Gov. Aregbesola Yet to Appoint Cabinet Two Years Into Second Tenure
Governor Rauf Aregbesola has been criticized for failing to appoint commissioners to run the affairs of the state as his 2nd term expends gradually.
Osun State is still without an executive council half way into Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s second and final term of four years, Daily Trust reports.
According to the governor, the state finances cannot cater to the payment of salaries of commissioners.
To run his government, the governor appointed some individuals called coordinating directors, without recourse to the state assembly. The coordinating directors play ro|€X similar to those of commissioners, and work with permanent secretaries.
An Osun State High Court in Osogbo had in October this year ordered Aregbesola to defend himself on why he failed to constitute his cabinet since his inauguration on November 27, 2014, following a case filed by Barrister Kanmi Ajibola.
Aregbesola however reappointed Alhaji Moshood Olalekan Adeoti as Secretary to the State Government (SSG) and Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola as the Chief of Staff.
The opposition Peop|€X Democratic Party (PDP) described Aregbesola’s refusal to appoint commissioners as “barbaric, illegal and unacceptable.”
The Director of Media and Publicity for Osun PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi, told Daily Trust in Osogbo yesterday that “it is democratically faulty that half way into the life span of the present administration, the state governor refused to constitute his cabinet”.
According to Odeyemi, the non-appointment of commissioners by Aregbesola was partly responsible for several of “his mistakes and inefficiency”, adding that the governor should be prevailed upon by the national leadership of APC to set up his cabinet.
The party said the state’s failure to constitute a cabinet was encouraged by the federal government, whom it accused of granting Osun bailout funds without State Executive Council resolution on the matter as necessary condition for the release of such funds.
“It would surely surprise the whole world that Osun state has no state cabinet, even when those governors elected in 2015 have set up cabinet as demanded by the constitution,” Odeyemi said.
“Aregbesola has been the Governor, the Commissioner for Works and the sole administrator which conflicts with the dictates of genuine democracy and the constitution he swore to protect.
“While PDP is never interested in whatever crises the issue of who makes the list is causing within APC fold, our interest remains the good people of Osun state who always suffer the consequences of APC internal wrangling and off track administration of Ogbeni.”
The PDP also accused Osun State House of assembly of failing buckle up and check the excesses of the governor in the best interest of the people of the state.
In his reaction, Aregbesola said his government had instituted the most transparent financial system in the allocation of resources that accrued to the state, insisting that he could not pay salaries of commissioners now.
Aregbesola faulted the claim of the PDP that the bailout fund was diverted. He urged the party to always investigate thoroughly before making pronouncement on the affairs of the state.
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