- The vice-chairman of Kolokuma Opokuma local government area has denied appointing a 118-year-woman as special adviser
- The appointment was reportedly made by Brian Wotari, vice-chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma local government
- According to the report, Omonigbalebo Dani Orogono was appointed in a letter dated February 4
Madam Omonigbalebo Dani Orogono has been reportedly appointed as a special adviser in Bayelsa.
Orogono who is believed to be 118-years-old was appointed as special adviser on elder matters by Brian Wotari, vice-chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma local government.
Her appointment was contained in a letter dated February 4.
According to The Cable, the letter was signed by Bedford Ineye, one of the aides of the vice-chairman.
A consultant with the local council Ebinimi Abiama says the move was a show of solidarity with the aged people in the area.
“She wasn’t appointed so she could do the adviser work per se,” he said.
“But just as solidarity to carry the elderly people along. It is an honorary appointment. She is the oldest woman in the local government area and at her age, the pay she gets as an adviser is something to keep her going."
Meanwhile, the vice-chairman has denied appointing the old woman.
This was contained in a statement made available to Legit.ng on Thursday, February 6. According to the chairman, the woman was only included to benefit from monthly stipends.
"The attention of the office of the vice-chairman of Kolokuma Opokuma Local Government Area in Bayelsa State has been drawn to some misconceptions been circulated in the media about a recent inclusion of a senior citizen of the state in the Special Scheme for the Elderly.
"We will like to state clearly that Ma DANI OMONIGBALIBO OROGONO was not appointed but was included as a beneficiary of the scheme which is part of the Vice Chairman's programme to cater for the elderly and in line with the Ijaw traditions of giving honour to the oldest person in a community," the statement read in part.
Secondly, the letter that is in circulation was not duly signed by the vice chairman who ought to sign such appointment letters. The old woman in question can barely walk or talk as the inclusion is to enable her benefit from the monthly stipends.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Governor Seriake Dickson was accused by the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to loot the properties of the state.
Yekini Nabena, the deputy national publicity secretary of the party in a statement issued in Abuja, accused the outgoing governor.
In a report, Nabena said Dickson alongside, his cohorts, and family members had made plans to loot government properties before the handover on February 14.
He went on to allege that Dickson also made possible plans to leave the country before handing over.
Nabena referred to a recent statement by the media aide to the deputy governor of the state that some government properties had already been stolen to back up his allegations.
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