Reduction In Number Of Ministries, MDAs, Will Not Lead To Job Losses

Reduction In Number Of Ministries, MDAs, Will Not Lead To Job Losses

BY Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City 

The Edo state government yesterday assured that its recent reduction in the number of ministries and MDAs would not lead to job losses and sacks as anticipated among civil servants in the state.

It would be recalled that the state Commissioner for Orientation and Communication, Andrew Emwanta announced on Wednesday after the state executive council meeting that with the new development, ministries in the state have now been cut down from 22 to 18, while Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) have been reduced from 105 to 72.

But allaying the fears of civil servants and some people in the state that it would lead to job losses, the Secretary to State Government (SSG), Osarodion Ogie Esq in a press briefing said that would not happen but that it would help curb wastage in the system.

Represented by the Head of Service, Andrew Okungbowa, he said “I will say a categorical no to the fear of job losses. Some ministries have been merged and Mr. Governor has maintained and insisted that he will not sack anybody, a lot of things are going on at the moment in government; for instance, we have Edogov that is e-governance and we are the only state that has successfully done that 100 per cent in the federation.

“All our ministries and agencies are all hooked to it, some people thought that that would result into asking people to go but that has not happened because in reality,overtime, we were supposed to have more people in the system but unfortunately we didn’t employ as we should have so what the computer has done is to enable the system work more faster than it was so it is a categorical no that it will lead to job losses”

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