Ajimobi assigns portfolios to new commissioners •As OYHA creates new ministries
By Tunde Ogunesan
OYO State governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, on Tuesday, assigned portfolios to 11 commissioners, who were yet to get posted, just as the Oyo State House of Assembly passed a bill, creating three new ministries. This was disclosed by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Gbade Lana, on Tuesday, while briefing the press at the end of the state executive council meeting. With the creation of additional three ministries, Oyo State now has 24 ministries. The three new ministries are the Ministry of Integration and Inter-governmental Affairs, Ministry of Transport and Ministry of Natural Resources. According to Mr Lana, Mr Tayo Koleoso will now head the Ministry of Integration and Inter-governmental Affairs, as Chief Fatai Abimbola now heads Ministry of Natural Resources, while Ministry of Transport is to be headed by Professor Nureni Tanimowo. Mrs Atinuke Osunkoya retained her portfolio as Commissioner of Women Affairs, while the former Commissioner for Lands and Housing, Mr Abimbola Kolade now heads Ministry of Works. Governor Ajimobi, according to the commissioner, had also assigned the Ministry of Water Resources to Mr Wale Adeoye, as the Ministry of Local Government will be headed by Honourable Fatai Buhari, while Mr Azeez Onaola heads Ministry of Special Duties.
According to Mr Lana, Alhaji Abideen Oladimeji is to be in charge of the Ministry of Establishment, with the Ministry of Agriculture to be headed by Honourable Iyiola Ambali Hammed and finally, the Ministry of Land and Housing will be headed by the former Commissioner for Local Government and Chietaincy Matters, Mr Isaac Ajiboye Omodewu.
Explaining the delay in the announcement of the portfolios, the commissioner said government needed to wait for the process of creation of ministries by the state House of Assembly before the announcement of portfolios for the commissioners.
The commissioner also disclosed that the composition of state boards and parastatals would be announced soon.