GOVERNOR Rochas Okorocha of Imo State at the weekend appointed 79 new aides while his Bauchi State counterpart, Isa Yuguda, has sacked about 2,000 political appointees in the state.
Also, Okorocha has dissolved the board of Imo Concorde Hotel, Owerri, led by Celestine Nnajiofor.
The list indicated that the governor appointed 25 special advisers, 15 senior special assistants, 29 special assistants, seven executive assistants and two personal assistants.
According to a statement, a former House of Representatives member (Ahiazu/Ezinihitte), Independence Ogulewe, was named Special Adviser on Federal Projects, while Ugochukwu Nzekwe, a two-time member of the state House of Assembly, made the list as Special Adviser on Mobilisation.
It disclosed that the state secretary of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Austin Chilakpu, is the new Special Assistant on Labour Matters.
In the list, Ebere Uzokwa retained his position as the Special Assistant on Media (Print), among others.
However, the position of the Senior Special Assistant, Media/Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, is still vacant.
His immediate past aide in that capacity, Chinedu Offor, was appointed the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, a few weeks ago.
According to sources, the hotel’s board may have failed to impress the governor in recent times. Recently, a top management of the board was said to have ordered the arrest of The Guardian’s reporter, who had gone there to do a story on the place.
Sources said that the governor was not happy with the manner the reporter was treated, among other alleged wrong-doings, by the management of the hotel.
A statement signed by Secretary to the Bauchi State Government, Ibrahim Dandija, yesterday said the sack of Directors-General, Senior Special Assistants, Senior Special Assistants II, Special Assistants and Senior Assistants II was with immediate effect.
The statement added that the disengagement of the appointees followed “complaints by stakeholders that the political appointments were lopsided and did not reflect the structure of the ruling party in the state, councils and ward levels.”
The statement indicated that political appointees not affected by the sack were those on essential services.