Oyo Governor Relocates Deputy’s Office to Environment Ministry
By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has ordered the relocation of the office of his Deputy, Rauf Olaniyan, to the State’s Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources.
The relocation notice is contained in a letter issued and signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun.
The two-paragraph letter with reference number SP/S326/T/71, is dated June 17th, 2022.
The letter puts to rest insinuations about who was behind a signpost earlier installed at the Ministry of Environment indicating that the office of the Deputy Governor had been sited there.
The Deputy Governor, Olaniyan, had recently dumped the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The development has confirmed the widening rift between the Governor and his Deputy.
The letter entitled: “Relocation of the Office of the Deputy Governor of Oyo State to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources”, reads in part: “I have the directive to inform Your Excellency that His Excellency, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde (FNSE) has approved the relocation of the office of the Deputy Governor to the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Secretariat, Ibadan.
“I thank Your Excellency.”
For almost three months, Olaniyan has been using his private office owing to the midnight rainfall that blew off his office roof and got part of the office damaged.
However, sources hinted that most of the reconstruction job on the office had been completed, safe for the finishing and the arrival of office furniture, as the ones there were completely damaged by the heavy midnight rain.