Rivers ex-deputy speaker urges Fubara to fill cabinet vacancies

Rivers ex-deputy speaker urges Fubara to fill cabinet vacancies

A former Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Leyii Kwanee has called on Governor Siminalayi Fubara, not to delay in filling the remaining vacancies in the state executive council.
This is as Kwanee commended Fubara for taking a bold step towards restoring stability in the state’s governance by sending Dagogo Israel Iboroma, SAN, as commissioner-nominee for screening to the Rt. Hon. Oko Jumbo-led legislature and his consequent confirmation.
He said the move demonstrates the governor’s commitment to upholding the principles of democracy and ensuring the effective functioning of the state’s government, urging him to sustain the momentum by sending names of more nominees to the Assembly for screening and confirmation.
Kwanee made the call while speaking to newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday following the confirmation of Mr Iboroma, by the pro-Fubara lawmakers and his deployment as the new Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice in the state by the governor.
He stated, “I want to also urge His Excellency to go ahead and fill the whole cabinet so that Rivers State can be up and kicking. Who are we waiting for?
“The seats of the other 27 defected honourable members have been declared vacant. It behoves INEC to conduct elections so that those vacant seats can be occupied. But when all of that is going on, are we going to idle governance? Are we going to sit back and wait for them?’’
“We just have to go ahead, Rivers State must be running. So, His Excellency owes us that duty to fill the cabinet so that the system can be up and kicking.”
He also urged the new Attorney-General to ensure that he challenges all the laws and amendments made by the Martin Amaewhule-led state House of Assembly.
He enthused, “When I heard of the nomination of Dagogo Iboroma and his name forwarded to the Rivers State House of Assembly, I was very excited because I have known him over the years. He is a man of high impeccable integrity. I can call him one in a million.
“I’m speaking not just as a stakeholder but I was also part of the screening. I witnessed the screening. I was at the Government House auditorium that has been converted into the Rivers State House of Assembly. So his nomination and confirmation is timely.”
Kwanee, who was Deputy Speaker during the administration of Chibuike Amaechi, lamented that the current political crisis in the state has adversely affected governance, saying swift action is needed to fill critical positions which will enable the wheel of governance to move forward.
He said this would provide the much-needed services and support to Rivers people, saying it was imperative for INEC to immediately conduct elections to fill the vacant positions in the Assembly occasioned by the defection of 27 members, as provided by the law.
Kwanee added, “This will ensure that the state’s governance is truly representative of the people’s will.”

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