- Governor Ayade has appointed 427 new aides
- The governor also appointed a special assistant on groundnut oil factory
- According to the governor's media aides, the appointments is to reduce social tensions in the state
Cross River state governor Ben Ayade has approved the appointment of 427 new aides, including a special assistant on groundnut oil factory.
The appointment was disclosed by Christian Ita, the governor’s special adviser on media and publicity.
According to him, the appointees include chairmen, members of boards of agencies, and special assistants, The Cable reports.
With this, the total number of the governor's aides is at least 517.
Going further, Ita said the governor made the decision to reduce social tension amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“There’s nothing wrong with that given that we’re building a groundnut oil factory. Besides it is the duty of government to create jobs for its citizens,” he said.
“The governor has said repeatedly that he only needs about 5 percent of his appointees. So he deliberately creates these jobs to put food on the table so as to reduce social tension.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Ita disclosed that 35 American oil workers were denied entry into Cross River state on Monday, March 30.
Ita in a statement on Tuesday, March 31, said the governor outrightly refused to allow the Americans in the state in compliance with his restriction of entry to the state by air, land and sea.
The spokesperson said the Ben Ayade administration would not compromise the safety of its citizens, no matter how tempting the prospects.
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A source said that the flight conveying the Americans was scheduled to land in the state but the governor insisted that the Americans must be tested either in Abuja or Lagos before they are allowed entrance into the state.
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