By Olasunkanmi Akoni and Monsur Olowoopejo
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, Monday, announced the appointment of Mrs. Folashade Jaji, as the18th Head of Service, HOS. Her appointment took effect immediately.
The appointment of Jaji came 48 hours after the former HOS, Mrs. Josephine Williams, retired after completing her statutory 35 years in service.
Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Lateef Ibirogba announced the appointment of the new HOS at media briefing in Alausa Secretariat, Ikeja.
According to Ibirogba, “Jaji is the 18th Head of Service in the state and she is the most senior of all the serving Permanent Secretaries in the state.”
On the allegation that Jaji has less than six months to her retirement, Ibirogba explained, “The governor considered her because of the wealth of experience she would be bringing to her new office.”
He noted that six months was not too small to make meaningful contributions to the development of the state’s civil service.
The new HOS (Jaji) was born on March 10th, 1957 to Late Alhaji and Alhaja Amid Akanni Eko.
She started her early education at Anglican Girls Primary School, Surulere Lagos where she obtained First School Leaving Certificate with distinction in 1969. After that, she proceeded to Queen’s College, Onike, Yaba for her Secondary School Education, passing out in 1974.
She attended the University of Ibadan, from where she obtained a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc. Hons) Degree in Chemistry in 1979 and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Administration in 1985 at ASCON. She also bagged a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Lagos, Akoka in 1989.
She began her working career with the Lagos State Civil Service on October 27, 1980 with a stint at the Judicial Service Commission and later served at the Governor’s Office, Lagos, Political Affairs Department.