Buhari Was Right in sacking Osinbajo’s Aides – Yunana Dungs

The media space has been awash with reports about the reported disengagement of about thirty five aides working or that were formerly working with the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo. Several dailies had claimed that the affected aides had their Villa tags withdrawn on Wednesday and Thursday. The reports further hinted that the aides were appointed in August.

Although the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation that purportedly issued the disengagement letters denied that such sack took place, Dailytrust on Thursday released the names and portfolios of the affected aides.

I will reproduce some of the names and their portfolios for Nigerians to decide whether Osinbajo really needs the affected aides in the first place;
I. Arukino Umukoro- SA, Niger Delta
II. Edobor Iyamu SSA, Niger Delta
III. Gambo Manzo SA, Political
IV. Bisi Ogungbemi SA, Political Matters
V. Bala Liman Mohammed SSA Economy
VI. Akin Soetan SSA, Economic matters
VII. Yosola Akinbi SSA, NEC
VIII. Edirin Akemu SSA, Industry, Trade & Investment
IX. Yussuf Ali SA, Power regulations
X. Morakinyo Beckley SA, Off-grid power
XI. Tochi Nwachukwu SA, Power Privatisation
XII. Tola Asekun SSA, National boundary commission
XIII. Lanre Osinbona- SSA, ICT
XIV. Imeh Okon- SSA, Infrastructure
XV. Jide Awolowo- SA, Oil and Gas
XVI. Lilian Idiaghe- SA, Research, Legal and Compliance
XVII. Dolapo Bright SSA, Agro-Allied Value Chain
XVIII. Toyosi Onaolapo SA, Community engagement
XIX. Aondaver Kuttuh Technical Assistant, Rule of Law
XX. Ife Adebayo SA, Innovation.

One of the campaign promises of the current administration was reduction in the cost of governance. Such agenda of course can only be achieved if irrelevant political appointments are not made and political appointees deemed surplus to requirement are disengaged.

Does Osinbajo need two SA and SSA on Niger Delta when we have a full Ministry and a Commission called NDDC? Does the Vice President has need for two SAs on Political and Political matters? What duplicity is this? What politics is he playing? Does the Professor of Law have any need for 4 aides on Economic matters even when his Economic Management Team has been disbanded with Buhari setting up the Economic Advisory Council?

I can go on and on. Let me remind my readers that some Agencies and Programmes that were hitherto under the supervision of the Vice President have been ceded to some Ministries. These aides were assisting Osinbajo when they were still under the office of the Vice President. No wonder the aides were deployed to the relevant Ministries and Agencies. Why force aides on Ministers who might have engaged aides already, performing the same duties as those redeployed to their ministries? Of course they became redundant and must be discarded.

Those weaving their whole argument around 2023 and power tussle between the VP and the fictitious cabal must have a rethink and consider the overall interest of the country. Today, a large chunk of the nation’s budget is set aside for recurrent expenditure with little or nothing for capital projects. Yet we complain about the slow pace of development in the country. How can we grow when one man that makes little or no contribution to economic policies have 4 SAs and SSAs? SAs on Niger Delta, which is not even under his watch?

Going forward, the Presidency should review appointment of aides to make room for efficiency. A Vice President with over 85 aides defies logic in the real sense of it.

Yunana Dungs wrote this piece from Jos, Plateau State and could be reached via yarise@yahoo.com

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