The business of governance formally took –off in Lagos state yesterday as Governor Babatunde Fashola swore in the 37 members of his cabinet to pilot the affairs of the state government in the next four years.
The ceremony which held amid wild excitement inside the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium of the state secretariat saw the governor administering oath of office on the appointees which included 21 commissioners and 16 special advisers whose appointment were confirmed by the State House of Assembly last week.
The new Commissioners and their portfolios are: Mr Abiru Adetokunbo, Finance; Mr Ahmed Wale, Special Duties; Mr Akabueze Benjamin, Economic Planning and Budget; Mr Ayinde Olutoyin, Physical Planning and Urban Development; Mr Bello Tunji, Environment; Mr Danmole Oyinlomo, Home Affairs and Culture; Mr Hamzat Obafemi, Works and Infrastructure; Mr Holloway Oladisun, Tourism; Mr Idris Jide, Health; Mr. Ipaye Ade, Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice; Mr Ibirogba Aderemi, Information and Strategy;
Others are, Mr Jeje Bosun, Housing; Mr Kuye Ademorin, Local Government aand Chieftaincy Affairs; Mr Lawal Gbolahan, Agriculture and Cooperatives; Mr Adebiyi Mabadeje, Science and Technology; Mrs Oguntuase Florence, Establishment and Training; Mr Ojelabi Cornelius, Rural Development; Mr Oniru Adesegun, Waterfront Development and Infrastructure; Mr Opeifa Kayode, Transport; Mr Oshodi Enitan, Youth Sports and Social Development; Mrs Oworu Senakpon, Commerce, among others.
In his address at the occasion, Fashola said that the commissioners and special advisers were the privileged few to be chosen among the lot that scrambled for the positions, and said that the hope of Lagos State residents depended on them.
“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 governor urged the new team to resist the temptation of dwelling on the successes recorded by the last team and noted that “we must see whatever they achieved as challenges to us to do better. That is the only way we can reward and appreciate their sacrifices and service.
Responding on behalf of the new cabinet members the new Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice Mr. Ade Ipaye thanked the governor for the appointments and promised not to let the state down as they would work assiduously to move the state to greater heights and prepare it to cope with the challenges of a mega city.
Dignitaries and party chieftains that Witnessed the occasion include former governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, deputy governor, Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, party stalwarts, House of Representatives members, traditional rulers, among others.