The Oyo State Chief Judge, Justice Munta Abimbola, on Monday swore in a former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Chief Bayo Lawal, as the new Deputy Governor of the state.
Lawal until the swearing in, was the Chairman, Oyo State Housing Corporation and also recently announced as the running mate of Governor Seyi Makinde, for the 2023 governorship election.
The swearing in and oath of office took place at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan, Oyo State.
The event followed the removal from office of the former Deputy Governor, Rauf Olaniyan, after the members of the state House of Assembly adopted the report of the seven man panel set up by the Chief Judge to investigate him.
The panel, in the report, said Olaniyan was guilty of all the allegations leveled against him, which include gross misconduct, insubordination, financial recklessness, abandonment of duties, among others.
Present at the swearing were top government functionaries that include the Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, who led other principal officers of the Assembly, service commanders and party chieftains, among others.
Governor Makinde in a brief remark at the event, said the new Deputy Governor was chosen as a result of the successes he achieved in other capacities he had served under the current administration.
He said to his administration the reward for hard work is more work, noting that the position of the Deputy Governor is that of trust while announcing some capacities and ministries that would be under the watch of the new deputy governor.
According to him, “I want to start by welcoming our new Deputy Governor, His Excellency, Barrister Bayo Lawal, to the Oyo State Executive Council. I know you operated from this Exco chamber from 1999 to 2003 and I am sure a lot of things have changed between then and now.
“As we all know, you are already a part of this administration as the chairman of the Oyo State Housing Corporation. Your new position is evidence that you excelled in your role. But for us, as the saying goes, the reward for hard work is more work, and that is why we are giving you more work.
“The position is that of trust. Our masters are the people of Oyo State and our responsibility is to continue to serve them to the best of our abilities and deliver good governance to them.
“Let me encourage you to put the interest of the people of Oyo State first. You will continue to supervise the Housing Corporation even from this position. Also, the Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency, OYSTROMA, will be under your direct supervision.
“Finally, you have operated as the Attorney-General of this state before. So, the Ministry of Justice will also be under your watch.
“Our people expect so much from us because to whom much is given, much is expected. This is the campaign season but here in Oyo State, we will continue to work for the good of our people throughout this season.”
The governor added that the administration is looking forward to benefiting from the wealth of wisdom and experience of the new deputy governor, so that together, they could continue the task of moving Oyo State people from poverty to prosperity.
“We look forward to benefiting from your wealth of wisdom and experience. This is what I say most of the time and this is what this administration is all about. We want to move our people from poverty to prosperity. So, you are welcome on board,” he added.
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