Nollywood Actress Mercy Johnson Okojie has been appointed by Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, as his new Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on entertainment, arts, and culture.
Mercy’s appointment was announced in a statement released by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Folashade Ayoade, on Tuesday, March 14th.
Johnson states on her Instagram page, @mercyjohnsonokojie on Wednesday.
“I am gratified with the official notification reaching me on my Appointment as the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Governor of Kogi State on Entertainment, Arts and Culture.
“I am humbled, as I duly acknowledge this attending responsibility to serve my great state with the modest experience I have gathered over the years.
“With depth of gratitude, I want to thank the Governor of Kogi State, His Excellency, Alhaji Yahaya Bello and his wife, the first lady of Kogi State Her Excellency Mrs. Rashida Bello, for this unparalleled opportunity to serve”.
According to http://allafrica.com, Johnson was appointed alongside 53 other Senior Special Assistants on Tuesday. The position is the 32-year-old actress’s first political appointment in her home state.
A statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Ayoade Arike, said the appointments will be effective from April 1.
Mrs. Arike said the appointments are 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.”
Mercy Johnson won the Best Actress award at Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Awards in 2013 for role in comedy movie “Dumebi the dirty girl”.