Ambode sacks three commissioners, reshuffles cabinet …Amosun reshuffles cabinet too

 

Lagos State governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Wednesday reshuffled his cabinet by dropping three commissioners, including the Commissioner for Tourism, Mr. Folorunsho Folarin-Coker; his counterpart in the Ministry of Finance, Dr. Mustapha Akinkunmi and the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Ekundayo Mobereola.

In a press statement signed Wednesday by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, the governor directed the Special Adviser, Arts and Culture, to take over as acting commissioner for the Ministry of Tourism and Culture; Special Adviser on Transportation takes over as acting Commissioner for Transportation; while the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance takes over as acting commissioner in the ministry until appointments are made for new commissioners in the affected ministries.

According to the statement, Governor Ambode expressed appreciation to the former commissioners for their service to the state and wished them well in their future endeavours.

The statement did not specify the reasons behind the governor’s action, but sources told our correspondent that one of the disengaged commissioners recently had an open confrontation with the governor, expressing displeasure at the way he was being treated in the cabinet.

Of the three commissioners who were dropped, Dr. Mobereola case was surprising as he appeared to be one of the highly qualified technocrats in Governor Ambode’s cabinet; albeit being Special Adviser to the governor on Transportation. Mr. Anofiu Elegushi has been seen on more than one occasion taking charge of sensitive state functions in the Ministry of Transportation.

However, a source privy to the development said Dr. Mobereola is likely to be considered for a federal appointment and that all along, he was only grooming the special adviser so that he would fit in properly after leaving the office.

Another source told our correspondent that Mr. Folarin-Coker has not impressed the governor since his appointment as the Commissioner for Tourism, ditto  the Commissioner for Finance, Dr. Akinkunmi.

The source also hinted that Folarin-Coker is perceived to be living a flamboyant life, culminating in his alleged purchase of a mansion at Banana Island.

The source added that prior to his disengagement; Governor Ambode had been delegating some of the responsibilities of his ministry to a trusted commissioner from another ministry.

“I felt he should have resigned a long time ago because it was obvious he was not flowing with the governor as it should. His proposals rarely get the governor’s approval and there are many functions that are within his jurisdictions that another commissioner often performs,” the source said.

Similarly, the Ogun State government has also announced a reshuffle in the membership of its Executive Council.

The exercise involved four commissioners and four special advisers to the governor.

Those affected include Mrs. Ronke Sokefun who was the Commissioner for Agriculture. She moves to the Ministry of Urban and Physical Planning;  Bashorun Adebola Adeife who used to be the Commissioner for Urban and Physical Planning moves to the Ministry of Inter-Governmental Affairs.

Also affected is the erstwhile Commissioner for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, Mr. Leke Adewolu, who now superintends the Ministry of Special Duties.

One of the newly sworn in commissioners, Mrs. Abiola Kufile-Okonji, is now in charge of the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development; while a consultant to the governor, Mrs. Ronke Onadeko, will oversee the Ministry of Agriculture pending the appointment of a substantive commissioner for the ministry.

The affected aides are the Special Adviser to the governor on Housing, Mr. Bayo Adeyemi, who now moves to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology; Mr. Yinka Odufuwa, hitherto of Agriculture, moves to Forestry; Mr. Akinola Lawson, formerly of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism  moves to Special Duties.

Others are Mr. Segun Adesanya of the Ministry of Special Duties who moves to

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