Akinwunmi Ambode, the governor of Lagos State, on Monday, February 5, 2018, swore in five new members of the state executive council with a charge to hit the ground running and offer only the best of services to the people.
Speaking at a brief swearing-in ceremony held at the Lagos State Executive Council Chambers in Alausa, Ikeja, Ambode said the new cabinet members were appointed based on their track record, expertise, and experience, and as such they must immediately settle down in office and inject new ideas to reinvigorate and reenergize government machinery to the overall benefit of the people.
Addressing the appointees, the governor said their immediate mandate was to see to the completion of all on-going projects and activation of new ones to make life better and comfortable for the people.
Ambode said, “As you settle down to your new assignments, I demand nothing but the best from you. Your immediate task as you hit the ground running is to quickly bring yourself up to speed with the mandate of your MDA and key into the immediate priority for this year which is the completion of all on-going projects. This, however, does not preclude the initiation of new projects that are considered highly essential and critical to the general well-being of our people.
“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. Today, we are delighted to welcome on board the newly sworn-in members of the State Executive Council.
“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.”
The newly appointed cabinet members are: Mr. Hakeem Fahm, commissioner for science and technology; Mr. Ladi Lawanson, commissioner for transportation; Mr. Segun Banjo, commissioner for economic planning and budget; Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, commissioner for commerce, industry, and co-operatives; and Mr. Hakeem Sulaiman, Special Adviser on communities and communications.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, Oladunjoye thanked Governor Ambode for finding them worthy to be part of a robust administration which, according to her, had been implementing projects and policies in all sectors of the State, assuring that they would key into the vision and mission of government and offer nothing but the best to move Lagos forward.