Assembly clears Diri’s 24 cabinet nominees

The Bayelsa State House of Assembly on Tuesday screened and cleared the 24 commissioner-nominees presented by Governor Douye Diri last week.

The screening took place 24 hours after Diri asked the Assembly to go ahead with the exercise despite the nullification of his election by the state election petition tribunal in Abuja.

The governor, who forwarded the list of nominees to the Assembly last Wednesday, had given the nod to the Speaker, Abraham Ngobere, who led a delegation of lawmakers to pay him a solidarity visit following the judgment.

The speaker on Tuesday explained that the purpose of the four-hour screening was “to legitimise the commissioner-nominees appointments as enshrined in the constitution.”

He advised them to work cordially with the governor to better the lot of the state.

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