Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo state has cautioned the 26 man transition committee not to disturb but ensure smooth running of government until the constitutionally stipulated date of hand-over.
The governor stated this at the inauguration of the 26 man Transition committee for the handling over and take off of the newly elected governor of the state, Engineer Seyi Makinde.
Governor Ajimobi emphasized that the terms of reference of the committee is among others to “liaise between the outgoing administration and the incoming administration in the state with a view to ensuring a smooth transition arrangement” and “evolve the framework for the handing-over, and organize befitting handing-over and taking-over ceremonies.”
“I wish to emphasise that the major assignment of the Transition Committee is to organize befitting handing over and taking over ceremonies. It is not designed to disturb the smooth running of government until the constitutionally stipulated date of hand-over, though there may be needful clarifications.” he said.
According to Governor Ajimobi, “the hand-over notes to be evolved shall be a farewell message of the incumbent government introducing the incoming Chief executive to the rudiments of his expected activities.”
He pointed out that “the essence of the hand-over notes is therefore to serve as a platform for the take-off of the new administration in the reins of government.”, saying,
“consequently, today’s event is another ‘koseleri’ in the annals of the history of our dear state.”
” It is also pertinent to note that for the first time in the history of Oyo state, an incumbent Governor formally received in audience a governor-elect. These for us are not just stunts for making history but a demonstration of our strong belief in the true tenets of democracy, good governance, politics without bitterness and the ‘Ajumose’ spirit of collective responsibility. Hopefully, future administrations will sustain such a collaborative spirit and not make it ‘koselemo
Governor Ajimobi said Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Mr Olalekan Alli is to Chair the committee with other top government functionaries namely Mr David Olatunde (Permanent Secretary, Civil Service Commission) who will serve as the secretary.
the state Head of Service, Mrs Hannah Ogunesan, Ajimobi’s Executive Assistance on Administration, Mr Soji Eniade, Commissioners Toye Arulogun (Information, Culture and Tourism), Mr Oluseun Abimbola (Attorney-General/Justice), Isaac Ishola (Environment and water resources), Mr Oyewole Oyewumi (Agriculture, natural resources and rural development) and Dr Azeez Adeduntan (Health).
Commissioners Isaac Omodewu (Lands, housing and survey), Mr Abimbola Kolade (Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters), Prof Joseph Olowofela (Education, Science and Technology) and Mr Abimbola Adekanmbi (Finance, Planning and Budget).
Others included the Special Advisers in the committee include Dr Isiaka Kolawole (Economic Planning and Budget), Dr Ayandele Ayanyinka (Efficiency) and Mr Segun Bolarinwa (Security).
On the side of Governor-elect, Makinde, are former Senate Deputy Whip, Hosea Agboola, Chief Bisi Ilaka, Honourable Debo Ogundoyin, Miss Loalde Ajibola, Mr Adeniyi Babatunde, Mr Seun Ashamu, Dr D.V Bello, Mr Wale Adepoju, Mr Temi Adibi