Governor Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State has established a committee consisting of seven individuals to review the political appointments made by his administration. These appointments include over 80 Commissioners, Senior Special Assistants (SSA), Special Assistants (SA), and other aides. The committee members were chosen from the state’s thirteen local government areas, with Peter Nworie as the chairman and I Ukeni as the secretary.
The primary purpose of forming this committee, as reported by EYEWITNESS9JA, is to foster peace among stakeholders and alleviate tensions, disputes, and disagreements that have arisen from the appointment of numerous cabinet members by the Governor’s administration. Additionally, the committee will assess the performance and contributions of political stakeholders affiliated with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who come from the 171 wards, particularly in the last general election held in the 13 local government areas of the state.
Chairman Peter Ndubisi Nworie and other committee members spoke to journalists after visiting six local government areas, namely Ivo, Ohaozara, Onicha, Edda, Afikpo North, and Ezza South LGAs. They expressed Governor Nwifuru’s commitment to fairness and equity, ensuring that appointments from the 171 wards in the state are not biased or disproportionate.
“Governor, Nwifuru believes in fairness, equity, and inclusion of all relevant stakeholders in his administration, and that’s why he established this committee to check whether there is lopsidedness in the appointments so far made'” he stated.
The Council chairman of Edda Local Government Area, Prince Ekuma Nkama Chima, expressed his appreciation for the Governor’s decision to establish the committee as a means of reconciling all discontented members of the party. However, he requested greater involvement of the community in the Governor’s appointments.
Similarly, the chairman of Afikpo North LGA, Uchenna Ibiam, praised the Governor for demonstrating maturity by initiating the appointment review committee. This gesture is seen as a way to unite all significant stakeholders and create opportunities for communities that were previously excluded from appointments to now be included.