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EXCLUSIVE: Makinde To Appoint 3 More Commissioners

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In addition to the 14 names sent to the Oyo State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation as commissioners, Governor Seyi Makinde would add three names to the already submitted list of commissioner-nominees, OYO INSIGHT can authoritatively report.

 

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Only few days ago, Makinde had forward 14 names of would-be commissioners to the lawmakers for screening. Screening of the 14 commissioner-nominees begins tomorrow.

 

With the addition of three, it will bring the total to 17 commissioner-nominees. This is in addition to the 22 special advisers to be appointed.

 

Already, OYO INSIGHT gathered, there are 14 ministries. Makinde has forwarded a bill to create three new ministries to make it 17. While two of the ministries will be speared from existing ones, the third one is an entirely new one.

 

This newspaper understands that there are ministries of agriculture, natural resources and rural development; education, science and technology; environment and water resources; finance and budget; health, justice; information, culture and tourism; liaison and inter-governmental affairs; lands, housing, survey and urban development; local government and chieftaincy matters; special duties; trade, industry and cooperatives, women affairs, community development, social welfare and poverty alleviation and youth and sports ministry of works and transport.

 

To be added to these are ministries of energy, survey and planning.

 

There were 23 ministries before former governor Abiola Ajimobi came on board in 2011. He reduced it to 13 on assumption of office in order to reduce cost of governance. Two more ministries were added to the 13 before Ajimobi left in May, 2019.

 

The governor’s executive assistant on legislative matters, Hon. Samuel Adejumobi, who confirmed the development in a recent chat with journalists, said that “When you see ministries that should run independently being lumped up such as ministry of finance and planning; ministry of survey, land and housing, and others like that, and you consider the enormous responsibilities on them, you will agree with me that they will yield no meaningful result pursuant to the economic agenda of the state government. It is in this light that the governor in his wisdom from his private sector background is separating some of these ministries as well as creating a new one which is Ministry of Energy.”

 

As usual, the names on the list have continued to generate arguments. While some saluted Makinde for fulfilling his promise of appointing members of the opposition African Democratic Congress, ADC; Zenith Labour Party, ZLP; Social Democratic Party, SDP and others that endorsed Makinde of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against Oloye Adebayo Adelabu of the All Progressives Congress, APC during the last election, others, especially those from Sen. Olufemi Lanlehin’s camp and ZLP are obviously angry as none of their members made the list of commissioner-nominees.

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