Nigeria struck by plague of special advisers

When the current British government took office, it decreed a limit on the number of special advisers that each minister was allowed to appoint.  Recent figures show that David Cameron has sixteen “spads”, Nick Clegg has eleven, and most other ministers have just one or two.  Overall, there are still fewer than eighty advisers wandering around Whitehall today.  Some civil servants probably think that’s still many too many.

Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, Nigeria, would beg to differ.  Today he announced the appointment of a modest 924 special aides…

Governor Isa Yuguda of Bauchi State, on Monday, approved the appointment of 94 Senior Special Assistants (SSAs), 20 Special Advisers (SAs) and 810 Special Assistants.

A statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Dandija, also announced the appointment of 24 Directors-General in charge of various sectors of the state.

Yuguda also approved the appointment of 20 Deputy Chairmen and 82 members for the Local Councils in the state.

The statement added that all the appointments were with immediate effect.

One can only imagine that the administration of Bauchi State is about to make a great leap forward.  [H/T Teju Cole.]