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Kogi: Actress Mercy Johnson appointed as Special Assistant

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state has appointed popular Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson, as his new Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on entertainment, arts and culture .

Johnson’s appointment was announced with 62 others in a statement issued in Lokoja on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government ( SSG), Dr Folashade Ayoade.

The appointments take effect from April 1, the statement said.

According to Ayoade, the rationale for the appointments was to “fill key positions with the right people and to broaden inclusiveness in governance by bringing people from more communities on board.”

The breakdown of the new appointees showed that 54 of them will serve as Senior Special Assistants while nine will work as Special Assistants to the Governor as Federal Constituency Supervisors for the Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB) Connect Programme .

The SSG further stated that the appointments were made to recognise and encourage outstanding contributions to the New Direction Agenda.

“ The nine Special Assistants will also act as direct liaisons between the present administration and the Local Government Ward Coordinators of the GYB Connect Programme, “ the statement said.

(Source: Punch)


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  1. Agbogashi 15th March 2017 at 10:29 am

    Imagine the number of high calibre personalities assisting an individual, not to talk of commissioners, directors general, perm secs etc with retinue of their own lieutenants. After paying all these loafers what would be left for developments of the state and better the welfare of millions of the down trodden.

  2. AZZO 15th March 2017 at 5:06 pm

    You can imagine the stupidity. This woman wey no even get GCSE – special assistant???!!! Nigeria!!! This Bello of a governor needs some self checking. I am so sorry for Kogi state. Kogites should begin their private investigations into whether the actress is giving out for dash her natural endowments to the governor and his lieutenants. This is really poor, very poor indeed. A very sad development. It should be remembered as the day Kogi state died in the hands of Bello.

  3. Mizch 16th March 2017 at 4:12 am

    Is the governor on bre***feeding prescription, going by the picture we are seeing?

  4. susan 16th March 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Special assistant for the delivery of special goodies to Mr Bello.

  5. maduagwu nkemakolam 17th March 2017 at 4:38 am

    Personally, i’m not against Mercy’s appointment, she has talent and has achieved in her profession. But the number of assistants or advisers is simply too much. And this is part of the bane of political leadership in Nigeria. By the time their salaries are paid there is nothing left.
    This is one of the reason why we achieve nothing year in, year out. As a people governance is more like a personal business, no urgency no productivity.

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