Lagos Governor swears in new cabinet members

Luqmon Balogun, Lagos

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The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has sworn-in five new cabinet members to join the State’s Executive Council.

The new appointees include; Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye; Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mr. Akeem Fahm; Ministry of Science and Technology and Mr. Olusegun Banjo; Budget and Economic Planning.

Others are Akinwale Lawanson; Ministry of Transportation and Akeem Sulaimon who is now Special Adviser on Community and Communications.

Speaking shortly after the swearing-in ceremony held at the Lagos State Executive Council Chambers in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode who said that the state has battled and triumphed amidst daunting challenges since inception of the administration attributed the success to his winning team.

“Making Lagos work for all is a 24-hour job. It requires selfless service, hard work, dedication and an uncompromising focus on the improvement of lives of all Lagosians. At the inception of this administration, our vision was to build a clean, safe and prosperous state guided by the rule of Law; a globally competitive smart city.

As simple as it sounds, this is a tough task but I am happy to state here that the job has been made uncomplicated because we have the best team working together to achieve this vision,” Governor Ambode said.

Call to action

The Governor who eulogized members of the state executive council for their relentless pursuit in creating a better city welcomed the new members with a charge to innovate for growth and development of the state.

“You are joining a winning team of committed professionals and politicians who have been working round the clock for the past 32 months to make Lagos functional, efficient and a haven for business, tourism, entertainment and sports.”

“This is not to say that we have arrived at our desired destination. There is still a lot of work to be done in order to achieve the desired vision of Lagos we all want to see, live and work in.”

“Moving our State forward on the path of sustainable growth requires regular stock taking and injection of new ideas to reinvigorate and re-energize government machinery.”

“It is my expectation that you will bring to bear, your knowledge, expertise and experience, on the mandate of the Ministries to which you have been assigned and the overall vision of this administration,” Governor added.

Looking ahead

He explained that the current status of the state cannot be taken for granted, hence the need for more creative approach to governance.

“One of the approaches of our administration has been to infuse innovation and creativity into governance.

Given the cosmopolitan nature of our State and the peculiar challenges of a mega city, we cannot afford to rely on the status quo approach to providing solution to new and emerging issues. We must therefore, as a matter of necessity, adopt new methods to achieve greater efficiency and increased productivity,” Governor Ambode concluded.

In her vote of assurance, the new Commissioner for Commerce, industry and Cooperatives, Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye who spoke on behalf of other members thanked the Governor for the opportunity to serve and promised to key into the objectives of the state government.

New appointees

In a separate interview with Voice of Nigeria, the Commissioner for Science and Technology Mr. Akeem Fahm promised that his new mandate would be used to enhance the technology base and advance the course of science in the state.

His counterpart in the Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Akinwale Lawanson also canvassed the need for an improved transportation system in Lagos with more emphasis on water transportation.

Omolayo.A