Join us “as change agent” to develop the state ~ Ajimobi tells SSG, new Commissioners


By; Bayo Akamo, Ibadan.
Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi on Friday asked his new Commissioners to join his administration “as change agent” to collectively advance development of the state.
Governor Ajimobi stated this in Ibadan at the swearing-in ceremony of the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Olalekan Alli and the 15 newly appointed Commissioners in the state.
The governor pointed out that the new Commissioners were coming on board at a crucial period when many states in the country were finding it difficult to pay salaries and execute developmental projects due to the dwindling federal allocation to the state.
“We have waited for about a year to appoint them, considering wide consultation, demographic imperative, parlous state of the economy and the need to put a round peg in the round hole. Given the financial re-engineering and administrative ingenuity of this administration, the new appointees should join us as change agent to collectively advance development in the state,” he said.
The governor emphasized that the present situation in the country has led to the  commitment of the state’s 100% share of the federal allocation for the payment of salaries of its workers, hence the need for the Commissioners not to betray the confidence repose in them by him.
Assuring that there was no cause for alarm, despite the challenges facing the state government, he urged the people of the state not to get distracted by the actions of some
misguided few, that derive more joy in deception, misinformation and crisis.
Speaking further, Governor Ajimobi tasked the SSG and the Commissioners to assist the administration in enlightening the people of the state on the need to improve the quality of education and the state’s developmental strides.
“During the era of Awolowo’s free education, we still have religious leaders and many other stakeholders involved in the management of schools. In the time of Ladoja and Alao-Akala, we have the ‘adopt-a-school’ programme. All we are doing was to ensure that the quality of education improved in the state through a collective management. I implore our people to always guide their children to the right path. Democracy requires dialogue, consultation, engagement, cooperation and not confrontation.’’
The new Commissioners are Mr Abimbola Adekanmbi; Finance and Budget, Mrs Atinuke Oshunkoya; Women Affairs and Social Welfare, Mr Abimbola Kolade; Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters.
Others are Mrs Taibat Adaba; Trade/Industries and Cooperatives, Prince Oyewole Oyewunmi; Agriculture/Natural Resources and Rural Development, Mr Abayomi Oke; Youth and Sports, Mr Dauda Wasiu; Works and Transport, Mr Isaac Omodewu; Lands/Housing and Physical Planning, Mr Mudashiru Ganiu; Special Duties, Mr Isaac Ishola; Environment and Water Resources, Mr Fatai Salau; Liaison Affairs, Mr Oluseun Abimbola; Ministry of Justice, Mr Toye Arulogun; Information/Culture and Tourism, Prof. Joseph Olowofel; Education/Science and Technology, and Dr Azeez Adeduntan; Health.


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