By Dipo Olowookere
Former Secretary to the State Government (SSG) in Lagos State, Mr Tunji Bello, has been named in the 25-man list of commissioners and special advisers designates sent to the state house of assembly for confirmation.
The nominees’ list was transmitted to the parliament on Sunday for ratification in fulfilment of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s election promise to accelerate his administration’s development agenda.
A statement by the Governor’s Deputy Chief Press Secretary, Mr Gboyega Akosile, said Mr Sanwo-Olu carefully picked the nominees based on their cognate experience in their respective professions.
According to him, the list contained names, who are to assume duty as Commissioners and Special Advisers upon ratification by the legislature.
It was said to comprises technocrats and politicians, who understand the challenges of the state, noting that the painstaking and laborious selection process was aimed at constituting the best team that will serve Lagos in line with the agenda of his administration vision of delivering a city-state that will rank among the top most liveable cities in the world.
“We took our time to pick the best hands for the tough job Lagosians have elected us to do. The nominees for the 25 Commissioner and Special Adviser positions include women and men who have made their mark and at the zenith of their professional callings,” the statement said.
Governor Sanwo-Olu’ media aide stated further that the current list is first batch, saying that consultation was going on with regard to the complete number of the cabinet members.
He further disclosed that the new cabinet would be unique, because of its diversity. Quoting Governor Sanwo-Olu, he said Lagos would continue to take the lead in innovation, gender-balance and youth inclusion in the administration of the State.
“We have a blend of youth who are under 40 among nominees for Commissioners and Special Advisers. Women too are well represented in the list. We believe Lagos deserves the best and we cannot give the people anything less than that,” the statement said.
Breaking down the list of nominees, there are 17 men and eight women that will be sworn in as members of the State Executive Council. Also in keeping his promise of millennial’s inclusion, Governor Sanwo-Olu included youths who are in their early and mid-thirties in the list of nominees.
The State House of Assembly is expected to carry out a screening of the nominees to set the machinery of governance in full swing.
Below are names of the nominees:
- Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo
- Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo
- Prof. Akin Abayomi
- Dr. Idris Salako
- Mr. Tunji Bello
- Mr. Gbenga Omotoso
- Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka
- Mrs. Bolaji Dada
- Mr. Lere Odusote
- Dr. Frederic Oladeinde
- Mr. Gbolahan Lawal
- Ms. Adekemi Ajayi
- Mr. Femi George
- Dr. Wale Ahmed
- Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN)
- Mr. Hakeem Fahm
- Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle
- Engr. Aramide Adeyoye
- Mr. Segun Dawodu
- Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf
- Mr. Sam Egube
- Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya
- Princess Aderemi Adebowale
- Mr. Tunbosun Alake
- Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo
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