By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
Amid tight security, Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, Monday presided over the administration of oath of office on the 37 newly appointed members of his cabinet.
The newly sworn-in members of the executive council include 22 commissioners and 14 special advisers with Mr. Mukaila Olarenwaju Babalola returning as Chief of Staff and Mrs. Oluranti Adebule as Secretary to the State Government, SSG.
Among the dignitaries that attended the ceremony are: Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs. Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, former governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, immediate past governor of the state, Senator Bola Tinubu, representatives of Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Head of Service, HOS, Mr Adesugun Ogunlewe, Paramount ruler of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu 1, Chief Henry Ajomale, Chairman Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN Lagos chapter, other party chieftains, Lagos state representatives in the Senate and Federal House of Representatives, traditional rulers in the states, senior civil servants among others.
Mrs. Akinsaya, a director in the state Ministry of Justice administered the oath on of office on cabinet members.
The new Commissioners and their portfolios are: Mr. Benjamin Akabueze, Economic Planning and Budget; Mr Olutoyin Ayinde, Physical Planning and Urban Development; Mr Tunji Bello, The Environment; Mr. Kayode Opeifa, Transportation, Mr Obafemi Hamzat, Works and Infrastructure; Mr Jide Idris, Health; Mr. Adeola Ipaye, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adetokunbo Abiru, Finance; Mr Wale Ahmed, Special Duties; Mr. Oyinlomo Danmole, Home Affairs and Culture; Mr Oladisun Holloway, Tourism.
Others are: Mr. Ibirogba Aderemi, Information and Strategy; Mr Bosun Jeje, Housing; Mr Ademorin Kuye, Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs; Mr Gbolahan Lawal, Agriculture and Cooperatives; Mr. Adebiyi Mabadeje, Science and Technology; Mrs. Florence Oguntuase, Establishment and Training; Mrs Oworu Senakpon, Commerce, Mr Cornelius Ojelabi, Rural Development Mr Adesegun Oniru, Waterfront Development and Infrastructure; Mr. Oshodi Enitan, Youth Sports and Social Development, Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye, Education
The special advisers include: Mr. Jimoh Ajao, Housing, Mr. Dolapo Badru, Youth Sports and Social Development, Mrs. Yewande Adesina, Health, Mrs Aderinola Disu, Central Business District, CBD, Mr. Oladiran Folami, Environment, Mr. Ayo Gbeleyi Public Private Partnership, PPP, Engr. Ganiyu Johnson, Works and Infrastructure.
Mr. Babatunde Hunpe, Rural Development, Mr. Olukoga Fatai, Education, Mr. Lateef Raji, Information and Strategy, Mr. Taofik Tijani, Mineral Resources Mr. Seye Oladejo, Commerce and Industry, Mr. Adebayo Salvador, Parastatals Monitoring, Mrs. Abimbola Sodipo, Taxation and Revenue.
Speaking on the occasion, Fashola said the commissioners and special advisers were the privileged few to be chosen among the lots and that the hope of Lagos State residents depended on them.
“To the commissioners and special advisers, let me quick to advice that I am aware that you have all come very highly recommended. You have emerged from a difficult pack of suitably qualified men and women.
“This new team must resist the temptation to dwell on any successes of the last team. We must see whatever they achieved as challenges to us to do better. That is the only way we can reward and appreciate their sacrifice and service.
“We must challenge ourselves to exceed their achievements even if the circumstances may be different
“You have been chosen to hold one of the most sought after offices in our country today. I advise you to quickly set forth to very diligently work to earn and justify your place in the Lagos State Executive Council.
“The expectation of our people is very high. It is understandably so. They have seen lives improve year after year from 1999 to 2011 and they will not settle for anything less,” he said.
“This new team must resist temptation to dwell on any successes of the last team.”
The governor urged his cabinet members to be modest in their actions, moderate in their public appearances and shun all sense of ostentation and waste that could be suggestive of insensitivity on their part.
“History beckons upon us now to show leadership for our state, country and our continent; let us proceed proudly to engage with history and fulfill the promise that this state of Lagos holds for our country and our continent,” he stressed.