The Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Monday swore in nine new Permanent Secretaries, charging them “to go out there and deliver.”
The swearing-in which was conducted at the State House saw in attendance the Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadiri Hamzat, Secretary to State Governor (SSG), Mrs. Folashade Jaji, Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, among others.
The newly sworn-in Permanent Secretaries are: Mrs. Sanyaolu Morenike (Civil Service Commission), Engr. Sodeinde Nurudeen (Drainage Services), Mrs. Khadijat Shitta-Bay (Solicitor-General, Ministry of Justice) and Mr. Musa Moruf (Transportation).
Others include Mrs. Mujeedat Durosinmi-Etti (Cabinet Office), Mrs. Kalesanwo Yewande (Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation), Engr. Moruf Agoro (Waterfronts Infrastructures), Mrs. Odeneye Aderonke (Environment) and Mr. Olayide Babatunde (Tourism).
In his keynote address, Sanwo-Olu stated: “Today is a very happy day for all of us. I have the unique opportunity to have witnessed and sworn in of nine Permanent Secretaries. I am seeing some of them for the first time.
“I want to you to know that you need not to see the Governor before you perform, your work will speak for you”, he said.
The Governor recalled that in the selection process, the Permanent Secretaries appointed was based on merit without any bias.
“You have displayed high level of professionalism; you have demonstrated capability and competence in public service. You have taken the oath of office and oath of secrecy, so you must make sure that the citizens get the very best. You should go out there and deliver”, Sanwo-Olu said.
In his welcome address, the Head of Service, Muri-Okunola, stated: “Today’s exercise represents a significant departure from the usual trend. It is indeed gratifying to note that nearly all of the newly-appointed Permanent Secretaries are meeting His Excellency the Governor for the first time this morning”.
He added that the swearing in was derived from section 208 (1c) of Part of the 1999 Constitution, saying “their identification, nomination and eventual appointment have been totally based on merit and unblemished individual records.”
While giving the vote of assurance on behalf of others, Moruf from Transportation, said: “Our commitment on our appointments. We have capable and competent hands. I feel proud to be among those equally competent people. The opportunity given to us is a trust to Lagos State and Nigeria as a whole. We will not fail you”.
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