As Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, on Friday, announced the appointments of 192 Special Assistants from each of the wards in all 18 Local Government Areas of the state, his Chief of Staff, Mr Taiwo Akerele, has explained that their appointments constituted a call to serve the people, noting that the task ahead was enormous and did not call for excess celebration.
In a statement by Akerele, he revealed that the appointments came on the heels of the submission of the final report of the special committee set up to review the recommendations of eligible candidates from the various wards and LGAs.
Akerele said: “We congratulate all those who have been appointed and state categorically that this is a call to service. This is not the time to spend too much celebrating, as the task ahead is enormous and comes with a high sense of responsibility, decorum, humility and leadership.”
Meanwhile, he also added that the special assistants were mandated to support the governor in project monitoring and evaluation, liaison with various stakeholders in the wards to ensure peace and overall security of lives and property, as well as attend meetings and establish a channel of communication between the government and those at the grassroots.
Other duties included ensuring peace and harmony, sending regular monthly reports to the governor for necessary action and follow-up, discharging other duties as may be directed by the governor, and taking up residence in their various wards.
The full list of appointments, meanwhile, was published on both the governor and his Chief Press Secretary, Mr John Mayaki’s websites.