Osun State governor, Mr Gboyega Oyetola, on Wednesday inaugurated members of the Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), charging them on the conduct of credible and peaceful local government election in the state.
Inaugurating the appointees at the Multipurpose Hall of the Local Government Service Commission, Osogbo, the governor also admonished them to hit the ground running and discharge their constitutional responsibilities with the fear of God, integrity and patriotism.
Oyetola stated, “members of this commission must appreciate the fact that they are being called to positions of responsibility in a state known for being in the frontline in all human endeavours, including development, peace and security rankings.
“Consequently, I urge you to work relentlessly to further improve the rating of the State by conducting free, fair, peaceful and credible elections that will be models in the nation,” the governor remarked.
The newly-inaugurated chairman of the election body is Barrister Oladunjoye Olusegun Oladitan.
Other members are: Mrs. Abosede Olayemi Omibekun (Osun East), Mr. Rufus Sunday Oyeniran (Osun West), Alhaja Suaibat Bolanle Babalola-Adubi (Osun Central) Mr. Oladosu Gidigbi (Osun East), Mr. Olayinka Akinwumi Ajiboye (Osun West) and Alhaji Wahaab Adeniran Adewoyin (Osun Central) respective.
Oyetola also tasked them to brace up by putting all the necessary logistics and requirements in place to achieve a good and appreciable outing as the council poll is fast approaching.
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Describing the third tier of government as the closest to the people, he directed the electoral umpire to strive to lay a solid foundation for a seamless transition to a people-oriented regime of governance, prosperity, service and development at the grassroots.
“Local government is central to effective governance and equitable development in any nation where the system is practised. It is the third tier of government and the closest to the grassroots. It is, therefore, pertinent that persons of integrity who have passion for the people and their welfare are elected into this tier to spread prosperity and development.
“For our local governments to achieve their aims, elections that will usher leaders into power must be conducted by people who are above board. Conscious of this fact, we have endeavoured to appoint people of unquestionable integrity, impeccable character and flawless antecedent in their private and public lives,” Oyetola averred.
He further added that “we have demonstrated loudly that our development agenda as a government is anchored on adequate, qualitative and equitable distribution of services to the people across the State and the programmes and development we have provided since we assumed office has proved that we have been faithful to the tenets of this agenda.
In his address, the chairman of the commission, Barrister Oladunjoye Olusegun Oladitan, expressed gratitude to Oyetola for finding him and his team worthy of appointment just as he assured the entire citizens of the state that his team would discharge their duties with all fairness and fear of God.