By: Lanre Shodimu
The trend of “unusual appointments” is fast becoming a norm in Nigeria’s Governors’ circle, Lanre Shodimu writes.
It all recently began with former Governor Rochas Okorocha who made an “unusual appointment”.
The former Governor on December, 2017, appointed his biological sister Mrs Ogechi Ololo, as Special Assistant on Happiness and Couple Fulfilment. It remained unknown if such appointment met its desired purpose. Only IMO indigenes can attest to that.
The latest of such appointment is by Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Abdulkadir who in a letter through his Secretary to the State Government appointed one Balaraba Ibrahim as ‘Special Assistant’ on unmarried women.
By that appointment and in a country where State Governors are continuously criticised for possessing unlimited numbers and retinues of Aids and Special Assistants, one may be tempted to want to ask the following questions:
One- if the needs of ‘unmarried women’ are so peculiar and entirely unique to the extent of appointing a Special Assistant on ‘Unmarried Women’?
Two-are such needs so peculiar that it cannot be handled by whosoever is in charge of Special Assistant on Women Affairs to Bauchi State Governor?
Three-Does the Governor intends to create or manage a pool of Unmarried Women through such newly created office?
Four- again, we are tempted to ask if the entire interest of Women in Bauchi State cannot be completely managed by the office of Special Assistant on Women Affairs to the Governor?
The simple answer to all of these questions could be that such an “unusual appointment” are usually made and/or created to reward political faithfuls and loyalists and even family relations that helped in bringing them to power.
But in the end, such offices are created for frivolities and they become conduit pipes to further siphon public resources to private pockets.
In a country where resources to tackle societal needs are limited, such offices may encourage wastages as a result of resources that will be deployed to run them and in which case, future administration of the State may not even recognise such office after all.