The Lagos State House of Assembly has rejected 17 commissioner nominees of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, including former commissioner for health, Prof. Akin Abayomi and former commissioner for information, Mr Gbenga Omotosho.
The lawmakers, however, confirmed 22 other commissioner nominees of the governor.
The exercise, which was done through a voice vote, was sequel to the screening of the nominees at the assembly’s Committee of the Whole at plenary.
The Speaker, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, who presided over it, said the exercise followed a rigorous and detailed screening of the nominees by an ad-hoc committee led by the Chief Whip, Mr. Fatai Mojeed.
Obasa said the exercise was in line with Section 182 Sub-Section I and II of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The speaker said the other 15 nominees rejected were as follows: Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, Mr. Yomi Oluyomi, Mrs. Folashade Ambrose, Ms. Barakat Bakare, Olalere Odusote, Dr. Rotimi Fashola, Mrs. Bolaji Dada.
According to him, others rejected include: Mr. Sam Egube, Mr. Olalekan Fatodu, Mrs. Solape Hammond, Mr. Mosopefolu George, Mrs. Aramide Adeyoye, Mr. Seun Osiyemi, Mr. Rotimi Ogunwuyi and Dr. Olumide Oluyinka
Obasa listed the 22 confirmed nominees as: Mr Layode Ibrahim, Mr. Mobolaji Ogunlende, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, Ms. Bola Olumegbon, Mr. Idris Aregbe, Ms. Abisola Olusanya, and Mr. Moruf Fatai.
“Other nominees confirmed are Mr. Kayode Bolaji-Roberts, Mr. Abiola Olowu, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka, Dr. Oreoluwa Finnih- Awokoya, Mr. Yakub Alebiosu, Mr. Lawal Pedro, Mr. Tunbosun Alake.
“Also confirmed are Mr. Gbenga Oyerinde, Dr. Adekunle Olayinka, Dr. Jide Babatunde, Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, Mr. Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu, Mr. Jamiu Alli-Balogun and Mr. Abdulkabir Ogungbo.
The speaker commended the committee for its effectiveness and urged the confirmed nominees to always remember that they were in office to serve the people of the state and not individuals.
He also promised that the assembly would continue to do its best in the interest of the state.
The speaker, therefore, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Lekan Onafeko, to communicate the notice of the confirmation and rejection of the nominees to the governor.
The speaker did not give any reason why the assembly rejected the nominees.