Nearly one and a half years after Governor Rauf Aregbesola was sworn in as governor of Osun State for a second term, he has refused to appoint commissioners. Though, the country’s constitution is not explicit on the illegality or otherwise of a governor’s failure to appoint commissioners, there is no disputing the fact that Aregbesola is denying his people the full complement of officials for effective state governance. There can be no justification for such denial.
Even the oft-iterated excuse of inadequate financial resources to maintain the commissioners’ offices does not hold water. To start with, the paraphernalia for running the governor’s office in Osun State has never ceased to be in place since Aregbesola was sworn in, in November 2014.
Ways can be devised to make the offices more efficient and profitable, perhaps, by merging and reducing the number of ministries because of the financial difficulty. Indeed, Aregbesola is said to be engaging in a lot of rationalisation to suit the times. But the cost-cutting measures do not excuse failure to appointment commissioners for nearly half the time the governor is supposed to be in office.
– Vincent Obia