Address Delivered By Governor Akinwunmi Ambode At The Swearing-In Ceremony Of New Permanent Secretaries In Lagos House

The swearing-in of Mrs. Ayinde Rhoda Olubusola, and Mr. Olusanya Ebenezer Abayomi, which we have all witnessed is a fulfillment of the procedures as prescribed by law. Mrs. Ayinde and Mr. Olusanya would take charge as the Accounting Officers of Office of Establishment and Training and Education District II respectively.


Although this exercise has become a regular ceremony due to the vacancies created from time to time as a result of retirement of office holders, we must resist the temptation to view it as mere routine with no serious significance attached. On the contrary, it is a solemn occasion in which a commitment is made before God and man to live up to expected standards.


I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the contributions of the Permanent Secretaries whose retirement necessitated the appointment and swearing-in of these new appointees.


Every appointment comes with higher responsibilities and expectations. For the Lagos State Public Service, a template has been developed and it is being implemented systematically.


Essentially, the template is about change of mindset and the infusion of innovation and creativity in government business.


As members of the top echelon of the Public Service, you are expected to be champions of this paradigm shift not only by words but by your actions. You must lead by example and create the environment for your subordinates to emulate high standards of performance. This is the only way we can build a public service for the future and one that has what it takes to facilitate the level of development required of a Smart City.


I am confident in your ability to succeed in your new assignments.


Once again, congratulations.


Itesiwaju Ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun.