EDO HOUSE ORDERS COMMISSIONER-NOMINEE TO APPEAR TODAY
By SIMON EBEGBULEM
BENIN - Edo State House of Assembly, yesterday, ordered Aanena Jemitola, the commissioner- nominee, who absented herself from the screening, to appear today, with an authentic copy of her doctor's report, following her excuse that she was ill.
The House Committee in charge of screening of the 19 commissioner-nominees, submitted by Governor Adams Oshiomhole, had reported to the entire House, Monday, that it had concluded the screening of 18 of the nominees and lamented that Jemitola did not present herself for screening nor submit her curriculum vitae to the committee.
Chairman of the Committee and Majority Leader of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Philip Shuaibu, expressed shock over her non-appearance, but said that the nominee from Akoko Edo informed the House last Thursday that she was ill.
However, the commissioner- nominee appeared before members of the Committee, yesterday, and informed them that she was hospitalised in Benin City before she was moved to another hospital in Lagos.
When she was asked to present her doctor's report, she presented a doctor's report that had the date of February 17, 2013, while the Committee members observed that that particular Friday was February 15 and not 17.
Sensing foul play, the Committee chairman ordered that the doctor, who issued her with the report at the state hospital should appear before the House, just as she was also asked to present the doctor's report from the hospital that attended to her in Lagos.