In a move that signifies ongoing political turbulence in Rivers State, the House of Assembly has issued an invitation to nine former commissioners who had previously resigned amid the power struggle between Governor Siminalayi Fubara and his estranged political godfather, Nyesom Wike. The commissioners, who had served under Wike’s administration and retained their roles in Fubara’s cabinet, are set to undergo fresh screening.
The assembly’s decision to recall the commissioners is one of the eight resolutions reached during a mediation meeting in Abuja chaired by President Bola Tinubu as part of efforts to restore peace in the embattled state.
The recalled nominees, seven of whom previously held positions under Wike, were directed to present themselves for screening on Wednesday, January 17, 2024. The list of nominees includes Zacchaeus Adangor (SAN), Dr. Jacobson Mbina, Dr. Gift Worlu, Mrs. Inime Chinwenwo-Aguma, Engr. Chukwuemeka Woke, Prof. Prince Chinedu Mmom, Dr. George Des-Kelly, Hon. Isaac Kamalu, and Engr. Austin Chioma.
The assembly, led by the Clerk, Emeka Amadi, made the public announcement, emphasizing the need for the nominees to bring 40 sets of curriculum vitae, photocopies of credentials, and their original documents.
While the political maneuvering continues, the assembly had previously urged Governor Fubara to resubmit the 2024 budget following a dispute over its approval. Despite Fubara initially presenting and signing the budget into law, Tinubu’s intervention prompted a resolution that necessitates a re-presentation of the budget for legislative approval.
Efforts to obtain comments from the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Joseph Johnson, were unsuccessful as calls to his mobile phone went unanswered, and he had not responded to a text message at the time of reporting. The unfolding events underscore the complex dynamics at play in Rivers State’s political landscape.