RIVERS STATE: Criticism Mounts As Wike Defends Appointment Of 200,000 Political Aides

Prisca Ifeoma
Prisca Ifeoma

By Iffy

All quarters of Rivers State polity was charged, yesterday, as Governor Nyesom Wike, again doubled his newly engaged Special Assistants, SAs, on Political Unit Affairs.

At the inauguration of new SAs Batch 2 from Rivers East Senatorial District, which took place at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Omagwa, Ikwerre Local Government Area, the Governor announced an increase from 100,000 to 200,000 staff.


There were indications, yesterday, that the newly engaged 200,000 Units SAs are to receive a N30,000 monthly stipend while the wage for the 359 Constituency and Local Government Area Liaison Officers stays at N50,000, implying that between now and May 29, 2023 when Wike’s tenure will lapse, Rivers will pay the appointees N42.127 billion.


Despite the  seemingly positive venture, the mass appointments elicited criticisms from the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Rescue Movement, NRM, and Niger Delta Peace Coalition among others.

In quick defense the Governor said;

“My mail box almost crashed. People are sending text messages saying ‘why are you leaving us alone, the job is too much. This number cannot do the work”

“Therefore, a lot of Rivers people are volunteering to be part of this work. And I can announce to you today, we have increased the number from 100,000 to 200,000.”

Wike directed all political leaders of the various Local Government Areas to return home to search out trustworthy folks they consider can help Rivers retain its prime position in the comity of states.

He said even if so much has been done, his administration is not taking its remaining time for granted, emphasizing that these SAs on Political Units Affairs were being engaged to help his administration finish well.

“It is me who is appointing. It is me who wears the shoe that knows where it pinches. It is not you outside because you are not part of government. I know what it takes and I know these people will help me. Now that I am finishing, I want to finish very well.”

The governor further impressed that the appointments fulfill his declaration on the day Rebids I Flyover was inaugurated, and  he would begin to implement his policy of stomach infrastructure, as the engagement will put money in the pockets of Rivers people, adding that;

“Among other duties, interface with Rivers people to know what they are saying, their assessment of government projects and policies, whether positive or negative, and feedback to his office through the Constituency and Ward Liaison Officers”

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