Lagos Assembly Screens Six Governor’s Nominees

By Dipo Olowookere

Six nominees of Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, for both the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency and the State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM) have undergone screening. The exercise was conducted on Tuesday by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Nominated and screened for the position of General Manager, Lagos State Public Procurement Commission was Mr Onafowote Fatai Idowu, who was born on January 16, 1957.

He attended University of Ibadan and studied agriculture, biochemistry and nutrition. And started working at the Lagos State Agriculture Development Project. He later became Programme Secretary, State Food Security Programme

Mr Idowu also supported Lagos State Public Procurement as a Technical Adviser and he has been acting as General Manager of the commission since May 2016. He is a certified procurement manager, who has worked under World Bank project in the sector.

Speaking during his screening, the General Manager-designate agreed that insurance bond is important for procurement, adding that the fund given to any contractor ought to be protected.

“They could get bond from banks or insurance companies. I support the ongoing reform in the House of Assembly on public procurement.

“Initial payment for contracts could be between 20 and 40%. It could be low for projects that involved a lot of money. Financial capability is part of consideration. 20% could be low, but it should range between 20 and 40%,” he said.

Mr Idowu added that he started acting as the GM of the commission as a child of circumstance, when the immediate past General Manager resigned.

Also yesterday, the House also screened nominees for the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM).

Nominated and screened for the position of the Chairman of the board of TESCOM was Mrs Elizabeth Olabisi Ariyo, who was born in 1956, and attended United Missionary College, where she obtained a Grade 2 Teachers Certificate and taught in Ilesha, Osun State.

She also went to the University of Lagos from 1982 to 1986 to study English Language and thereafter started working with the Lagos State School of Basic Studies in 1986, and later worked as an inspector, planning officer and state Primary Education Board.

Mrs Ariyo became a Permanent Secretary in 2015 and retired in 2016.

On pension, she said that she will monitor payment of pension of teachers, adding that there is presently no central body. It

Also screened to be a member of the commission was Mr Jacob Mahonu Ashaka, who was born in 1958 in Topo, Badagry.

In 1976, he proceeded to Government Teachers Training College, Badagry for Grade 2 Certificate and was employed as a teacher.

In 1981, he went to Lagos State College of Education and graduated in 1984. He went back to teaching in 1985 after his NYSC Programme.

He worked at Agboju Secondary School for nine years. He later gained admission to the Lagos State University for first degree and went back for Masters Degree programme in Education Science and Administration in 2001.

Another nominee screened for TESCOM was Mrs Sidikat Titilayo Smith, who was born in 1954 and attended the University of Lagos, where she studied Biology Education. She was also cleared by the House for the position.

Mr Adeleke Oluwaseun Kara was also screened to be a member of TESCOM. He went to the Federal College of Education, Okenne, and later taught at Teachers College, Ikorodu before going to the University of Ibadan to study Guidance and Counselling.

The fifth nominee screened for TESCOM was Mrs Hadijat Hassan Kuburat, who was born in 1965 and attended Lagos State University, where she studied Political Science and later got Masters degree and is undergoing Phd Programme at the University of Ilorin.

Meanwhile, a Bill for a Law to amend the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (2016) was read for the second time.

Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Public Petitions, and Human Rights, Mr Tunde Buraimoh, stated that the bill needs overhauling and that the citizens must be made to know the importance of security.

He said that the House has a responsibility to ensure that the agency works well and made to achieve its aim.

The Majority Leader, Mr Sanai Agunbiade also added his voice to the need to review the bill, which he said considered the issue of vigilante.

He said that members of the corps have power to conduct search or to arrest any erring member of the public.

Mr Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu Constituency 1) and Mr Yishawu Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) also spoke on the matter, while the bill was later committed to the House Committee on Information, Publicity and Strategy, headed by Mrs Adefunmilayo Tejuosho. The committee was ordered to report back to the House in two weeks.

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. Mr Olowookere can be reached via

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