Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State marked an important occasion on Friday as he inaugurated a new member of the Executive Council and two Permanent Secretaries at the Lagos House in Ikeja. The governor emphasised that these appointments were aimed at expanding the scope of the state’s healthcare system.
Mrs. Oluwakemi Ogunyemi, a highly trained nurse and a two-term member of the Lagos State Health Service Commission, was sworn in as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Health.
Furthermore, the governor elevated two Directors in the state civil service to the position of Permanent Secretaries. Mr. Adewunmi Ogunsanya, a Director of Administration and Human Resources at the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, was appointed Permanent Secretary for the Cabinet Office. Meanwhile, Mrs. Iyabo Seriki-Bello, who previously served as Director of Administration and Human Resources at Education District IV, now holds the role of Permanent Secretary at the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM).
Governor Sanwo-Olu congratulated the appointees on their well-deserved selection and urged them to rise to the occasion. He expressed confidence in their ability to fulfil their responsibilities, given their extensive experience and knowledge in governance.
The governor officially welcomed Mrs. Ogunyemi to the State Executive Council and highlighted the high expectations that come with her appointment. He encouraged her to swiftly adapt to her new role, contributing her expertise to help realize the government’s programs and activities.
Sanwo-Olu also recognized the significance of the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries, acknowledging the critical responsibilities assigned to them. He emphasised his confidence in their ability to quickly acclimate to their roles and effectively fulfil their duties.
The governor stressed the importance of familiarizing themselves with the administration’s development agenda known as THEMES Plus, reassuring them that the implementation of the programs remains on track.
Additionally, he reiterated his government’s commitment to gender equality and youth inclusion, emphasizing that the appointment of women and young people to key positions demonstrates his dedication to inclusive governance.
Sanwo-Olu concluded by urging the appointees to deliver good governance as a minimum requirement and to bring their innovative thinking, commitment, and purposeful leadership to their respective areas of responsibility.
The Head of Service, Mr. Olabode Agoro, introduced the appointees to the governor, describing them as experienced officers who share the administration’s vision. On behalf of the appointees, Mrs. Ogunyemi expressed gratitude to the governor for the trust placed in them and pledged to diligently fulfil their responsibilities in alignment with the oath of office and the THEMES Plus agenda.