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[Kogi State]– Nigerian actress, Mercy Johnson, has been appointed by the Governor of Kogi state, Yahaya Bello, to act as his new Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on entertainment, arts and culture .

The news of her appointment was announced with those of 62 others in a statement by the Secretary to the State Government ( SSG), Dr Folashade Ayoade, on Tuesday, in the State capital, Lokoja, ThePunch reports.

According to Ayoade, the rationale for the appointments was to “fill key positions with the right people and to broaden inclusiveness in governance by bringing people from more communities on board.”

The breakdown of the new appointees showed that 54 of them will serve as Senior Special Assistants while nine will work as Special Assistants to the Governor as Federal Constituency Supervisors for the Governor Yahaya Bello (GYB) Connect Programme .

The SSG further stated that the appointments were made 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 statement said.

It should be noted that the appointments will take effect from April 1, 2017.

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