Following Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State’s appointment of 192 Special Assistants on Friday, positive reactions continue to accompany the decision, with indigent groups and citizens in the state lauding the decision.
However, an independent organisation, Coalition for Good Governance and Economic Justice in Africa (CGGEJA), noted that the appointments were testament to the governor’s inclusive style of governance in Edo State, which sought to obtain direct feedback from even the smallest quarters.
A statement signed by the National Director of the group, Jude Gadimoh, read in part that: “I understand people’s scepticism, but over time, our organisation has studied the strategies of Governor Obaseki and we think that he is a man on a mission. That mission is not to ruin state funds, but to use as little as possible to achieve as much as possible. If he appointed 192 Special Assistants, why won’t the people, who have trusted him since, continue to trust him until the move fails?”
Meanwhile, another independent group, Actualisation of Afemai Interest also lauded the move, noting that perhaps their interests would be thoroughly considered.
Based in Auchi, a statement by the group’s spokesperson, Hassan Abdulfatah revealed that: “In all sincerity, when Governor Obaseki was elected, we all thought we would be neglected because he is a Benin man from Oredo and we are Afemai from Edo North. This new move to appoint SAs from the various wards seems to be in everyone’s favour and in fact, he has started repairing our roads. I think he means well with it.”
For his part, a public analyst, Dr Idemudia Oviosun said: “This is a strategic move indicating the Governor’s knowledge of the history of Edo State. If he had not done this, there would have been a feeling of neglect from either one senatorial district to another, or one local government to another, but the governor has eradicated every question of that happening. He knows his politics.”