Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike has increased the number of his Special Assistants on Political Unit Affairs from 100,000 to 200,000.
He made the announcement on Friday when he swore in the second and final group of the initial 100,000 assistants from the Rivers East Senatorial District.
On Thursday, the Governor administered oaths of office to the first group of over 45,000 assistants from the Rivers South-East and Rivers West Senatorial Districts.
The state administration first announced the appointment of the record-breaking number of assistants on October 11 with an initial estimate of 14,000 people.
The following day, it doubled to 28,000, and then increased to 50,000.
In a recent media talk, Governor Wike said that the PDP leaders in Rivers State had deliberated; adding that they decided to expand the number of Special Assistant appointments to 100,000.
They claimed to have selected appointees evenly; with each of the political units across the 319 Wards in the 23 Local Government Areas of the state represented.
Their job is to send in honest feedbacks from the people at the grassroots to the state government.
They are to communicate the people’s feelings towards the Wike administration through the 319 Liaison Officers at the Ward levels; who will then report to the 32 State Constituency Liaison Officers for transmission to the office of the Governor.
The state swore in the 319 Wards Liaison Officers and 32 State Constituency Liaison Officers earlier this week.
The inauguration of the last batch of the 100,000 Special Assistants took place at the Adokiye Amiesimaka stadium. He said the appointment is part of the “stomach-infrastructure” he promised to execute alongside the physical infrastructure of his administration.
He also clarified that the essence of the huge number of appointees is to enable him finish “very very well”.