Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde has on Monday, October 11 sworn in 10 Commissioners designate who have been earlier confirmed by the Oyo State House of Assembly.
The sworn in Commissioners and their portfolios are as follow:
Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun – Information and Culture
Hon Adeniyi Adebisi – Agriculture and Rural development
Mr Rahman Abdulrahim – Education, Science and Technology
Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye – Trade, Industry and Investment
Mr Seun Fakorede – Youth and Sports
Alhaji Khafilat Omolabake Olayiwola – Women affairs and social inclusion
Hon Abiodun Oni – Environment and Natural resources
Prof. Musibau Babatunde – Budget and Economic Planning
Mr Olusegun Olayiwola – Lands, Housing and Urban development
Dr Bode Ladipo – Health.
While Speaking, Makinde urged the commissioners to hit the ground running and keep running until they pass the baton.
He said, “We’re here today for the swearing-in ceremony of the remaining ten commissioners that will complete the Oyo State Executive Council. For those of you, who are returning commissioners, we are happy to have you back as part of the ExCo”.
“We believe you are determined to put in even more effort as we continue to engineer a new Oyo State and move our people to prosperity”.
“We have also brought in some new faces that we now will play important roles in the realisation of our vision for the good people of Oyo State”.
“I am sure that if you pay attention, you will see that the things that our people are asking for are not things that are beyond us.
Our people yearn for growth and development”.
“They want good roads and quality infrastructure, even as they are asking for employment opportunities and economic prosperity. We know they have been starved of these basic functions of government for many years, and that can sometimes make the tasks we are expected to perform seem overwhelming”.
“We know the importance of development at the grassroots, this is why we keep pushing for investments to go to local government areas.”
“Just last week, we were in France and the Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Chief Bayo Lawal, was there, having meetings with investors willing to come and collaborate with us”.
“After our youths receive training on technology driven food systems under the Youth Entrepreneurship in Agribusiness Project (YEAP), they will need to practice and some of them will need jobs”.
“So yes, things may not be happening as fast as some people want it to, but things are happening rapidly compared to what obtained in the past. Our integrated approach to governance is bringing development and we are not concentrating only in Ibadan”.
“Soon, implementation of the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) will kick off, the World Bank and the French Government are supporting this project to rehabilitate rural roads.
So, as we reconstitute this Executive Council, our priority should be how to synergise efforts for continued growth”.
“I would like to see more interministerial collaborations and integrated approach to governance”.
“So, I encourage you to hit the ground running and keep running until we have to pass the baton. When we are given an opportunity to serve, we have the option to leave a legacy behind. So that even when we are no longer occupying the position of service, people will remember fondly the period that we spent in office as they compare it to our successors”.
“We remain focused on ensuring that we deliver on the remaining promises in our Roadmap to Accelerated Development in Oyo State, 2019-2023”.
While reacting to the swearing in, one of the Commissioners, Barr. Rahman Abiodun Abdulrahim said he is highly elated with the appointment and that he is going to do his best to making sure that the education sector in the state is further developed.
“I’m very happy and I think I’ve made some marks in the ministry of lands, housing and rural development. And His Excellency thinks I will be of material value in the ministry of education, science and technology. I know it is a big challenge for me and I’m ready to do my best in that ministry”.
“I will have to rely much on the cooperation of a the stakeholders in the ministry and in the field of education. I promise I will do my best”, Barr. Abdulrahim said.