‘Fayose pre-empted commissioners’ mass resignation’
By Odunayo Ogunmola
Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose yesterday sacked all his commissioners, two years after he appointed most of them.
The governor did not give reasons for his action, which has been attributed to an alleged indicting security report he got on the commissioners.
In a statement yesterday in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, Fayose ordered the sacked commissioners to hand over to the permanent secretaries in their ministries.
The governor thanked them for their service to the State and wished them well in their future endeavours.
Fayose approved the appointment of the former commissioners on December 3, 2014 and sent their names to the House of Assembly for confirmation.
Majority of the commissioners were sworn in on July 2, 2015.
Affected by the sack are: Owoseni Ajayi (Justice), Toyin Ojo (Finance) and Mrs Oso (Works).
Others are: Bisi Kolawole (Environment), Lanre Ogunsuyi (Information), Kehinde Odebunmi (Agriculture), Kolapo Kolade (Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters) and Olurotimi Ojo (Health).
Those sacked are: Deji Adesua (Public Utilities), Jide Egunjobi (Education), Mrs. Olayinka Ogundayomi (Women Affairs), Tayelolu Otitoju (Lands) and Gbenga Olajide (Budget and Planning).
The Nation learnt from a government source that the governor got a security report that many Exco members had wanted to resign their appointments.
The source said: “The governor had no option than to dissolve the Exco when he got wind of plans by many of them (commissioners) to resign because of the hard times they are going through.
“Many of the commissioners came with high hopes, but what they met on the ground was nothing to write home about. They found themselves in a situation where a they could not approve more than N100,000, could not award contracts and other patronages.”
Source: The Nation