Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Sunday approved the appointment of Mrs. Olabowale Toluwalope Ademolaas the 19th Head of Service (HOS) in the Lagos State Public Service.
In a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Habib Aruna, Mrs. Ademola’s appointment which takes effect immediately follows the statutory retirement of Mrs. Folashade Jaji on 26th October, 2015.
The new HOS was born on November 10, 1957. She had her Primary Education at Corona School, Yaba and Lagos University Staff School (1962 – 1968), after which she proceeded to Queen’s College, Yaba, Lagos where she obtained her West African School Certificate and Higher School Certificate in 1973 and 1975 respectively.
Thereafter, she was admitted to the University of Ibadan where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (Second Class Honours – Upper Division) in Economics in 1981.
She is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), with a Master of Science degree in Economics from the University of Lagos and Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Lagos Business School.
After several stints in the private sector, Mrs. Ademola joined the State Water Corporation as Controller Audit in 1995 before her transfer to the Mainstream Civil Service in 1999 where she rose to become Permanent Secretary in 2010.
Until her appointment, she was the Permanent Secretary in the Lagos State Civil Service Pensions Office.
Today marks a milestone in the history of our dear State. I have just sworn-in 37 Cabinet members, who are joining me to complete the Executive team of dedicated Lagosians that will move Lagos forward.
My sincere appreciation to the Right-Honourable Speaker and all the Honourable members of the House of Assembly; though multi-party in outlook, jointly and unanimously cleared all our Commissioners and Special Advisers for the event of today. By this action, we have all demonstrated that it is more about the prosperity of Lagos, than any other motive.
Lagos State is the fourth largest economy in Africa with a GDP of One Hundred and Thirty-One Billion Dollars ($131bn) equaling that of 42 other countries in Africa. Lagos has a rapidly growing middle class of presently over Four Million people with youths constituting Sixty Per Cent (60%) of its population. Not only is Lagos the nerve center of Nigeria’s economy, it bears more than Ninety Per Cent (90%) of all the Foreign Direct Investment into Nigeria in the last few months.
The challenges that come with the boisterious profile of the State as one of the world’s fastest growing cosmopolitan City-State are as many as the opportunities that abound in it. Lagos is a magnet for many Nigerians who want to pursue the Nigerian dream. The dream that wherever you are from, regardless of tribe or creed, you can achieve what you wish. This is the Lagos dream.
Developing befitting infrastructure to cope with the exponential growth in Lagos population and its rapid urbanization requires hard thinking and ingenious solutions. Despite that One-Fifth of Lagos is covered in water, Lagosians today rely almost entirely on land transportation system. The addition of thousands of new people and automobiles to Lagos demography on daily basis, inevitably puts unbearable pressure on road networks and traffic situation. Relying on traditional modes and methods for protecting our people in an age in which men of the underworld use sophisticated weapons and transport to commit crimes and escape from crime scenes leaves our people vulnerable. Leaving the potential of our teeming youths unutilized will severely undermine the economic well-being of the State and its people in the long-run.
As Commissioners and Special Advisers, Lagos charges you to develop ingenious means of transporting its people across the land. You are to implement decisions that will combat crimes and secure our people. Lagosians call on you to create job opportunities for our youths and attract investments into the State.
Ladies and gentlemen, as with most nations with a mono-economy, Nigeria is going through an interesting time. The continuous fall in crude oil prices means vastly dwindling revenues for Nigeria. In turn, States will have less and less money to fund capital projects and face enormous challenges in catering for their people.
The future of any modern State to provide infrastructure and effectively cater for its people lies critically in its ability to generate stable revenues and resources to drive growth. In the last four months, our government has worked hard to lay a solid foundation to drive effective governance. Our decisions have stabilized the financial economy of the State despite inherited heavy financial liabilities. We have vastly reduced the cost of governance without bail-outs from the federal Government and our reforms will be continuous.
To our Commissioners and Special Advisers, this government demands your absolute loyalty. Your primary allegiance is to the people of Lagos, irrespective of creed or colour. You must dedicate yourselves to the service of Lagos State. Your work must reflect what Lagos stands for – Leadership, Accountability, Good Governance, Opportunities and Service.
My fellow colleagues in the cabinet, Lagos is on the brink of greatness and you have all been given this platform to write your names in Gold. You must work to leave a legacy that will be spoken of in glowing terms in years to come. Lagos is the most promising emerging City-State in Africa today. We have all the ingredients to compete globally in all sectors; and we must. We owe it to the people of Lagos and to ourselves. You are today, being handed the reins to the government of Lagos State and together, we must fulfil the massive potentials of our State.
I congratulate you all on your appointment and charge you to immediately get to work and justify this responsibility that has been placed on you.
You have been assigned respective portfolios and you are to assume duty immediately.
I look forward to working with you to deliver, a cleaner, safer and more prosperous Lagos State.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday restated his commitment to ensure that the state civil service remains one of the best to reckon with in the country.
The Governor spoke shortly before swearing in Mrs. Lola Are-Adegbite as the new Tutor General/ Permanent Secretary of Education District Four, at a brief ceremony held at the Lagos House, Ikeja.
