Governor Ben Ayade of Cross River is one of those governors who believe that the solution to unemployment is appointing thousands of aides, advisers, assistants, and the likes.
“To ensure that nobody goes to sleep in an empty stomach, I shall appoint 6,000 more aides, create 3,000 jobs for the youths and in January 2017, create 50,000 jobs to make sure nobody in the state is unemployed,” the governor had said.
Fake appointees: In a new twist to the intriguing plot in Cross River, the governor now says that many of the advisers and assistants in the state’s payroll are “fake appointees” who came in through the back door. He said they will be handed over to security agencies for prosecution.
An audit: According to the Senior Special Adviser to the governor on Media, Christian Ita, the governor has ordered an audit exercise of all his political appointees.
- The audit is reportedly due to the “over bloated” monthly wage bill of the state and strange names paraded as special advisers and assistants to the governor.
So far: Commissioners and special advisers were screened on Tuesday by the audit team (a collaboration between the office of the Head of Service and that of the Accountant General). Today, senior special assistants and personal assistants would be audited, while community relations officers and chairmen/members of boards/directors would be audited on Thursday.
Quote: “It has been suspected that certain names were not those directly appointed by the governor. And so, he wants to know his actual appointees. Those that would be discovered not appointed by the governor would be handed over to the security agencies,” Ita said.
He enjoined the affected persons to attend the exercise in person on the date and time specified for them.