The governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has vowed to appoint more advisers and increase the number to no less than 100,000. During a media chat with journalists, Wike was asked to comment on about 50,000 advisers that he recently appointed as he prepared to leave office in less than 8 months.
The governor made the revelation in a video posted by Channels Television on its verified Twitter handle.
Wike said it is the duty of the government to create employment opportunities for people, and paying them is not really a problem.
On whether the appointment is a burden on the government or not, Wike rhetorically asked who determines it is a burden on the government. Adding that those appointed are also the state’s people and entitled to the taxpayers’ money. The governor associated the appointments with empowerment, poverty reduction, employment opportunities and other responsibilities of government.
However, Wike declined to comment on the new appointees’ payment structure or basic salaries.