The Governor of Cross River State, Prof. Ben Ayade, on Tuesday appointed 1,106 persons into various positions.
Gov. Ben Ayade
An official statement issued by the Cross Rivers State Governor's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Chief Press Secretary, Christian Ita, revealed that Governor Ben Ayade, on Tuesday, appointed 1,106 persons into various positions, adding that the appointments would take effect from November 1, 2016.
According to Punch newspaper, the positions were in the categories of special advisers, special assistants, personal assistants as well as the chairmen and members of boards, commissions, departments and agencies.
A breakdown of the latest appointment shows that 799 were appointed into various boards, commissions and agencies, while the remaining 307 appointees were categorised into special advisers (six), senior special advisers (30), special assistants (75) and Personal Assistants (25).
Others are personal assistants to paramount rulers (16), representatives of each local government in the state food bank unit (90), liaison officers for the 18 local government area and three senatorial districts (21), special assistants on religious affairs (18) and permanent secretaries (26).
Reacting to the development, a former Special Adviser to Ayade on Strategy and National Contact, Ray Ugba-Morphy, who resigned from Ayade’s cabinet, said the appointments were unnecessary.
“He is a governor who understands all the appointments that he is making. But considering the lean purse of the state, it is not necessary because those already appointed have not been properly settled.
“The wages of political appointees are fixed by the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission as stipulated by the law, but he (Ayade) has not met those requirements.
“It is right if the appointments are meant to settle political scores, but economically, it is not viable. He should create opportunity for people to have skills to earn a living,” Ugba-Morphy.