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Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri
Thousands of graduates and unemployed youths stormed the Imo State House of Assembly seeking to be appointed as aides to the newly inaugurated lawmakers. It was learnt that the youths who contributed for the election of the lawmakers in their respective constituencies responded to the campaign promises by the politicians that some of them would be appointed as aides.
As a result, following the inauguration of the House of Assembly penultimate week, unemployed or underemployed youths on daily basis besieged the House of Assembly complex as early as 8 am to ensure they get jobs as personal assistant or special assistant to their representatives.
The employment drive has continued unabated as the youths virtually force themselves on the lawmakers for services, with some of them giving claiming to be special assistants on media or special duties while others are already working as body guards.
The job seekers, who obviously have overwhelmed the Assembly’s facilities, usually position themselves in front of their target offices, thereby causing traffic gridlocks within the lobby and the speaker’s lounge. Security agents attached to the complex had had course to push the unemployed youths out of the lobby.
As a result of this pressure, some of the lawmakers have started making appointment even before they were given the directive to do. For instance, a lawmaker from Mbaise, has already employed 10 aides with salaries of between N30,000 and N50,000.
This is even as the speaker of the House of Assembly, Dr. Acho Ihim was said to have already employed up to 20 official aides including the employment of four media aides—Chief Press Secretary, Special Assistant on Print Media, Special Assistant on Electronic Media and Special Assistant on Social Media.
It was learnt that each of the lawmakers is entitled to not more than two official aides, but one of them told The UNION that he was constrained to take more than that number because of the excruciating unemployment situation in the state. The lawmaker, who would not want his name mentioned in prints, disclosed that the assembly complex was not the