- Victor Danzaria, reps member representing Balanga/Billiri constituency in Gombe state, appointed 36 aides
- Danzaria said he said he appointed such number of aides in his bid to empower the youths and put “food on their table”
- The lawmaker said he will be footing the larger percentage of their salary while the National Assembly will handle the remaining
A member of the House of Representatives representing Balanga/Billiri constituency in Gombe state, Victor Danzaria, has reportedly appointed 36 assistants.
Explaining the reason behind his action, Danzaria said he appointed such number of aides in his bid to empower the youths and put “food on their table”.
He said that aides were appointed through a careful selection process, adding he will be footing the larger percentage of their salary, 80%, while the National Assembly will handle the remaining.
“The people were keenly selected. They were people we worked with. We decided on this number so that a lot of people will gain employment and a lot will have food on their table,” he said.
Danzaria boasted that no lawmaker has ever done such in his state.
Recall that Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River state in a similar move appointed over 8000 persons into his government as special advisers and personal assistants during his first term.
Ayade said he appointed such a huge number of aides because he had to ensure that every household in all parts of the state did not go to sleep every night on an empty stomach.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Nigeria's Dr Akinwumi Adesina, the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), said he does not believe in what people call youth empowerment.
Adesina disclosed this when he met with some Nigerian journalists on the sidelines of the just-ended World Bank/International Monetary Fund Annual Meetings in Washington DC.
According to him, he does not believe in youth empowerment because it is meaningless when someone is empowered or trained yet has no access to finance.
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