Outrage as Adamawa governor appoints 47 media aides

Many have criticised the appointment of 47 media aides by Adamawa state governor, Ahmadu Fintiri.

The governor had, on Thursday night, August 3, announced the appointments vis his official Twitter handle.

Fintiri tweeted that: “I’m pleased to constitute my media team.”

The governor in the tweet expressed his confidence in the diverse and talented team that is expected to play a crucial role in enhancing communication efforts in the state and strengthening Adamawa’s public engagement.

“I’m confident that this diverse and talented team will play a crucial role in enhancing our communication efforts and strengthening our public engagement,” he said.

Politics Nigeria gathered that the new appointment followed approval granted by the Adamawa State House of Assembly to the governor to appoint 50 special advisers on June 6, 2023.

Fintiri had been lying low since the announcement of Humwashi Wonosikou as press secretary during his inauguration dinner on May 29.

Fintiri’s inactivity had been blamed on the loss of his cousin, Malama Laraba Mamman, who had died in a road crash while travelling to his inauguration.

Among those appointed are two Special Advisers, 10 Senior Special Assistants, 34 Special Assistants on Social Media and Content Creation, and one Special Assistant and Master of Ceremonies for Government Events.

The announcement sparked mixed reactions from netizens, many of them lambasted the governor and questioned the rationale for appointing such a large number of persons as media aides.

A Twitter user, Opeoluwa, described the appointment as an act of fiscal recklessness that must be stopped.

According to him, ‘This is why we need TRUE FISCAL FEDERALISM. This is the fiscal recklessness we need to stop. Lagos&SS states will make money for ????????, states like Adamawa that contributes nothing will use same money to appoint over 25 members in a media team. Allow Adamawa make&spend its own money”

For Chidi Okereke, he described the appointees as incompetent fellows who couldn’t advise the governor not to make such post.

He tweeted, “Lmfaoooooooo. The fact that he has all these people in his media team, and they still thought it was a good idea to post this means that they’re all grossly incompetent. Na that one pain me pass ????????????????”

The same opinion was shared who said, “Let’s say you even appointed 47 media aides, announcing it on Twitter shows you’re not reading the room or feeling the pulse of the nation. It’s really a shame. You fell off”

@ReneRodrig in his comment, said the appointment negates tenets of cutting cost of governance that many Nigerians have been preaching especially during this austere period.