From Kolade Larewaju
ABEOKUTA -THE Ogun state House of Assembly has approved the appointment of the sons of Nobel Laurete Prof. Wole Soyinka, Dr. Olaokun and that of late theatre doyen, Hubert Ogunde, Mr Oluwemimo (SAN) as part of 17 commissioner- nominees screened.
The list of Commissioners was forwarded last week to the House of assembly by the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun while two other names were added on Monday prompting their screening.
The House which later adopted the report and confirmed the nomination of the commissioners-designate at the plenary session also approved the proposed appointment of 20 Special advisers to the governor whose list was sent to the House Tuesday for their legislators approval.
During the screening, the London-trained medical doctor Dr Oluokun Soyinka and Oluwemimo Ogunde (SAN) appeared before the committee of former Speaker Muyiwa Oladipo the whole House where they were drilled and certified to be worthy of the position.
Also among the Commissioners designate who appered were the immediate-past Editorial Board Chairman of ThisDay newspaper, Mr. Yusuf Olaniyonu, a London-trained Chartered Accountant Mrs Folakemi Adeosun, as well as son of Osile of Oke-Ona, Oba Adedapo Tejuoso, Dr. Lanre Tejuosho.
Part of those that scaled through the screening were former running mate of governor Amosun in 2007 Mrs Olayinka Sonubi, Durojaiye Ayedogbon, Adebayo Fari, Lekan Adegbite, Falilu Sabitu, Segun Odubela, Olu Odeyemi, and Adejobi Bolarinwa.
Confirming their nomination the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon Suraj Adekunbi asked Mrs. Adijat Oladapo-Adeleye representing Ifo11 state constituency to read and move the motion for the adoption of the report on the screening of the nominees and was seconded by Mr. Bankole Olusola representing Ado-Odo Ota.
The Speaker further called the majority leader of the House, Mr. Jolaoso Isreal representing Ewekoro to move the motion for the confirmation of their nomination by putting it into voice vote which favoured all the commissioners-designate except one Mr Gbenga Otenuga who was absent on medical ground.
Responding to some questions asked by the committee members, Soyinka’s son promised to partner with foreign donors and generate fund for the state if eventually allowed to serve as commissioner for health in the state.
According to Hubert Ogunde’s son, Oluwemimo lamented the failure of the National Assembly to gazette laws that were passed on the floor of the chambers.