Cross River Assembly faults Forestry Commission recruitment exercise, summons chairman

The Cross River State House of Assembly has faulted the recruitment of forest rangers by the Forestry Commission calling for immediate suspension of the recruitment exercise. Additionally, the House has invited the chairman of the Commission to appear before its special committee to offer public explanation of the exercise.

The House made its decision in response to a matter of urgent public interest raised by Hon. Kingsley Ntui Isong, the member representing Etung State’s constituency. He informed his colleagues that the Forestry Commission’s list of over 350 hirelings was not evenly distributed among the18 local government areas of the state.

According to the legislators, the appointment was lopsided pursuant to the bill providing employment opportunities for Cross Riverians to be employed. The Forestry Commission has derailed by usurping what should be for everybody for their friends and family members.

The necessity of having appointments distributed equally throughout the State was also emphasized. Unanimously, the lawmakers agreed that every Cross Riverian should have an equal opportunity to apply for jobs and be contacted for interviews.

To look into the Forestry Commission’s operations, particularly the hiring process, which according to the lawmakers is shockingly, unfair, biased, and favoring certain local government areas over others, the house established a special committee.

The committee include Rt. Hon. Francis Asuquo Bassey, leader (Odukpani), Rt. Hon. Davies Etta (Abi), Hon. Victor Ekpenyong Nsa (Cal. South II), Hon. Omang Omang (Bekwara), Hon. Odey Brian Wonah (Yala I), Hon. Martins Achadu (Yala II), Hon. Egbe Abeng Egbe (Obubra II), and Hon. Samuel Neji Abang (Ikom I) are among the Committee members to check the abnormalities in the Forestry Commission recruitment.

By: Archibong Emmanuel
(Snr. Reporter)