Kogi governor, Yahaya Bello has appointed Nollywood actress, Mercy Johnson-Okogie as his senior special assistant on entertainment, arts and culture.
Her appointment was made public on Tuesday in a press statement on Tuesday by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr. Mrs. Ayoade Folashade Arike .
She was appointed alongside 53 other Senior Special Assistants.
The appointments become effective from April 1st, 2017.
The rationale for the additional appointees at the state level, the statement read, is to “plug identified gaps in service delivery, fill key positions with the right people and to broaden inclusiveness in governance by bringing people from more communities on board.”
According to the statement, in addition to the 54 Senior Special Assistants appointed, nine Special Assistants to the Governor as Federal Constituency Supervisors for the GYB Connect Programme has also been approved.
The statement said the appointment is to recognise and encourage outstanding contributions to the New Direction Agenda.
The statement added that 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 position is the first political appointment for the 32-year-old actress who made her foray into the story in the movie, The Maid.