Ahead of today’s signing of the N1.064 trillion Lagos’ 2018 budget, the state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, has strengthened his cabinet with four new commissioners and one special adviser.
The commissioners, who took oath of office on Monday, are expected to hit the ground running as they join older cabinet members to begin an effective implementation of their respective ministries’ budgets after being signed into law by Governor Ambode, today. The 2018 budget was passed last week by the state legislature.
The new cabinet members include Hakeem Fahm, science and technology; Ladi Lawanson, transportation; Segun Banjo, economic planning and budget, and Olayinka Oladunjoye, commerce, industry and cooperatives. Hakeem Sulaiman was also sworn in as special adviser on communities and communications.
Ambode said the new cabinet members must immediately settle down in office and inject new ideas to reinvigorate governance to the benefit of the people.
According to Ambode, their immediate mandate will be the completion of all ongoing projects and activation of new ones to make life better and comfortable for the people.
“As you settle down to your new assignments, I demand nothing but the best from you,” he said.
The governor stressed that the new appointees must be mindful of the fact that the greatest asset of his administration was the goodwill of the people cutting across all segments of the society. The governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to sustaining the goodwill by upholding the policy of inclusion and implementing programmes and projects, which will positively and directly impact on the livelihood of all residents.
“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,” Ambode said.
Speaking on behalf of the new cabinet members, Oladunjoye, a former commissioner for education under the immediate past administration of Babatunde Fashola, thanked Ambode for finding them worthy to be part of his administration.