Unspecified number of ‘over aged people and full time students in some parts of Edo State have applied serve in yet-to-be named cabinet of governor Godwin Obaseki, amidst wily high-altitude manoeuvres.
Chairman of the 15-man screening Committee of political nominees, Prof. Dennis Agbonlahor dropped the hint when he presented the Committee’s Report to the Governor at the weekend in Benin City, the State Capital.
He said the Committee which was set up by the Governor on July 6, 2021, examined and screened 129 Commissioner-nominees in addition to 113 and 576 Senior Special Assistants (SSAs) and Special Assistants (SAs) nominees respectively.
Speaking after he received names of screened nominees for political appointment, governor Obaseki reassures on realization of Making Edo Great Again, MEGA agenda, with a caution that not all the nominees will be appointed into his cabinet.
“We must have a clear demarcation between political and technical roles in government. The purpose of political appointments in government and the role of civil servants are different and should not be mixed.
“Political office holders set the agenda following the mandate given to them by the electorate. They come into office to give directions while the civil servants do their work, as they work together in harmony to develop the State.”
While thanking the Committee for helping the State build a database of people believed to be politically active and ready to serve Edo people, Obaseki said the reason for the screening exercise is to bring in politicians with the mentality to serve the people rather than politicians who will come to frustrate the system and steal the resources of the State.
According to him, “They must have the interest of the people at heart, participate in the development of their communities, and support the administration’s agenda to develop the State.
“Political appointees must deliver on their responsibilities and duties as they will be evaluated based on their performance. Our party is working to ensure that we carry everybody along.”
“We must win the heart of our people by fulfilling our electioneering promises and ensure our party continues to serve Edo people,” he stressed.
Our Correspondent reports that the Governor will have to send the names of Commissioner-nominees to the State House of Assembly which had earlier approved 15 Special Advisers-nomineesby the Governor, for consideration ahead of the one year anniversary of the Government on November 12, 2021.