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Ekiti Assembly okays commissioners, special advisers

By Ayodele Afolabi, Ado-Ekiti
26 August 2020   |   3:58 am
The Ekiti State House of Assembly has approved all the 14 commissioner and seven special adviser-nominees sent to it by Governor Kayode Fayemi.

• Fayemi receives Olumilua’s remains for burial
• Compensates owners of land acquired for knowledge zone

The Ekiti State House of Assembly has approved all the 14 commissioner and seven special adviser-nominees sent to it by Governor Kayode Fayemi.

Motion for the approval was moved by the Majority Leader, Mr. Gboyega Aribisogan and seconded by Mr. Deji Ajayi, representing Use/Orun Constituency and the lawmakers unanimously confirmed the nominees during yesterday’s plenary.

It was learnt that the appointment of seven special advisers was part of Fayemi’s plan to accommodate the commissioners that would be relieved of their positions for the new appointees to take their place.

The commissioner-nominees included former Ekiti Labour Party Chairman, Mr. Akin Omole (Oye Ekiti); Chief Oladiran Adesua (Ekiti East), Dr. Olabimpe Aderiye, (Ido/Osi) and Alhaja Maryam Ogunlade (Emure).

Others were Dr. Oyebanji Filani (Ikole), Olabode Adetoyi (Moba) and Mrs. Iyabo Fakunle-Okhieme (Ilejemeje).

In his remarks, Afuye, who congratulated the nominees, said all those nominated justified their being listed for cabinet positions. He advised them to work cordially with the governor to better the lot of the state.

The House also confirmed Mr. Febisola Adewale as Commissioner, Ekiti Local Government Service Commission and Prof. Femi Akinwumi as Chairman, Ekiti Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB).The House adjourned its next sitting to Thursday, August 27, 2020.

IN another development, Fayemi, yesterday, received the remains of former Governor of old Ondo State, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, from his Ondo State counterpart, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, as the two states prepare for the final burial of the former governor.

Akeredolu led top government functionaries in handing over the remains of the former governor to Fayemi at Ikere-Ekiti, a border town to the two states.

Ekiti State government has scheduled a commendation service in honour of the late Olumilua for today in Ado-Ekiti.

MEANWHILE, the Ekiti State government, yesterday, paid financial compensation to some land owners whose landed property were acquired recently for the establishment of Ekiti Knowledge Zone.

At the presentation of cheques to the affected beneficiaries, Fayemi said 955 hectares of land was acquired for the zone, adding that the compensation, which was the first tranche, was for the five hectares to be used for the UBEC Model School.

The governor, who was represented by the Chief of Staff, Mr. Biodun Omoleye, noted that he was fulfilling the promise he made during a consultative meeting with representatives of the landowners from the area.