By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
As his second term administration takes off on Friday May 29, Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has disclosed that he will cut down the number of ministries from the present 23 to 15, while he also promised to reduce the number of political appointees drastically.
The governor dropped the hint at the weekend while announcing the dissolution of his current cabinet members, at a ceremony held at the House of Chiefs, Parliament Building, Secretariat, Ibadan.
He said this was necessitated owing to the current economic situation in the country and in order to maximally utilise the available resources.
The dissolution of the cabinet was held prelude to the inauguration of the new government on May 29, 2015 at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium. “I will like to on behalf of the people and government of Oyo State thank members of this administration as political appointees.
“I must commend your unflinching support, dedication and your patriotism, which has propelled Oyo State from the doldrums of development to become one of the leading members of committee of modern state in Nigeria. “I believe that every member here present has contributed substantially to the progress and development of modern Oyo State,” he said.
Ajimobi added: “I similarly like to take the opportunity to express the appreciation of the people and myself and the Deputy Governor to all of you for a job well done.
“We shall be passing out commendation letters, which will serve as testimonials for your future endeavours.
“I have no doubt in my mind that you will continue to avail yourself the opportunity offered by the new Oyo State.
“I also believe that if you work with the zeal that you worked to make this administration a successful one, you will succeed in whatever you do. So once again I thank you immensely and I wish to assure you of my support and assist in all your endeavours.”
Ajimobi, reminded the cabinet that the day marked the last day of the first term of this administration according to the constitution.
He, however, said that the criteria to use in appointing members of the next cabinet would be based on quality, ability, capability and spread in the zone.