By Egufe Yafugborhi, Port-Harcourt
Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has doubled his newly-engaged Special Assistants (SAs) on Political Unit Affairs.
Wike, inaugurating the new SAs Batch 2 from Rivers East Senatorial district at the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium, Omagwa, Ikwerre Local Government Area on Friday announced an increase from 100,000 to 200,000.
Defending the development, the governor said: “My mail box almost crashed. People are sending text messages saying ‘why are you leaving us alone, the job is too much. This number cannot do the work’.
“Therefore, a lot of Rivers people are volunteering to be part of this work. And I can announce to you today, we have increased the number from 100,000 to 200,000.”
He directed all political leaders of the various local government areas to return home to search out trustworthy folks they consider can help Rivers retain its prime position in the comity of states.
He said even if so much has been done, his administration is not taking its remaining time for granted, emphasising that these SAs on Political Units Affairs were being engaged to help his administration finish well.
“It is me who is appointing. It is me who wears the shoes that knows where it pinches. It is not you outside because you are not part of government.
“I know what it takes and I know these people will help me. Now that I am finishing, I want to finish very well.”
Wike said the appointments fulfill his declaration on the day Rebids I Flyover was inaugurated that he would begin to implement his policy of stomach infrastructure, saying the engagement will money in the pockets of Rivers people.
He reiterated the charge on them to, among other duties, interface with Rivers people to know what they are saying, their assessment of government projects and policies, whether positive or negative, and feedback to his office through the Constituency and Ward Liaison Officers.
The State Commissioner of Information, Chris Finebone, preempting likely public antagonism on the development said, “Hope we know the governor has not broken any law. I know that the frustrated opposition in Rivers State will twist this.
“But let me caution them. Frustration of opposition can really drive anyone to turn into an angry piece of bird but no one should allow that frustration turn them into a piece of bitterly angry bird.”