Makinde sacks Commissioner, redeploys two others


Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has announced the sacking of the state Commissioner for Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Prof. Raphael Afonja.


The sacking was reportedly contained in a letter dated August 10, 2020 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun.

The letter indicated the termination takes immediate effect.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, quoted the letter titled ‘Termination of appointment’ in a statement as saying: “I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the termination of your appointment as Honourable Commissioner, with immediate effect.

“Consequent upon the above development, you are hereby directed to hand over all the government items in your possession to the Permanent Secretary (Ministry of Works, Infrastructure and Transport).

“I am to add that, your contribution within the time of your sojourn is appreciated and commendable, and therefore, wish you successes in your future endeavours. I thank you.”

In another development, the Makinde approved the redeployment of two commissioners, who were asked to swap portfolios.

An internal memo signed by the SSG with the subject: ‘Redeployment of EXCO members’ indicated that the Commissioner for Special Duties, Chief Bayo Lawal, has been moved to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, while his counterpart who was manning that Ministry, Hon. Funmilayo Orisadeyi, is to move to the Ministry of Special Duties.

The redeployment takes immediate effect, the memo indicated.



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