By; ODEYEMI SAMUEL, Akure
The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN on Thusday charged his cabinet members to live up to the expectation of the people that voted them to power.
A statement issued by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo which was made aviable to Journalists in Akure said, the administration has no cause to disapiont the people even at grass roots.
The Governor, he said, reiterated his commitment to the welfare of the people of the state, also charged members of the State Cabinet to brace up to the challenges ahead. Saying “the people expect more from us”. he said.
He gave the charge at the inaugural State Executive Council meeting to usher new Head of Service, Oluwadare Aragbaiye as well as a minor cabinet reshuffle arising from the appointment of five Commissioners and two Special Advisers.
The Governor said,
“In spite of the dwindling finances everywhere in the country, we have no excuse to fail the people of the state who have invested their confidence in the government. Ours is to continue to discharge our responsibility as effectively as we can.
The primary responsibility of government, he ssid, is to provide for the people, their basic needs some of which are statutory obligations which are more often, described as dividends of democracy.
According to him, the modest achievements so far recorded notwithstanding, there is still much to be done and the people are more expectant by the day. We therefore have no reason to fail the good people of the state, that is not an option.
By this charge, cabinet members have an obligation to be closer to the people at the grassroots as good ambassadors of government.
He noted that the more effective way to endear the government to the people lies in the conscious efforts of cabinet members to visit their local governments regularly, at least one a week.
The new commissioners are: Rt. Hon Fatai Olotu(Lands and Housing), Hon. Temitayo Oluwarotimi(Natural Resources), Mrs Titilayo Adeyemi(Women Affairs and Social Development), Adedotun Owanikin, Esq and Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju (Water Resources, Public Sanitation and Hygiene).
The advisers include: Hon. Babatunde Kolawole (Community and Rural Development) and Hon. Oyebo Aladetan (Niger Delta Matters).