By Odeh Henry
Following the nomination, screening, and successful inauguration of all 14 commissioners by governor Seyi Makinde today at the executive chamber of the governor’s office, eulogies have continued to trail the vast and highly exprienced chief Bayo Lawal whom many now referred to as commissioner emeritus, who has successfully worked as a commissioner in the state under three different administrations including a military administration.
It is believed that the executive governor of Oyo state aside his administrative skills and versatility in resource management will be relying hugely on chief Lawal’s wealth of experience to actualize his blueprint for the state within the next four years.
Chief Bayo Lawal while interacting with newsmen at his residence in Ibadan yesterday expressed his confidence on the competence and capability of governor Makinde to deliver on his electoral promises, noting that he is readily available to the governor and all other government functionaries who may wish to seek his advice at any point in time. He noted further that even before the election, governor Makinde with his team had done a thorough homework on how to urgently address some critical sectors in order to urgently restore joy and hope that has eroded the state in the past few years of APC led administration. He stressed that governor Makinde is a very listening person apart from being the governor and will certainly run a government with human face because government is all about the people and their quality of life.
In another vein friends, associates and well wishers of the the new commissioner have eulogised Chief Lawal from different dimension few of which is captured below.
Alhaji Abiola Olaniyan: Chief Bayo Lawal is ably and abundantly qualified to be referred to as commissioner emeritus which means commissioner of commissioners, i have known him since he was a commissioner under the military regim, you must agree with me that he is very good at managing public resources to the benefit of the state which is why he has been able to work as commissioner with three different administrations successfully without blemish, he is selfless, down to earth, peace loving, and always ready to support any course that will better the lives of others.
Otunba Ola Abraham Isho: Baba Bayo Lawal is a liberal man who himself is a pot of knowledge for all, he is vast, versatile, and creative when it comes to productive thinking and idea generations. He is surely a blessing to this government and all of us that are connected to him.