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Tenure Expiration: Sanwo-olu Dissolves Cabinet, Aides



The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the disbanding of the state executive cabinet and all associated aides, effective Friday, May 26, 2023.

The directive was announced in a circular issued on Wednesday by Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.

Labelled as circular number 046 and titled “End of Political Office holders-Cabinet/non-cabinet ranks.”

The circular emphasized the need for asset declaration in line with paragraph 11 (1b), part one of the fifth schedule of Nigeria’s constitution pertaining to end-of-tenure asset declaration.

The officers affected by this order include Commissioners, Special Advisers (both cabinet and non-cabinet), and all assistants (Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants, Personal Assistants, Technical Assistants, Personal aides, etc.).

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The governor instructed these officials to draft individual handover notes and return any government property in their possession, including utility/project vehicles, to the accounting officer or most senior director of their respective ministries, departments, and agencies (MDAs).

The circular clarified, “However, political appointees whose appointments are by legislation/tenure-based and members of statutory commissions/Governing Councils that their tenure have not lapsed, are not affected by the directive, unless otherwise formally informed.”

Sanwo-Olu is set to begin his second term as governor after his inauguration on Monday, following a successful win in the state’s governorship election on March 18.

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