Nominees for appointments as commissioners in Cross River State are to undergo mandatory integrity and aptitude test, even as the state governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, has already set up a selection committee to oversee the process.
A statement by the Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press
Secretary, CPS, to the Governor, Mr. Christian Ita, said the nominees
would have to undergo the aptitude test before their names would be
forwarded to the state House of Assembly for confirmation.
The statement disclosed that appointment of chairmen and members of
boards, agencies and parastatals and even special advisers would go
through the same routine.
“Governor Ayade wants all nominees for appointments as commissioners
to undergo integrity test. They will also write an aptitude test,” the
According to the statement, the governor believes that every would-be
appointee in the state must be subjected to ethical measurement to
ascertain whether or not they can function in the new order, where
accountability and transparency are the watchwords.
Consequently, the governor has set up a selection committee to oversee the process.
According to the statement “Renowned Abuja-based lawyer, Mr. Paul
Erokoro, is the chairman of the committee which has prominent woman
leader and politician, Mrs. Grace Ekanem and Chief of Staff to the
Governor, Mr. Martin Orim as members.”
In another development, Governor Ayade has terminated the contract for the evacuation of refuse in Calabar.
This follows the inability of the contracted firms, PATSON and PACLISON to evacuate refuse from the streets of Calabar.
It will be recalled that during a tour of the metropolis shortly
after assuming office, Governor Ayade had given the contractors a
three-month ultimatum to improve on the sanitary condition of the
metropolis with a view to restoring its rightful status as the cleanest
and greenest state in the country.