Nominees for appointments as commissioners in Cross River State must submit themselves for integrity and aptitude test.
A statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Christian Ita, said the nominees would have to undergo the integrity and aptitude tests before their names would be forwarded to the state House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.
According to the statement, the same methodology would apply in the appointment of chairmen and members of boards, agencies and parastatals and even special advisers.
“His Excellency, Prof. Ben Ayade, wants all nominees for appointments as commissioners to undergo integrity test. Additionally, the nominees would also write an aptitude test.
“The Governor believes that every would-be appointee in the state must be subjected to ethical measurement to ascertain whether or not they can function in the new order, where accountability and transparency are the watchwords”, the statement noted.
Towards this end, Gov. Ayade has set up a selection committee to oversee the process.
The committee has as its chairman, renowned Abuja-based lawyer, Mr. Paul Erokoro, while prominent woman leader and politician, Rev (Mrs.) Grace Ekanem and Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr. Martin Orim, are to serve as members.