In a strategic move to address the economic challenges brought about by the removal of subsidies, the Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde, has taken a decisive step by creating the Sustainable Action for Economic Recovery (SAfER) Committee. This announcement was made through a statement from Prince Dotun Oyelade, the Commissioner of Information and Orientation.
The SAfER Committee, comprising 15 dedicated members, has been entrusted with the vital task of implementing comprehensive palliatives for the citizens of Oyo State. The initiative aligns with Governor Makinde’s commitment to prioritize the well-being of his constituents, as previously pledged during a statewide address.
Leading the committee is Hon. Segun Ogunwuyi, Chief of Staff, who will be joined by Prof. Musibau Babatunde, Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, serving as the Secretary. This esteemed group includes key figures such as Mr. Akinola Ojo, Commissioner of Finance; Bar. Olasunkanmi Olaleye, Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Development; and Mr. Segun Olayiwola, Hon. Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftancy matters.
Further enriching the committee are Prince Dotun Oyelade, Commissioner of Information and Orientation; Comrade Bayo Titilola-Sodo, Special Adviser for Labour Matters; Chief Bayo Lawal, Senior Executive Assistant for General Duties; and Alh. Kolawole Gafar, Executive Assistant for Finance, Budget, and Economic Planning.
Demonstrating inclusivity, the committee incorporates voices from the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and the Muslim community, represented by Bishop Daniel Oluwajimade and Alh. Muniru Ogundipe, respectively. Additionally, Mr. Ademola Babalola, Chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, and Mr. Jide Bamgbose, representative of Civil Society Organizations, contribute their perspectives.
Governor Makinde urged the committee members to harness the urgency of the populace’s challenges in guiding their efforts, emphasizing efficiency and swift action. The SAfER Committee is poised to hold its inaugural meeting on Tuesday, marking a significant step toward alleviating the burdens faced by the people of Oyo State.