By Jamiu Lawal
Nigeria - The Ogun State House of Assembly has confirmed the nomination of the eight Commissioner nominees it earlier screened affirming their eligibility to hold public office.
The approval was sequel to the passage of a resolution title: H.R No. 010/OG/2023- “Report of the Committee of the Whole on the screening of the nominees of the Governor for Appointment as Commissioners in the State”, following the adoption of the report of the Committee of the Whole House Chaired by the Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo as presented by his Deputy, Bolanle Ajayi, who also moved the motion for its adoption which was seconded by Hon. Oluseun Adesanya.
The confirmation of the nominees was thereafter done through a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Yusuf Sheriff, seconded by the Minority Leader, Lukman Adeleye and supported by the Whole House through a voice vote.
Earlier while presenting the report, the Deputy Speaker said that the Committee members scrutinized the nominees’ curriculum vitae and credentials including interview and found them worthy of the appointment to the position of the State Commissioner.
It would be recalled that the Assembly had earlier screened the nominees at two separate sessions within the last 48 hours, with a call on them to consolidate on the gains recorded during the first term of the present administration in the State.
The lawmakers, while conducting the screening lauded the nominatons and counseled the nominees not to rest on their oars; rather strive towards evolving and implementing more policies and programmes that would improve the living standard of the people.
Also, the State lawmakers earlier today screened another nominee, a former Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser, Dapo Okubadejo, who re-assured that more strategic financial reforms were underway to aid the developmental policies of the present administration to consolidate on the ISEYA Mantra.
Okubabejo, who recounted the financial status of the State on the emergence of the present administration since 2019, posited that its revenue drive had been greatly improved in spite the economic challenges occasioned by the shortfall in the price of petroleum in the global market, post covid challenges and unstable exchange rate amongst other indexes.
Appraising the financial ingenuity of the State Governor, Okubadejo added that more strategies would be put in place to give more operational strength to the Public Private Partnership (PPP) framework that would further boost the confidence of stakeholders in the ability of government to deliver; thereby attracting more local and foreign investment opportunities to complement the booming industrial clusters.
In their remarks, the lawmakers applauded the nomination of the former Commissioner and incumbent Chief Economic Adviser, describing him as a round peg in a round hole, with the capabilities that would bring about consistent financial policies.
They admonished the nominee to justify the confidence reposed in him through improved commitment to quality service delivery that would ensure seamless financial policy implementation for the overall socio-economic development of the State.