The nine commissioners who had earlier resigned from their positions in his cabinet due to political tensions between them and Chief Nyesom Wike, the Minister of Federal Capital Territory, have been re-sworn in by Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara.
During yesterday’s swearing-in ceremony, the governor said that while he acknowledges the new commissioners’ heavy hearts, he harbors no personal animosity towards them and that they were simply victims of the political impasse.
The commissioners sworn into the State Executive Council at Government House in Port Harcourt yesterday include Zacchaeus Adangor, SAN, DSSRS, Dr. Jacobson Mbina, DSSRS, and Dr. Gift Worlu.
“Others are: Mrs Inime Chinwenwo-Aguma DSSRS; Engr. Chukwuemeka Woke FNSE DSSRS; Prof. Prince Chinedu Mmom DSSRS; Dr. George-Kelly D. Alabo FNIQS DSSRS; Hon. Isaac Kamalu DSSRS; and Engr. Austin Ben Chioma.”
It would be recalled that one of the grounds of agreement for peace in Rivers State as brokered by President Ahmed Tinubu was the reinstatement of all the commissioners that resigned their offices during the political imbroglio.
Speaking shortly after the swearing in, Fubara urged the now-new commissioners that it was imperative for them to engage in activities that will be positively remembered by posterity, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant, Media, Boniface Onyedi.
Fubara, after observing that the commissioners had read the charge as contained in their oath of office, enjoined them to uphold and defend the state’s constitution.
He said, “I wish you well in your coming back. Stand for justice, and stand for the interests of our dear state. That is the purpose of your appointment, and that is the truth.
“I see how sorrowful your hearts are. But rest assured that none of you are targets of mine. The crossfire caught you in the middle. I’ll suggest that you put in your best effort. As I previously stated, let this state and future generations remember you for your positive qualities.
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