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Meet Sanwo-Olu’s newly sworn-in Commissioners, Special Advisers


Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday sworn-in 35 members of his cabinet that will assist him in piloting the affairs of the state in the net four years, urging them to embrace transparency and accountability.

The event held at the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, was witnessed by thousands of well wishers and dignitaries.

Speaking at the event, Sanwo-Olu said in his inaugural address on 29th May, he declared that his ultimate goal would be to ensure that Lagos State remained one of the top destinations on the African continent to live, work and invest in, saying that this was not just his goal, it was what the people expected from his government and “we cannot afford to disappoint them.”

“Fortunately for us, we have a foundation from which to build from. The Blueprint for a new Lagos and the Development Plan (2012 to 2025) are still relevant as strategic reference materials for a systematic implementation of medium and long-term policies in line with the overall vision for our State.

“However, in this administration, our task must be to accelerate the trajectory of growth and development of Lagos State embarked upon by the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and built upon by successive administrations. Today, providence has entrusted us with the great responsibility of ensuring that the vision of the blueprint and the Development Plan comes to pass wholly and completely.

“Upon the foundations laid by administrations past, we shall erect our six pillars of state development, encapsulated in the acronym “T.H.E.M.E.S.” T standing for Traffic Management and Transportation; H for Health and Environment;  E for Education and Technology; M for Making Lagos a 21st Century Economy; E for Entertainment and Tourism and lastly S for Security and Governance.

“These pillars form the backbone of this administration’s grand objective and represent the framework that ensures our efforts and allocation of resources are solely devoted to building a Lagos we can be proud to call home,” he stated.

Sanwo-Olu said as they prepared for the challenges ahead, they should be reminded that their appointment was a unique privilege and a call to service, saying that it must not be seen as opportunity for self-service.

“Whilst discharging the responsibility that will be assigned to you, you must imbibe our culture of transparency, accountability, fairness and value for money. I therefore Implore you to earnestly commit yourselves to the agenda and vision of this administration.

“Be prepared to pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, and support or oppose whomever you must, in order to accomplish our grand ambition of building one of the great cities of the 21st Century, a beacon of social, commercial and political excellence for the rest of our dear nation,” he added.

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According to him, the challenges “we face as a mega city whether in the areas of security, waste management, transportation, or environmental sustainability are not peculiar to us. But they are the undesired consequences of an ambitious and growing economy providing opportunities for people to realize their dreams. But they must surely be addressed before they undermine our achievements and hinder our progress.

“Great opportunities for employment and wealth creation can only be realized sustainably if we are able to enhance governance with creativity, innovation and technology while embracing collaboration with the private sector and continual dialogue and partnership with all relevant stakeholders.

“This is the task we have been called upon to undertake in the next four years on behalf of our people who are relying on us to support their dreams and aspirations.  I charge you to show commitment, diligence and exemplary leadership as the necessary virtues needed to achieve the greatness we desire for our State and to deliver the prosperity our people deserve.”

The new Lagos Commissioners, Special Advisers and their respective ministries 

Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo

Commissioner for Finance

Rabiu according to his twitter and Linkedln handle profile is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Experienced Chief Audit Executive, Adjunct Professor and Authorised Trainer of The ACFE in West Africa, an anti-fraud organisation and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education.

Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo

Commissioner for Education

Folashade is an educationist with more than 20-year experience in the sector. She is a principal consultant/CEO at Leading Learning Limited, a company she founded in 2014.

Prof. Akin Abayomi

Commissioner for Health

Prof. Emeritus Abayomi is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Oncology, Environmental Health and Biosecurity. Akin studied at the Royal Medical College of Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital in the University of London where he attained his first graduate degree in Medicine and progressing to obtain fellowships from both Royal College of Medicine in the United Kingdom and the College of Medicine of South Africa.

Dr. Idris Salako

Commissioner for Fiscal Planning and Urban Development

Idris is the Managing partner at Adesanya Salako and Associates. He is a member of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) and a member at the Town Planning Registration Council of Nigeria (TOPREC).

Mr. Tunji Bello

Commissioner for Water Resources and Environment

Bello, according to his profile on Bloomberg served as worked with various companies like First Bank of Nigeria, Concord Press Nigeria Ltd., St. Petersburg Times, Florida USA, to mention just a few.

The former commissioner and immediate Secretary to the State Government (SSG) had various publications to his credit ranging from business to politics.

He is a member of the following bodies: Nigerian Bar Association, Nigerian Society of International Law, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Nigerian Union of Journalist, and Civil Liberty Organisation.

Mr. Gbenga Omotoso

Commissioner for Information and Strategy

Gbenga is an award-winning journalist and former Editor of The Nation Newspaper.

Mrs. Bolaji Dada

Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation

Dada is the former Vice-Chairman of Apapa Local Government, a position she held twice. She is a 1991 graduate of the Lagos State University graduate of Industrial Chemistry with a Masters in Corporate Governance from the Leeds Metropolitan University, United Kingdom.

