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Mixed Reaction Greets Mbah’s Appointment of Akeredolu-Ale as ESBS Boss



Governor Peter Mbah of Enugu State appears hell bent on adhering to his style of universal labour practice. Just like he head hunted Adenike Okebu, a technocrat from the Southwest, as his Senior Special Assistant on Revenue, he again surprised many with his appointment of Ladi Akeredolu-Ale, another south-westerner and a former Controller, Current Affairs, Channels Television to head the Enugu State Broadcasting Service, ESBS.

Mbah charged Akeredolu-Ale to overhaul and turn ESBS into one of the best revenue-generating organisations in the state. While many have applauded him for choosing competence over tribalism, not a few think that headhunting who heads ESBS should have been done with a lot of circumspection, especially because of the ethnic-conscious polity of Nigeria. This set of people believe that Enugu has a pool of local talents who could have been better drafted for the job as the state allegedly has the best hands in broadcast journalism in Nigeria.

These critics believe ESBS’ problem is really lack of funding by the state governments over time but most definitely, not managerial talent. They are also uncomfortable with the fact that they believe the governor just may have a scant regard for his own people who he thinks may not be willing to effectively implement his vision for a better Enugu.


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