BREAKING: Akeredolu appoints New Health Commissioner, COVID-19 Committee Chairman

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has replaced the late Commissioner for Health, Dr Wahab Adegbenro, with Dr Jibayo Adeyeye less than 48 hours after his death.

A statement by Ojo Oyewamide, Senior Special Assistant (Media and Publicity) to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, made available to newsmen on Saturday in Akure, the state capital, stated that the late commissioner has been replaced with immediate effect.

According to the statement, “Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, SAN, has approved that the Special Adviser on Health, Dr Jibayo Adeyeye takes overseeing responsibilities of the Ministry of Health.

“This development follows the death of the substantive Commissioner, Dr Wahab Adegbenro.”

“Dr. Jibayo’s new roles are with immediate effect.”

Dr. Wahab Adegbenro died of suspected complications from COVID-19 on Thursday afternoon at the Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State shortly after being rushed to the hospital from Akure, the state capital.

He was buried on Friday morning in his country home, Ilara-Mokin in Ifedore Local Government Area of the state.

In a related development, the governor has approved the appointment of Prof. Adesegun Fatusi as the new Chairman of Ondo state Inter-ministerial Committee on COVID-19.

This was contained in a statement by one of his aides, Mr Ojo Oyewamide on Saturday in Akure.
Akeredolu said he believed that the appointment of the highly experienced Professor would help curb the spread of the virus in the state.

“Fatusi who is the current Vice Chancellor of the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo, is expected to continue from where our late Medical Hero, Adegbenro stopped.

“His appointment is aimed at preventing a vacuum as the state experiences a disturbing spike of repeated cases of COVID-19.

“He has also served as the Lead Consultant for the development of Nigeria’s national policy on the health and development of adolescents and young persons, national reproductive health policy, and national policy on HIV/AIDS.

“He had served previously, on the Ministerial Committee on Health Sector Reform as well as on the Board of the National Universities Commission (NUC),” he said.

Fatusi appointment followed the death of Dr Wahab Adegbenro who was the state’s Commissioner for Health and Chairman of the Committee.

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