Cross Rivers State Governor appoints 1,106 aides

The governor of Cross Rivers State, Professor Ben Ayade has appointed 1,106 persons into various positions.

The positions were the appointments were made includes special advisers, special assistants and personal assistants.

Others include as chairmen and members of boards, commissions, departments and agencies.

The governor had promised to appoint over 1,000 political aides for poverty alleviation in the state.

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Cross Rivers State currently boast of 28 commissioners, 65 special advisers and over 100 special assistants, personal assistants and community relations officers.

A breakdown of the latest appointment shows that 799 were appointed into various boards, commissions and agencies.

The remaining appointees were categorized into special advisers, senior special advisers, special assistants and Personal Assistants.

Others are personal assistants to paramount rulers, representatives of each local government in the state food bank unit, liaison officers for the 18 local government area and three senatorial districts, special assistants on religious affairs and permanent secretaries.

Reacting to the development, a former Special Adviser to Ayade on Strategy and National Contact, Mr. Ray Ugba-Morphy, said the appointments were unnecessary.

According to Ray, “He is a governor who understands all the appointments that he is making.

“But considering the lean purse of the state, it is not necessary because those already appointed have not been properly settled.

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“The wages of political appointees are fixed by the Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission as stipulated by law.

“The Governor has not met those requirements.

“It is right if the appointments are meant to settle political scores, but economically, it is not viable.

“He should create opportunity for people to have skills to earn a living,” Ray said.