Fayemi reshuffles cabinet, drops two commissioners

He appointed eight members screened by the Funminiyi Afuye led-House of Assembly in a major executive council (exco) reshuffle yesterday.

The new commissioners are Akin Omole (Information); Dr. Oyebanji Filani (Health); Mr. Akin Oyebode (Finance and Economic Development); Prince Olabode Adetoyi (Agriculture and Food Security); Otunba Oladiran Adesua (Housing and Urban Development).

Others included Dr. Olabimpe Aderiye (Education,); Alhaja Mariam Ogunlade (Women Affairs and Social Development); and Mrs. Iyabode Fakunle-Okhiemen (Environment and Natural Resources).

Fayemi also approved the reassigning of five commissioners. He gave them new portfolios as special advisers.

They are ex-commissioner for Women Affairs, Mrs. Moji Fafure, (SA Gender Empowerment), former commissioner for Agriculture, Mr. Olabode Folorunsho (SA Community Development), and ex-commissioner for Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusoga Davies (SA Political Matters).

Others include ex-commissioner for Finance, Mr. Ayoola Owolabi (Investment and Trade) and ex-commissioner for Education, Folusho Daramola (SA Governor’s Office).

The governor upgraded the Special Adviser on Trade and Investment, Mr. Akintunde Oyebode, to Commissioner for Finance. Former commissioner for Information, Muyiwa Olumilua, was moved to the Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industries.

Swearing in the eight commissioners and seven special advisers at the Conference Hall of the Governor’s Office, Ado-Ekiti, the governor said the exco shake-up would create a new energy for continued efficient and effective service delivery.

He admonished them to avoid distraction in the discharge of their duties, urging the appointees to see their public service roles as an avenue to serve and not an opportunity to enrich themselves.

“We must continue to strengthen our government institutions and 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 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 strengthening our team. This accounts for the appointment of new people into positions of authority in the state. It also accounts for the re-designation of some ministries and the creation of new bureaus,” Fayemi said.

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