By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”GOVERNOR Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State yesterday submitted the names of three commissioner nominees to the State House of Assembly for screening.
This comes as the State House of Assembly has directed its House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters and that of Appropriation not to allow the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Dr Osagie Obayuwana, defend his ministryâ€™s 2010 budget until he presented the brief of his ministry for last year before the House for scrutiny.
In a letter addressed to the speaker, the governor listed Barristers Anslem Ojezua, Lucas Okojie and Dr. Cordelia Aiyowieren-Aiwize for screening by the House.
According to him, â€œI would be most obliged if the Honourable House could kindly facilitate their expedited confirmation.â€
The House, in a related development,Â directed the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Ngozi Osarenren, to re-present the brief of her ministry next Monday, following her observation that there was â€œtypographical errorsâ€ in her earlier brief to the House which indicated that her ministry over-shot its 2009 budget by N700 million which was not appropriated for.
The Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Victor Enoghama, who appeared before the House, was told by the speaker, Zakawanu Garuba, to pay into the state treasury, the sum of N68,000, being excess expenditure on overhead cost for his ministry in the year 2009 that was not appropriated for.
In his brief before the House yesterday, he said N10 million was approved as overhead cost for 2009 but that the ministry spent N10.68m.
Also yesterday, the Commissioner for Environment, Clem Agba, was grilled by the House for over three hours on the activities of his ministry since last year.
Members of the House took the commissioner on activities of his ministry, especially as regards erosion ravaged areas in the state capital, Benin City, parts of Edo Central, such as Iruekpen and Auchi in Etsako local government area.
He explained that there were designs to be done in Edo Central, adding that areas that needed attention would be prioritized.
The speaker, however, directed that the ministry and that of works and the contractor handling Auchi erosion to appear before him on Monday, 19 January.