By Jonathan Ugbal
The Special Assistant to Cross River Governor, Senator Ben Ayade on students’ affairs, Michael Abuo has criticized his principal for appointing people without providing the required tools to function.
Abuo who had called for a cabinet reshuffle in 2016 took to Facebook to vent his frustration with the system of administration in the state where the Governor had promised to enlarge government to accommodate almost every community in a bid to redistribute wealth and put food om more tables.
The post titled; “DemocraticReformInNigeria 1” called for a reform in the administration and posited that public offices are not avenues for poverty alleviation.
“Political office is nothing without capacity and enablement to act. We shouldn’t occupy or dish out office for office sake or as a means of alleviating poverty.
“Imagine a governor without means to fulfil (sic) his mandate except his salary….There’s need for reform in our democratic system. Appointments should be platforms for execution of specific goals geared at deepening the outreach of government to the people.
“There are better, sustainable and more advanced format for alleviating poverty in a state than “reward” of offices to every tom, dick and harry. Political office reflects the giver of the office and the collective actions of those in these offices sums up the output of such a government,” Michael wrote.
Ayade has drawn mixed reactions for enlarging government with over 2,700 appointments made so far in less than 23 months which is much more than former Governors Donald Duke and Liyel Imoke appointed in 16 years from 1999 to 2007 combined.