Gov. Bello Appoints 53 Aides, Nollywood Actress, Mercy Johnson As SSA On Entertainment


Kogi state governor, Mr. Yahaya Bello has appointed a popular Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson-Okogie, as his senior special assistant on entertainment, arts and culture.

Mercy Johnson who hails from Kogi state, HardReporters learnt was appointed the same time with 53 other Senior Special Assistants on Tuesday making it her first political appointment in life.

In a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Mrs. Ayoade Arike, and made available to our correspondent in the state disclosed that the appointments will take effect from April 1, 2017.

The SSG, however noted that the appointments are to plug identified gaps in service delivery, fill key positions with the right people and to broaden inclusiveness in governance by bringing people from more communities on board.

Mrs. Arike stated that “In addition to the 54 Senior Special Assistants appointed, nine Special Assistants to the Governor as Federal Constituency Supervisors for the GYB Connect Programme have also been approved. The appointment was to recognise and encourage outstanding contributions to the New Direction Agenda.

“The nine Special Assistants would also act as direct liaisons between the present administration and the Local Government Ward Coordinators of the GYB Connect Programme.” the SSG added.


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