The Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday assert that Lagos is on the brink of greatness, urging all and sundry living in Lagos to strive to write their names in gold. The governor made this remarks at the formal swearing in of new cabinet members comprising of Commissioners and Special Advisers.
The ceremony took place at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja, Governor Ambode urged the new appointees to dedicate themselves to the service of the state stressing that their primary allegiance is to the people of the state irrespective of creed and colour.
He said the state is currently experiencing rapid urbanization and thus requires hard thinking solutions to develop befitting infrastructure to cater for the increasing population. “My fellow colleagues in the cabinet, Lagos is on the brink of greatness and you have all been given this platform to write your names in gold. You must work to leave a legacy that will be spoken of in glowing terms in years to come.”
He said as the most promising city state in Africa, Lagos State has all the ingredients to compete globally in all sectors, adding that he expects his new team to join hands with him to move the state forward. “The challenges that come with the boisterous profile of the state as one of the world’s fastest growing cosmopolitan City-state are as many as the opportunities that abound in it.
“We have all the ingredients to compete globally in all sectors; and we must. We owe it to the people of Lagos and to ourselves. You are today, being handed the reins to the government of Lagos State and together, we must fulfil the massive potentials of our State. Lagos is a magnet for many Nigerians who want to pursue the Nigerian dream. The dream that wherever you are from, regardless of tribe or creed, you can achieve what you wish, this is the Lagos dream.”
Governor Ambode said Lagosians rely entirely on land transportation system, which has inevitably put pressure on road networks and traffic situation, urging his new team to develop ingenious means of transporting residents across the state with much ease.
He said: “You are to implement decisions that will combat crimes and secure our people. Lagosians call on you to create job opportunities for our youths and attract investments into the state.”
Ambode said the future of any modern state to provide infrastructure and effectively cater for its people lies critically in its ability to generate stable revenues and resources to drive growth, adding that in the last four months, his administration has worked hard to lay a solid foundation to drive effective governance.
He said: “Our decision have stabilized the financial economy of the state despite inherited financial liabilities. We have vastly reduced the cost of governance without bail-outs from the federal government and our reforms will be continuous.” The Governor also named the various portfolios of the newly appointed Commissioners and Special Advisers.
The Commissioners appointed and their portfolios include Gbolahan Lawal, Commissioner for Housing; Dr. Jide Idris, Commissioner for Health; Folarin Coker, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture; Seye Oladejo, Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations; Engr. Ganiyu Johnson, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure; Oluwatoyin Suarau, Commissioner for Agriculture; Rotimi Ogunleye, Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives; Akinyemi Ashade, Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget; Dr. Babatunde Adejare, Commissioner for the Environment; Olawale Oluwo, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources; Dr. Benson Akintola, Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions; Dr. Mustapha Akinkunmi, Commissioner for Finance; Dr. Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, Commissioner for Home Affairs; and Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner for Information and Strategy.
Others are Adeniji Kazeem, Commissioner for Justice; Alhaji Musiliu Folami, Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs; Town Planner Wasiu Anifowoshe, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development; Olufemi Odubiyi,
Commissioner for Science and Technology; Dr. Ekundayo Mobereola, Commissioner for Transportation; Engineer Adebowale Akinsanya, Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development; Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment; Hon. Lola Akande, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation; and Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Commissioner for Youth and Social Development.
The Special Advisers and their portfolios include Ayodeji Tinubu, Special Adviser Sports and Chairman Lagos State Sports Council; Ganiu Okanlomo Sanni, Special Adviser, Food Security; Yetunde Onabolu, Special Adviser, Urban Development; Kehinde Joseph, Special Adviser, Civic Engagement; Hon. Adebimpe Akinsola, Special Adviser, Arts and Culture; and Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, Special Adviser, Primary Healthcare.
Others are Obafela Bank-Olemoh, Special Adviser, Education; Hon. Adeyemi Olabinjo, Special Adviser, Commerce; Prince Anofi Elegushi, Special Adviser, Transport; Babatunde Hunpe, Special Adviser, Environment; Prof. Ademola Abass, Special Adviser, Overseas Affairs and Investment; Aramide Giwanson, Special Adviser, Housing; Kehinde Bamigbetan, Special Adviser, Community and Communications; and Agboola Dabiri, Special Adviser, Central Business District.
The Deputy Governor, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, was also assigned to oversee the Ministry of Education.
Among those present at the ceremony were former Military Governor of Lagos State, Brigadier General Mobolaji Johnson; first civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande; Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu I; Chairman of the All Progressives Congress in Lagos State, Otunba Henry Ajomale; Senator Oluremi Tinubu (Lagos Central); Senator Solomon Olamilekan (Lagos West); Senator Olugbenga Ashafa (Lagos East); Senator Ganiyu Solomon; members of the Lagos State House of Assembly; Permanent Secretaries; top government functionaries; traditional rulers; and clerics among others.