The Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sworn in seven executive members into his cabinet.
Three of them were former appointees who resigned their appointments to pursue political offices, while four are newly appointed.
Those reappointed are the Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka and her Civic Engagement Counterpart, Princess Aderemi Sobowale, while Mr Sola Giwa the erstwhile Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Central Business Districts, replaces Mr. Toyin Fayinka as SA Transportation, Mr Olufemi Martins replaces Mr Solomon Bonu as the SA Tourism and Culture
Dr Babajide Abiodun was appointed as SA eGIS and Planning matters, while Abiola Olowu is the new SA Commerce and Industry as Mr Bolaji Roberts becomes the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
In his remarks, Governor Sanwo-Olu urged the appointees not to see the office as opportunity for self service, but as opportunity to impact the grassroots in line with his administration’s THEMES agenda and for a greater Lagos.
The Governor said: “Your role, as you might have imagined, is a demanding one, requiring intense levels of hard work and dedication. You are expected to hit the ground running, especially considering that we are in the final year of our first term in office. Let me remind you all that this appointment must not be seen as an opportunity for self-service. While you discharge the responsibilities that will be assigned to you, you must imbibe our culture of transparency, accountability, fairness and value for money. You must show exemplary leadership as the necessary virtues needed to achieve the greatness we desire for our State and to deliver the prosperity our people deserve.”
Governor Sanwo-Olu also used the occasion to reassure Lagosians of his administration’s commitment to make the city more livable for them through the handing over of renewed infrastructural projects in the coming days and solicited their continued support.
Responding on behalf of the appointees, the SA to the Governor on Housing, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka thanked the Governor for deeming them worthy and promised that they would give their best.
The event was attended by families and friends of the appointees as well as some traditional rulers, some past and serving members of the State House of Assembly and former Commissioners in the State.