Oyo lawmakers to approve reduction of ministries

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Governor Abiola Ajimobi is asking lawmakers to approve a reduction in the number of ministries in the state

Members of Oyo state House of Assembly are expected to honor the official request of the state governor Abiola Ajimobi who is seeking reduction in the number of ministries in the state.

A statement made available to IBPulse revealed that the governor sent a letter to the house yesterday, the letter was read to members of the house by the speaker, Hon Michael Adeyemo at yesterday’s plenary session.

According to the letter, Governor Ajimobi wants the legislative arm of government to approve a bill for the establishment of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, another for the Ministry of Trade, Industry, Investment and Cooperatives and the last law is for the establishment of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.

It would be recalled that the governor had earlier made his intention to reduce the number of ministries in the state known when he addressed the lawmakers at the inauguration of the assembly.

Ever since the governor said he would reduce the number of ministries in the state, many residents of the state, especially those that are working in the affected ministries had become jittery of a possible retrenchment exercise. But a rep close to the state government told me this morning that the governor is not planning to sack anybody.

So, why are they merging the ministries you may ask.

I was told the goal is to reduce the number of political appointments. This makes sense if you consider the fact that these politicians come with a large staff when they get government appointments.

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