Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has approved the appointment of 63 aides to man various offices in his administration.
One of the new appointees is popular Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson.
Johnson, from Okehi Local Government Area of the State was appointed SSA to the Governor on Entertainment, Arts and Culture.
Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Mrs. Ayoade Folashade Arike, in Lokoja, said in a statement on Tuesday that the appointments were effective from 1st of April, 2017.
According to her, the appointments were intended to “plug identified gaps in service delivery, fill key positions with the right people and to broaden inclusiveness in governance by bringing people from more communities on board.”
In addition to the 54 Senior Special Assistants appointed, nine Special Assistants to the Governor as Federal Constituency Supervisors for the GYB Connect Programme has also been approved.
The statement said the appointment is to recognise and encourage outstanding contributions to the New Direction Agenda.
The nine Special Assistants will also act as direct liaisons between the present administration and the Local Government Ward Coordinators of the GYB Connect Programme, the SSG said in the statement.