By Lawrence Afolabi / Ilori
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq has approved the appointment of Dr Ayinla Abubakar Olayiwola as the new Permanent Secretary of the state’s Ministry of Health.
A statement Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Rafiu Ajakaye says Dr Olayiwola, an ophthalmologist, replaces Dr (Mrs) Rhoda Ajiboye who recently retired from the Ministry.
It states that Dr Olayiwola had recently sat and passed the Competency Test and Interview held for various officials who applied for the position of Permanent Secretary in the state’s civil service.
The statement explains that his appointment seeks to further fortify the state’s Ministry of Health which coordinates the government’s response to the global health emergency.
It adds that the Kwara State Government will soon fill some other vacancies at the highest echelon of the civil service owing to the recent retirement of some permanent secretaries.
Dr Olayiwola’s appointment comes as Kwara rolls out various measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 — including shutting down of schools and restrictions on worship centres, a directive for civil servants to work from home, and strategic restriction of movement from to Friday March 27 to enforce social distancing and eliminate the transmission chain of the virus that has killed thousands globally.