Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State has drawn significant criticism following his announcement of appointing 47 media aides. The governor shared the appointments on his official Twitter handle, stating that he is confident that the diverse and talented team will enhance communication efforts and public engagement, serving the people effectively.
The appointments came after the Adamawa State House of Assembly granted the governor approval to appoint 50 special advisers on June 6, 2023. Governor Fintiri had been relatively inactive since the inauguration dinner on May 29, following the loss of his cousin, Malama Laraba Mamman, in a tragic road accident en route to his inauguration.
Among the appointed media aides 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.
However, the announcement sparked immediate outrage from netizens and the public, who raised concerns about the governor’s decision to appoint such a large number of media aides. Many questioned the rationale behind the appointments, especially considering the state’s high poverty rate.
According to the 2022 data from the National Bureau of Statistics, Adamawa has Nigeria’s 18th highest poverty rate, with approximately 3.44 million people living in poverty. With the state facing significant economic challenges and many vulnerable citizens, allocating resources to such a substantial media team has received widespread criticism.
As the controversy unfolds, Governor Fintiri and his administration will likely face mounting pressure to address the public’s concerns and clarify the necessity and cost-effectiveness of the appointed media aides in a state grappling with poverty and socio-economic challenges.
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