Mr. Lere Odusote

Commissioner Energy and Natural Resources

Olalere is an acknowledged power sector expert responsible for creating partnership strategies that guide new business and infrastructure development.

He has a BSc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ibadan and an MBA in Investment Management and Information from Pace University, New York.

Dr. Frederic Oladeinde

Commissioner for Transportation

Oladeinde is the Head of Corporate and Investment Planning Department of Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA). He joined LAMATA in 2008 as Technical Adviser and head of Transport Planning.

He holds a Ph. D. degree in Transport Planning from Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine in the United Kingdom.

He began his career as a transport consultant in Oscar Faber Consulting in London, United Kingdom before joining the Department for Transport, UK as a Senior Transport Planning Adviser where he was responsible for advising the British government on the impact of various transport policies.

Mr. Gbolahan Lawal

Commissioner for Agriculture

Gbolahan is the immediate past Commissioner of Housing and a former Commissioner of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Lagos State. A seasoned security & development practitioner and socio-entrepreneur, he has deep understanding for political economy of development, especially in low and medium-income economies.

Moruf Akinderu Fatai

Commissioner for Housing

Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN)

Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice

Moyosore is a first-class litigator. In recognition of his excellence in this regard the Legal Practitioners Privileges Committee, chaired by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, the Hon. Justice Aloma Mukhtar GCON conferred Mr. M.J. Onigbanjo with the rank of Senior Advocate of Nigeria on 23rd September 2013.

Mr. Hakeem Fahm

Commissioner for Science and Technology

Hakeem is an ICT specialist and a former Commissioner for The Ministry of Science and Technology. He is also a Network Infrastructure Director.

Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle

Commissioner for Ministry Establishment, Training and Pension

Mrs. Ponnle is an accomplished Consultant, Executive Coach and Organisational Psychologist. She has a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Ibadan and a M.Sc. in Organisational Psychology from the University of London.

She has over 22 years’ experience in various fields having worked in companies such as Arthur Andersen (now KPMG International) and British American Tobacco.

With a combined experience in Human Capital development of over 14 years, Ponnle has worked extensively with leaders and teams in both private and public sectors with focus in the area of learning and development, leadership and team development, diversity and inclusion and change management.

Engr. Aramide Adeyoye

Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure

Mr. Segun Dawodu

Commissioner for Youth and Social Development

Dawodu is a former Commissioner of Sports in Lagos.

Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf

Commissioner for Home Affairs

Uzamat is a Pharmacist, Politician and the immediate past Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Lagos State

She had her primary education at Ansar-Ud-Deen Primary School, Ile Ife from ‪1980-1986. On completion she gained admission into the Seventh Day Adventist Grammar school Ile Ife between ‪1987-1992 after which she was admitted to University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos for her B.Pharm graduating in the year 2006.

Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke

Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs

Mrs. Lola Akande

Commissioner for Commerce and Industry

Mrs. Olufunke Adebolu

Commissioner for Tourism Arts and Culture

Mr. Sam Egube

Commissioner for Economy Planning and Budget

Egube is the Board Chairman of CeLD Innovations Limited. He is an engineer with significant banking experience.

He is also an author and socially smart entrepreneur whose carrier runs through a significant number of local and international institutions.

His banking sojourn as management staff and consultant cuts through top Nigerian banks including, United Bank for Africa Plc, NNB International Bank Plc, First Bank of Nigeria Plc and Diamond Bank Plc.


Dr. Wale Ahmed

Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations

Dr. Wale is a Medical doctor and a member, Nigerian Medical Association, Society for International Relations & Diplomacy and Nigerian Red Cross Society.

He is a one-time Commissioner for Special Duties and Assembly member who sponsored the motion for free treatment of accident victims within the first 24 hours.

Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya

Special Adviser, Ministry of Agriculture

Princess Aderemi Adebowale

Special Adviser of the Office of Civic Engagement

Princess Adebowale, founder of Remindales Healthcare Agency, is a one-time freelance journalist and politician. She is a former aspirant of the Epe Federal constituency in the House of Representatives.

Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo

Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Affairs

Ayantayo is a crime and fictional writer turned politician. A graduate of Mass communications from the University of Lagos, Ayantayo has been writing from an early age.

He was Secretary to the Local Government, Orile Agege and presently a member, Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission (LAHASCOM)

Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka

Special Adviser, Ministry of Housing

She is a barrister turned politician. She is also the Assistant Legal Adviser, All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos State.

Joe Igbokwe

Special Adviser for Drainage and Water Resources

Tubosun Alake

Special Adviser for Innovation and Technology

Architect Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi

Special Adviser, Urban Development

Anofi Olanrewaju Elegushi

Special Adviser, Central Business Districts

Bonu Solomon Saanu

Special Adviser, Arts and Culture

Oluwatoyin Fayinka

Special Adviser, Ministry of Transportation

Oladele Ajayi

Special Adviser on Commerce and Industry

Tokunbo Wahab

Special Adviser, Ministry of Education

Solape Hammond

Special Adviser on Sustainable Development Goals

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