ARAKUNRIN Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, Governor of Ondo state, yesterday conducted the swearing-in of men and women to work in the State Executive Council as Commissioners and Special Advisers to assist in translating his administration’s dream of bringing democratic dividends to the people in line with his Five- Point Agenda.
The swearing-in of 18 Commissioners and 10 Special Advisers was made possible owing to the nod given by the Ondo State House of Assembly.
THE Special Advisers include a former federal commissioner at the Federal Civil Service Commission and a former Speaker of the State Assembly, Rt Hon. Victor Olabimtan; Mrs Olubunmi Olubukola Ademosu; and former Head of Service, Mr Alaba Isijola.
OTHERS include Mr Jibayo Adeyeye, Engr. Tunji Light Ariyo, Mr Raimi Olayiwola Aminu, Mr Tobi Ogunleye, Mr Tunji Fabiyi, and Mrs Olawunmi Juliet Ilawole.
THE Commissioners are: Mr Yemi Olowolabi, from Idanre Local Government Area; Mr Donald Ojogo, Ese-Odo; Dr. Wahab Adegbenro, Ifedore; Mr Funso Esan, Ilaje; Mr Wale Akinterinwa, Ile-Oluji/Okeigbo and Pastor Emmanuel Igbasan from Irele.
OTHERS include Alhaji Olurimisi Ismaila from Odigbo; Mr Femi Agagu, Okitipupa; Prof. Bayonle Ademodi, Ondo East; Mrs Lola Fagbemi, Ondo West; Otunba Timilehin Adelegbe, Ose and Adekola Olawoye Esq from Owo.
THE rest are Mr Rasheed Badmus, Akoko North-West; Prince Solagbade Amodeni Akoko South-East; Otunba Adegboyega Adefarati Akoko South-West; Mr Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, Akure North; a two-term member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mrs. Omowumi Olatunji-Edet, Akure South and former Speaker, ODHA, Rt. Hon Taofiq Abdulsalam, Akoko North East.
THE Executive Council members is a blend of both new and old faces in the history of governance in Ondo State. Thus the composition connects the present administration with the old ones. Our expectation is that this administration will rely on the wealth of experiences of the executive members to boost its programmes and policies.
THE HOPE welcomes these great men and women to steer the ship of this State at this critical moment and charges them to be above board. There is no doubt that the state and most states are facing serious economic challenges due to scarcity of fund. Therefore, the state will need their commitment and dedication to duty.
THEY should hit the ground running . This is because the economic challenges facing the state seem to be posing problems to the actualisation of Mr. Governor’s lofty plans for the state and thus any time wasted may not be in the interest of the state.
ONE of the areas government could tap into is the revenue generation drive. The government still goes cap in hand every month to Abuja for money from the Federation Account. Unfortunately, the drop in the sales of oil at the international market has negatively affected what each state gets from Abuja.
WE also feel that another veritable avenue for the government is the agricultural sector. God has blessed this state with fertile and good arable land that could comfortably power the food security of not only Ondo State but the entire South West Nigeria.
WE implore the government to take a cue from Lagos and some other states in the North that grow rice in large quantity. Today, people of Lagos State enjoy the food while money realised from the sale of the product goes into the purse of Lagos State Government.
WE are of the opinion that Agriculture can not only provide jobs for the teeming unemployed youths, it can also revitalise internally generated revenue for the government to implement some of its programmes and thereby bring the dividends of democracy nearer to the people.
WE wish to point out that the period of politicking has passed. This is the time to work for the state. We therefore appeal to the new Commissioners and Special Advisers to suspend the issue of politics for the time being and face what they are charged to do. There is no doubt that the Governor has assembled people who have excelled in their various chosen careers. We feel that nature has put a moral burden upon them to contribute their quota to the communities in which they came from. They should perform above board in their places of primary assignment.
THEY should realise that they were chosen not because they are the best in their areas but God has made it so. They should therefore not do anything that would make Mr. Governor regret the confidence he reposed in them by appointing them in the first instance.
WE congratulate them on their appointment into these exalted offices and pray for God’s guidance in discharging this harculean task. We also pray for Divine peace for them. This, they and the state need.