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.

Ogun Signs MoU With Chinese Company To Build Monorail

The Ogun State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on light rail mass transit with the China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) that will link major cities in the state as well as boost its economy.

While signing the MoU in his Oke-Mosan Office in Abeokuta, the state Governor; Mr Ibikunle Amosun said this became necessary in order to reposition the state for economic development and prosperity.

The Governor stated that it was imperative to boost transportation in the state since the state population is projected to rise significantly over the next couple of years.

While signing the MOU in his office, the state governor, Mr Ibikunle Amosun, noted that there could be no development without infrastructure.

“We have been doing our best on roads but it is high time we paid attention to rail as well. We are starting the mass transit within Abeokuta metropolis. This will be extended to all our major towns including the Ado-Odo/Ota axis up to the areas bordering Lagos,” he said.

Amosun noted that it was imperative to boost transportation in the state in anticipation of significant rise in population over the next couple of years.

In his remarks, the Managing Director of China Civil Engineering Construction Company, Mr. Cao Bao Gang, lauded the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration for its vision, pointing out that “the project on completion will enhance the transportation system and contribute to the economic development of the Gateway State.’’

He assured the governor that quality would be the firm’s watchword in the implementation of the contract.

“The project will provide jobs for residents and help the unskilled ones to gain adequate knowledge through training and involvement in the whole process.”

The signing of the MOU was witnessed by government officials including the Secretary to the State Government, Barrister Taiwo Adeoluwa, Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mrs. Abimbola Akeredolu, Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Alhaji Yusuph Olaniyonu.