A former Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly, Dr Olaide Adelami, has been sworn in as the Ondo State Deputy Governor.

Last Tuesday, Adelami was appointed by the state governor, Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa as the deputy governor after which his name was sent to the state House of Assembly for screening.

At the ceremony which took place at the International Culture and Event Centre, Akure on Thursday, the new deputy governor was sworn in by the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Olusegun Odusola.

In his acceptance speech, Dr Adelami promised that his loyalty to the governor will be total.

Dr Adelami said he would join hands with the governor “to serve and ensure that lives are made more meaningful for the people of the state in all facets”.

He appealed for support for the governor to entrench good governance, adding that “within a month that Governor Ayedatiwa had been in the saddle of governance in our dear state, a fresh lease of life has manifested across all sectors of the state”.

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The deputy governor promised to make available his wealth of experience in both public and private sectors for the transformation of the state.

Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, while speaking at the swearing-in ceremony, asked the new deputy governor to serve diligently and patriotically, saying that the administration has zero tolerance for corruption.

“We expect you to demonstrate transparent, open and accountable leadership in your new office,” Aiyedatiwa said.

”You must also avoid discrimination as you have the entire state as your constituency, rather than serving sectional interests,” he said.

Aiyedatiwa described the deputy governor as ”a seasoned technocrat, administrator, philanthropist and politician who had served the nation creditably at various levels, including serving as Deputy Clerk of the National Assembly”.

”He is an urbane gentleman who had paid his dues in the service and development of Ondo State, and the nation at large,” he said.