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Go to work immediately...Ambode tells new commissioners

Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Monday charged the new commissioners and Special Advisers in the state to get to work immediately and justify the responsibility that had been placed on them, NAN has reported

Ambode spoke during the swearing-in ceremony of the officials at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja.

He charged them to dedicate themselves to the service of the state and demanded their absolute loyalty to the government.

"To our Commissioners and Special Advisers, this government demands your absolute loyalty.

"Your work must reflect what Lagos stands for, that is, Leadership, Accountability, Good Governance, Opportunities and Service.

"You are today being handed the reins to the government of Lagos State and together, we must fulfil the massive potentials of our state," he said.

The governor said that the state was currently experiencing rapid urbanisation and required hard thinking solutions to develop befitting infrastructure to cater for the increasing population.

"You are to implement decisions that will combat crimes and secure our people.

"Lagosians call on you to create job opportunities for our youths and attract investments into the state," he said.

Ambode said that in the last four months, his administration had worked hard to lay a solid foundation to drive effective governance.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Commissioners and their portfolios include Mr Gbolahan Lawal, Commissioner for Housing; Dr Jide Idris, Commissioner for Health, and Mr Folarin Coker, Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture.

Others are Mr Seye Oladejo, Commissioner for Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations; Mr Ganiyu Johnson, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure; Mr Oluwatoyin Suarau, Commissioner for Agriculture and Mr Rotimi Ogunleye, Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives.

Mr Akinyemi Ashade is the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget; Dr Babatunde Adejare, Commissioner for Environment; Mr Olawale Oluwo, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources and Dr Benson Akintola, Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pensions.

Also, Dr Mustapha Akinkunmi was named Commissioner for Finance; Dr Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, Commissioner for Home Affairs; Mr Steve Ayorinde, Commissioner for Information and Strategy and Mr Adeniji Kazeem, Commissioner for Justice.

Alhaji Musiliu Folami was named Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs; Mr Wasiu Anifowoshe, Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development; Mr Olufemi Odubiyi, Commissioner for Science and Technology and Dr Ekundayo Mobereola, Commissioner for Transportation.

Mr Adebowale Akinsanya is Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development; Mr Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment; Mrs Lola Akande, Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation and Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Commissioner for Youth and Social Development.

The Deputy Governor, Dr Oluranti Adebule was assigned to oversee the Ministry of Education.

The Special Advisers and their portfolios include Mr Ayodeji Tinubu, Special Adviser Sports and Chairman Lagos State Sports Council; Mr Ganiu Okanlomo -Sanni, Special Adviser, Food Security and Mrs. Yetunde Onabolu, Special Adviser, Urban Development. Among others, Mrs Aramide Giwanson was also named Special Adviser, Housing; Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan, Community and Communications, and Mr Agboola Dabiri, Special Adviser, Central Business District.