By CrossRiverWatch admin
Reports reaching CrossRiverWatch indicates that there is disenchantment in Government House, Calabar as social media aides of Governor Ayade have been allegedly stripped of their office space.
It was initially thought that the Chief of Staff to the governor Mr. Martin Orim, gave the directive to that effect but CrossRiverWatch findings reveal that the CoS may not have given the directive.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Christian Ita told CrossRiverWatch that, “I don’t agree that the Chief of Staff gave that directive. That information is not correct. I have asked the Chief of Staff and he explained that he did not give any directive and has promised to address the situation. But no doubt, we are under pressure for space. Even if such thing happened, it is not because anyone’s job is not valued, it is just a function of the pressure for space that we are having due to the new appointments that were made and efforts are ongoing to sort that out.”
CrossRiverWatch later gathered that it was the Office Manager, one Mr. Ugbada who informed the social media team, by word of mouth, to park out of the two room office space they occupied in order for the Special Assistant Local Content, Imoh Anthony to move in.
This is reportedly due to the fact that Anthony was moved out of the Deputy Chief of Staff office which he occupied prior to the appointment of the Deputy Chief of Staff.
Our source reveal that the media team took offense and considered it a show of disrespect for their work since getting the information to quit the office but were okay with Imoh’s proposal of sharing the office space.
But things took a different twist yesterday when security personnel entered the offices in contention and threw out work tools and other belongings of the social media team as well as furniture, moving in the new furniture to be used by Imoh Anthony.
Some of the aggrieved members of the social media team to spoke to CrossRiverWatch under anonymity they queried the rationale behind asking them to make use of the general press office describing it as “adding salt to injury” while questioning their place as appointees since they were not correspondents.
The team complained bitterly about the treatment meted out to them and expressed concerns that their fate may be resting on the balance as they are yet to get their appointment letters almost seven months after they resumed duties.
Meanwhile there seems to be accommodation crisis brewing following the appointment of over 150 people with CrossRiverWatch Government House Correspondent reporting that governor Benedict Ayade has directed the immediate renovation of the lodges to house the appointees.
It is not immediately clear where new offices for the newly created portfolios will be situated or housed.