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State Governors' Appointment of Large Retinue of Aides Raises Concerns

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State Governors' Appointment of Large Retinue of Aides Raises Concerns
Several state governors in Nigeria have been appointing a large number of aides, despite the already dire financial situation in their states. This has raised concerns about the cost of governance and the burden of debt. The appointments, some of which are frivolous, have been criticized for being politically motivated rather than aimed at improving governance. Experts have called for regulations to curb the excesses of governors and reduce wasteful spending.

The appointment of a large number of aides by state governors in Nigeria has attracted criticism and raised concerns about the cost of governance and the burden of debt. Despite the financial challenges faced by many states, some governors have continued to appoint a long list of Senior Special Advisers (SSAs), Special Assistants (SAs), and Personal Assistants (PAs).

The appointments, which have been described as frivolous, have been seen as politically motivated rather than aimed at improving governance. This trend is evident in states such as Abia, Adamawa, Enugu, Ebonyi, Kano, Niger, and Yobe, where large numbers of aides have already been appointed.

Stakeholders have expressed their concerns about the implications of these appointments on the already lean resources of the states. Many states in Nigeria are facing financial challenges, with heavy debt burdens and unmet critical obligations.

Data from the Debt Management Office shows that the total domestic debt owed by state governments and the Federal Capital Territory increased significantly in 2022. Lagos, Delta, and Ogun ranked among the states with the highest debts.

Despite these challenges, governors have continued to appoint a multitude of aides, some with dubious portfolios. For example, the governor of Kano State appointed 97 special advisers and assistants, while the governor of Niger State appointed 131 women as coordinators and senior special assistants to fulfill a campaign promise on women inclusion.

Similarly, the governor of Adamawa State appointed 47 media aides, in addition to the 50 special advisers approved by the State House of Assembly. Yobe State's governor approved the appointment of 523 special assistants, 104 senior special assistants, and 15 liaison officers.

In the Southeast region, the governors of Enugu, Ebonyi, and Abia states have also made bloated appointments of special advisers and assistants. These appointments have raised questions about their purpose and necessity.

While some argue that these appointments create jobs for the beneficiaries, others believe they are economically unsustainable and contribute to the financial challenges faced by the states. The need for governments to reduce the cost of governance has been a longstanding demand of the people.

Public Affairs Analyst, Festus Nzenwa, criticized the appointments, stating that many of them are made for political patronage rather than to improve governance. He questioned the relevance and contribution of these aides to the overall development of the states.

The Youth Party's National Publicity Secretary, Ayodele Adio, expressed his concerns about the increase in the cost of governance at a time when the government is battling revenue crisis. He called for politicians to lead by example and curtail their appetite for wasteful spending.

There have been calls for regulations to curb the excesses of governors and reduce the number of unnecessary appointments. Aare Oladotun Hassan, the Secretary of Nigerian Bar Association, Epe branch, suggested the need for a law to regulate appointments and address the issue of unnecessary portfolios.

Dr. Tunde Akanni, the acting head of Journalism at Lagos State University, emphasized the need for elected officials to take their offices seriously and avoid making a mockery of governance. He called for stakeholders, including NGOs, to continue criticizing government spending and advocate for a more responsible use of resources.

In conclusion, the appointment of a large retinue of aides by state governors in Nigeria has raised concerns about the cost of governance, the burden of debt, and the lack of accountability. The need for regulations to curb the excesses of governors and reduce wasteful spending has become more apparent. It is crucial for governments to prioritize developmental projects and channel resources towards improving the lives of the people.

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