- The appointment of 30 special advisers has been confirmed by Kogi House of Assembly
- Members of the assembly unanimously voted in favour of the appointment when the speaker read the list to the House
- Meanwhile, the appointment of Salami Momodu Ozigi as commissioner was also confirmed
Kogi House of Assembly on Wednesday, January 29, approved the appointment of 30 special advisers as requested by Gov. Yahaya Bello.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the speaker, Prince Matthew Kolawole read the letter forwarded to the Assembly by the governor seeking its approval for the appointments, to which members unanimously voted in favour.
NAN also reports that the House, at Wednesday’s plenary, also screened and confirmed the appointment of Salami Momodu Ozigi as commissioner.
Ozigi’s screening was stepped down on Tuesday following discrepancies in the name transmitted to the Assembly by the governor and the one on the nominees’ curriculum vitae.
Kolawole had noted that while the nominee, from Okehi local government, had Barrister Salami Momodu Ozigi on his CV, the name transmitted by the governor was Abdulsalam Ozigi Deeda.
The speaker explained that the Assembly stepped down Ozigi’s screening to save him from embarrassment over the mixed up in his name.
However, the Chief Whip and member representing Okehi constituency, Mouktar Bajeh, during Wednesday’s sitting, urged that Ozigi be given accelerated screening to enable him to join his counterparts for their inauguration.
Following overwhelming voice votes in favour of the nomination, the speaker asked Ozigi to take a bow and go, urging him to perform creditably in the ministry that would be assigned to him.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a report indicated that all is not well between Yahaya Bello and his deputy, Chief Edward Onoja.
According to the report, there is a silent war between Governor Bello and Onoja over appointments.
Sources quoted in the report revealed that Bello rejected the names Onoja recommended for key positions.
The governor had unceremoniously cleared his cabinet, with insiders saying the cleanout is the duo to the hostility between the duo.
Bello from the minority Ebira tribe and Onoja from the majority Igala tribe have been friends for long, but it is looking like politics is about to rubbish their friendship.
Before now, Bello and Onoja have taken large strides together, going from young voices in the struggle to frontline helmsmen.
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