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Ambode Sacks 3 Commissioners in Major Cabinet Shake-up

By Dipo Olowookere

Three Commissioners were on Thursday dropped from the cabinet of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State.

In the major cabinet reshuffle, five new Commissioners were appointed, while others were redeployed to other ministries, including ace journalist, Mr Steve Ayorinde, who was moved from the Ministry of Information and Strategy to Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Also, Mr Ayorinde’s former colleague, Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, was redeployed from Ministry Communities and Communication to Ministry of Information and Strategy.

In a statement signed by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mr Tunji Bello, the three Commissioners removed from office were Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, Mr Femi Odubiyi and Mr Anifowoshe Abiola.

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The newly appointed cabinet members include Mr Hakeem Fahm, Ministry of Science and Technology; Mr Ladi Lawanson, Ministry of Transportation; Mr Segun Banjo, Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget,; Mrs Olayinka Oladunjoye, Ministry of Commerce and Industry; and Mr Hakeem Sulaiman, Communities and Communications.

Other Commissioners redeployed were Mr Rotimi Ogunleye from Commerce and Industry to Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Babatunde Durosinmi Etti from Ministry of Wealth Creation to Ministry of the Environment, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf from Ministry of Youth and Social Development to Ministry of Wealth Creation, Mr Agboola Dabiri from Central Business District to Ministry of Youth and Social Development.

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Others are Dr Samuel Adejare from Ministry of the Environment to Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Engr. Ade Akinsanya from Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development to Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.

In the same vein, the statement also added that Mr Benjamin Olabinjo has been moved from Special Adviser Commerce and Industry to become Special Adviser Civic Engagement, while Mr Kehinde Joseph moved from Special Adviser Civic Engagement to become Special Adviser Housing.

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In addition, Mr Deji Tinubu, Special Adviser Sports has been redeployed as Special Adviser to the Governor on Commerce and Industry and Mr Anofiu Elegushi moves from Special Adviser Transport to become Special Adviser, Central Business District.

The new Commissioners are expected to be cleared by the State House of Assembly while the other redeployment and postings take immediate effect.

According to the state’s scribe, Mr Bello, the new appointments and redeployments are intended to create a new vigour and vitality for service delivery which has been the hallmark of the Governor Ambode administration.

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Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan.

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