By; SUNDAY ODE, Abuja
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State on Tuesday said his choice of appointees into his cabinet will be determined by merit, insisting that qualified professionals were imperative to the execution of his plans for Ogun people.
Abiodun spoke at the Presidential Villa after a meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
According to the governor, his experience in the private sector would guide him in appointing competent persons to work with him in his current position.
“You know my background is the private sector and in the private sector we believe in what is called merit before anything else.
“So, everything we are going to be doing in Ogun henceforth would be based on merit. Our cabinet will reflect people who deserve to be in office. They will show competence.”
He said the composition of his transition team, which “comprised the best brains in Ogun from the private sector”, was an indication to the direction his administration was headed to.
“If you look at what we have done so far, the choice of my CPS; I’m sure you know who my CPS is, Kunle Solarin, one of the best minds in the media industry in Ogun; my Chief of Staff is also a very brilliant Ogun man; my SSG is a very successful entrepreneur from Ogun as well.
“So, this is how we are going to be defined to achieve our potentials, which we have earmarked and called our pillars.
“We must ensure that things are gotten right, which we call our enablers. The first of our enablers is good governance.
“We cannot talk about good governance when the team itself that wants to execute good governance is faulty.”
Abiodun said he would pick those that would prosecute the pillars of his administration “from the lenses of good governance.
“Good governance starts with as simple as ensuring that workers’ salaries are paid on time. I assumed office on the 30th May, having been sworn on 29th of May. 31st of May, my second day in office, was the day salaries were due for payment.
“My pact with Ogun people was that salaries would be paid as at when due and to the glory of God, that day, 31st of May, Ogun civil servants began to receive their alerts of payment of their salaries. That exemplifies good governance. So people can begin to take you seriously.”