Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, on Monday inaugurated eight newly appointed Commissioners and seven Special Advisers with a charge to them to avoid any form of distraction in the discharge of their duties.
Performing the swearing-in ceremony at the Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti, Dr. Fayemi, who also swore in the Chairman, State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), and a member of the Local Government Service Commission, urged the new appointees to see their new public service roles as an opportunity to serve and not an avenue to enrich themselves.
The Governor also expressed his immense appreciation to the outgoing executive members for their meritorious service and contributions, especially by committing half of their salaries to the Covid-19 relief fund.
The newly inaugurated Commissioners are Barrister Akin Omole (Information and Values Orientation); Dr. Oyebanji Filani (Health and Human Services); Mr. Akin Oyebode (Finance and Economic Development); Prince Olabode Adetoyi (Agriculture and Food Security); Otunba Oladiran Adesua (Lands, Housing and Urban Development); Dr (Mrs) Olabimpe Aderiye (Education, Science, and Technology); Alhaja Mariam Ogunlade (Women Affairs and Social Development); and Princess Iyabode Fakunle-Okhiemen (Environment and Natural Resources).
Aare Muyiwa Olumilua was moved to the Ministry of Investment, Trade, and Industries.
The Special Advisers are Chief (Mrs) Moji Fafure (Gender Empowerment and Social Mobilisation); Prof. Francesca Aladejana (Basic, Secondary and Vocational/Technical Education); (Mr. Foluso Daramola (Governor’s Office); Chief Olusoga Davies (Political Matters); Chief Folorunso Olabode (Community and Rural Development); Architect Tope Ogunleye (Special Projects); Mr. Ayoola Owolabi (Investment, Trade, and Industries).
Also inaugurated were Prof Femi Akinwunmi as Chairman of the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), and Mr. Febisola Adewale, as member Local Government Service Commission.
Governor Fayemi, who tasked the new appointees to make “delivery” their watchword, said his administration would strengthen all government institutions and processes with a view to ensuring continuity of development agenda for those coming behind.
He said: “We must continue to strengthen our government institutions, processes to ensure we are on course with our collective vision for a greater Ekiti. This vision was imparted into our hearts and minds by our forebears and we have done well to document it into the Ekiti Development Strategy which provides for short, medium, and long term plans to develop our state.
“We have recently carried out a midterm assessment of this administration and made a few changes in line with our performance and emerging reality towards refining our government agenda and strengthen our team. This accounts for the appointment of new people into various positions of authority in the state. It also accounts for the re-designation of some ministries and the creation of new bureaus”.