*Swears in new commissioners, SSG, HoS, Perm Secs .
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde on Wednesday, urged the people of the state not to distract his administration with criticisms that are not constructive, but should rather, allow the government to serve the best interest of the people.
Governor Makinde gave the appeal while speaking at the swearing in ceremony of new commissioners in the state held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
The governor emphasized that his administration is determined to give the people of Oyo state of quality service delivery under Omituntun 2.0 and that he and the political appointees and top civil servants would serve the state to the best of their abilities.
” This is a government that is still being formed. So, I will appeal to our people that if they cannot help us by criticising us constructively, they should not distract us. Let us serve the interest of the people of the state to the best of our ability”, he said.
Gov Makinde added, ” Since we sent the names of commissioner-nominees to the House of Assembly, we have been inundated with all sorts of analyses – like who is from where? Who brought who and all that. Well, let me state it clearly that we started it during our first tenure”, he said.
” This is the first administration that had commissioners from all the 14 federal constituencies of Oyo State, and I know who came from where. I read a story where people from Oyo criticised the fact that the Governor is from Ibadan, Deputy Governor from Oke-Ogun, Chief of Staff from Ogbomoso and the Speaker from Ibarapa. And now, the SSG is also from Oke-Ogun. But have we forgotten Oyo Federal Constituency?
Gov Makinde stressed ” Well, in front of me today, we have three commissioners being sworn-in from Oyo Federal Constituency. So, if you say one commissioner per constituency, Oyo Federal Constituency has three. So, when people do these analyses, I wonder why.”
The governor noted that contrary to the notion that administrations are often lax and non-committal during second terms, his government is looking to leave a strong legacy in the state and that it would not let the people of the state down, adding that the appointment of the new political office holders “is a call for more work. Some of the commissioners worked with me during the first tenure and some of you already know how I work and nothing is going to change”.
” Some people have said that the second term administrations are usually very lax because they are not looking for anything. Well, we are looking for a strong legacy to give back to Oyo State. So, we are not going to let our people down”.
“I want you to know that we have a lot to do for our people. We already prepared the roadmap for sustainable development 2023-2027. Please, key into it.These are very difficult periods”.
Gov Makinde stressed, ” A lot has happened in this second tenure, and from what we have seen, a lot will be required from us. Please, there should not be laxity. You have all taken the oath of office and I expect you to deliver according to the oath you have just taken,”
Maintaining that his administration has continued to follow through on its commitment to run an all-inclusive government that leaves no zone behind, the governor said all the 14 federal constituencies in the state have at least one commissioner among those sworn-in.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, the newly sworn-in Secretary to the State Government, Professor Adeyemo promised to work with the vision of Governor Makinde to deliver the agenda of Omituntun 2.0 to the good people of Oyo State.
The Commissioners and their portfolios are
* Mr. Akinola Ojo (Ministry of Finance)
* Professor Tunji Babatunde (Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning)
* Barr. Seun Ashamu (Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources)
* Mr. Biodun Aikomo (Ministry of Justice/Attorney-General)
* Mrs. Toyin Balogun (Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Inclusion)
* Mr. Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola (Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources)
* Mr. Williams Akin-Funmilayo (Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban development)
* Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun ((Ministry of Culture and Tourism)
Prince Dotun Oyelade ( Ministry of Information)
* Mr. Segun Olayiwola (Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters)
* Alhaja Faosat Joke Sanni (Ministry of Special Duties)
* Professor Daud Shangodoyin (Ministry of Public Works and Transport)
* Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye (Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Development)
* Mr. Ademola Ojo (Ministry of Trade, Investment, Industry and Cooperatives)
* Professor AbdulWaheed Soliu (Ministry of Education, Science and Technology)
* Mr. Adeniyi Adebisi (Establishments and Training).