October 16th, 2019 will mark the one year anniversary of Gov. Dr. John Kayode Fayemi led administration Ekiti state. JKF as fondly called has since appoint capable hands who believed and keyed into his agenda in transforming Ekiti state and reclaiming the values and trust of the Ekiti people. He ensured he had the best hand in his cabinet in order to ensure his agenda for the good people of Ekiti are fulfilled in all sectors. Aside appointing 16 commissioners, 5 Director Generals and special Advisers, Gov. Fayemi has well over 150 political appointees across the 16 local government areas that make up Ekiti state. In this report, City People’s Princess Adeola Shittu (08132482354) brings you the list of those who run Ekiti state with Gov. Fayemi. Enjoy.
Her Excellency, the wife of the Executive Governor of Ekiti State is by all standard the first woman in the state and she double as the Initiator/ President of Ekiti Development Foundation (EDF). Before becoming the first Lady of Ekiti State, Erelu played a prominent role as a renowned human rights activist for over 20 years. But BAF as she’s fondly called is a good politician, she even play politics better than some male politicians. She is currently top on the list of the most influential female politicians in Ekiti state and Nigeria as a whole, even beyond the shores of Nigeria. She plays advance politics. She has used her political activism in politics to encourage many women to participate actively in Ekiti politics. Despite being the first lady, she plays a prominent role in her husband’s government as she strives to ensure that her husband’s administration succeeds.
H.E OTUNBA BISI EGBEYEMI
His Excellency, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi the Deputy Governor of Ekiti state is a teacher, lawyer, former local government chairman, former House of Assembly member former Commissioner and a Traditional chief in Ekiti state. He was a founding member of Alliance for Democracy (AD), Action congress which later changed to Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and now APC. Since he was sworn in as the deputy governor to Gov. Fayemi he has since keyed into the reclaiming the values of Ekiti state project of his boss.
HON. BIODUN OYEBANJI
Biodun Oyebanji who hails from Ekiti West was a former University lecturer. He had previously served as Chief of Staff during the administration of Otunba Niyi Adebayo, and was Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning during Fayemi’s first term. He is the Secretary to the State Government.
MR. AYODEJI AJAYI
Mr. Ayodeji Ajayi is the Ekiti state Head of Service and until he was appointed the head of service, he was the permanent secretary, ministry of education, science and technology.
HON. BIODUN OMOLEYE
Hon. Biodun Omoleye was a former University Administrator and former Chairman of Ijero Local Government, who also served as Special Adviser in the Governor’s Office during Gov. Fayemi’s first administration. This native of Ijuu Ekiti in Ijero local government is the Chief of Staff to Governor Fayemi.
BARR. WALE FAPOHUNDA
Barr. Fapohunda is the Deputy Secretary- General of the UK based Penal Reform International. He is also the facilitator of the African NGOs Initiative to the United Nations Human Rights Council. He is the Managing Partner, Legal Resources Consortium, a Public Interest Law firm based in Lagos, Nigeria. Barri Fapohunda is a human rights lawyer and one of Nigeria’s leading experts in the justice sector reform. He is the Vice – Chairman, Federal Government Panel on the Implementation of Justice Sector Reforms, serving two-time Commissioner with the National Human Rights Commission. Fapohunda is currently Vice- Chairman, National Committee for the Prevention of Torture and the Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice.
HON. DAPO KOLAWOLE
Hon. Dapo Kolawole is the Ekiti state Commissioner for Finance & Economic Development, the same position he held during Gov. Fayemi’s first administration. He is a native of Ijero Ekiti.
PROF. MOBOLAJI EBENEZER ALUKO
Prof. Mobolaji Ebenezer Aluko is the son of foremost economist late Prof. Sam Aluko. Professor Bolaji a professor of Chemical Engineering was the pioneer Vice Chancellor of Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa State is the Special Adviser /Director General, Office of Transformation, Strategy & Delivery (OTSD) to Gov. Fayemi. He is a native of Ode Ekiti.
HON. O’SEUN ODEWALE
Hon. Seun Odewale who is popular knows as egghead is one of the vibrant and influential youth in Gov. Fayemi’s cabinet. He is the personal assistant to Gov. Fayemi during his first term and he is believed to be very close to the governor. He is the Special Adviser /Director General, Bureau of Public Procurement to Ekiti state government.
HON. ADIO AFOLAYAN
This grassroots politician was the former Efon Alaye local government caretaker chairman during Fayemi’s first administration and he also served as Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development. Until his recent appointment he worked at Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji, Osun State as Dean, College of Agriculture and his Operation Feed JABU and Environs made headlines in 2015 for its unique approach at driving agricultural entrepreneurship. He is the Ekiti state Commissioner for Local Government & Community Development.
HON. MUYIWA OLUMILUA
This businessman cum politician is the son of former governor of old Ondo state, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua and he was one of APC governorship aspirants in the last Ekiti guber election. He is the Commissioner for Information, Tourism & Values Orientation. He had once served as Senior Special Assistant on Special Project during his first term. He is an alumnus of the University of Lagos, where he got his BSc and MBA in Estate Management/Finance.
HON. BAMIDELE FAPARUSI
Hon. Bamidele Faparusi fondly called Papi by his political admirers hails from Ode Ekiti in Gboyin local Government area of Ekiti state. He holds a Bachelor Degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering from the Federal University of Technology, Akure and MBA in Project Management from the Obafemi Awolow University, and a PhD. (Honorary) from Commonwealth University. He was a member of the Seventh Assembly. He represented Emure/Gbonyin/Ekiti East Federal Constituency at the lower house from 2011 to 2015. Bamidele’s gross experience in both public and private sectors is an asset. He is the Commissioner for Infrastructural & Public Utilities
HON. SOLA ADEBAYO
Hon Sola Adebayo is one of the long serving Commissioners in Ekiti state and he is the brother to former Governor of Ekiti state and the Minister for Investment, Trade & Industries, His Excellency Otunba Niyi Adebayo. He was reappointed as Commissioner for Works &Transportation, same ministry he served during Governor Fayemi’s first term. He is a native of Iyin Ekiti in Irepodun /Ifelodun local government area of Ekiti state.
