overnor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has sworn in Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli and 15 commissioners, with a warning that there would be no room for backbiting, character assassination and frivolities in his administration.

The governor handed down the warning while addressing the new cabinet members at a ceremony held at the Executive Council Chambers of the Governor’s Office, in Ibadan, on Friday.

Charging the new commissioners to see themselves as ambassadors holding their offices in trust for the people of the state, the governor expressed delight that his cabinet had finally been inaugurated, saying this had laid to rest long time speculations and apprehensions among the people.

Ajimobi charged the commissioners to see their appointment as a call to service, especially at a period when Oyo, like any other state, was having difficulties in providing basic necessities for the people due to low federal allocation.

“Today, I congratulate our newly sworn in commissioners as they assume office to take up the challenge of leading their various ministries. It is a special day, not only for those of you gathered here but for all the stakeholders in the progress of our dear state. I must warn that there will no room for backbiting, mudslinging, character assassination and undue frivolities that can erode the respect that people will ordinarily accord your offices”.

“Your first assignment is to go back to your various communities and spread the information that the state has no intention of selling our schools but to partner willing members of the society like alumni associations, mission bodies and corporate organisations to rejuvenate our education system. Even the free education policy of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo attracted interventions from private bodies. During former Governors Rashidi Ladoja and Adebayo Alao-Akala’s administrations, there was what they called ‘Adopt-a-School’ policy.’ So there is nothing new in what we set out to do. We have nothing in mind other than the ultimate goal of re-invigorating our education system”.

He said that government would not shirk its responsibility of providing qualitative education for those he called the future of the state.

CULLED FROM: thenewsnigeria.com.ng

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