Update: Why Lagos State House Of Assembly Dropped 17 Political Appointees  

Ola ‘Kiya, Reporting

DETAILS have emerged on why lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, dropped no fewer than 17 among the over 30 commissioner and special adviser nominees submitted by Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

Part of the reasons was in a bid to address controversies surrounding some of the nominees picked as cabinet members for second term of the administration.

Recall that the lawmakers dropped the nominees during the plenary session that was chaired by Speaker of the House of Assembly, Mudasiru Obasa, who read names of each nominee one after the other.

Obasa read the names to the other 39 lawmakers, who then voted either in support or against the nominees.

The voting process eventually determined the fate of the 17 nominees picked by the governor to serve as cabinet members.

During the plenary, the lawmakers confirmed 22 nominees before adjourning their seating to Monday, August 28, 2023.

Among those dropped by the lawmakers during plenary session were the former Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, Solape Hammond, who was Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals during the first term, and her colleague, former Commissioner for Budget and economic planning, Sam Egube.

Also dropped were former Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Dada Cecilia, her colleague, ex-Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, and former Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure, Aramide Adeyoye.

Others were: former commissioner for education; Folashade Adefisayo, her colleague in Energy ministry, Olalere Odusote, and Yomi Oluyomi, Folashade Ambrose and Barakat Bakare

Also dropped were Dr. Rotimi Fashola, Olalekan Fatodu, Mosopefolu George, Seun Osiyemi, Rotimi Ogunwuyi and Dr. Olumide Oluyinka.

Obasa had, earlier, commended the committee for its effectiveness and urged the confirmed nominees to always remember that they are to serve the people of the state and not individuals.

He also promised that the House would continue to do its best in the interest of the state.

Before the exercise, the chairman of the screening committee, Mojeed Fatai, briefed the House on the outcome of the screening exercise.

He had disclosed that all nominees were grilled to ensure their readiness for the task ahead.

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