Residents fume over appointment of 26-yr-old non-indigene as Gov’s aide

The appointment of a 26-year-old non-indigene as Special Assistant on Gender, Research and Documentation to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has stirred up anger in some Ondo residents.

The appointment, according to some residents, is a slap on the face of hardworking indigenes and the numerous loyalists of the All Progressive Congress in the state that have the ability to work effectively in positions like that.

The appointment of Miss Ugochi-Igbo, an indigene of Imo State had earlier been announced by Segun Ajiboye, the Chief Press Secretary to the governor.

Miss Ugochi-Igbo, according to sources, had just finished her one year mandatory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, and got the appointment base on her close ties with the wife of the governor, Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu, who also hails from Imo State.

Wole Babalola, a resident of the state, described her appointment as a slap on the face of APC members who he said were yet to be compensated for their unquantifiable role towards ensuring that Akeredolu was elected as governor. According to him, the appointment has dampen the morale of other party members, the youths especially.

“I’ve never seen a thing like this. It seems the governor is now telling us to our faces that we don’t amount to nothing despite our commitments and loyalty to him.

“I have never heard about the name of this new appointee. She contributed nothing to the campaign. Now she is reaping from our sweat just because she is close to Betty. They are even saying that she is just her make-up artist. Can you just imagine,” he said.

Kolade, another resident, said, “those that are defending her appointment really need to be checked, something must be definitely wrong with them.

“The appointment is just a kind of ‘you sit here and be chopping money codedly’. I don’t really have issues with her though. The people I have issues with are those old men and youths, most especially those whose only daily job is to insult people who don’t see things their way, in the name of defending Aketi’s government.

“Most of them have been doing this for more than two years now and not even a single appointment has been given to them. They are always here receiving insults here and there while defending the indefensible

“They need better orientation and prayers because it seems their own destiny doesn’t deserve good things aside defending rubbish and being insulted for it.”

However, in contrary to the opinion of most people, Lulu Fawahinmi said, “it’s unfutunate that some people have stayed so long in a society within the west. In 2013, I was a young man working in Enugu as an errand boy. The Governor then, appointed me as an SA. Heaven didn’t come down”.

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