Rivers State House of Assembly

(By Iheanyi Ezinwo) – Paulinus Nsirim, one of the 13 commissioner nominees who appeared before the Rivers State House of Assembly on Tuesday for screening based on the communication of Governor Ezenwo Wike to the House, is from Ozuoba in the Obio/Akpor local government area of Rivers state.

The graduate of public administration and journalism is a pastor, and until his recent nomination by Governor Nyesom Wike to serve in the Rivers State Executive Council, was permanent secretary in the Rivers State Ministry of Information and Communications. He serves as the chairman of Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Rivers State chapter; former chairman of Nigeria Union of Journalists in Rivers State and also had the record of serving on three occasions as chief press secretary to different Rivers governors.

Also in the list of the 13 commissioner nominees sent to the Rivers State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation were Elder Chinedu Tasie, Chief Rodafold Long-John, Sir Sunny Ejekwu, Barr. Osima Gina, Dr. Fred Kpakol and Mr. Bariere Thomas. The rest were Mrs. Ifeoma Nwankpa, Mrs. Inime Chinwewo Aguma, Dr.Peter Mende, Prof Kaniye Ebeku,Barr.Sylvanus Nwankwo and Austin Ben-Chioma.

It would be recalled that, it is the tradition, and indeed a legal requirement for the River State House of Assembly to screen and confirm any commissioner nominee before he is inaugurated as a member of the State Executive Council. Over the years, the exercises, sometimes, had thrown up some revelations – of the good, bad and ugly. Nominees who gave very good account of themselves were often described as round pegs in round holes, and in the Tuesday screening exercise , Nominee Paulinus Nsirm stood out with his characteristic exceptional performance.

The only question he was asked after his introduction was on his brain child: Our State, Our Responsibility, a project which he initiated as permanent ministry in the Ministry of Information and Communications. Pastor Paulinus Nsirim explained that Our State, Our Responsibility was a deliberate revolution to change the negative narrative about Rivers, a state that is blessed with abundant human and material resources but has in the last few years suffered negative reportage which were sponsored by those who wanted to undermine the current administration.

He further said that the import of the message remains that all who live and do business in the state have a shared responsibility to defend the interest of Rivers State, especially against the background of efforts by the Governor to return the state to the path of peace and unity. The carriage and generally excellent performance of Nominee Paulinus Nsirim, according to observers is a clear indication of the value that he will add to governance in Rivers State. He comes in with a distinguished record of performance , integrity and fear of God.

Pastor Paulinus Nsirim

Meanwhile, in his remarks before the nominees were unanimously confirmed by the lawmakers, the speaker, Rt. Hon. Ikuinyi Owaji-Ibani, advised those cleared to justify the confidence reposed in them by the governor by serving the state honestly and diligently.

Journalists who spoke to Notable Outcome in Port Harcourt were full of praises for the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Ezenwo Wike, for the strategic choice of Pastor Paulinus Nsirim, assuring that the seasoned civil servant and administrator, would be an asset to the administration. In this connection, the management and staff of Notable Outcome has congratulated Pastor Paulinus Nsirim in particular and others in general on scalling the huddle of screening and confirmation, and wished them a fruitful season of service to God and to Rivers people.