Imolites knock Uzodinma over aides without portfolios

Hope Uzodinma

  • Redeployment an on-going process-CPS

    By AFAM Echi

    There are growing concerns by Imolites over the action of Gov Hope Uzodinma in appointing his Special Assistants, (SA’s) and Senior Special Assistants (SSA’s) without attaching any responsibilities to them.

    It would be recalled since the last two weeks the governor swore them into office no role has been assigned to any of them. This has set tongues wagging among political watchers who view the governor’s action as irrational and irresponsible.

    Consequently, various interpretations are now being expressed over the action. While some view it as exposing the governor’s level of unpreparedness for governance others hold the opinion that Uzodinman has no think tank to guide him over some of his actions.

    An identified area that attracted serious concern is the fact that the aides were already positioned to earn their remunerations from the date they were engaged but up till moment they are seen loitering about without doing anything.

    According to a top civil servant at the State Secretariat who gave his name simply as Joseph observed that ‘’this is the first time I am seeing government engage workers without knowing where to redeploy them or what they are supposed to do. It is absurd indeed’’ 

    Other citizens who expressed their views gave thumbs down to the government on the issue while a few observed that there is no need to stampede the government because it is still new trying to find its feet.

    Responding on behalf of the government on the possible reason for not engaging the aides yet, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to the governor, Oguwike Nwachukwu, dismissed it as untrue, saying it is an on-going process.

    In his words, ‘’the governor is not in default. He is taking his time to identify the skills and competences of the aides in order to engage them where they best fit. It is an on-going process’’.

    It would be recalled too that the opposition parties had recently taken a swipe on the governor for appointing so many aides numbering 89. They had wondered where the state would generate money to accommodate their emoluments. The governor appointed 23 Commissioners and 89 Special Assistants (SA’s) and Senior Special Assistants (SA’s). Within the party there are also accusations that the appointments so far focused on the governor’s loyalists which has drawn the ire of other groups within the party.

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