Why I’m yet to appoint my Commissioners, says Dapo Abiodun

The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has revealed why he was yet to appoint his Commissioners, explaining that he is shopping for “capable hands” who he intends to appoint into his cabinet to help drive his vision for the State.

The Governor hinted that he had embarked on a search of Ogun men and women who had track records of achievements in diverse fields to be part of his government.

Governor Abiodun spoke at a parley with journalists at his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the State capital.
He insisted that he would take his time in appointing members of his cabinet, stressing that “government is not a place where you come and party”.

The Governor who implored the people to give him “benefit of doubt to assembly his team”, noted that he had successfully run a business and could not afford to fail as a governor.
Abiodun, however, expressed that “it takes time to convince and drag them into government.”

He cited examples of his Secretary to the State Government, Tokunbo Talabi and the Chief Economic Adviser, Dapo Okybadejo who described as an accomplished technocrats.

Governor Abiodun also revealed that some members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the State are not favourably disposed to his decision to run an all inclusive government.
Governor Abiodun reiterated his commitment to running an all inclusive government that would include members of the opposition parties and other well meaning indigenes of the State.

His words, “I’m aiming to be the most participatory Governor this State has ever had. I have extended a hand of fellowship to members of the opposition parties, especially those that we contested together to join hands with me in taking the State to greater height.

“I’m sure that you are aware that I appointed some opposition members into the transition committee. I intend to continue in this manner.
“We will consider appointing members of the opposition parties but I don’t know and I can’t say for now what particular position that will be.

“I know that some people in our party are not favourably disposed to my decision to run a participatory government. Some of them are saying, look at this man, we the members have not even began to enjoy what we worked for, he is calling people from other parties to come partake in it. The positions are not even enough for us, the members of the party, now he is talking about calling others to join in.
“They (party members) are not really liking me for this all inclusiveness in government.

I think everybody should be given a chance to contribute their quota to the development of the State. It is a win, win situation for all of us because we are all working towards making the State great.
“We will ensure that there is socio-economic development so that everybody can benefit because not everyone will be appointed into government.

“We are not going to be giving excuses but we going to get on with government. We are assembling a team of people with track records to join me in running the affairs of the State. A team that will help us achieve the visions of our government.
“Our government will be participatory that will engage with the members of the public.

Apparently replying critics who were condemning the Governor for not appointing Commissioners yet, Abiodun said, “It is within my rights to choose my Commissioners any time I want. There is no need to rush, it is not a marathon race.”

“To achieve our objectives, we must have a good team, not people coming for a party. We need people with track records. These people need to be appealed to because they are not begging for a job.
“There are so many people from Ogun State with the qualities that we are looking for, how do we convince them to come and work for Ogun State for peanut.

Governor Abiodun who sought the cooperation of the members of the fourth estate of the realm in moving the State followed, said “If you are in government it is so easy for you to be cut off from the people so I need you (journalists) to help me feel the pulse of the people from time to time.”

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