Delta APC condemns Okowa’s alleged excessive appointments
Delta State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned Governor Ifeanyi Okowa’s recent appointment of four commissioners for education and two commissioners for works, describing it as “another circle of waste”.
The state had Commissioners for Basic and Secondary Education, as well as Commissioner for Higher Education and a Commissioner for Works.
But last week, Okowa announced the appointment of Commissioner for Higher Education, Commissioner for Technical Education, Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education and Commissioner for Primary Education, as well as two Commissioners for Rural Roads, Highways and Urban Roads.
A statement issued by the party’s Caretaker Publicity Secretary Sylvester Imonina in Asaba yesterday, APC said its concern stemmed from global economic downturn, adding that in other climes, governments were more circumspect in making decisions that could deplete state resources.
“Recent event in Delta State show that the Okowa administration has been engaged in economic wastage and indifferent to the economic wellbeing of Delta people.
“True to the governor’s comment about three months ago that he was going to play politics to the detriment of good governance, his recent appointments have shown that he no longer cared about ordinary Delta people but his ego,” the statement reads.
The opposition party lamented that while Delta people were yet to recover from the economic strains of over 2,000 political aides, Okowa had placed additional financial burden on the state by appointing four commissioners for education and two commissioners for works.
“A critical look at the appointments and portfolios leaves no one in doubt that the positions were created as jobs for the boys and not for delivering the dividends of democracy to Delta people.
“Two experienced and serious-minded individuals can conveniently manage the ministry of education, as against four commissioners, while one person is enough for the Ministry of Works,” the statement added.
The party said that while Delta people wallow in poverty, newly appointed commissioners are entitled to N60 million each as take- off allowances, describing such allowances as ‘economic drain.’
The party further argued that the constitution only provided for a commissioner for each local government in the state Executive Council and that there was no justification for the appointment of persons whose services were not required before any serious minded government could achieve its programmes.
The APC, therefore, urged Delta people to reject what it described as “amorphous portfolios and conduit pipes, insisting that the governor should reduce his cabinet and political aides.
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