Osun state reduces ministries from seventeen to twelve

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

Rauf Aregbesola

In view of the current austerity measures to reduce the cost of governance, Osun State government in south-west Nigeria has restructured the ministries and reduced them from 17 to 12.

Governor Rauf Aregbesola explained that the decision to restructure the ministries, agencies and bureaus was arrived at after a reappraisal of the machinery of government.

While merging some existing ones, he announced the creation of a new Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development.

In a letter of notification to the House of Assembly, the Governor listed the 12 ministries, in addition to nine agencies and bureaus which he said will be put directly under his office for direct and adequate supervision.

The 12 ministries are the: Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Youths Engagement; Ministry of Industries, Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment; Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development; Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Ministry of Environment, Sanitation and Physical Planning as well as Ministry of

Others involved the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information, Home Affairs, Tourism and Culture, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Local Government, Chieftaincy, Water Resources, and Community Affairs;Ministry of Women, Children, and Social Affairs; and Ministry of Works and Transport.

The nine agencies and bureaus are: the Office of Regional Integration; the Sports Council; the Department of Social and Grassroots Mobilization and Guidance; Office of Policy Coordination; Osun Job Centre; the Bureau of Lands; Pilgrims Welfare Board (Christian Wing); Pilgrims Welfare Board (Muslim Wing) and Office of Forestry, Natural
and Mineral Resources.

The Governor, while urging the Speaker to communicate the development to members of the House, said that the decision was taken to reduce the cost of governance and enhance service delivery.