Chief Adebayo Lawal was sworn in as the new Deputy Governor of Oyo State on Monday evening, following the impeachment of the former, Alhaji Rauf Olaniyan, by the State House of Assembly.
The ceremony was held at the Executive Chambers of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Agodi in Ibadan, following his confirmation by the Assembly following his nomination by Governor Seyi Makinde as Olaniyan’s replacement.
Justice Munta Abimbola, the state Chief Judge, administered the oaths of allegiance and office to the new deputy governor.
Makinde urged his deputy to prioritize the interests of the state and see his new position as one of trust.
He sees the new position as proof that Lawal excelled in his previous position.
“But, for us, as the saying goes that the reward of hard work is more work, that’s why we’re giving you more work.
“The position of deputy governor is a position of trust, our masters are the good people of Oyo State.
“So, our responsibility is to continue to serve them to the best of our abilities to deliver good governance to them,” he said.
Makinde directed Lawal to continue to supervise the State Housing Corporation and Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OSROMA).
He went on to say that the state Ministry of Justice should also be under his supervision.
While speaking to reporters, the new deputy governor promised to build on his previous performance by assisting Makinde in providing good governance to the people of Oyo State.
The Speaker, Mr Debo Ogundoyin, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Segun Ogunwuyi; Secretary to the State Government, Olubamiwo Adeosun; Commissioners, some members of the state House of Assembly, and others were present at the swearing-in ceremony.
Lawal is from Kisi in the state’s Irepo Local Government Area.