Okowa ap­points over 1,500 aides

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Vic­tor Sorokwu, As­aba

In spite of the pre­vail­ing aus­tere econ­omy, Delta State Gover­nor Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa has en­gaged about 1, 500 ap­pointees in his four months old ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The state gover­nor has also ap­pointed 25 com­mis­sion­ers and about an equal num­ber of spe­cial ad­vis­ers.

The com­mis­sion­ers were en­ti­tled to at least five aides, while the gover­nor and his deputy have over five ex­ec­u­tive as­sis­tants, hun­dreds of se­nior spe­cial as­sis­tants, spe­cial as­sis­tants and per­sonal as­sis­tants, ap­pointed into spe­cial du­ties, media/press, pro­to­col, se­cu­rity and other po­lit­i­cal of­fices.

Okowa has also ap­pointed a 31man State Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil and filled ap­point­ments into most of the boards, paras­tatals and agen­cies of the state gov­ern­ment.

So far, the cu­mu­la­tive num­ber of ap­point­ments made by the ex­ec­u­tive arm of the state’s gov­ern­ment was over 1, 500.

This num­ber is sep­a­rate from the ap­point­ments made in the leg­is­la­ture, where the speaker is en­ti­tled to over 50 aides, deputy speaker, about 40 aides, and the 27 leg­is­la­tors have five aides each.

De­spite the harvest of ap­point­ments, the rul­ing Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in the state was not at ease, fol­low­ing the gale of de­fec­tions to the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) in protest to what the de­fec­tors dubbed as Okowa’s “fam­ily and cronies” ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State

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