By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin
Cabinet members of the Kwara State Government have been laid off, a gesture people described as a New Year gift from the governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.
A statement from the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaiye said the cabinet dissolution took effect from the night of December 31, 2020.
Ajakaiye has said; “His Excellency especially commends the honourable cabinet members for their contributions to the development of the state while also wishing them the best in their future endeavours.”
However, the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Mamman Jubril, retained his position in the State Executive Council.
Governor Abdulrazaq also directed the former cabinet members to hand over to the most senior officers in their respective ministries.
The dissolved cabinet sworn in on December 14, 2019, comprised larger percentage of women which formed about 56.25% female development that had drawn lots off accolades to the Governor from within and outside the country.
Lending more credence to this, the Chief Press Secretary said; “this was remarkably the most gender-friendly cabinet on the African continent. The cabinet also had the youngest commissioner in Nigeria”.
The governor relieved his cabinet members precisely one year ago after winning the governorship election to dislodge the legendary Saraki political dynasty through a wide margin polls result on the platform of APC
He succeeded Alhaji AbdulFatah Ahmed; a political godson of Senator Bukola Saraki; former governor in the state and the immediate past Senate President.