HON. (MRS) MOJI YAYA KOLADE
She is one of the most educated Nigerian women with intimidating CV This stands her out in governor Fayemi’s cabinet. Dr. Mojisola Yaya-Kolade is a Nurse, Midwife, Pharmacist and Medical Doctor and she has had a progressive life of education in health services. Beyond that, she worked with several international agencies as consultant. She is a globally-sought-after expert who has made her mark in service to mankind as a health professional. She contested the last Ekiti governorship election ticket with Gov. Fayemi but stepped down for him and today she is the Commissioner for Health & Human Services. She is an agric business entrepreneur.
HON. (MRS.) MOJI FAFURE
Hon Mrs. Moji Fafure is no doubt one of the respected female politicians in Ekiti state politics. She was Ekiti North Senatorial women leader of APC. She is the Commissioner for Women Affairs & Social Development.
HON. EMMANUEL FOLUSO DARAMOLA
Hon. (pastor) Foluso Daramola retired as a permanent secretary from the state civil service in 2015. He holds a Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Business Administration from University of Benin and Obafemi Awolowo University respectively. He also has a Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure. He is a member and fellow of eight professional bodies and president of National ICT Public-Private Forum. He is the state Commissioner for Education, Science & Technology.
HON. FOLORUNSO OLABODE
He had always been part of team JKF since his first administrator. He was the former Commissioner for Youths and Sports and later Rural Development during Fayemi’s first term. He has a civil society background with biases for social mobilization and rural development. Folorunso had his degree and postgraduate studies at the University of Ibadan and Obafemi Awolowo University respectively. This elder statesman is a native of Ilejemeje Ekit is the Commissioner for Agriculture & Rural Development
He was the former caretaker chairman for Ido/Osi local government area during Gov.Fayemi’s first administration and he is now the Ekiti state Commissioner for Environment & Natural Resources. He hails from Usi Ekiti in Ido/ Osi local government area. This technocrat cum politician came from the academia in 2006 to join Fayemi’s campaign organisation prior to the 2007 election.
HON. OLUSOGA DAVID
He was former caretaker chairman of Moba Local government area and he is the Commissioner for Investment, Trade & Industries to Ekiti state government.
HON. MICHAEL AWOPETU
Hon. Michael Awopetu, is another technocrat in Gov. Fayemi’s cabinet. Though much is not know about him politically but he has passion and believes in Fayemi’s transformation agenda. He is the state Commissioner for Youth & Sports Development.
HON. FEMI AJAYI
Hon. Femi Ajayi is the Ekiti state Commissioner for Budget & Economic Planning. He serve twice as a caretaker chairman of Ise/Orun local government area during Gov. Fayemi’s first term.
HON. AYODELE JINADU
Alhaji Jinadu is the an elder stateman, administration a grassroot politician, an excellent communicator and avid listener. He is one of those that could be regarded as home boys. He stays with the people and understands their plight. He retired from the National Orientation Agency, joined politics and was appointed Commissioner for Culture and Tourism in 2010 by Dr. Kayode Fayemi. And he is the current Commissioner for Special Duties & Regional Integration to Ekiti state government.
HON. FEBISOLA ADEWALE
Hon. Adewale served under Gov. Fayemi as Commissioner in the State Universal Basic Education Board during his first term, and made his mark. He was at the Assembly during the Segun Oni-led administration. Hon. Adewale an astute businessman is the state Commissioner for Lands, Housing & Urban Developments.
HON. YINKA OYEBODE
Hon. Yinka is a seasoned journalist who served as CPS to the governor in his first term. A position he still occupies till now. He later served as Special Adviser on Media to him when he was Minister of Mines and Steel Development.
MR. SUNKANMI ONIPEDE
Hon Sunkanmi Onipede is the Director General Ekiti State Signage and Advertisement Agency and he was once LCDA Council Chairman for Moba Local government during Gov. Fayemi’s first administration.
MR. WALE OJO LANRE
Wale Ojo Lanre is a seasoned journalist, tourist editor and a former chief press secretary to former governor, Engr. Segun Oni. He is the COO at Alarinka Agbaye Travel & Tourism and the former Editor, Tourism at Nigeria Tribune. He bagged his first degree in History Education at the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo and Masters in Peace and Conflicts at University of Ibadan and he bagged a Law degree at the Lead City University, Ibadan. He is a member of various tourist organizations. His passion for promoting culture and tourism earned him the position of Director General (DG)Ekiti state Council of Arts and Culture in line with the Gov. Fayemi’s agenda.
OTUNBA KAYODE FASAE
‘Sir Kay’, ‘Otunba’, or ‘Jimlas’ as he his fondly called by friends and political associates has over 20 years of grassroots empowerment and philanthropic work, coupled with vast experience in diplomacy and resource management. Otunba Kayode Fasae is a firm believer in the indigenous empowerment of his people. He is the Director General (DG) Ekiti state Micro-Finance and Enterprise Development.
DR. HAKEEM BAKARE
Dr. Hakeem Bakare is an ICT guru before he was appointed Director General of Directorate of ICT (DICT) to Ekiti state government.
MR LANRE OGUNJOBI
He is another technocrat cum politician in Gov. Fayemi’s administration. He is the Director General (DG) Ekiti state Bureau of Employment &Productivity.