The Oyo State Executive Council was inaugurated on Friday with the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, explaining that the 13 months wait was largely due to the parlous state of the nation’s economy and its attendant strain on the state’s finances.
Acknowledging the anticipation of the people of the state since his second term inauguration on May 29, 2015, Ajimobi also attributed the wait to the need for wide consultations, putting round pegs in round holes and the importance of satisfying the demographic imperative in selecting members of his cabinet.
The ceremony, held at State Executive Council chambers, saw the swearing in of the Secretary to the State government, Mr Olalekan Alli and commissioners who were subsequently assigned portfolios.
Dr Azeez Adeduntan is now Commissioner for Health; Mrs Atinuke Osunkoya, Women Affairs and Social Welfare; Mr Bimbo Kolade, Local Government and Chieftaincy; Mr Ajiboye Omodewu, Lands, Housing and Physical Development; while Mr Wasiu Dauda was appointed Commissioner for Works and Transport.
The new Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism is Mr Toye Arulogun; Mr Abayomi Oke; Youths and Sports; Mr Abimbola Adekanmbi, Finance and Budget; Mr Fatai Salau, Liason Affairs and Professor Niyi Olowofela is Commissioner for Education.
Other newly appointed commissioners are, Mrs Taibat Adaba, Trade, Industry and Cooperatives; Mr Oyewole Oyewunmi, Agric, Natural Resources and Rural development; Mr Isaac Adisa, Environment and Water Resources; Alhaji Mudathir Ganiyu, Special Duties and Mr Oluseun Abimbola was appointed Commissioner for Justice.
Ajimobi charged the new appointees not to disappoint their constituents, families and people of the state, warning against backbiting, character assassination or personal aggrandisement.
The Oyo State Independent Electoral Commission (OYSIEC) was also sworn in on Friday with a 90 days mandate to conduct elections in September.
Ajimobi explained that the inability of the state to conduct local government election since 2011 was due to legal entanglement in the status of OYSIEC that was recently addressed.
Ajimobi vouched for the integrity and character of the OYSIEC members, adding that he had no personal relationship with them prior to their selection.
“The conduct of council polls has left the realm of conjecture for reality. Parties should set machinery in motion and brace up for the council election to hold in September 2016. I assure all parties of transparency and credibility of the election. I make bold to say I don’t know any of the OYSIEC members,” Ajimobi said.
The chairman of the commission is Mr Ajeigbe Olajide.
Other members of the commission are Mr Sunday Aborisade, Mr Adedeji Raimi and Mr David Adeagbo.
The OYSIEC list also includes, Mr Bello Lateef, Mrs Omolola Odekunbi, Mr Abdulrasaq Akuru and Mr Rasheed Olajire.