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Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by ijustdey: 9:21pm On Jul 11
A federal lawmaker from Akwa Ibom State, Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo, has recruited 50 people to serve as personal aides.

Akwa Ibom, despite huge oil wealth, is one of the states with the highest unemployment rates in Nigeria.

Employing 50 people in a single move by a lawmaker is seen as record-breaking in the state.

Mr Ukpong-Udo, a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), represents Ikono/Ini Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Abuja.

He is a fresh lawmaker.

The position of the aides ranges from special assistant on special duties, community relations, community development, and logistics duties, to special assistant on women matters, protocol, and local legislative matters.

Also included are four media aides.

Members of the House of Representatives are permitted to employ only five statutory aides.

Therefore, 45, out of the 50 aides, would be getting their salary and allowance from the lawmaker’s pocket.

One of the aides, Imowo Mbede, told PREMIUM TIMES Wednesday that the appointment of that number of aides was the lawmaker’s way of “empowering” his constituents.

“It’s basically an empowerment thing,” said Mr Mbede, an executive assistant to Mr Ukpong-Udo. “A good number of them are from all the wards in the two local government areas (Ikono and Ini), while others are from outside the federal constituency.”

Mr Mbede said the appointment is to run for a year, after which a new set of persons would be appointed as a replacement.

All the 50 aides are said to have direct access to Mr Ukpong-Udo and are to serve as his eyes and ears in the local communities.

Mr Mbede is from Nsit Ibom, a local government area which is outside the lawmaker’s constituency. PREMIUM TIMES asked him if he too would be relieved of his appointment after one year.

“Maybe,” he responded.

He declined to say how much their salaries are.

The announcement of the appointment in June, prompted a debate in Akwa Ibom, with some people wondering why such a large number of aides was needed.

“Ukpong-Udo is in a hurry to do good to as many persons as he possibly can,” one of the media aides to the lawmaker said in an article he wrote as a response to the criticism of the appointment.


https://www.premiumtimesng.com/regional/south-south-regional/340030-nigerian-lawmaker-appoints-50-aides.html

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by johnmartus(m): 9:37pm On Jul 11
Soon all Nigerians will turn to politician.

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by Aonkuuse(m): 9:39pm On Jul 11
Even Buhari don't have that much, it's his business if he is paying them from his pocket

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by Bolustical: 9:44pm On Jul 11
cosef:
I support him. Empower as many people as possible. Paying salaries to 45 aides directly from your emoluments is no mean feat.

Other greedy politicians should emulate him. I will do same when I get to the house of reps in 2023.
So your own means of empowerment is employing people whether they contribute to the effective representation of your constituents or not?

There are no other ways to empower.

No creativity, nothing.

Truly most Nigerian youths have nothing upstairs.

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by czarina(f): 9:44pm On Jul 11
Election compensation on fleek!

Nawa ooo, dem no tell am say that there are other ways to settle loyalists? Not smart at all.

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by realstars: 9:45pm On Jul 11
50 men on a law maker's head?
Empowerment thing or amnesty thing for a job Weldon.

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by israelmao(m): 9:45pm On Jul 11
So long he pays them out of his salary.Some politicians get themselves so involved with bogus promises to the people during election campaigns to the extent that the burden they carry after winning elections becomes so cumbersome for them.

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by Jubilancy(f): 9:45pm On Jul 11
Wey to go.....its his way of creating jobs for fifty people but....50aids is a bit too much sha

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by vingeophysicist(m): 9:46pm On Jul 11
God!!
Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by eleojo23: 9:46pm On Jul 11
Na poverty alleviation program?

shocked
Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by FIGARO00: 9:47pm On Jul 11
Na still the same suffer na, when the man comot, dem go follow am comot too. mtchw
Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by 1stNumeroUno: 9:49pm On Jul 11
Sincerely, I started losing my last hope on Nigeria when I see the younger politicians behaves.

Imagine, 50 aides! Even for a governor, it's too much.

The other one was at Love Machine shop embarrassing himself.

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by RexTramadol1(m): 9:49pm On Jul 11
So far it's creating jobs
Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by tomdon(m): 9:50pm On Jul 11
Lord of mercy!
Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by Wirelessmic(m): 9:50pm On Jul 11
If this one become a governor now he will appoint a whole local government as aides. wetin Musa no go see for gate undecided angry

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by asfrank(m): 9:51pm On Jul 11
make we no come the hear him owe us 4years salaries Ohh...

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by AkataYeriYeri: 9:53pm On Jul 11
pdpidz will cheer him on

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by cosef: 9:53pm On Jul 11
I support him. Empower as many people as possible. Paying salaries to 50 aides and having 45 families directly dependent on you from your emoluments is no mean feat.

Other greedy politicians should emulate him. I will do same when I get to the house of reps in 2023.

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by Monday60655: 9:54pm On Jul 11
Wow! That's a good gesture from the young politician.
But I suggest the politicians should do more in creating more tangible job opportunity that will accommodate more and also last longer. Because these appointments can be terminated any day or simply come to an end when the lawmaker tenure ends.
Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by tech18: 9:55pm On Jul 11
Bolustical:
I hope TonyeBarcanista is included.

All his Akwa Ibom ass-licking must not be in vain.

This guy should find something for him before he starts another epistle about hoe bad PDP his.

grin grin , tonye deserves to be Commissioner of Youths for Akwa_Ikom or. SA new. media to the State Governor

Someone should connect me with Rt. Hon. Gudaje Kazaure, Speaker of the Masses,Voice of the Voiceless
Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by SimSify(m): 9:57pm On Jul 11
This is what happens when the whole community contributes to your success.. All the Godfather and Family in his constituence is ably represented.

Community contribution = community government
Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by ENG0701: 9:59pm On Jul 11
Special assistant on women matters....................
Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by Felixjohn365: 10:01pm On Jul 11
Hon. Emmanuel ukpong aka macaire has been a philanthropist even before he venture into politics, he has elevated hundreds of people in Ikono n Ini LGA, I can still remember went I heard he gave 200k n a car to an indigene of ikono saying that he doesn't want the young man to suffer again... Macaire popularly known my akwa ibom has Udo-eka Jesus Christ, for those that knows Dey meaning kudos. But beside appointing 50 aides that man doesn't believe in accumulation of wealth, he believes in touching peoples life. So stop the criticism and support his benevolent act. Long live aks, long live naija.

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Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by Cyjetty: 10:02pm On Jul 11
What will dis one do when he become governor
Re: Emmanuel Ukpong-Udo Appoints 50 Aides by Passionate888: 10:04pm On Jul 11
Akwa Ibom

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