By Gbenga Gbelee
Governor of Osun state; Mr Rauf Aregbesola today swore in new commissioners and special advisers that will pilot the affairs of the state with him.
This is taking place after over two years into the second term of his administration which is expected to expire in November 2018.
Governor Aregbesola who won his re-election for a second term in office in 2014 has been in the saddle of governance only with his Deputy; Mrs. Titi Laoye-Tomori, Secretary to the State government; Alhaji Moshood Adeoti and the Chief of staff to the governor; Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola performing executive functions.
The non appointment of commissioners and special advisers has attracted series of uncomplimentary reactions, criticisms and comments from within the ruling party ie the All Progressives Congress (APC), the opposition political parties and several other quarters.
But in his reaction to the dusts raised by the development, Gov. Aregbesola described the situation as inadvertent hinging it on the economic quagmire which has ravaged virtually every state of the federation.
The governor made it clear at several fora that his delay in appointing commissioners and special advisers was not to deprive, deny or starve the All Progressives Congress or anyone involved.
He said it was part of austerity measures aimed at saving the state from the biting and unavoidable effects of the Global cash crunch which later dovetailed into the economic recession which Nigeria is just getting over and its attendant effect of delayed payment of workers’ salaries and wages nationwide.
The mood which pervaded the entire premises of the Bola Ige white house, being the Office of the Governor, Osun Government secretariat, Abere in Osun State where the swearing in ceremony held was elative as APC faithful, political top notchers, technocrats, friends, well wishers and admirers of the Commissioners’ and Special advisers’ designate converged in huge number to witness and cheer the fun of the epoch making and long awaited event.
With their swearing in today (May 30), Osun state government now has a full executive team in place even as the current administration is expected to fold up on the 27 th of November, 2018.