Gov Abdul Rahman Abdul Razaq
By Demola Akinyemi – Ilorin
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq on Friday inaugurated five new cabinet members, tasking them with playing key roles in the administration’s rebuilding efforts.
The newly appointed cabinet members are: Abdulmaliq Bashir Mopelola Risikatullah (Women’s Affairs); George Olabode Towoju (Communications); Ibrahim Akaje (Housing); and Adamu Jamila Bake (Youth).
Lawyer Sambo Murtala, recently appointed special adviser for legal matters, was also sworn in.
The Governor has also moved three current cabinet members to other departments — a step he says is aimed at improving service delivery to the state’s residents.
The rejig has seen Olaitan Abosede Buraimoh move from communications to environment, while Remilekun Banigbe now leads the newly created budget and planning.
Formerly of Youth Development, Adenike Harriet Oshatimehin moves to the new Solid Minerals which evolved from the defunct and bulky Department of Enterprise. Deborah Aremu remains in the now autonomous Ministry of Social Development.
The development means that the state now has 20 ministries, with the former Ministry of Finance and Planning becoming Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Budget and Planning respectively.
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The former Works has now been split into the Department of Labor and Department of Housing respectively.
Enterprise is now the Department of Business, Innovation and Technology and the Department of Solid Minerals.
The former Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Social Development became respectively Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Ministry of Social Development.
The Governor said, “I congratulate you on joining the Kwara State Executive Council. This is an opportunity for you to make your contribution to the development of our State”,
“Your nomination underscores our efforts to deepen inclusion. Our decision to expand ministries serves to innovate in terms of human capital and infrastructure development.
“As four new commissioners and a special adviser come on board today, we are at the same time moving some current cabinet members to new areas. All of this is designed to improve service delivery to the people of Kwara State. .
“Despite the increased pace of political activity in the new year, we cannot waste a second in this four-year term. We must therefore remain focused on serving the Kwara public.
“Let me repeat that Kwara State is being rebuilt. Prudence, discipline, teamwork and sacrifice must remain our watchwords.
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