Cabinet shake-up: Gov. Ambode drops 3, appoints 5 new members

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 13, 2018

Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday, reshuffled his cabinet, dropping three members and appointing five new ones.

The newly appointed cabinet members are Mr Hakeem Fahm (Ministry of Science and Technology); Mr. Ladi Lawanson (Ministry of Transportation); Mr Segun Banjo (Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget); Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) and Mr Hakeem Sulaiman (Communities and Communications).

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As detailed in the statement, three commissioners removed from the council are Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola, who was the Acting Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mr. Femi Odubiyi of the Ministry of Science and Technology and Mr. Anifowoshe Abiola, of the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.

While expressing confidence in the ability of the new appointees to deliver on their well-deserved appointments, Governor Ambode also lauded the Body of Permanent Secretaries in the State, saying the body had proven to be a reliable pillar of support to his administration since assumption.

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In the same vein, the statement also added that Mr. Benjamin Olabinjo has been moved from Special Adviser Commerce and Industry to become Special Adviser Civic Engagement, while Mr. Kehinde Joseph moved from Special Adviser Civic Engagement to become Special Adviser Housing.

Ayorinde will be replaced by the former Special Adviser to the Governor on Communities and Communication, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan as the new Commissioner for Information and Strategy while Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi Etti, who was the Commissioner for Wealth Creation, now the new Commissioner for the Environment.

Mr. Deji Tinubu, Special Adviser Sports has been redeployed as Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce and Industry and Mr. Anofiu Elegushi was moved from Special Adviser Transport to become Special Adviser, Central Business District.

Despite the harsh economy, Ambode explained that the state budget "performed at 82 per cent. Total revenue generated was N503.7 billion representing a performance of 78 percent; Total Recurrent Expenditure was N281.33 billion representing a performance of 92 percent, while Total Capital Expenditure was N387.60 billion or 76 percent performance".

He added that as at December 2017, the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund had disbursed N4.5 billion to 5,500 beneficiaries who also received training on financial literacy and business management.

Giving a report of activities of his administration in the last quarter in line with tradition of the meeting, Ambode said between the period under review, the state government commissioned the first State-owned DNA Forensic Centre in Nigeria and West Africa, and in the coming weeks would sign a contract to upgrade the facility to offer toxicology services, which will make it the first in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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