Cross River commissioner-nominees to write aptitude test
Consequently, the Governor has set up a selection committee headed by a renowned Abuja-based lawyer; Mr. Paul Erokoro (SAN) as the Chairman, a prominent woman leader and politician, Rev Grace Ekanem and Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr. Martin Orim as members to oversee the process.
Three months into office the State Governor, Senator Ben Ayade, has not constituted his cabinet saying he needed time to carry out wide consultations with all stakeholders before nominations are made.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Professor Ben Ayade, Mr. Christian Ita, yesterday said the nominees would have to undergo the integrity and aptitude tests 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 follow the same routine.
He said: “His Excellency, Senator Professor Ben Ayade wants all nominees for appointments as commissioners to undergo integrity test. Additionally, the nominees would also write an aptitude test.”
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.
In addition to the aptitude test, Senator Ayade had recently insisted that the new commissioners would come from areas or communities in the state that have not produced a commissioner before for the sake of equity and fair play.