Rivers State: Assembly rejects Wike’s commissioner nominee


The Rivers State House of Assembly has suspended the screening of Governor Nyesom Wike’s nominee, Sylvanus Nwankwo from Etche Local government area as a commissioner-designate.

The House stopped the confirmation of Nwankwo after the member representing Khana Constituency two, Prince Mgbor pointed out that the nominee failed to provide his tax certificate.

The observation by Mghor stired other lawmakers to kick against Nwankwo’s confirmation, after he said his tax was deducted from source when he served as the Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affiars during Governor Nyesome Wike’s first tenure.

Ruling on the arguement, Speaker of the Assembly, Ikuinyi Owaji-Igbani asked Sylvanus Nwankwo to provide and submit his tax certificate to the Leader, Martin Amaewhule.

“We are a responsible Assembly and our role here beyond Lawmaking is also to ensure that we approve for the Governor, those who are worthy in character and truth to serve in the state Executive Council.

“Having served before in the Governor’s cabinet as Commissioner we have no doubt that your achievements instigated your re-nomination. However, we believe that the right thing must be done.

“Kindly exit the Chamber and ensure that you produce the original copy of your Tax Clearance Certificate and it should be routed through the Leader of this House before we continue with your process,” he said.