A’Ibom lawmakers clear Akpabio’s commissionership nominees
From JOE EFFIONG, Uyo
Wednesday April 18 , 2012

Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has concluded the screening and confirmation of nominees for the position of Commissioners and Special Advisers to the Akwa Ibom State Executive Council This followed a report submitted by the Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Justice, Human Rights and Public Petition, Mr Ekong Sampson, who said the committee screened the nominees’ academic credentials and other relevant documents.

“All the nominees met the constitutional requirement for appointment as commissioners and Special Advisers as outlined in Section 192(4) and 106 of the 1999 Constitution, viz, no person shall be appointed a commissioner of the government of state unless he is qualified for election as a member of the House of Assembly of the state,” he stated.
He thanked Governor Godswill Akpabio for translating into concrete structure, his transformation agenda and re-invigorating the Akwa Ibom psyche.

According to him: “This will mark a critical component of Akpabio’s political signature. To assist His Excellency, a school of thought in the state has come up with Land Well Project (LAWEP), an exit road map for a lasting legacy. Our committee trusts that the calibre of men and women we have just cleared to join the State Executive Council can give value and character to LAWEP.”

Those confirmed for the position of commissioners include: Mr. Bassey Albert Akpan, Mr Ekpenyong Ntekim, Dr. Bassey Antai, Mr. Don Etim, Mr Emmanuel Enoidem, Mr Eno Akpan, Mr. Aniekan Umanah, Mr Enobong Uwah, Mrs Helen Ikpe Akpabio, Mr. Sunny Anyang, Mr Adasi Ubolum, and Mrs Comfort Etuk.
Others are: Dr. Clement Bassey, Mr Effiong Abia, Mr Austin Mbeh, Mrs Eunice S. Thomas, Mr Martins Udoinyang and Mr Ita Umoh Udoh.
Special Advisers designates, whose nomination were confirmed include: Mr Etido Inyang, Chief Senas Ukpana, Mr. Godwin S. Udom and Mr Samuel G. Frank.
Mr Bassey Dan-Abia and Mr. Godwin Afangideh  were earlier confirmed and cleared as commissioners while Prince Uwem Ita Etuk was cleared for the position of Special Adviser.

The Speaker of the Akwa Ibom House of Assembly, Samuel Ikon, through the House resolution urged the confirmed nominees to be diligent in  their prospective assignments. He, therefore, directed the Clerk to communicate the resolution of the House, to the executive arm of government.

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