Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly today reversed the vote of no confidence passed on the state commissioner for education, Prof. Adeniyi Olowofela.
This was after the latter’s letter, which was received by the Assembly, was read by the speaker.
Olowofela had last week been sanctioned over an action the House considered an act of insurbodination after he appeared to explain his role in the alleged diversion of money meant for the Federal government feeding programme in the state.
A motion raised by Hon. Oseni Abdul Ganiyu who represents Irepo/Olorunsogo State Constituency had accused Olowofela of withdrawing money from the vendors’ accounts and supplying food items directly from Ibadan which angered the commissioner and made the house passed the vote of no confidence in him.
In the letter written to the Assembly, Olowofela begged for forgiveness over the alleged affronts.
Commenting, the lawmaker representing Ogbomoso North State Constituency, Mrs. Olawumi Oladeji, appealed to her colleagues adding that “In the spirit of peace and love in the government, I urge that we should forgive the commissioner.’
Corroborating, a member representing Ibadan North State Constituency II, Hon. Olusegun Olaleye noted that the commissioner was remorseful.
He applauded the state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi for prompt intervention in the matter to douse the tension and resolve the issue, adding that the crisis was borne out of misunderstanding which has been settled.
He noted that the letter from the commissioner reflected his worthiness in learning and character.
Speaking earlier during plenary, the speaker, Barr. Adesina Michael Adeyemo said the house is not constituted to be fighting with other arms of government as ‘that is not mandate given to us but to make law.’
“We have made 125 resolutions on laws that have helped the state but they are not recognized. Professor Olowofela knew he made error eventhough members of the public see it otherwise but he has apologized and I believe we should forgive him”.
After the unanimous agreement by the honourable members, the house therefore forgive and withdrew the vote of no confidence in the commissioner.
In an interaction with Mega Icon Magazine shortly after the plenary, the Commissioner, Professor Adeniyi Olowofela saluted the lawmakers for their courage for good reasoning to prevail, adding that the development will remove unnecessary distraction in the state.
“I want to say I have respect for individuals and the House of Assembly as an institution”.