Political Aides Of Governor Ben Ayade Exceed 750

Governor Ben Ayade has exceeded 750 political aides as he adds 190 new special assistants and advisers to his cabinet.

Gov Ben Ayade

Cross River State Governor, Ben Ayade, has added 190 new special assistants and advisers to his already long list of political aides.

The new addition would bring the total number of political appointments made by Governor Ayade to over 750.

The Cross River House of Assembly had in February, 2020, approved Ayade’s appointment of 70 aides. The governor had in December 2019 appointed 70 political aides.

In April 2020, Ayade approved the appointment of 427 chairmen and members of boards of agencies as well as special assistants.

The governor’s latest appointment of 190 additional aides was announced on Thursday by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Christian Ita.

According to Ita, the new appointees include personal assistants and special advisers.

He said the appointments were based on the Ayade government’s policy thrust of ‘putting food on the table’.

The appointments are: Musa Adede – Chairman, Security Trust Fund; Bai Thompson – Special Adviser, Int’l Investors’ link; Aboh Akongfe – Special Assistant, Aviation; Anthony Bassey – Special Assistant, Refugees’ Matter; Edict Essun – Member, Hawkers’ Right Agency; Michael Ogbeche – Member, Equal Opportunity Board; Joshua Ani-Ita – Special Assistant, Hospitality.

Others are: Alice Achi – Senior Special Assistant, Women Development; Ekpo Ekpenyong – Senior Special Assistant, Recreational Park Development; Dan Unah – Special Assistant, Job Placement; John Abese – Member, Migration Control Agency; Vincent Egbe – Member, Scrap Metals Board, amongst others.

Meanwhile, in the N1.1 trillion 2020 Appropriation Bill signed into law by the governor, the state earmarked 18% of the total budget for recurrent expenditure.

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