…Sends names of new commissioners to House of Assembly
From MOSHOOD ADEBAYO, Abeokuta
There was tension and apprehension among political office holders in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital yesterday as the state Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun announced what he described as a minor cabinet reshuffle in his administration swapping four commissioners in various offices. Aside from the re-deployment of commissioners, the governor also sent names of commissioners-designate to the state House of Assembly for consideration.
This exercise had raised fears among serving commissioners that they might be dropped in the political arrangements in the state, particularly when the names of commissioners-designate were not made public. A source close to the governor’s office told Daily Sun that many of the current serving commissioners who were not affected by the swapping of offices might be dropped by the state government.
There were also indications that many political appointees might be deployed to other agencies of government in Amosun’s new arrangement, which was meant to put the ‘right pegs in the right holes.’ The governor also announced the creation of a new ministry, the Physical Planning and moved the former commissioner in the Ministry of Environment, Mr. Adebayo Fari to the new ministry.
In a press statement released and signed yesterday by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Taiwo Adeoluwa, Amosun said the reshuffle would take immediate effect. In the new arrangement, the erstwhile commissioner for Agriculture, Ayo Olubori had been moved to the Ministry of Forestry, while Dr. Lanre Tejuosho, formerly of the Ministry of Special Duties was moved to the Ministry of the Environment. The immediate past commissioner in the state Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Chief Olu Odeyemi had been re-deployed to the Ministry of Special Duties.
The duo of Adebayo Fari and Falilu Adebisi Sabitu, formerly of the Ministry of the Environment and Ministry of Forestry respectively had been re-deployed to the newly created state Ministry of Physical Planning and Ministry of Rural Development respectively.