A former housemate of the reality TV show, Big Brother Naija, Rebecca Nengi Hampson, has been appointed as a senior special assistant to the Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri.
Diri appointed the second runner-up of the BBNaija lockdown edition as a Senior Special Assistant on Girl Child Development.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Daniel Alabrah, confirmed Nengi’s appointment.
He said details of governor’s gesture would be made known later.
Meanwhile, her former housemates have taken to their social media accounts to congratulate her.
Winner of the Season 5 edition of the reality television show, Laycon, said on his Twitter account, “My Senior Special Assistant Ma. My SSA. Yes ma; anything for you ma. Clear the road for the ssa. @nengiofficial.”
Another housemate, Ozo, said via his Twitter account, “Congrats to @nengiofficial on your appointment for the position as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor, Face of Bayelsa State and Ambassador for the girl child Bayelsa state. Many more blessings.”
The third runner-up of the show, Neo Mobor Akpofure also tweeted, “Omo my girl oo.. Senior Special Assistant to the Governor and Face of Bayelsa State. Congrats my sister @nengiofficial.”
Also, the governor announced Nengi’s colleague and Bayelsa-born Tarimotimi Sinclair aka Trikytee as a Senior Special Assistant.
Diri announced the appointments in Government House, Yenagoa, when the Bayelsa-born former housemate visited as part of her homecoming activities.
He told Nengi that the state was proud of her performance and conduct in the recently-concluded reality show.
Diri in a release by Alabrah, expressed satisfaction with Nengi’s conduct, brilliance and identifying strongly with her state during the show, saying the government and people of Bayelsa state are proud of her.
He said while the show could mean many things to different people, for Nengi it was an opportunity as a girl to aspire and become great in life.
While describing Nengi as the de facto winner of the show, the governor called on girls from the state to realise that there was so much they can achieve from various facets of life.
Diri said, “On behalf of the people and government of Bayelsa State, I want to say that we are proud of you. Let our girls know that there is so much they can achieve in various facets of life. Arising from your participation, we were told that if not for other factors, you are the de facto winner of the show. So you are welcome back home.
“We believe that now that you have been recognised nationally and internationally, you will be the face of Bayelsa and I hereby announce you as the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Bayelsa Girl Child Development. The same goes for your fellow ex-housemate, Tarimotimi Sinclair aka Trikytee. So both of you are hereby appointed Senior Special Assistants to the Governor.”
He advised Nengi to continue to be of good character as experienced in the show, be humble and portray Bayelsa in good light wherever she goes. The governor equally appreciated those that worked tirelessl
y and facilitated the support she enjoyed while on the show.
Responding, Nengi thanked the governor for the huge support she got while in the Big Brother house, stating that she enjoyed projecting the image of Bayelsa in a positive light.
The ex-housemate, who was accompanied by a former colleague in the house, Neo, noted that her aim in the show was to change the narrative of every Bayelsa girl child, which she said she was determined to achieve outside the house.
“I want to commend you, Your Excellency. You are doing a good job and we are so lucky to have you as our governor. I’m equally here representing thousands of Bayelsa girls all over the world. There are so many concerns that I have but now that we would work together, I hope that we can do so much for the girl child. I also want to use this medium to give back to society. So, I’m going to be reaching out to people affected by the flood through the First Lady,” she said.