Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde has sworn-in, Bayo Lawal, as the new deputy governor of the state.
Barrister Bayo Lawal was sworn in by the State Chief Judge, Justice Muktair Abimbola SAN after taking the oath of allegiance and oath of office.
Governor Makinde in his speech urged the new deputy governor to take the welfare of the people of Oyo state as his priority.
“Your new position is an evidence that you excel in your previous role, but for us, as the saying goes, the reward for hard work is more work, and that’s why we’re giving you more work”.
“The position of the deputy governor is a position of trust. Our masters are the people of Oyo State, and our responsibility is to continue to serve them to the best of our abilities and deliver good governance to them.
So let me encourage you to put the interest of the good people of Oyo state first …and you will continue to supervise the Oyo state housing commission even from this moment. And also, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency will be under your direct administration.
And finally, you’ve operated as the attorney general, so the ministry of justice will also be under your administration”.
“Our people expect so much from us because to whom much is given, much is expected. Makinde further assured,
“As we also know, this is the campaign season, but here in Oyo state, we will continue to work for the good people of Oyo state throughout this season.
“So, your Excellency, we look forward to benefiting from your work and experience because we want to move our people from poverty to prosperity”.
“You know we are in the season of fake news and I saw rumours on social media that we are going to swear in a 76-year old man as the deputy governor of Oyo state. Well they just read your profile…and you are far from 76”.
Lawal’s appointment came hours after the state House of Assembly impeached the former Deputy Governor of the state, Engr. Rauf Olaniyan, for misconduct and misappropriation of funds among other allegations, leveled against him.