Thursday, 13 July 2017

Obaseki assigns portfolios to commissioners, trims ministries to 18

On Wednesday,  Edo State Governor,  Godwin Obaseki reduced the number of ministries in the state to 18.

This was in line with the governor’s promise to have a small cabinet.

Obaseki also directed the recently appointed commissioners not to refer to him as His Excellency during Executive Council meeting but as Chairman in Council.

He ordered the commissioners to resume at their various ministries on Thursday.

In the new arrangement, the Ministry of Land and Housing was scrapped while Ministries of Forestry and Sports were made commissions.

Obaseki said Housing would be handled by the Property Development Authority.

Speaking while presiding over the first meeting with his commissioners, Obaseki assigned them (commissioners) to ministries.

The new commissioners are –
Yekini Idaiye (Energy and Water Resources),
Hon. Paul Ohonbamu (Communication and Orientation),
Emmanuel Agbale (Science and Technology) and
Barr. Emmanuel Usoh (Wealth Creation, Cooperatives and Employment).

Others are –

Magdalene Ohenhen (Women Affairs and Social Development),
Osahon Amiolemen (Infrastructure),
Joseph Ughioke ( Minerals, Oil and Gas),
Mika Amanokha (Youth and Special Duties),
Osagie Inegbedion (Finance),
Hajia Maryam Abubakar (Budget),
Edorodion Oye Erimona (Physical Planning and Urban Development),
Prof. Yinka Omorogbe (Justice),
Osaze Osemwegie-Ero (Arts, Culture and Diaspora),
Monday Osaigbovo (Agriculture and Natural Resources),
Dr. Chirstopher I. Adesotu (Education),
 Hon. Reginald Okun (Environment and Sustainability),
Dr. David Osifo (Health) and
Jimoh Ijegbai (Local Government and Community Affairs).

Gov. Obaseki said the terms of reference of all council members had been finalised.

Obaseki also said all the executive orders and gazettes necessary to reveal the new structure would be released immediately.

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