30 November 2012

Nigeria: Why Osun Removed Oyinlola As Chairman of Cultural Centre

Osogbo — Osun State government yesterday explained why it removed immediate past governor of the state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola as the life chairman of the state owned Centre for Black Culture and International Understanding and replaced him with the renowned Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka.

The centre located in Osogbo was established by the Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola administration who was sacked from office by the court of appeal sitting in Ibadan on November 26,2010.

Fielding questions from newsmen in Osogbo yesterday at the ministerial press conference, the state Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties, Alhaji Ajibola Bashiru stated that the former governor flouted every known norm by naming himself as the chairman of the board while still in office.

His words: "The former governor, Prince Oyinlola did not follow the path of honour, did not follow the path of integrity and did not follow the path of moral, transparency and probity by appointing himself while still in office as the chairman of the board of the centre which was established wholly with the funds of the state government.

"And that is the reason why this administration upon coming into the office looked at all the issues about board members and found a lot of errors which were corrected by the bill from the state House of Assembly.

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