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Rivers’ Assembly clears six commissioner nominees

By Jimitota Onoyume
PORT HARCOURT—Rivers State House of Assembly has cleared six commissioner nominees, four of whom were members of the state executive council that was dissolved by Governor Rotimi Amaechi recently.

They are Messrs Marshal Uwom, Davis I. Ikanya, Joe Poroma and Mr. Felix Wenke, while the new nominees are Mrs. Ibim Seminateri, who was in Tell Magazine before she became publisher of Business Eye magazine, and Dr. Daware George who is the Special Adviser to the Commissioner for Works in the state, Dakoku Peterside.

Except for Mr. Felix Wenke who was told to take a bow and leave because he was a former state legislator, others were subjected to some round of questions by the legislators.

Dr Daware, was asked to comment on the presidential amnesty for militants in the region.

He advised that for it to be a huge success, society as a whole should not see it as entirely a federal government’s programme.

He said society should be ready to forgive the reformed militants for what ever sins they may have committed.

According to him, the major challenge before some of the reformed militants after the amnesty centers on how their communities, where they carried out more of their atrocities, would react to their come back.

Daware maintained that members of the society should develop a forgiving spirit towards any of the militants.

Speaker of the House, Tonye Harry, who presided later subjected matters of the screening to vote and the whole members present at the sitting gave their nod.

Debate on two bills, Rivers state public private participation in infrastructure development bill, 2009 and bill for law to provide for the licensing of hotels and other purposes connected therewith were differed to the next sitting.


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