From Lateef Dada, Osogbo
Osun State Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, on Monday, inaugurated former Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, Saka Layonu, SAN, and others as chairmen and members of non-statutory boards and parastatals.
While Prof Adewole heads UNIOSUN Teaching Hospital Board, Layonu SAN heads Osun State Polytechnic, Iree.
Others are former Osun Deputy Speaker, Akintunde Adegboye (College of Science and Technology, Esa Oke); and another former Deputy Speaker, Taiwo Sunmonu (Teaching Service Board).
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony held at the parking lot and the Exco Lounge respectively, Governor’s Office, State Government Secretariat, Abere, Osogbo, Oyetola said the appointments would go a long way to effect drastic changes in the various institutions and organisations to which they have been appointed to serve.
He stated that the institutions and organisations that the new appointees were expected to head remain the critical engine rooms through which government delivers important social services available to the people.
Noting that his administration has laboured stridently in building an economy that works for all, Oyetola said there is the need to continuously and meticulously nurture a resilient economy, vibrant in its diversification, and sustainable in its approach to development, so as not to only enhance the quality of lives of the people, but to also place it on a firm footing of irreversible prosperity.
‘Despite our widely- acknowledged lean resources, we have consistently demonstrated prudence and we have done much with so little.
‘This is because we believe that scarce resources cannot be an excuse for non-performance and that governance without impact is a monumental waste of the people’s mandates and time.
‘By this appointment, you are expected to discharge your responsibilities with the fear of God, putting our people first and putting the interest of our state above any other gain, in a manner that makes you and the institution in which you serve unblemished.
‘It is this excellent service delivery tradition that you are inaugurated into and I count on you, just as the teeming population of our proud citizens also do, that you will not fail, but make your service count in the progress of this state,’ he added.
Speaking on behalf of the appointees, Board Chairman, Osun State College of Education, Ilesa, Elder Kunle Odeyemi, commended the Governor for finding them worthy of service in various capacities.
Odeyemi, who assured of efficient and effective service delivery, pledged on behalf of his fellow appointees, not to disappoint the state as they were resolute to justify the purpose for which they were appointed to serve the people of the state.
The occasion was attended by the Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Alabi; former Deputy Governors, Mrs Titilayo Ponle; Prince Adeleke Adewoyin; former Minister of Police Affairs, Mr Jelili Adesinyan; Deputy Speaker, Hon Femi Popoola; Secretary to the State Government, Prince Wole Oyebamiji; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Charles ‘Diji Akinola; Head of Service, Dr Festus Olowogboyega Oyebade; Members of the State Executive Council; Local Government Chairmen; top government functionaries, traditional rulers; and political leaders, among others.