Cross River State Governor, Prof. Ben Ayade, on Monday, said that nominees for appointments as commissioners in the state will undergo a mandatory integrity and aptitude test.
The governor, in statement through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Christian Ita, said the nominees would have to undergo the aptitude test before their names would be forwarded to the state House of Assembly for confirmation.
Ayade also on Monday terminated the contract of firms handling the evacuation of refuse in Calabar metropolis for not living up to their responsibilities.
In the statement on the commissioner nominees, the governor disclosed that the appointment of chairmen and members of boards, agencies and parastatal and even special advisers would follow the same routine.
The statement read, “His Excellency, Prof. Ben Ayade, wants all the nominees for appointments as commissioners to undergo an integrity test. Additionally, the nominees would also write an aptitude test.”
According to the statement, the governor is of the belief that every would-be appointee in the state must be subjected to ethical test to ascertain whether or not they could function in the new order, where accountability and transparency are the watchwords.
Members of the committee to conduct the test on the nominee included Mr. Paul Erokoro, an Abuja-based lawyer, who will serve as chairman, while the Chief of Staff to the governor, Mr. Martin Orim, and Mrs. Grace Ekanem will serve as members.