Ogun State Assembly Screens Commissioner-nominees

Ogun State Assembly Screens Commissioner-nominees

The Ogun State House of Assembly has screened 18 commissioner-nominees whose names had earlier been sent before it for confirmation by the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

The commissioner-nominees, who appeared before the House included six, who had served during Governor Amosun’s first term between 2011 and 2015.

The screening of the nominees was presided over by the Speaker of the Ogun State Assemly, Suraj Adekunbi, on Wednesday.

During the exercise, which lasted about five hours, all the commissioner-nominees‎ were asked various questions ranging from their professional competence, to experiences and capacity to serve the state.

The nominees are Adebola Adeife, Arc. Olamilekan Adegbite, Gbenga Ademosun, Adeleke Adewolu‎, Afolabi Afuwape, Mrs Yewande Amusan, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Sunday Bamiwola, Dr Babatunde Ipaye and Chief Kolawole Lawal.

Others include Chief Jide Ojuko, Chief Muyiwa Oladipo, Miss Adenike Osoba, Bolaji Oyeleye, Mrs Ronke Sokefun, Arc. Segun Abiodun, Dr Olumide Ayeni and Rotimi Durojaiye.

In his remarks, Honourable Adekunbi stated that the lawmakers’ approval would enable the Governor to appoint commissioners that would assist him in steering the affairs of the state creditably in his second term of office.

He charged the nominees to ‎strengthen the existing relationship between the Executive and Legislative arms of government in the state, if they are eventually confirmed.

He also tasked them to work diligently towards improving revenue generation and ensuring completion of ongoing capital projects across the state.

The Speaker, who expressed the resolve of the lawmakers to cooperate with the executive, said they would continue to put in place necessary framework to engender good governance.

“The purpose of this screening is to legitimise the appointments of the Governor and make sure we have quality assurance that as soon as the cabinet is constituted, the government will hit the ground running.

“We are on a sincere mission to rebuild our state. One of the factors that assisted us during the first term is the cordiality between executive and legislature.

“We are here to consolidate on the achievements of the first term. We want our commissioner-nominees to do their bit and ensure harmony among all the arms of government. ‎We are ever ready to collaborate with the Executive towards having Ogun State of our dream,” Adekunbi said.

Assembly Affirms N16.5 billion loan For Ogun

The Ogun state House of Assembly, south west Nigeria has approved the sum of N16.5 billion loan for the state government to fast track its on-going capital projects.

The breakdown of the loan revealed that N5 billion was meant for the internal loan while N1.6 billion was meant for the State Universal Basic Education (SUBEB) counterpart funding.

Some of the lawmakers who spoke before the approval of the loan maintained that while the SUBEB counterpart funding would ensure easy take off of the project in the state, the internal loan requested by the executive arm would ensure the speedy completion of all the capital projects, especially road construction being undertaking by the administration

They appealed to the executive arm of government to ensure that it capital projects cut across the entire senatorial District of the state.

The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Honourable Suraj Adekunbi thereafter ruled that a clean copy of the bill be sent to the state Governor for his ascent.

The state governor had on the 16th of March, sent a letter to the House requesting the approval of the loans.