Almost one year after he was re-elected for a second term as Edo state governor, Godwin Obaseki has finally appointed commissioners.
Since he was reelected in November 2020, Obaseki has been running the government without a cabinet.
However, on Tuesday, September 28, Osarodion Ogie, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), announced the names of the newly appointed commissioners.
He said their appointments were subject to the approval of the Edo state House of Assembly.
The statement on the new appointments was posted on the governor's verified Facebook page.
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The appointees are:
- Oluwole Osamudiamen Iyamu
- Obehi Akoria
- Dr. Joan Osa Oviawe;
- Osaze Ethan Uzamere
- Monday Osaigbovo.
- Marie Edeko
- Joseph Eboigbe
- Moses Agbukor
- Isoken Omo
- Andrew Emwanta
- Otse Momoh-Omorogbe
Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki also reappointed Crusoe Osagie as his spokesman while he appointed Ajose-Adeogun was appointed Special Adviser, Strategy, Policy, Projects and Performance Management.
The appointments have drawn reactions from some Nigerians on social media.
Yahaya Ramadan said:
"This should have happened long time ago. However, we hope those you have nominated will perform well in their various offices.
"This is another evidence that the people must at all time call our leaders to order, whenever they're doing the wrong thing. Again, the people of Edo won."
Uwagboe Uhunamure Charlypompay said:
"Though I am a bit disappointed at your style of governance this second term, I must applaud the fact that you considered Prof Obehi Akoria for commissioner (preferably health).
"I believe with her work ethics, she will do wonders in the health sector if given the needed cooperation by the governor."
Enabulele Enabulele said:
"Congratulations to the appointees. It is a call to duty. May God fortify them with the right mind and agility to deliver in their respective MDAs and May Edo people be better in the end."
My biggest worry when I leave office - Obaseki
Meanwhile, Governor Obaseki has said continuity of his legacies in governance is one of the greatest challenges he will face at the expiration of his administration.
Governor Obaseki expressed this fear on Sunday, September 12, during the thanksgiving service for the 87th birthday celebration of Chief Gabriel Igbinedion, held at St. Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Church, Benin City.
The governor said this is his reaction to concerns from the masses over the fate of the many reforms his government has brought to the state. However, Obaseki noted that the only assurance he has is that the administration has embarked on strengthening the institutions so that the already existing structures will outlive his time in office.
2023: Edo deputy governor speaks about rumoured plan to leave PDP
Following his purported defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Edo state deputy governor, Philip Shaibu, has denied having any rift with his principal, Governor Godwin Obaseki.
While featuring as a guest on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, September 13, he denied any disagreement between him and the governor and restated his unalloyed loyalty to Obaseki.
Shaibu noted that he is happy with Governor Obaseki, saying that he would continue to be loyal to the former APC governor. He, however, admitted there were some issues within the ruling party in the state.