On Thursday, the Ekiti State House of Assembly confirmed all twenty-one (21) candidates nominated by Governor Biodun Oyebanji for the position of Commissioner.
All Nigeria Latest News reports that the Assembly also empowered the Governor to appoint ten (10) Special Advisers to facilitate the business of governance and efficient service delivery.
During the plenary session, Speaker Rt. Hon. Adeoye Aribasoye sought confirmation of the nominees through a voice vote, with each nominee confirmed by the legislators present at the Assembly.
The Speaker explained that with the confirmation of their nomination, the nominees have now become commissioners-designate.
Rt. Hon. Aribasoye said the executive arm of government led by the Governor can now proceed to swear them into office and hand them portfolios.
The commissioners-designate waiting for swearing-in are Dr. Kofoworola Aderiye, Mr. Oyeniyi Adebayo, Mr. Seun Fakuade, Chief Folorunso Olabode, Mr. Gold Adesola, Dr. Kareem Akande and Prof. Patrick Tedela.
Others are Prof. Ojo Bakare, Mr. Kolawole Ajobiewe, Mr. Kayode Fasae, Mrs. Tayo Adeola, Prof. Bolaji Aluko, Mr. Ebenezer Boluwade and Otunba Dolamu Adeniyi
The rest are Rt. Hon. Karonwi Oladapo, Mrs. Olapeju Babafemi, Mr. Ojo Atibioke, Mrs. Tosin Aluko, Rt. Hon. Taiwo Olatunbosun, Mr. Adesola Adebayo and Mr. Oluwafemi Awe.
The motion to empower the Governor to appoint ten Special Advisers was initiated by the Majority Leader, Hon. Tolu Ige (representing Ekiti Southwest 2), and seconded by Hon. Oluwayomi Ayorinde (representing Ido/Osi 2).
Rt. Hon. Aribasoye urged the Assembly would always want the Special Advisers appear before the legislators to give account of the activities of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies and what they have done with funds appropriated for them.
The Speaker congratulated the nominees and urged them to do their best to move Ekiti forward.