- The appointment of Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson-Okojie by the Kogi state government is still generating reactions
- The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) National Youth Frontier (NYF) has frowned at the appointment
- The group also decried the large number of appointments of the governor
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) National Youth Frontier (NYF) has condemned the Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello for his latest appointments.
The group described the 63 latest appointees of the governor, including Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson as appointees of the governor, including Nollywood actress Mercy Johnson as “political jobbers, hangers on, marauders,” adding that the appointees have nothing to offer the state.
The group's position was made known in a statement distributed to media houses on Wednesday, March 15 by its national coordinator, Usman Austin Okai.
The group described the appointments as irrational, uncoordinated, a waste of public funds, and wanton disservice to the state.
The statement read in part: “The appointees of Governor Yahaya Bello are political jobbers, hangers on, and marauders; who have constituted themselves as nuisance to the government with nothing to offer to drive the regime.
“Asides the governor appointing the largest retinue of aides in the North central zone of the country, at the expense of payment of workers’ salaries and pensions, the new appointees have little knowledge or nothing to contribute to oil the wheel of governance in the state.
“With over 30 Special Advisers (SAs), 90 Senior Special Assistants (SSAs), and an unspecified numbers of Special Assistants; the recent addition of 63 aides is outrageous.
“It is particularly condemnable to attract Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson into Kogi governance just for the sake of settling personal scores. The state cannot afford to comfortably pay N350, 000 monthly to an artiste based in Lagos.
“We advise Mercy Johnson and others to turn down their appointments.”
Meanwhile, the actress has reacted to her appointment. She made her stance known via her Instagram page.
She wrote: "I am gratified with the official notification reaching me on my appointment as the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Kogi state on entertainment, arts and culture.
"I am humbled, as i duely acknowledge this attending responsibility to serve my great state with the modest experience I have gathered over the years.
"With depth of gratitude, I want to thank the governor of Kogi state; His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and his wife, the first lady of Kogi state, Her Excellency Mrs Rashida Bello for this unparallel opportunity to serve."