September 29, 2009

Rivers Assembly clears six commissioner nominees

PORT HARCOURT—Rivers State House of Assembly yesterday cleared six commissioner nominees.
Four of them 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. 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, who has a history of relationship with youth and civil society organizations, was asked to comment on the presidential amnesty for militants in the region.

He advised that for it to be a huge success, the 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 whatever sins they may have committed.

According to him, the major challenge before some of the reformed militants after the amnesty centred on how their communities, where they carried out more of their atrocities, would react to their come back, and that this was where society had to come in.

Daware maintained that members of the society should develop a forgiving spirit towards any of the militants that had wronged them, as part of making the amnesty a huge success.

He also advised youths to embrace education and other capacity training, such as skill acquisition as a way to avoid the temptation of going back to crime.

Speaker of the House, Rt Hon Tonye Harry, subjected matters of the screening to vote and the whole members present at the sitting gave their nod that they (nominees)  had been cleared by the House  for appointment into the state cabinet.

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 for other purposes connected therewith were differed to the next sitting.