Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday swore in Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola as the 21st Head of Service (HOS) of the State, with a charge on him to inject fresh ideas, vibrancy and new energy that will take the public service to new heights and make Lagos a globally recognized City-State with a commitment to efficiency, effectiveness, innovation and creativity in service delivery.
The Governor also swore in six new Permanent Secretaries who have since been deployed to various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). They are Dr. Titilayo Goncalves (Ministry of Health); Mr Adeyemi Kosoko (Education District IV); Dr Sherifat Balogun (Ministry of Youth and Social Development); Mr Segun Adeniji (Health Service Commission); Mrs Abosede Adelaja (Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture); and Dr Lateef Lawal (Primary Healthcare Board).
Describing the appointments as thoroughly deserving, Governor Ambode said a new chapter had just been opened in the State public service, and particularly urged the appointees to justify the elevation by working harder to satisfy the expectations of the people.
While expressing strong optimism in the ability of Muri-Okunola to effectively take charge on account of his capacity, knowledge, exposure, experience and youthful energy, Governor Ambode nonetheless said it was important for him to lead by example and encourage accountability and professionalism.
“Following the swearing in of the new Head of Service, a new chapter has just been opened in the history of the Lagos State Public Service. It is a new chapter with high expectations for the injection of new energy and vibrancy that will move our Public Service to new heights.
“As the number one Civil Servant in Lagos State, you must demonstrate leadership and lead by example for others, including the Body of Permanent Secretaries, to follow. You have a responsibility to provide direction and encourage accountability, transparency, professionalism and high sense of discipline. Your actions must be based on sound and objective judgment with consideration for merit and proven record of competence and loyalty.
“I have no doubt in my mind that under your leadership, Lagos State Public Service will achieve great strides and record outstanding achievements as a role model for other public service institutions in Africa,” Governor Ambode charged the HOS.
The Governor, who underscored the strategic important role of the civil service, said the extent to which any government succeeds in the implementation of its policies and programmes largely depends on the quality and orientation of the Civil Service, hence the need for the new leadership to implement necessary measures and initiatives to foster growth and development.
“Our Civil service needs a leadership that will inspire confidence and the will to strive for excellence. We are in a technology age where creative thinking and innovation must be given a pride of place through the growth mindset initiative, the Service Charter and other policies being driven by the Office of Transformation, Creativity and Innovation.
“I am satisfied with the positive impact these initiatives have made so far to the extent that the Lagos State Public Service is gaining the confidence and trust of the citizens especially taxpayers. It will however take consistent implementation and improvement of these initiatives for us to achieve the ultimate goal of making our Public Service truly service-oriented and responsive to the demands of Lagosians,” Governor Ambode said, just as he assured of his support.
While lauding the former Governor of the State and National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu for laying a solid foundation for the transformation of the State civil service, Governor Ambode also commended the immediate past Head of Service, Mrs Folashade Adesoye for serving meritoriously and her work in strengthening the public service.
Responding, Muri-Okunola thanked Governor Ambode for the confidence and trust reposed in him, assuring that the public service, under him, would improve on all well-known traditions for speedy, efficient and effective implementation of government policies and initiatives.
Dignitaries who witnessed the swearing in of the new HOS are Tinubu; Deputy Governor, Idiat Adebule; former Deputy Governor, Femi Pedro; Senator representing Lagos East, Gbenga Ashafa; Senator Musiliu Obanikoro; Majority Leader of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; APC Southwest women leader, Chief Kemi Nelson; Elegushi of Ikate Land, Oba Saheed Elegushi, among others.
Buhari Removes Executive Secretary Of TETFund
President Muhammadu Buhari has removed Dr. Abdullahi Baffa as Executive Secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.
He has been replaced by a former ES of the agency, Prof Suleiman Bogoro.
Dr. Baffa’s removal is with immediate effect. No reason has been given for Baffa’s removal. Prof. Bogoro has resumed office.
There was mild jubilation at the headquarters of the agency this morning in Abuja.
State of Osun: Osun engages six SANs to tackle activist lawyer
Faced by uncertainty of the likely outcome of the appeal it filed against the high court judgment which declared the use of “State of Osun” as illegal, the state government has engaged six Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) as counsels to handle the matter.
Justice Yinka Afolabi of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ilesa has on December 14, 2017 declared as unconstitutional “State of Osun” in a suit filed by an activist lawyer, Barr. Kanmi Ajibola against the enactment of a law tagged “State of Osun Land Use Tax Law”.
Besides, the same judge struck out the stay of execution application of the judgment filed by the state government on December 4, 2018 for lack of dilligent prosecution thereby reestablishing the fact that the persistence use of “State of Osun” remained illegal.
But Barr. Ajibola who is also the Chairman, Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Ilesa Branch filed a fresh suit at the State High Court by dragging the governor, Adegboyega Oyetola and his deputy, Benedict Alabi to court for taking their oaths as governor and deputy governor of “State of Osun” and not of Osun State during their swearing-in of November 27, 2018.
Ajibola who filed a 28-paragraph affidavits along with his originating summons on Thursday, December 27, 2018 asked the court among other things to set aside the swearing-in of thedefendants as governor and deputygovernor of “State of Osun” as illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.
The lawyer asked to court to determinean interpretative inference from the State (Creation and Transitional Provision) Act, Annotated Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2014 and the oath of office of the Governor of a state contained in the Seventh Schedule of the 1999 Constitution whether what the Constitution created is the “State of Osun”.
According to him, maybe by the community reading of the same act andthe 1999 constitution with its schedules and the case of Aregbesola vs. Oyinlola (2010) LPELR – 3805 (CA) whether the 1st Defendant is the “Governor of State of Osun”.
In a swift move, six SANs announced to the Court of Appeal in Akure that they have taken over the case which was earlier being handled by the office of the State Attorney-General (AG) and the Ministry of Justice.
The SANs expected to handle the case are Chief Akin Olujimi, John Baiyeshea, Abiodun Owonikoko, Abiodun Layonu, Dayo Akinlaja and Chief Yomi Alliyu.
Reacting, Barr. Ajibola stated that plaintiffs in any matter have the liberty in the choice of who to use as his lawyer, adding that the state government “knows that the decision of the appeal court will have a weighty impact” on his fresh suit, hence the decision to angage senior lawyers.
“But I am ready for them. We are all going to speak on the point of law. What I know is that State of Osun cannot stand anywhere. We will all know the truth very soon.”, he added.
Breakingnews: PDP Presidential Candidate Off to USA
The Boss can authoritatively reveal that Former Vice President and People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) Presidential Candiadate left for the United States of America from Lagos, Nigeria’ commercial capital.
The news that Atiku is on his way to the United States has caught politicians especially those in the opposition napping and we gathered from reliable sources that calls have been going back and forth to confirm what will certainly be the game changer that will give the PDP campaign a huge boost.
Our sources revealed that Atiku left from George Hotel, Ikoyi with his entourage and was decked in pair of chinos and T-shirt, he also dorned a sport jacket and looked very trendy.
More detail later
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