Its been over two weeks since their appointments and inauguration as Special Advisers SAs and Senior Special Assistants, SSAs to the Executive Governor of Imo State, Senator Hope Uzodinma but they are yet to be assigned portfolios.
Reports have it that they now roam and hover around Government offices, without designation and offices to operate from.
Governor Hope Uzodinma had announced the appointment and inauguration of over Fifty (50) Aides who have since not been assigned any portfolios while they continue to wait for the Governor to give them duties.
The situation has caused alot of embarrassment both to the Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma and the appointees.
The Governor had however allocated portfolios to the Commissioner nominees who were inaugurated along side with the Advisers.
Governor Uzodinma had on the day of their inauguration at Ahiajioku centre, Owerri, told both the visitors and his appointees that they would be told their portfolios the next two days.
However since then, the Governor has released those of the Commissioners but has failed to do same for the SAs and SSAs.
Aside from his Special Advisers on Special Duties, Political and Environment who have all since resumed duties with their offices pronounced, others have been hovering around and loitering without specified duties therefore causing confusion.
This has left Imo people wondering if the governor was really prepared for the office.
“The Imo State Governor was not prepared for office and therefore confused. How can a Governor appoint his Aides now for over two weeks without assigning them duties? We have not witnessed this kind of Idle minds leading a State” Nze Ray Emeana, Imo PDP State Secretary told our Reporter.
When told that the delay in giving them their portfolio could have been caused by the coronavirus saga, the PDP Scribe said that if the Governor could inaugurate the 27 Imo Council IMC members despite the social-distancing period, even celebrated the setting up an Isolation Centre with a mammoth crowd present with Televisions beaming it live, Emeana wondered what stops the Governor from assigning portfolios to his Fifty men and women whom he came open in the last three weeks that he has made them part of the Expanded Imo State Executive Council.
“This is the height of a confused Government we have presently in Imo State. For two weeks men and women were appointed SAs and SSAs they have been loitering about without offices. What a disturbing sham?” Emeana said.
Investigation further unveiled that most of the SAs and SSAs who are not even resident in Imo before their appointments and have since left for their stations awaiting when the Governor will give them portfolios.
Unfortunately, it was learnt, most of them are now stuck in their various stations due to the coronavirus issue, and may not even arrive Imo so soon, should the Governor decide to give them portfolios now.