The Ekiti State House of Assembly has pruned down the number of Special Advisers sent to it by the governor, Engr Segun Oni from 24 to 16, just it has screened another set of four commissioner nominees sent to it.
The governor had about three weeks ago sent names of 16 commissioner nominees and sought the approval of the House to appoint 22 Special Advisers.
Four of the nominees, which included the former Deputy Governor during the regime of Mr Ayo Fayose in the state, Mrs Biodun Olujimi have been cleared.
When the matter came up for debate in the House yesterday, the Leader of Government Business, Mr. Lai Oke moved the motion for the reduction in the number of the Special Advisers due to the present financial crunch affecting the state government and the motion was seconded by Mr. Ajibade Owolabi.
The lawmakers pointed out that reduction was necessitated by the current global economy meltdown and the negative financial implications such appointments would have on the state resources.
The House after a thorough debate unanimously agreed that the governor should appoint 16 Special Advisers of cabinet ranks and maintain the 16 commissioners as presented to the house.
Explaining the motive for their action, the Speaker, Mr. Tunji Odeyemi noted that the reduction was a good omen for the development of the state and democracy.
In a related development, the House has screened another set of four Commissioner nominees forwarded to it by the governor.
The nominees are Prince Adetunji Adeniyi (lkole), Mr. Oluwafemi Sunday Ige (Efon), Mrs Morohunmubo Bayode (Emure), Mr. James Oyebade Adara (Gbonyin) .
The Speaker of the Assembly, Mr. Tunji Odeyemi who spoke after the screening exercise assured the nominees that the house would communicate their confirmation or otherwise to them in due course.