Governor Akinwumi Ambode yesterday swore-in 37 commissioners and special advisers as members of his cabinet, charging them to leave a legacy that will be spoken of in glowing terms years to come
Governor Akinwumi Ambode yesterday swore-in 37 commissioners and special advisers as members of his cabinet, charging them to leave a legacy that will be spoken off in glowing terms years to come.
The governor who also assigned portfolios to the appointees noted that Lagos is on the brink of greatness and that they have all been given a platform to write their names in gold.
“You must work to leave a legacy that will be spoken ofin glowing terms in years to come. Lagos is the most promising emerging City-State in Africa today.
“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 fulfill the massive potentials of our state.
He explained that developing befitting infrastructure to cope with the exponential growth in Lagos population and its rapid urbanization requires hard thinking and ingenious solutions.
He said that despite the fact that one-fifth of Lagos is covered in water, Lagosians today rely almost entirely on land transportation system, stressing that addition of thousands of new people and automobiles to Lagos demography on daily basis, inevitably puts unbearable pressure on road networks and traffic situation.
He noted that there is no reason to rely on traditional method of protecting the citizen in an era where armed robbers make use of sophisticated weapons and transport to commit crime and escape from the scene.
“As Commissioners and Special Advisers, Lagos charges you to develop ingenious means of transporting its people across the land. You are to implement decisions good of all. 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”, he said.
He later assigned portfolios to the commissioners.
The commissioners and their portfolios are Mr. 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; Mr. Oluwatoyin Suarau, Commissioner for Agriculture; Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye,Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives; Mr. Akinyemi Ashade, Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget; Dr. Babatunde Adejare, Commissioner for Environment.
Others are Mr. 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 Mr. Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner for Information and Strategy.
– Emmanuel Ukudolo Lagos