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Gov Dapo Abiodun Yet To Appoint Commissioner For Education, Since His Inauguration

OKEKUNLE SUNDAY, IBADAN

Mr Abiodun, who emerged the winner in the 2019 governorship contest, was inaugurated on May 27, 2019.

After his inauguration, it took him eight months before he named his cabinet members.

Dapo Abiodun, is yet to appoint a substantive commissioner for education in the state.

Some students in the state have called on Mr Abiodun to urgently appoint a substantive commissioner for education, lamenting that the vacuum in the ministry has been responsible for the underdevelopment of the education sector in the state.

The students stated this in a statement, jointly signed by the National President of the National Association of Ogun State Students (NAOSS), Oluwagbemileke Ogunrombi, and the state chairman of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Tomiwa Bamgbose, in Abeokuta on Thursday.

They maintained that no serious government, which genuinely desires results and development in the education sector, would leave the education ministry without a substantive leadership.

“Education, as one of the most important sectors in the State deserves all the attention it needs from the government. The vacuum in the leadership of the Ministry of Education as a result of the vacant post of a Commissioner has no doubt adversely affected the development (of) the sector.

“Since Professor Sidi Osho was dropped as the Commissioner for Education, the Governor has refused to make an appointment into the Ministry and this has no doubt slow(ed) down the development of the sector.

“The Ministry deserves a qualified, experienced and committed professional with track records of unprecedented achievements both in the public and private sectors,” the statement read.

Reacting to the concerns raised by the student groups, the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Kunle Somorin told the source which confirmed to CMM that he has no inkling about when an education commissioner would be appointed.

“I have not been briefed by the governor,” he said in a telephone interview with our reporter.

The 19-member list was released in December, after criticisms from residents of the state.

Amongst the commissioners listed ahead of the swear-in ceremony in January was Sidi Osho, a professor of food technology and former Vice Chancellor at Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD).

She had served as the special adviser to the governor on higher education before the appointment.

She was appointed to head the ministry of education but that did not materialise.

Sources in the state government revealed that, prior to the clearance, she encountered some challenges at the screening, owing to her dismissal while a lecturer at Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) and some other allegations.

Before the screening, some concerned parties had expressed concerns regarding the fuss the appointment would cause because the letter of her dismissal had gone viral.

Nevertheless, she currently maintains the office of the special adviser overseeing education and has been representing the governor at public events.

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