The vice-chairman of Kolokuma/Opokuma local government area of Bayelsa state, Brian Wotari has appointed an old woman, Omonigbalebo Dani Orogono, who is believed to be 118 years old as his special adviser on elder matters.
The appointment was contained in a letter signed by Bedford Ineye, a senior aide to the vice-chairman.
Read the letter below:
“It is my pleasure to inform you that you have been appointed as Special Adviser on Elder Matters to the Vice-Chairman, Kolokuma/Opokuma LGA.
“Your appointment is with immediate effect. Congratulations and accept the warmest regards from the Vice-Chairman.”
Speaking on the appointment, Ebinimi Abiama, a consultant with the local government revealed that the move was only a way of showing solidarity with the aged people in the area.
“She wasn’t appointed so she could do the adviser work per se,” he said.
“But just as solidarity to carry the elderly people along. It is an honourary appointment. She is the oldest woman in the local government area and at her age, the pay she gets as an adviser is something to keep her going.
“The vice-chairman also intends to upgrade the living standard of the woman, as, amongst others, her house will be renovated.”