The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has sworn in all the 14 newly appointed commissioners who were recently confirmed by the State House of Assembly.
This was disclosed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor of Ondo State, Richard Olatunde in a statement on Monday.
The statement said Akeredolu also inaugurated seven Special Advisers and the Director-General of the Performance and Project Implementation Monitoring Unit at the event held at the International Culture and Events Centre (The Dome), Igbatoro road, Akure the state capital.
Those present at the event include the wife of the Governor, Chief Betty Anyanwu-Akeredolu; the Deputy Governor, Hon. Lucky Aiyedatiwa; Secretary to the State Government, Princess Oladunni Odu and other members of the State Executive Council; members of the state House of Assembly led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun; Chief Judge of the State, Justice Williams Akintoroye; traditional rulers, religious leaders, members of the immediate families of the appointees, and several other dignitaries.
The new commissioners are Mrs Bamidele Ademola Olateju – Akoko South East; Otunba Adefarati Adegboyega – Akoko South West; Rt. Hon. Fatai Olotu- Akoko North East; Dr. Julianah Oshadahun – Akoko North West; Otunba Dele Ologun -Akure North; Mr. Sunday Adekunle – Idanre and Engr. Razak Obe -Ifedore.
Others include; Dr. Banji Awolowo Ajaka- Ilaje;. Pastor Emmanuel Igbasan – Irele; Mrs Yetunde Adeyanju- Odigbo; Mr. Femi Agagu – Okitipupa; Hon. Akinlosotu Adewale- Ondo East; Deaconess. Lola Fagbemi- Ondo West and Chief Olayato Aribo- Ose.
The Special Advisers include Chief (Dr) Victor Ategbole; Dr. (Mrs) Wunmi Ilawole; Barr Tobi Ogunleye; Dr. Jibayo Adeyeye; Mrs Olamide Falana; Dr . Francis Adedayo Faduyile and Mr Niyi Oseni. The DG PPIMU is Mr. Babajide Akeredolu.
According to the statement, “The Governor, while charging the newly sworn-in cabinet members to show leadership in whatever positions they find themselves, asked them to shun acts which stand at variance with the expectations of the people.
“Governor Akeredolu who congratulated the appointees for being found worthy of the appointment reassured the people of his administration’s commitment and focus to fulfill its pledges.
“The Governor also assured civil servants in the state that they would smile home this Christmas as government would pay substantial amount of salaries.
“He stressed that as his administration is determined to remain focused and resolute on the chosen path, even as it proceeds on the political journey towards the fulfilment of its pledges to the people of the State.
“Arakunrin Akeredolu revealed that his administration has been engaging members of the young generation on whose tender shoulders the future of this great country rests.
“He promised to continue to engage worthy youths regardless of the degree of affinity or otherwise, adding that his second term would be devoted towards pursuing a totally repackaged programmed christened REDEEMED.
“He said that the people of the state expect quality service from the newly sworn-in members of the State Executive Council, stressing that his administration would not hesitate to sanction, with speed, any aberrant attitudes which may likely portray it as reckless and insensitive”.
The statement quoted Akeredolu as saying, “Consequently, all accounting officers in the Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the government must exercise a lot of care in managing the affairs of their respective charges. They must be able to account for all staff actively engaged by the State. This Administration will ensure that the people of the State receive services for the huge sacrifices.
“The need to recalibrate our development agenda has given rise to the establishment of the Performance and Project Implementation Monitoring Unit (PPIMU). This will assist us in ensuring value for all resources being deployed by our government”, the Governor added.
According to him, the PPIMU has been charged with a number of mandates which include designing and implementing project management, implementation, monitoring and evaluation platform for the office of the governor to coordinate, monitor and evaluate the execution of the Ondo State 8-point agenda, state development plan and its approved programmes and projects.
Speaking on behalf of other commissioners, Special Advisers and DG, Mr Femi Agagu appreciated the Governor for the trust reposed in them with a promise to support him to make his second term a great legacy tenure.