Anambra legislature confirms Speaker, 4 others as commissioners

Posted by News Express | 1 May 2015 | 3,507 times

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The Anambra State House of Assembly on Thursday in Awka confirmed five out of six nominees by Gov. Willie Obiano as commissioners.

Speaker of the House, Mrs Chinwe Nwebili, representing Ogbaru 11 constituency, made the list.

Others are Messrs Frank Ofor, Afam Mbanefo, Dr Mary Nwogu and Mrs Amaka Ilobi.

However, the lawmakers refused to confirm Mark Okoye on the ground that he was below 30 years of age contrary to the provision of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

Some legislators insisted that he should be confirmed alongside others.

Mr Chugbo Enwezor, representing Onitsha North 1 Constituency, drew members’ attention to a section of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

According to him, the section stipulates that a person under 30 years cannot be appointed into such office by the governor.

He argued that apart from being under-age, the nominee’s curriculum vita was not found in the documents presented to the House.

Another lawmaker, Mr Ebele Obi, said it would be a disservice to the House if they confirmed Okoye.

Obi argued that if Okoye was confirmed, somebody could go to court and challenge his appointment thereby bringing the House into ridicule. (NAN)

•Photo shows Chinwe Nwebili.

Source: News Express

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