BREAKING: Benue State Assembly Confirms 17 Commissioner Nominees

The Benue State House of Assembly in North Central Nigeria has confirmed the 17 Commissioner nominees whose names were earlier forwarded by Governor Hyacinth Alia for screening.

Recall that recently, Governor Hyacinth Alia submitted a list of 17 Commissioner Nominees for scrutiny with another list seeking approval for appointment of 17 Special Advisers and 24 Senior Special Assistants….CONTINUE READING

The screening of the Commissioner nominees which lasted for about a week is a constitutional requirement designed to scrutinize the nominees to ensure they are personalities of clean record and without evidence of criminal conduct.

Speaker of the Benue State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. Aondona Dajoh said the Lawmakers found no fault in the nominees.

Meanwhile,the list of the 17 Commissioner nominees has been transmitted to the State Governor for swearing in which is believed to take place next week.

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Voice of Nigeria reports that the screening exercise saw some of the nominees grilled while a few others, particularly former Assembly leaders were more or less endorsed by some of the legislators to “bow and go” without being asked questions.

Nominees who are accorded this honour are usually not asked questions during their screening. The original explanation was that past and present legislators need not be screened because they belong to those empowered to screen.

One of the Commissioner nominees, Honourable Odo Ugwu expressed his willingness to key into the development agenda of the State Governor, Hyacinth Alia to develop a new Benue.

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Honourable Ugwu lauded the State Assembly for the speedy screening exercise and confirmation of all the Commissioner nominees, pointing out that the State Governor was in haste to develop the state.

Honourable Odo Ugwu, who is a nominee from Ogbadibo Local Government expressed confidence in the capacity of the Commissioner nominees and assured of his eagerness to join forces with the state Governor to settle down to work.

“I am here to support the Governor, to work with him to reposition Benue State. I am ready for the assignment,” he said.

A Special Adviser designate, Mr. Alex Addingi who shared his thoughts on the screening exercise believes Governor Alia has assembled a credible and results oriented team.

“I didn’t witness the entire screening exercise but the ones I saw , I’m convinced that the Governor has assembled a credible team that is result oriented. The Governor really made good choice of technocrats combined with politicians and i think that’s the right way to go,” he said.

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Alex Addingi who has a vast experience in different areas in the private sector said he was conversant with the problem of Benue State and knows what to advise the governor to do for the state to move forward….CONTINUE READING

“I have opportunity to advise him to ensure that the right policies are put in place and properly implemented. As for my portfolio, I am a captain of industry and can function anywhere the Governor desires me to serve,” he added