By Desmond Ogudu
The Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday screened and confirmed fourteen names of Commissioner-nominees sent to it by Governor Seyi Makinde.
Their names were contained in a message sent to the House by the Governor and read at plenary by the Speaker, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, on July 25, 2019.
The Commissioner-nominees are four former lawmakers in the Oyo State House of Assembly ,Hon. Kehinde Ayoola (former Oyo Speaker), Hon. Adeniyi Farinto, Hon. (Mrs.) Funmilayo Orisadeyi (the only female nominee) and Hon. Muyiwa Jacob Ojekunle.
Others are Chief Bayo Ojo, Dr. Bashir Abiodun Bello, Prof. Oyelowo Oyewo, Prof. Dawud Sangodoyin, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye and Mr. Adeniyi Olabode Adebisi.
The remaining commissioner-nominees whose appointments were confirmed are Mr. Raheem Abiodun Abdulraheem,Barr. Seun Asamu, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun and Mr. Akinola Ojo.
The nominees were differently grilled by members of the Oyo State House of Assembly who asked them probing questions bothering on their professional and educational experiences and how they intend to bring their wealth of knowledge and training to bear in the various positions they are being considered for.
Most of the commissioner designates expressed happiness at their nomination by Gov. Seyi Makinde and described the opportunity as a call to serve the people of Oyo State and also contribute to good governance as promised by the PDP-led administration in Oyo state.
The plenary presided over by Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin also screened and confirmed the appointments of Dr. Nureni Adeniran as Chairman of State Universal Basic Education Board(SUBEB) in Oyo State while Mr. Akeem Oladeji and Hon. Dayo Ogungbenro were confirmed as full time members of the board.
Hon. Ogundoyin said the resolve of Gov. Seyi Makinde to transform Oyo State is not in doubt going by the caliber of people being considered for appointment into the State Executive Council.
The Speaker maintained that virtually all the appointees are technocrats and highly cerebral people who have or are making waives in their chosen careers.
They are expected to be sworn in by Gov. Seyi Makinde anytime soon.