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Bayelsa Assembly rejects Commissioner nominee

There was mild drama on Thursday on the floor of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly following the refusal of the legislators to screen and clear a Commissioner nominee for the Local Government Service Commission, Grace Ekiotene over her alleged disrespect to members.

Ms Ekiotene, who was the immediate past Commissioner for Transport before she resigned to contest the State Assembly Primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and lost, was accused of allegedly undermining the power of the legislature on several occasions.

She was alleged to have shunned the members of the State Assembly Committee on Transport several times while in office as Commissioner thereby allegedly frustrating their oversight functions.

At the sitting of the Bayelsa Assembly, Legislators rejected to screen her alongside others nominated into various positions in the state. 

Other nominees, which include Stanley Braboke and Odudu Awipi were screened and confirmed as Commissioner and member of the Local Government Service Commission. 

Similarly, Chief Eyororokumah Ben Robert has been confirmed as Executive Director, Finance and Administration of the Board of Internal Revenue. 

The leadership of the State House of Assembly however set up an Adhoc committee headed by the Deputy Speaker, Michael Ogbere to look into the reasons behind the refusal to confirm the nomination of Ms. Grace Ekiotene. 

Meanwhile, Members of the House, led by the Speaker,  Abraham Ingobere, Deputy Leader, Bennard Kenebai, Chief Macdonald Igbadiwe and Tare Porri urged cleared nominees to engage in teamwork, never undermine any staff and motivate staffers when the need arises to enhance productivity as much is expected.

 The Lawmakers also want them to operate an all-inclusive policy, tackle absenteeism and maintain a cordial working relationship with the legislative arm.

Reporting by Alambo Datonye; Editing by Tina Oyinsan