By Okubade Adekunle, Lagos
The fate of the 38 Commissioner and Special Adviser nominees of the Executive Governor of Lagos State shall be known on Monday as the 16 man adhoc screening committee headed by the Chief Whip, Hon Rotimi Abiru, would submit a clean report on the screened nominees to the House.
It was learnt that the fate of each of the screened nominees would be decided by the 40 members of the House and not the adhoc committee.
According to sources, the report of the adhoc committee would only serve as a guide to the decision that would be made by the House.
“The adhoc committee will submit its report on Monday for consideration by the House, the committee members do not have final say on the screening”, said the sources.
Meanwhile, Abiru, who was the Chairman of the screening committee, after the conclusion of the screening exercise on Friday, told newsmen that the committee was satisfied with the competence of the nominees, saying that the state would be better with their wealth of experience.
He added that the committee would present its report to the Assembly of 40 members before a final decision on their confirmation or otherwise would be taken.
Abiru stressed, “This has been a very tough exercise; we have now taken the entire 38 nominees of the governor (25 in the first batch and 13 in the second batch).
“From what we have seen, we have knowledgeable and intelligent people that actually understand how government will work to succeed. It is a mix of technocrats, politicians and people who believe that it does not matter the divide they belong to, that what is mostly important is the urge and zeal to deliver service”, said Abiru.
“They have seen this as a call to service and have actually pledged before us that they will put all that God has endowed them with to ensure that good governance is witnessed with the present administration and that the people of Lagos will enjoy the dividends of democracy.”
It is right to point that the committee screened six of the 13 nominees on Thursday and the remaining seven on Friday at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium of the Assembly Complex in Ikeja.
The nominees screened in the second batch include Mr Oladele Ajayi, Mr Oluwatoyin Fayinka, Hon (Mrs) Yetunde Arobieke, Prince Olanrewaju Sanusi, Arch. Kabiru Ahmed and Lagos APC Spokesman, Mr Joe Igbokwe.
Also screened were Mr Bonu Solomon Saanu, Hon Lola Akande, Prince Anofi Elegushi, Mrs Solape Hammond, Hon. Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, Mrs Shulamite Adebolu and Mr Tokunbo Wahab.