Aiyedatiwa swears in 6 new Commissioners


By Folorunso Ojo, Akure

Ondo State Governor, Lucky Orimisan Aiyedatiwa, on Friday swore-in six newly appointed Commissioners, who were recently confirmed by the state House of Assembly.

The Governor also inaugurated the new Head of service, Mr Bayo Philip, as well as eight Special Advisers, at the swearing-in event that was held at the International Culture and Events Centre (The Dome) in Akure.

The Commissioners are; Mr. Emmanuel Igbasan, Engr Razaq Obe, Mrs Omowumi Isaac, Dr Olukayode Abraham Ajulo, Mr Akinwumi Sowore, Mr. Oyeniyi Oseni among others.

Meanwhile, Aiyedatiwa has charged the newly sworn-in cabinet members to see their appointment as a call to service, to deliver more, in the delivery of good governance to the people of Ondo state.

He commended the new Head of Service, Mr. Bayo Philip, urging him to provide exemplary leadership and prioritise the interests of the state.

Aiyedatiwa urged all officials to draw upon their diverse experiences to contribute meaningfully to the administration’s goals of transparency and accountability.

The governor said; “You must be dedicated, up and doing and focused in the discharge of the duties and responsibilities expected of your office. It is equally important that you see yourselves as servant-leaders and not lords in your respective MDAs.”

“Kindly cooperate with your Accounting Officers. You are expected to work in partnership with them and ensure you are guided by relevant rules and regulations in the performance of your duties and responsibilities.

“As Commissioners and Special Advisers, you are coming on board at a very critical time. It, therefore, behoves you to come up with creative ideas and policies geared towards alleviating the sufferings of our people. We cannot afford to fail in this regard”, he said.

Aiyedatiwa while acknowledging the economic strain caused by high food prices which has led to high cost of living, said measures are being taken which includes releasing grains from reserves.

“As part of these measures, Mr. President has directed the immediate release of about 102,000 metric tonnes of various grain types from the Strategic Reserve and the Rice Millers Association of Nigeria. It is our expectation that the positive effects of this decision will be felt across the country within the shortest time possible.

Earlier in his remarks, Head of Service, Bayo Philip called on the state workers to rededicate their service to the civil service as his tenure will not tolerate lateness, laxity to work and would encourage promotion based on merit.

Speaking on behalf of other commissioners and Special Advisers, Mr. Emmanuel Igbasan appreciated Governor Aiyedatiwa for the trust reposed in them, with a promise to support the government of Ondo state.