Makinde Sacks Oyo Commissioner for Works, Swaps Two Others

File photo of Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi makinde and ex-Commissioner for Works, Raphael Afonja.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, Monday sacked his Commissioner for Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Raphael Afonja.

The governor, in a letter dated August 10 by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Olubamiwo Adeosun, said the termination of appointment takes immediate effect.

File photo of sacked Oyo Commissioner for Works, Raphael Afonja.

The letter entitled: “Termination of appointment” reads in part: “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.”

It would be recalled that the sacked commissioner recently tested negative for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) after 52 days of treatment in isolation and had hoped to resume work on Monday.

Makinde has also approved redeployment of two commissioners, who were asked to swap portfolios with immediate effect.

The governor, in an internal memo by Adeosun with the subject: “Redeployment of EXCO members,” said Commissioner for Special Duties, Bayo Lawal, has been moved to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, while Funmilayo Orisadeyi is to move the Ministry of Special Duties.

Idowu Sowunmi