Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has stated that the composition of his cabinet will be built on capacity, merit and track record of performance, insisting that nobody will be appointed on the platform of mere patronage.
Speaking during the swearing-in ceremony of the Secretary to the State Government, Chief of Staff, four commissioners and a special adviser yesterday at the Government House, Port Harcourt, Wike said all those who will serve in his government will have the requisite knowledge to improve the state.
Those sworn in included Mr. Kenneth Kobani, Secretary to the State Government, Engr. Emeka Woke, Chief of Staff, Government House, Mr Emma Okah, Commissioner for Housing, Mr Emmanuel Aguma, Attorney-General of the state, Mrs Onimim Jack, Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Fred Kpakol, Commissioner for Finance and Sir Opunabo Inko-Tariah, Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the Governor.
He urged the new appointees to get down to work and ensure that they deliver on programmes contained in the administration’s blueprint.
Wike noted that all appointments so far made by him were targeted at adding value to a state that has faced series of developmental challenges in the recent past.
He, particularly, charged the Attorney General of the State, Chinwe Aguma to ensure that there is effective justice delivery in the state. He warned that on no account would the court be closed in the state as was the case with the previous administration.
The governor directed the new Finance Commissioner, Dr Fred Kpakol to take proactive measures to ensure judicious application of state finances.
Wike urged the Chief of Staff, Engr. Emeka Woke to operate an open door policy which will make the State Government House accessible to all Rivers people, irrespective of political affiliation.