Stating while that the smooth running of governance lies with the civil service, he said the Permanent Secretaries in the state have adequately carried on even in the absence of the State Executive Council.
“Like I have always said, the bull work of success is really in the civil service. What we have done in the last four months is to set up the institutional framework that will drive the business of government”.
“The Permanent Secretaries have proven in the last four months that even without a cabinet, the business of government can actually be done and this is worthy of commendation”, he said.
Governor Ambode also reiterated his commitment to ensure that merit and professionalism will be the major consideration in making appointments, saying Mrs. Are-Adegbite’s engagement was based on her antecedents over the years.
“I am happy that you are joining a winning team, I am also happy that at least prior to this ceremony, you have proven yourself already in the last four weeks, so we are glad that we did not make a mistake. We know strongly that whatsoever it is that you are going to do in the next few years, it is going to contribute to the development of Lagos State”, he said.
Earlier, Permanent Secretary in the Public Service Office, Mr. Adesina Odeyemi, said the swearing in of Mrs. Are-Adegbite was in line with Section 208 of the 1999 Constitution as amended, following the retirement of Mrs. Soname Aderinsola as Tutor General/ Permanent Secretary of Education District IV, last month.
He said Mrs. Are-Adegbite, born July 1, 1958, holds a B.sc in Biology from Texas-Southern University, Houston Texas, Post Graduate Diploma in Education and a Masters Degree in Education both from the University of Lagos, Akoka.
He said Mrs. Adegbite, an excellent team player, a goal getter with over three decades of unbroken public service experience was found worthy in character and competence for higher responsibility.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Thursday received members of various labour unions in the state on peaceful rally at the Lagos House, Alausa, where urged them to rally round weight behind the anti-corruption crusade of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello commended the labour unions consisting members of the Trade Union Congress (TUC), National Labour Congress (NLC), National Youth Council (NYC) and the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) for their decision to show solidarity with President’s Buhari’s quest to stem corruption.
He said that Nigeria is presently at a defining moment of its democratic history which will require all hands to be on deck and support the drive of the government at the centre to return the nation to its glory days.
“We must thank you immensely for the support that you are giving President Buhari. This is what Nigerians need. You are the leaders, you are the opinion molders, without you setting agenda, there is no way this country can progress, so we really appreciate you”.
“All the messages you have brought on this anti-corruption crusade must be delivered to President Buhari. The Governor said I should assure you that your message will be delivered because he takes you as very important partners in progress”.
“He is also seeking your support for all the things President Buhari and the State Governor are doing, so whatever input you may wish to offer, his doors are always open to you”, Bello said.
State Chairman of the TUC, Comrade Akeem Kazeem, said they decided to stage the rally nationwide to throw their full weight behind President Buhari’s anti-corruption campaign, lamenting that the scourge has not only plunged the nation into wanton poverty and infrastructural decay but has dented the image of Nigeria over the years.
“Corruption has created a very bad image for the country and its citizens, as Nigerians are viewed as corrupt and dubious people outside. It has affected all sectors: health, education, petroleum, power, agriculture, transport, goods and services as well as manufacturing”.
“It has also led to massive brain drain- a great number of Nigeria best brains have been driven to other parts of the world where they now spearhead developmental and scientific exploits”.
“On average, virtually all aspects of Nigeria’s infrastructure are in deplorable condition. The country is characterised by bad road networks, constant power outage, lack of security, inadequate water supply, outdated health facilities and declining education system, failing communication networks and unstable economic growth”, Kazeem said.
He also commended Governor Ambode’s strides in the first 100 days in office, saying that the labour unions are fully in support of his drive to invigorate the state civil service and engender development in the state.
“In this state, we have said pensioners’ benefits have not been getting the required attention for so long a time. We must recognise the fact that we are aware that Governor Ambode has released the sum of N11billion to offset pension arrears. It’s a right step in the right direction”.
Representatives of the TUC, NLC, CDHR and NYC at the rally took turns to present letters to Governor Ambode for onward transmission to President Buhari, to intimate him of their full support for his anti-graft war.
In a bid to bring succor to all retirees in the Lagos State Public Service, Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on Wednesday directed that pension cash assets in the sum of N11billion be immediately deployed to offset pension liabilities in arrears since 2010 not only of the Lagos State Government mainstream retirees but also retirees in Local Governments and Parastatal organizations.
According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the Head of Service, Mrs. Shade Jaji, the development is part of efforts put in place by the present administration to find a holistic solution to the issue of payment of pension entitlements to retirees under the PAY AS YOU GO pension Scheme which was discontinued in April, 2007 as well as outstanding accrued pension rights due to retirees under the Contributory Pension Scheme.
Mrs Jaji said that the State Government has developed a comprehensive payment plan to resolve all outstanding pension issues in the immediate (short), medium and long terms.
The short and immediate term plan, according to her, is for pension payments to MDAs and Parastatals including Local Governments and SUBEB, which will be made monthly commencing from August, 2015.
The Head of Service said that the above efforts are the outcome of painstaking deliberations by the Public Service Pensions Office, the Lagos State Pensions Commission, the Head of Service and the empathy of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to reduce, if not totally clear the outstanding liabilities due to retirees in the mainstream public service, Local Government/SUBEB and Parastatals in the State.