Lagos Governor appoints new Permanent Secretaries

By Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

The new Permanent Secretaries in Lagos taking oath of office.

The Lagos State Government has appointed nine new Permanent Secretaries for key ministries and departments.

The Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu said that the appointees were selected for their exceptional pedigrees.

He challenged them to ensure that Lagos residents get the best of their services, saying that the move indicated that the state was set for an enhanced service delivery in public service.

Governor Sanwo-Olu (Middle) in a group photograph with the new Permanent Secretaries in Lagos.

At the swearing-in event, the Governor explained that the choice of the new Permanent Secretaries was based purely on merit, reiterating his administration’s belief in elevating merit and distinction above personal consideration.

“I challenge our new Permanent Secretaries to see their elevation as a call for more service and to give their best to the citizens of Lagos. I have no doubt that you all will give in your best at all times. I am convinced that Lagosians are in for a renewed and enhanced public service that will take good governance to the doorsteps of ordinary people.

These appointments are a demonstration of what is to come in the coming days. With the full cabinet coming tomorrow (Tuesday), the people of Lagos will be better off with this choice and all our promises condensed in Project T.H.E.M.E.S will begin to work fully and make life easy for the people. At the end of our tenure, we want to be seen to have truly improved the quality of life for greater number of residents.

“I must confess I have not met most of the newly-appointed Permanent Secretaries before today. What this means is that you don’t need to see or know the Governor before your work speaks for you. Some of them whom I interacted with in the course of governance after I assumed office have shown high level of integrity and professionalism,” he said.

Demonstrating confidence
Governor Sanwo-Olu said the appointees demonstrated capability and competence, hailing the state’s civil service for producing quality personnel with unrivalled knowledge in service delivery.

The Governor advised directors and workers in lower cadres in the civil service to be diligent in the discharge of their duty, noting that they did not need to know highly placed individuals to be rewarded with promotions.

Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola said that the new Permanent Secretaries possessed “unblemish records” in their years of service to the state.

According to him; “the appointees are deemed to have remained consistent in their commitment, loyalty and industry over the years and are transparently adjudged deserving of recognition in this regard. I encourage all public servants to continue to work hard and be more innovative. Delivery of excellent results would only speak for the diligent ones when the time comes.”

Untainted loyalty
Speaking on behalf of the appointees after taking the oath, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Wale Musa praised the Governor for finding them worthy of the opportunity.

He promised that they would not betray the Governor’s confidence reposed in them.

Other Permanent Secretaries sworn in are; Mrs. Kikelomo Sanyaolu, Civil Service Commission; Mr. Nurudeen Shodeinde, Office of Drainage Services; Mrs. Khadijat Shitta-Bay, Ministry of Justice; Mrs. Olorunkemi Durosinmi-Etti, Cabinet Office; Mrs. Oluyemi Kalesanwo, Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation; Mr. Moruf Agoro, Ministry of Waterfront and Rural Development; Mrs. Belinda Odeneye, Ministry of Environment, and Mr. Babatunde Olaide-Mesewaku, Ministry of Tourism.


Mercy Chukwudiebere