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My appointments are merit-based, says Oyebanji

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji, said on Monday that appointments of the Secretary to the State Government, Habibat Adubiaro, and the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Dayo Apata (SAN), were in fulfillment of his promise to have competent people in the cabinet. Oyebanji, who said Adubiaro and Apata were appointed based on their rich credentials and experiences, restated his promise to get very competent Ekiti indigenes wherever they were to man strategic positions in his administration. The governor, who spoke in Ado-Ekiti during the swearing-in of the two officials, debunked insinuations in some quarters that he was under pressure by the immediate past governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, his wife, Bisi Fayemi and former deputy governor to appoint their cronies into his cabinet.
He said, “While I recognise the right of people to freedom of expression, I also have the right to respond to the fake news being circulated on social media”. “But I need to put it on record that neither the former governor nor his wife, nor the former deputy governor has put any pressure on me to appoint anybody. But if I have to go back to his former cabinet and appoint relevant people that can assist me, I will go and pick them.” Oyebanji charged the SSG and AG to develop a robust policy engagement platform where policy stakeholders could learn, interact, engage, review and evaluate government plans and programme from time to time to achieve the overall objectives of his administration.
Outgoing Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has urged the incoming governor, Biodun Oyebanji, to implement the Ekiti State Development Plan 2022 – 2050 accordingly to further propel the state to the much desired ‘destination of irreversible prosperity.’ Fayemi, who said that the development plan was deliberately crafted to achieve various outcomes such as mitigating current and anticipated future global threats, urged the incoming governor, civil servants and indeed the Ekiti populace to take ownership of the plan. The governor, who spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, on Friday during the launch of the plan, also called on Ekiti people to insist on its implementation according to the timeline provided in the document as well as the expectations articulated. He said, “Ekiti will need $50bn to be able to implement the economic master plan and this requires outside-the-box thinking to meet. It is also a new strategy for tackling unemployment and improving productivity toward prosperity, to achieve an improved quality of life for the citizenry, enhance coordination of government activities, sector planning, budgeting and performance review processing. Related News My appointments are merit-based, says Oyebanji Northern Govs hail Fayemi as he bows out Ekiti bids Fayemi farewell, Oyebanji takes over Fayemi, who harped on the imperative of the incoming government wholesomely adopting the document said, “I believe it will have the privilege of using the plan, which is a product of collective thinking to further propel Ekiti State to the much-desired destination of irreversible prosperity, peace and progress.
“The success of this plan, therefore, depends largely on discipline in implementation, discipline in finance, discipline in monitoring and evaluation. The successive governments must be committed to it and implement it accordingly as we all pray for a state where poverty is history.”
According to him, the plan would also “provide state leadership and successive administrations with detailed direction of its productivity, competitiveness, vision and strategy required for implementing and economic and social investment.”
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