Orosanye: Osun masterminds demand drastic reduction of political appointees 

A civil society group, The Osun Masterminds (TOM), has applauded the directive of President Bola Tinubu to implement Stephen Orosanye’s report and called for a drastic reduction of the political appointees as well as rewards for political office.

The group at the monthly address in Osogbo, Osun state, Tuesday, posited that it is not enough to reduce the cost of governance through the optimisation of the civil service, but urgent steps must be taken to make the political office less financially attractive.

The Executive Director of TOM, Prof Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli, who spoke at a press conference, said: “As we reduce government expenditure through reduction of the civil service, we must also reduce government expenditure through drastic reduction of the population of political appointees.

“There are more than 3,000 legislative aides in the National Assembly alone, for example. We already have too many members in the National Assembly, the number of Aides they have then makes it even worse.

“We must take this initiative of reducing the cost of governance further by merging ministries to reduce the number of ministers, drastically reducing the number of aides of political appointees and elected office holders, reducing the number of Special Advisers and Senior Special Assistants to Mr. President, reducing the population of statutory boards and lastly, reduce drastically the financial reward for political office,” the group stated.