21st February, 2011
Having served in the cabinet of former Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for about eight years and the cabinet of Governor Babatunde Fashola for four years as commissioner, Dr. Muiz Banire has called it quit, saying he is tired of continuing as a commissioner.
Banire served under Tinubu as Commissioner for Transportation and currently, Commissioner for the Environment where he championed the greening and beautification of Lagos State.
He has made it clear that he would not be in the cabinet of Fashola if the governor should win a second term ticket because he is going to look elsewhere for new challenges and leave the scene for younger ones.
Recently, during the 2011 3rd Climate Change Summit, Banire told the audience that this would be his last speech in such a conference as commissioner as he had made up his mind not to come back for another term with Fashola.
Banire thanked all those who stood by him all through his stay in government, saying that he was a fulfilled man and privileged to have served in two administrations.
Already, Banire, a property lawyer, is the National Legal Adviser to the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN.Â He may be contented with his new position and would want to explore it to a logical conclusion.
Banire has thus joined the rank of the former Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Opeyemi Bamidele who resigned from the Fasholaâ€™s cabinet last week after attempt to get the Ekiti Central Senatorial ticket under the ACN for the forthcoming poll failed.
Opeyemi, who was offered the House of Representatives ticket turned it down and decided that there was no point pitching tent with Fashola again. He has quit the cabinet to practise his law profession.