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Delta assembly confirms Okowa’s 4 commissioner nominees


The Delta House of Assembly on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of four commissioner nominees submitted by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa as members of the State Executive Council.

This followed the adoption of a motion by the Majority Leader of the house, Chief Ferguson Onwo during plenary in Asaba.

Okowa had on June 28 forwarded the list of nominees to the house for confirmation.

The nominees were Mr Samuel Mariere, Dr Sunday Onoriode, Chief Mike Okah and Chief Godspower Asiuwhu.

The Speaker, Chief Sherriff Oborevwori who presided over the sitting, said that one of the nominees, Mariere was a former lawmaker in the house.

Mariere represented Ughelli North I Constituency between 2011 and 2019 to remain a good ambassador of the legislature.

Oborevwori directed that Mariere should enjoy the special privileges usually granted to non sitting members of the House to take a bow in recognition of his outstanding performance as a two-term lawmaker in the house.

He also granted Onoriode the special privilege, having served the party meritoriously as the State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Organising Secretary.

The other two nominees,  Okah and  Asiuwhu also enjoyed the privilege as directed by the Speaker.

Consequently, the majority leader moved a motion for the confirmation of the nominees.

The motion which was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers when put to a voice vote by the speaker, was seconded by the Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Oboro Preyor.

Also at Tuesday plenary, the House confirmed the appointment of Dr Samuel Ossai as a member of the board of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC).

The house also confirmed the appointment of Mr Kelly Imoghenewe as a member of the board of Delta State Internal Revenue Service.

Also at plenary, the House took the second reading of the Delta State Administrative Procedures Bill with the Majority Leader, Ferguson Onwo leading debates on the merits of the bill.

The Majority Leader described the bill as apt and harmless as it would promote transparency, good governance and advance the fortunes of the state.

Onwo who commended Okowa for forwarding the bill which sought to open up administrative procedures in the state, emphasised that the law will deepen democratic process in the state.

Also speaking in favour of the bill, Mr  Reuben Izeze, representing Ughelli South constituency, said that the bill would bring good governance to the door steps of the people.

Izeze who also commended the governor for his foresight for sending the bill to the House, said modern democracy was being introduced in state.

The Chip Whip of the house, Mrs Pat Ajudua said that the bill would promote transparency, accountability, efficiency, order and rule of law in the state.

Also, the Deputy Chip Whip, Mr Solomon Ighrakpata said that the bill would help to address certain hiccups in the smooth running of government ministries, agencies and departments, MDAs) which were key organs of government.

Consequently, the bill was referred to the House Joiint Committee on Rules and Business and Special Bills  for scrutiny by the Speaker.


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