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Rented offices: Ambode gives 7-day ultimatum to agencies



To reduce cost of governance in Lagos State, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has given a 7-day ultimatum to heads of government agencies currently occupying rented apartments all over the state to vacate and relocate to their main ministries, the National Mirror has reported.

The order to vacate rented apartments is contained in circular Number 072 dated July 24, 2015, signed by Head of Service, Mrs Folasade Jaji, and directed to all heads of ministries and government agencies.

Investigations revealed that about 20 government agencies currently occupy rented apartments, thereby raising cost administering the agencies, which is telling on the overall cost of governance in the state.

Among affected agencies are Motor Vehicle Administration Agency, MVAA, situated at Lateef Jakande Road; Lagos Water Regulatory Commission, Allen Junction; Law Reform Commission, Ikeja; Lagos State Safety Commission, Magodo; Lagos State Film and Video Censors Board, Ikeja. Others are Audit Service Commission, Ogba; State Valuation Office, Lagos State Christian Pilgrims Board, Ikeja; Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Office, Ikeja; Audit Service Commission, among others.

The circular, which has as subject, “Re-alignment of office accommodation of ministries, departments and agencies,” reads in part: “Sequel to the HOS circular Ref. NO: CIR/ HOS/15/Vol.1/065 on creation, abolition and realignment of ministries, departments and agencies of government in Lagos State, it is hereby notified for general information that His Excellency, the Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode has directed that all affected MDAs are to commence relocation to their new offices with immediate effect from 27th July to 3rd August, 2015”. The affected agencies are to be integrated into the mainstream ministries.

We gathered that the agencies have already been allocated offices in each of the existing parent ministries which the state government uses to drive policy statement.

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