The Cross River State House of Assembly has achieved another milestone by successfully confirming the second batch of commissioner nominees, further advancing the process of shaping the state’s administrative landscape. This recent confirmation adds to the growing list of qualified individuals set to contribute to the development and progress of Cross River State.
With this latest confirmation, a total of 24 out of the 26 nominees, as presented by the State Governor Senator Bassey Otu, have received the Assembly’s approval. The Speaker of the Assembly, Rt Hon Elvert Ayambem, had earlier outlined a meticulous approach to the confirmation process, dividing it into three batches to ensure a comprehensive evaluation of each nominee’s qualifications and suitability.
During a well-attended plenary session, the House Committee on Judiciary, Public Service Matters, Public Petitions, and Conflict Resolution presented their thorough report. The committee highlighted that the confirmed nominees met all constitutional requirements and underwent a rigorous scrutiny process.
A pivotal aspect of the evaluation involved an insightful question and answer session, during which the nominees showcased their capabilities and understanding of their future roles. The lawmakers expressed their contentment with the high level of integrity and qualifications demonstrated by the confirmed nominees. They commended Governor Otu for his discerning selections, which are expected to propel the growth and development of Cross River State.
The list of confirmed nominees reads as follows:
1. Dr. Beatrice Igwe
2. Mr. Mike Odere
3. Hon. Patrick Egbede
4. Dr. Egbe Ayuk
5. Pastor Ekpeyong Cobham
6. Barr. Ijom Ukam
7. Barr. Mensah Bassey
8. Hon. Edama Erom
9. Bishop Margaret Ene Ita
10. Chief Francis Ekpeyong
11. Barr. Ededem Ani
12. Ntufam Emmanuel Anum
13. Hon. Ita
However, the nomination of Mrs. Gladys Eutemdala from Yakurr local government area faced a setback. The Committee Chairman on Judiciary, Rt. Hon. Davis Etta, revealed that multiple petitions had been submitted by concerned Yakurr indigenes, prompting the Assembly to prioritize the interests of the people. Consequently, Mrs. Gladys Eutemdala’s appointment was not confirmed, reflecting the Assembly’s commitment to upholding the voice of the populace.
The newly confirmed nominees expressed their gratitude to Governor Otu for the privilege of serving the state. Dr. Beatrice Igwe and Prince Eka Williams, among others, pledged to diligently contribute to the effectiveness of the State Executive Council.
As Cross River State continues on its trajectory of progress, these newly confirmed commissioners are poised to play integral roles in steering the state towards greater heights. Their qualifications, dedication, and commitment to public service bode well for the future of Cross River State.