The Oyo State House of Assembly on Thursday screened and confirmed three additional commissioner-nominees sent to it by Governor Seyi Makinde.
The commissioner-nominees confirmed are Prof. Raphael Afonja, Alhaja Fausat Sanni and Seun Fakorede, a 27-year-old graduate of Civil Engineering from the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife whose nomination sparked a protest at the Assembly in Ibadan on Thursday.
A group of citizens in Oyo state had staged a protest at the House against the nomination of Fakorede as a commissioner.
The protesters condemned the appointment, saying Fakorede is a loyalist of the All Progressives Congress (APC), the opposition in the state.
According to them, the commissioner should not be allowed to work in the cabinet of the governor, who is a member of the PDP.
The Assembly defied the protesters and confirmed Fakorede and two others whose names were sent to the House by the governor and read at the plenary by the Speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin on Monday.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the nominees were each grilled by the lawmakers, who asked them probing questions bordering on their professional and educational experiences.
They were also asked how they intended to bring their wealth of knowledge and training to bear on the various positions they were being considered for.
The nominees expressed happiness at their nominations by the governor, describing the opportunity as a call to serve the people of Oyo State.
They promised to contribute their quota to the development of the state.
The Speaker described Fakorede’s screening as one of the best so far and a record-breaking appointment.
Speaking on the protest by some people against Fakorede ‘s nomination from Ibarapa zone, Ogundoyin said, “In politics, there is no way all sides can be happy.”
He described Fakorede’ s nomination as a plus to Ibarapa zone, saying that with time, Ibarapa people would know his choice was more of a blessing.