Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade yesterday announced the appointment of 1,106 special advisers, special assistants, personal assistants as well as the chairmen and members of boards, commissions, departments and agencies.
This is in addition to the over 800 appointments he earlier made.
A breakdown of the appointments shows that 799 were appointed into various boards, commissions and agencies.
The remaining 307 appointees are as follows: special advisers (six), senior special advisers (30), special assistants (75), personal assistants (25), personal assistants to paramount rulers (16), representatives of each local government in the State Food Bank Unit (90), liaison officers for the 18 local government area and three senatorial districts (21), special assistants on Religious Affairs (18) and permanent secretaries (26).
A statement by the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Media and Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Christian Ita, said the appointments will take effect from November 1.
Also, a former Commissioner for Justice, Mr Attah Ochinke, yesterday declined his appointment as Chairman of the state’s Diaspora Fund Board.
The former commissioner was among over 1,000 appointees Ayade announced yesterday.
In a statement on his Facebook wall, Ochinke said: “My attention has been drawn to radio announcements that I have been appointed Chairman of the Cross River State Diaspora Fund Board by Governor Ayade. While I thank the governor for having confidence in my capacity by giving me this appointment, I am unable to accept this responsibility. I have had the privilege to express my views on the size of government in private discussions with Governor Ayade. I still hold those views.
“I have also provided the governor at those discussions with additional reasons why I cannot take an appointment at this time. Those reasons remain valid and I will keep them private still.
“Meanwhile, I thank all well-wishers who have called me to congratulate me on this appointment. Your affection is appreciated and I hope you show me understanding in my decision. I will continue to support the government for our common good.
“I make this decision confident that there are very capable citizens who can step in and take my place. Thank you all and thank you Your Excellency.”