Nigerians have flayed the Cross River State House of Assembly for approving the Governor, Ben Ayade’s request to appoint 70 more Special Advisers.
The governor appointed 70 aides in December 2019, including ex-BBNaija star Gedoni.
But with Wednesday’s approval for 70 more, the number of political aides would increase to 140.
The Secretary to the State Government, Tina Agbor had written the Assembly on February 20 to seek approval for the fresh appointments.
Clerk of the House, Bassey Ekpenyong read the correspondence on the floor of the assembly on Wednesday.
The House in a motion filed by its Leader, Peter Odey, and seconded by the Deputy Leader, Fred Osim, unanimously resolved and granted consequential approval to the request.
Odey explained that the approval was based on the Assembly’s earlier request to Ayade through writing, on the need to cover other constituencies not yet considered in the appointments.
But many Nigerians took to social media to criticise the fresh appointments, saying it would bloat the cost of governance and reduce expenditure on capital projects.
Read comments monitored on Twitter:
"The governor had in December 2019 appointed 70 aides and the new appointees would increase the number of political aides to 140."
140 special advisers. That's 12 football XIs. A whole league. https://t.co/120iZrM2tn
— Eromo Egbejule (@EromoEgbejule) February 26, 2020
And the clownery continues.
— Assurance (@AssuranceOyin) February 26, 2020
70 advisers? I believe someone will be assign as the special adviser on hair style to the governor
— Jay Jay (@Jaylomak) February 26, 2020
Only in Nigeria 🤦♂️
— garun malam 🇳🇬 (@gmyusuff) February 26, 2020
Nothing surprise me in Nigeria anymore,aid for what to assist in doing what…..
— Ikbod 🇳🇬 (@Olaleyebode) February 26, 2020
Plz make them 1m.
— Curticsblue (@Curticsblue1) February 26, 2020