First non-indigene Muslim, 12 others sworn-in as commissioners in Cross River
Alhaji Adamu Uba Musa has made history as the first Muslim faithful and non-indigene to be appointed as commissioner in Cross River State. Musa who is now Commissioner for Inter-Governmental Affairs and 12 others were sworn-in today having been screened and cleared earlier by the Cross River State House of Assembly two weeks ago. The governor used the occasion to announce a minor cabinet reshuffle in two ministries which led to Eric Anderson becoming the new Commissioner for Information and Orientation. The new commissioners filled positions made vacant by their former occupants who left either to vie for elective offices or resigned following the governor's defection to the All Progressives Congress, APC, on May 20, 2021. The other newly sworn-in commissioners and their portfolios are Mrs Ekwele Agube (Sustainable Development), Prince Sunday Williams Awara (Social Housing), Hon. Wogor Umari (Homeland Security), Dr Hippolytus Lukputa (Water Resources), Patrick Ebam(Special Duties) and Okama Inyang (Infrastructure). The rest are, Janet Eyo Nsang (Climate Change), Hon. Goddy Eta (Finance), Hon. Arikpo Pius Edet (Science and Technology), Bishop Ekpenyong Effiom Iso (Culture and Tourism), Associate Professor Gertrude Njar (Women Affairs). Hon. Eric Anderson, the former Commissioner for Culture and Tourism was named the new Commissioner for Information while Oliver Orok, hitherto Commissioner for Sustainable Development, now takes charge of the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Ayade urged the new commissioners to work assiduously to ensure that his administration finished strong. "Your coming on board is not by accident; you have been carefully selected based on your integrity and competence to bring your wealth of experiences to bear on our administration. "I, therefore, charge you to work assiduously to ensure that we finish strong as an administration. Your jobs are all cut out for you, I expect that you make our dear state proud." Responding on behalf of the new Commissioners, Dr Janet Ekpenyong who replaced APC's National Woman Leader, Dr Betta Edu, as Commissioner for Health, commended the governor for finding them worthy to join his government. Dr Ekpenyong, who was before her new position, the Director-General of Cross River Primary HealthCare, pledged that she and her colleagues would represent the governor well in their various ministries. "We will work in line with your vision and plan for Cross River state," the new Health Commissioner said. The swearing-in ceremony which took place at the Executive Chamber of the Governor's Office, Calabar, had in attendance the Deputy Governor, Professor Evara Esu, the states Chief Judge, Honourable Justice Akon Ikpeme and the Wife of the Governor, Dr Linda Ayade among other top government functionaries and guests.