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Governor Fubara swears in new caretaker chairmen amid political tensions

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On Wednesday, Governor Siminalayi Fubara of Rivers State has sworn in new caretaker chairmen for the 23 local government areas. The inauguration followed hours after the House of Assembly, led by factional Speaker Victor Jumbo, who screened and confirmed the nominees.

Governor Fubara had forwarded the list to the state House of Assembly on Tuesday. According to a statement by the Clerk of the House, G.M. Gillis-West, the nominees were invited for screening at 8 a.m. on Wednesday.

The nomination is coming amid a renewed political crisis in the state, as former council chairmen refused to vacate their offices after their tenure expired.

According to reports, amid tight security, the swearing-in occurred at the Executive Council Chambers of the Government House in Port Harcourt, the state capital. The first batch of eleven caretaker chairmen took their oath of office before subsequent batches.

The names of the caretaker chairmen nominated by Fubara are as follows:

  1. Abua/Odua LGA – Madigai Dickson
  2. Ahoada East LGA – Happy Benneth
  3. Ahoada West LGA – Mr. Daddy John Green
  4. Akuku Toru LGA – Otonye Briggs
  5. Andoni LGA – Reginald Ekaan
  6. Asari Toru LGA – Orolosoma Amachree
  7. Bonny LGA – Alabota Anengi Barasua
  8. Degema LGA – Anthony Soberekon
  9. Eleme LGA – Brain Gokpa
  10. Emouha LGA – David Omereji
  11. Etche LGA – John Otamiri
  12. Gokana LGA – Kenneth Kpeden
  13. Ikwerre LGA – Darlington Orji
  14. Khana LGA – Marvin Yobana