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Political appointees reject appointment in Bauchi

By Patience Ogbodo

BAUCHI —  Some political appointees in Bauchi State have rejected the appointment given to them  by Governor Isa Yuguda.

Vanguard investigation at the office of the Secretary to the State Government, General Services revealed that only  few of the political appointees have received their letters of appointment.

One of the returnee aides who did not want his name in print said he rejected the reappointment because of the way it was done without any consultations with majority of them.

According to him, “I wonder what the aim of the appointment could be as it is coming on the heels of political adjustments going on in the state.

“We were dropped last year because of what was described as economic recession in the state, now same number have been appointed. Where will the money to pay us come from or has the economy of the state improved? I don’t what to be part of ridicule again,” he said.

Another former aide who is a civil servant said  he rejected the re-appointment because he did not want to be used to play politics particularly now that electioneering activities were going on with the 2011 general elections round the corner.

“I am a civil servant and so if I receive the re-appointment I will not have the free mind to vote according to my conscience,” he said

In his reaction, Special Assistant to the Governor on Media Affairs and Publicity, Sanusi Mohammed, said: “The appointment of aides is a normal thing and it was done because the Governor felt it was time for him to do so, so that governance will stabilise.”

On the insinuation that they may be used as political carpets for the Governor to realise his re-election bid come 2011, he said: “There is nothing like that. Government just felt that these people will be useful in its effective service delivery motive. No political inkling was attached to the appointments or re-appointment in some cases.”

He  gave assurance that the payment of political appointees would be done without any hitch as government had done everything humanly possible for its workforce and so would not have any problem with the demands of the workers in the state.


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