at plenary last Thursday marked the successful completion of the exercise and the speaker, Mr Aniekan Bassey, had directed the clerk of the House, Mrs Mandu Umoren, to communicate the resolution of the House to the governor for further action.

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