NEPOTISM? 30 appointed Permanent Secretaries as Obudu carts home with highest share!

Efio-Ita Nyok|24 February 2017
While all 18 local government areas where represented in the yesterday 23 February Governor Ben Ayade’s appointment of 30 new Permanent Secretaries, it has been observed by Cross Riverians that some LGAs were ‘cheated’. A quick perusal of the Facebook timeline of Special Assistant on Media to the Governor, Emmanuel Ulayi, reveals the disappointment of some Cross Riverians.
For instance, while Obudu, the LGA of origin of the incumbent state chief executive had 4 PSs, Akamkpa, Yala, Abi, Bekwarra and Calabar South had only 1 PS each.
These is the list of newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in Cross River State, sworn in by Governor Ben Ayade yesterday 23 February.
You see one Patrick frowning at 4 Obudu LGAs PSs
NAME                                          LGA
1)Anukwa Fidelis A.            —Abi
2)Mark Umah Echege         —Akamkpa
3)Ita Ekpenyong                  —Akpabuyo
4)Ayi Henshaw                    —Bakassi
5)Omali Mary                       —Bekwara
6)Emmanuel Enene Eke     —Biase
7)Irene Olive Aniyom          —Biase
8)Njama Paul Asu               —Boki
9)Dr Joseph Adim Bassey    -Calabar Municipality
10)Bassey Peter Antigha      -Calabar Municipality
11)Odok Franca Arong         —Etung
12)Eta Emmanuel Ogar        —Ikom
13)Akpet Mary A.                   —Ikom
14)Ugbe Uniminake Joseph   -Obanliku
15)Ikang Gabriel Francis         -Obanliku
16)Achu Ihort Glory                  -Obubra
17)Asinde Oscar Akomaye     -Obudu
18)Beshel Gabriel Akpeke        -Obudu
19)Ebong Thomas Erete      -Odukpani
20)Aniebiet Bassey Ekpenyong – Odukpani
21)Ogon Akpe Edung             -Ogoja
22)Mophy Benard Igobor       -Ogoja
23)Dr Innocent Eteng        -Yakurr
24)Mary-Jane Ebri              -Yakurr
25)Ogar Samson Ogar       -Yala
26)Emmanuel Bassey Effiom  -Akpabuyo
27)Dr Francis Adie                -Obudu
28)Dr Denis Utang                -Obudu
29)Patrick Umor Tete  -Calabar South
30)Alfred Mboto           -Obubra.
In the nursing profession in the state it will be recalled that one Christiana Akeke, a level 13 health officer was appointed by the state local government service commission to superintend over senior nurses who are in level 15 and 16 as Primary Healthcare Coordinator in Obudu.
Akeke is a relative of the governor and was reportedly promised the coordinator position by so-called defacto governor Frank Ayade when she was appointed as a board member of Primary Healthcare Development Agency.
Some Cross Riverians are not quite comfortable with Obudu stealing the show! 
Is it nepotistic on the part of the Governor to have appointed 4 of Obudu indigenes as PSs when other LGAs where having at most one? Is LGA of origin a basic requirement for appointment as PS? Or, capacity and stay in the civil service? Or, do we have more qualified Obudu indigenes for PSs?
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