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KWARA: Gov AbdulRazaq trims down ministries



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The Governor of Kwara State, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has with immediate effect reduced the ministries in the state civil service to 16, down from the 19 ministries inherited from the past administration.

This was revealed at a news briefing on Wednesday by the State’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Harriet Afolabi-Oshatimehin, who said that the measure was to cut cost and strengthen efficiency in service delivery to the people.

The State’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development who was joined at the briefing by her colleagues from Health Ministry Dr Raji Razaq and Tertiary Education Mrs Sa’adatu Modibbo-Kawu, said that the state executive council ratified the merger of some ministries and creation of one other.

“Today, 18th Dec., 2019, the inaugural council meeting of the state executive council took place. Council deliberated on the proposed 2020 appropriation bill. It was adopted for His Excellency’s presentation at the Kwara State House of Assembly. The second thing that was deliberated upon was the restructuring (merger) of some ministries and the creation of a new ministry,” Afolabi-Oshatimehin told reporters.

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She said the old Ministry of Culture and Tourism has been collapsed into the Ministry of Information and Communications to form a wholesome Ministry of Communications, while the Ministry of Industry and Solid Mineral and the one of Commerce and Cooperative have been merged to become Ministry of Enterprise.

“The old Ministry of Planning and Economic Development and Ministry of Finance are now Ministry of Finance and Planning, while the former Ministry of Housing and Urban Development has been collapsed into the Ministry of Works and Transport,” she added.

Afolabi-Oshatimehin said the council also ratified the creation of the new Ministry of Special Duties.

“The old Ministry of Environment and Forestry is now known simply as Ministry of Environment, while the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development is now to be known as Ministry of Social Development,” she added, commending the Governor for walking his talk on women inclusion in governance.

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