Edo reduces number of govt ministries, departments agencies

Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki, has permitted a restructuring that may scale back the number of authorities’s ministries, departments and agencies by over 31 per cent.

The Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Andrew Emwanta, disclosed this on Wednesday whereas briefing reporters after the State Government Council Assembly.

The measure, Mr Emwanta mentioned, is to chop wastages in authorities and remove duplication of capabilities, however didn’t state if it would result in job loss.

Below the brand new preparations, the state authorities has slashed the number of ministries from 22 to 18.

Additionally, authorities departments and agencies, in any other case often called MDA, have been lowered from 105 to 72.

“At right this moment’s EXCO assembly, the Council obtained a memo from the workplace of the Secretary to the State Authorities which was introduced by the Head of Service, Anthony Okungbowa, for the restructuring and rationalisation of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in Edo and was graciously permitted by the Council.

“The main points of this memo embrace the discount of ministries from 22 to 18 and the discount of MDAs from 105 to 72. The concept behind that is to scale back wastage and keep away from duplication of capabilities particularly when we’ve got an financial scenario that requires prudence on the half of the federal government.

“So, if on the federal stage there may be this speak of decreasing its forms and MDAs, Edo State is now blazing a path in strolling the speak. In the direction of this finish, a brand new workplace has been created, the workplace of particular duties to be headed by a commissioner.”

Mr Emwanta mentioned the federal government motion was as a result of current financial scenario within the nation.

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Apart from the safety challenges bedevilling the nation, Nigeria can be going through a harsh financial scenario with inflation charges skyrocketing to a 17-year excessive.

The Nationwide Bureau of Statistics (NBS) final week launched the brand new inflation fee which raises considerations for the nation’s financial system.

In response to the NBS, Nigeria’s inflation fee elevated from 19.64 per cent recorded in July to twenty.52 per cent in August, the best since September 2005.

Edo is the fourth state with the best exterior debt after Lagos, Kaduna and Cross River.

In response to a report by BusinessDay newspaper, Edo State has trimmed its exterior debt to $276.3 million in December 2021 from $280.3 million within the earlier yr. The state’s international debt stood at $168.2 million in December 2015.

The State Communications Commissioner mentioned the brand new measures will permit for a leaner authorities and scale back the dimensions of governance.

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