Ayade appoints 190 new aides


Ben Ayade, Governor of Cross River State, has approved the appointment of 190 new aides.

Christian Ita, the governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, made this known in a statement on Thursday in Calabar, the state capital.

He noted that those appointed include Personal Assistants and Special Advisers. It added that the appointees include chairmen, members of boards of agencies, and special assistants.

Ita revealed that the appointments were based on the administration’s policy of ‘putting food on the table’.

Recall that the governor had in January 2020, approved the appointment of 90 aides. Also in April, the governor appointed another 427 aides, bringing the total number of his aides to at least 707.

Those appointed include 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.

Also appointed 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.

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