Ajimobi sacks 3 Commissioners for inefficiency

The Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi on Monday dismissed three Commissioners from his cabinet for inefficiency and ineffectiveness in service delivery.

The sacked commissioners are Bosun Oladele, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Kazeem Adedeji, the Commissioner for Trade, Investment and Cooperatives and Yinnus Akintunde, the Commissioner for Works and Transport.

The Secretary to the state government, Akin Olajide, who announced the dismissal, explained that the affected Commissioners were sacked for “inefficiency and ineffectiveness in service delivery.”

Mr Ajimobi also made a cabinet reshuffle by swapping a number of commissioners which included the Commissioners for Land, Agriculture and Local government.

Others are the Commissioner for Environment and Habitat and that for Applied Science and Technology.

Former Special Adviser on Education matters, Taiwo Otegbeye, is to take over as the Commissioner for Information and orientation after obtaining clearance from the state House of Assembly.

Reports of Ajimobi’s wife’s arrest is a ‘wicked lie’ – Commissioner

The Oyo state government on Wednesday denied the alleged arrest of Florence Ajimobi, the wife of the state governor over money laundering charges in the United Kingdom.

“That’s not true, there is no iota of truth in that” the Oyo State Commissioner for Information, Bosun Oladele told Channels Television in a telephone interview.

The commissioner, who confirmed that Mrs Ajimobi travelled to London on Sunday with her 14-year-old daughter, said the Oyo State first lady has returned from the trip.

“We have a correspondence from the Metropolitan Police claiming that nothing like that is on the record,” Mr Oladele said.

The correspondence, according to the commissioner was received from an official in the Directorate of Media and Communication of the London Metropolitan Police.

In that letter, the official “confirmed that nothing of such is on record and that the wife of the governor was never arrested,” he said.

The commissioner described the allegation as a “wicked lie” claiming that the government has excelled in many areas of  development and that some enemies are trying to use the “Pull him down syndrome” to rubbish their achievements.

He also denied another allegation that Mrs Ajimobi has travelled 52 times over the period of 12 months.

“That is not true, the truth is that the first lady travels even prior to 2007 more than she does now,” he said.

“Now that she and her husband are in office she has to do that less. So it is untrue, if you look at 52 times and you put that on weekly basis, it means she has travels every week since her husband became governor,” Mr Oladele said.

The commissioner said the Oyo State government has already filed a suit against the publishers of PM News and Newsleak (an online news agency) for making libellous reports on Mrs Ajimobi, seeking N1 billion in damages.

The PM News and Newsleak had reported that the Oyo State first lady was arrested by the London Metropolitan Police with the sum of 400,000 pounds sterling on arrival at the United Kingdom.