Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has sworn in the 32-year-old son of a former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Mr Seun Ashamu, and thirteen others, as commissioners in his Cabinet.
Mr Kehinde Ayoola, another former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, was also sworn-in.
The swearing-in ceremony, which held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Secretariat, Ibadan, was attended by top government functionaries, religious leaders, party leaders, government officials, friends and associates of the new commissioners.
The Governor also announced their assigned portfolios and ministries.
The list of commissioners includes Mr Adeniyi Farinto (Budget & Planning); Mr Adeniyi Adebisi (Commerce); Mr Muyiwa Ojekunle (Agriculture); Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo (Justice); Mr Olasunkanmi Olaleye (Establishment); Mr Seun Ashamu (Energy); Mr Rahman AbdulRaheem (Land) and Mr Bayo Lawal (Special Duties).
Others are Mr Funmilayo Orisadeyi (Local Government & Chieftaincy Matters); Dr Bashir Bello (Health); Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun (Information, Culture and Toursim); Prof. Daud Sangodoyin (Education); Mr Akinola Ojo (Finance) and Mr Kehinde Ayoola (Environment).
Addressing the new appointees, the Governor said he would be counting on their support to actualize his vision for the next four years, which is to visit and reverse the negative socio-economic indices that have beleaguered Oyo State over the years.
He stated, “By God’s grace in the next few weeks, I will be announcing a new security architecture to tackle the spate of insecurity in our beloved State. As mentioned earlier, I have not been working alone.
“No one can do this work alone. It takes cooperation and team spirit to move any endeavor forward, and that is why all fourteen of you will be playing a crucial role in the overall development of Oyo State.”
Charging the new commissioners to come up with innovative and creative policies that would accelerate Oyo State’s journey to greatness, the Governor advised them to sponsor Bills from their various departments that the Executive could escalate.
Makinde stated: “I have had one on one interactions with all fourteen of you. Your various endeavours hitherto have prepared you for this moment. You had successful and fulfilling individual careers in the private and public sectors. I have among you representatives from the academia, former legislators, professionals and business people.”
He expressed the desire to see the new commissioners make focused, intentional and mindful decisions that would show that they put Oyo State and the people above personal interests, adding that with the formidable track record and CVs they all possess, he is happy they are working with him and not against him.
The Governor declared: “And so we are gathered here today to inaugurate the Oyo State Executive Council, as stipulated in Sections 192 and 193 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended). Their mandate is to direct, supervise and manage their portfolios. It is indeed an honour to welcome you all to be a part of our administration.”
He remarked that just as a CEO cannot function without a trusted and tested Board of advisors that key into his visions, Oyo State cannot make the desired progress unless the commissioners work together with him.
Makinde asserted, “I have presented my vision for the people of Oyo State. As you take up this appointment, I believe you are keying into this vision. As I said in my inaugural speech, I will delegate effectively, but the buck will always stop with me. I hope that you will likewise take responsibility and not pass the buck. So, come with me, work with me, let us take Oyo State to greater glory.”
Responding on behalf of his colleagues, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Olatunbosun, appreciated the Governor for the opportunity to serve in the State and promised the commissioners’ unalloyed support, loyalty, cooperation and teamwork to the Governor to ensure the success of the Makinde-led administration.
Meanwhile, a source close to the government has confirmed that a list of three additional commissioner-nominees has been sent to the State House of Assembly to be considered anytime soon. The lawmakers are presently on recess to resume on September 15.