Delta Assembly rejects Gov. Okowa's nominee as Auditor-General

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State
Delta Assembly has rejected the nomination of Mrs Mary-Brown Njokanma as Auditor-General of the state on the ground of long service.

The rejection of the nominee’s nomination followed a voice vote requested by the Speaker Mr Monday Igbuya which was unanimously approved by members during plenary on Tuesday in Asaba.

“Considering the credentials of the nominee before the House, it is so clear that the nominee is not qualified for the appointment as Auditor-General of the state,’’ Igbuya said.

Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa had earlier forwarded the name of the nominee to the Assembly for screening and confirmation.

The nominee, who appeared before the lawmakers, said that she was recruited as Clerical Officer into the then Bendel State Civil Service in 1973 when she was 16 years old.

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She told the lawmakers that during the period, she applied for four years study leave without pay.

After due consideration and deliberation, the legislators observed that the nominee had spent more than the required 35 years in the state civil service despite her four years study leave and rejected her nomination.

Also at Tuesday’s plenary, the Speaker announced the constitution of 28 standing committees.

Majority Leader, Mr Tim Owhefere was appointed the Chairman, Committee on Information, while Miss Eriathake Ibori, representing Ethiope West constituency, was appointed Chairman, Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation.

Mr Dennis Omovie representing Warri South II constituency, was appointed Chairman, Committee on Delta State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (DESPADEC).