Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday swears-in 37 cabinet members which include 20 commissioners and 17 special advisers. At the swearing in ceremony, Ambode challenges the cabinet members to carry out their duties with utmost loyalty and professionalism for the sole purpose of transforming Lagos into better mega city.
“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,” said Ambode.
“To our Commissioners and Special Advisers, this government demands your absolute loyalty. Your primary allegiance is to the people of Lagos, irrespective of creed or colour. You must dedicate yourselves to the service of Lagos State. Your work must reflect what Lagos stands for – Leadership, Accountability, Good Governance, Opportunities and Service.”
The new commissioners and special advisers have been charged to get to work immediately. The governor have been criticized by many Lagosians for taking close to four months before appointing cabinet members and for the slow pace of public service works in the city when compared to his predecessor, Babatunde Fashola, who has been confirmed for a ministerial position at the federal level.
List of the newly appointed commissioners and special advisers alongside their portfolios.
Gbolahan Lawal, Commissioner for Housing; Jide Idris, Commissioner for Health; Folarin Coker, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture; Seye Oladejo, Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations; 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; Babatunde Adejare, Commissioner for Environment; Olawale Oluwo, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources; Benson Akintola, Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions; Mustapha Akinkunmi, Commissioner for Finance; Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, Commissioner for Home Affairs and Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner for Information and Strategy.
Others are Adeniji Kazeem, Commissioner for Justice; Musiliu Folami, Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs; Wasiu Anifowoshe, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development; Olufemi Odubiyi, Commissioner for Science and Technology; Ekundayo Mobereola, Commissioner for Transportation; Adebowale Akinsanya, Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development; Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment; 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; Adebimpe Akinsola, Special Adviser, Arts and Culture and Olufemi Onanuga, Special Adviser, Primary Healthcare.
Others are Obafela Bank-Olemoh, Special Adviser, Education; Adeyemi Olabinjo, Special Adviser, Commerce; Anofi Elegushi, Special Adviser, Transport; Babatunde Hunpe, Special Adviser, Environment; 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, Oluranti Adebule was also assigned to oversee the Ministry of Education.
About Lagos, Nigeria:
Lagos is the fourth largest economy in Africa with a GDP of One Hundred and Thirty-One Billion Dollars ($131bn), which equals that of 42 other countries in Africa. Lagos has a rapidly growing middle class of over Four Million people with youths constituting Sixty Per Cent (60%) of its population. Lagos is the centre of Nigeria’s economy and host more than Ninety Per Cent (90%) of all the Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria in the last few months. Source: Office of the Governor of Lagos State, 2015