Ambode Swears in 19 New Perm. Secs

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Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State

The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday swore in 19 new Permanent Secretaries, warning them against compromise in the discharge of their duties to the people.

Speaking shortly after swearing in the Permanent Secretaries at the State House, Ikeja, Lagos, western Nigeria, the governor said the quality of service delivered by this government would be measured on daily basis.

“Any ministry where the quality of service is compromised, the Permanent Secretary, as Accounting Officer, should be held liable. I expect nothing but excellence in this centre of excellence, ” the governor warned.

Ambode said he expected the new Permanent Secretaries to apply the best tenets of the civil service in their roles as accounting officers of their ministries, making service and the common good of all Lagosians their watchwords.

He said their appointment, from a pool of equally competent and qualified substantive directors, were as a result of a careful selection based on merit, professionalism and proven track record of service to the state.

Akinwunmi Ambode
Akinwunmi Ambode

Ambode recalled that during his inaugural address, he promised to carry out public sector reforms, saying this phase had seen the merging and realignment of ministries and agencies as well as the creation of new ones.

“We have established the Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment, the Overseas Affairs and Investment and the Office of Civic Engagement. These are in line with our campaign promises to run an inclusive government and create better opportunities for our people,” he said.

According to him, this phase had also witnessed the realignment of parastatals/agencies reporting through their superintending ministries to the governor.

“In all, we must be committed to the principles of good governance, probity, transparency and accountability,” he said.

Ambode disclosed that the next phase was the constitution of cabinet to conslidate on the foundation that had been laid in the last 60 days.

Speaking on behalf of others, Mrs Adebunmi Adekanye, Permanent Secretary, Office of Civic Engagement pledged that she and her colleagues would work hard to deliver quality service to move Lagos to the next level while soliciting cooperation from all to effectively discharge their responsibilities.

Other Permanent Secretaries and their portfolio ministries are: Folarin Adeyemi, Information and Strategy; Olabode Agoro, Lands Bureau; Ayodele Amosu, Teachers Establishment and Pension Office; Abiola Anifowoshe, Education District VI; Olabisi Ariyo, Education; and Caster Bade-Adebowale, Office of the Chief of Staff.

Others are: Boladele Dapo-Thomas, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation; Adebisi Kadiri, Economic Planning and Budget; Olorunfemi Mustapha, Science and Technology; Adesina Odeyemi, Public Service Office; Arinola Odulana, Office of Overseas Affairs and Investment; Adesola Odunlami, Justice; Olusola Odupitan, Audit Service Commission; Olanike Oduwole, Wealth Creation and Employment; Adesina Onisarotu, Environment and Dr. Nuriat Sodeinde, Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations.

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