By Michael Ofulue, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke at the weekend held his maiden state’s Executive Council meeting where he issued an extensive performance monitoring template for his cabinet members comprising 25 commissioners and 10 special advisers of cabinet rank.
This is coming after opposition party APC had accused the governor of not holding State Executive Council meeting since he inaugurated his cabinet .
This was contained by a statement issued in the Commissioner for information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi and made available to newsmen
He said the governor attributed the holding of the meeting by mid-September to the need for cabinet members to fully understand their ministries and agencies, expressing optimism that “we have been fully equipped to productively contribute at council deliberations.
The commissioner quoted the governor as saying that ” he appreciated the eagerness and commitment of members to the success of the administration, reminding them of a heavy burden reposed in them. We cannot afford to be distracted”
“The governor then proceeded to lay the ground rules for the cabinet members as the administration takes off in full steam:
“You are expected to take note of certain issues for us to achieve collective success. Projects and programmes you inherited should not be abandoned. I noticed a certain lay back attitude in the continuity of some of our 100 days projects and policies.
“You did not take over ministries and agencies without ongoing programmes. I did not expect any of you to start window shopping instead of pushing ahead with existing programmes.
“Secondly, I task us to uphold public finance regulations and due process. We must avoid activities that portray us as hawks seeking to serve self instead of the public. We are being watched.
“Let us be reminded that nothing is hidden within the public service process. I did not appoint any of you to breach the law. I will not protect anybody caught violating public service regulations”, Adeleke admonished.
“In our submissions and memorandum to this council, let us adopt best practices. Due diligence in project conception and design is compulsory. Bogus project estimation can land sponsors in trouble. We must be above board as a rule of operation.
“We are here to serve the people. We must act and conduct ourselves in service of the people. That is how to justify the confidence Osun people overwhelmingly reposed in us”,
“Other highlights of the meeting include commitment by council members to remain steadfast in service of the state”.
The statement hinted that the cabinet also unanimously agreed that every Wednesday of the week should be slated for the weekly executive meeting of Osun State.