BREAKING NEWS

Makinde Sacks Raphael Afonja, Commissioner Who Treated COVID-19 For 52 Days, swaps two others


Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has relieved the Commissioner for Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Professor Raphael Afonja of his appointment.


Oyo state governor, Seyi Makinde addressing the press in Ibadan











The governor, in a letter dated August 10, 2020 and signed by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun, said the termination takes immediate effect.



A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, quoted the letter titled “Termination of appointment” as saying: “I wish to convey the approval of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde, on the termination of your appointment as Honourable Commissioner, with immediate effect.


The reason for the commissioner’s sack was not officially stated, but Afonja had announced at a radio programme earlier on Monday that he spent 55 days treating COVID-19. 












“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.”


In another development, the governor has also approved the redeployment of two commissioners, who were asked to swap portfolios.











An internal memo signed by the SSG with the subject: “Redeployment of EXCO members” indicated that the Commissioner for Special Duties, Chief Bayo Lawal, has been moved to the Ministry of Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, while his counterpart who was manning that Ministry, Funmilayo Orisadeyi, is to move to the Ministry of Special Duties.


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The memo indicated that the redeployment takes immediate effect.



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