Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has sent the list of his proposed cabinet members to the State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.
The cabinet list sent to the Lagos State House of Assembly has 39 nominees, which is a mixture of politicians and technocrats with 28 male and 11 female. The list is made up of 20 returning members of the immediate past State Executive Council and 19 new names.
Those on the list are expected to be sworn in as commissioners and Special Advisers after their confirmation by the State Assembly.
The following are lucky Lagos residents whose names are included in Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s 39 cabinet list sent to the Lagos State House of Assembly for screening and confirmation.
Gbenga Omotoso: Omotoso, a veteran journalist with long years of experience in the newsroom is a communication expert. Omotoso, the immediate past Editor of The Nation Newspaper, is the longest-serving Editor in Nigeria media before his first appointment as Commissioner for Information and Strategy by Governor Sanwo-Olu.
Engr. Aramide Adeyoye: Engr. Aramide, the immediate past Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructures, is one of the stars of Governor Sanwo-Olu in the last administration. Adeyoye, a registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) worked in the foremost construction company – Julius Berger Nigeria PLC for many years before her appointment as a member of Sanwo-Olu’s cabinet in 2019.
Prof. Akin Abayomi: Abayomi, a professor who specialises in internal medicine, hematology, environmental health, Biosecurity and biobanking, is the immediate Commissioner for Health. Prof. Abayomi as the Deputy Incident Commander in conjunction with Governor Sanwo-Olu, who is the Incident Commander, played an active role during the COVID-19 pandemic era to curtail the spread of the dreaded virus in Lagos.
Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo: Adefisayo, an award-winning educationist, who is very passionate about education, served as Commissioner for Education during Governor Sanwo-Olu’s first term. During her tenure, there is growth and development in the education sector, especially at primary and secondary school levels.
Abisola Olusanya: Olusanya, who has distinguished herself in both the private and public sector is the immediate past Commissioner for Agriculture. She earlier served as Special Adviser to the Governor on Agriculture before being elevated to the position of Commissioner.
Tokunbo Wahab: Wahab, a lawyer by profession is the immediate past Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Education. During his tenure in office, he worked with Governor Sanwo-Olu and other stakeholders in the education sector to establish two state universities in addition to Lagos State University (LASU).
Solape Hammond: Hammond is the immediate past Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Investments. Prior to her appointment, she worked in the private sector for over 20 years in various capacities, gathering experience in Management Consulting, Risk Management, Banking and Financial Advisory.
Rotimi Fashola: Dr. Fashola, who has over 30 years of working experience in both public and private Agricultural Systems, served as Senior Adviser on Agriculture (Rice Mill Initiative), during the first term of Governor Sanwo-Olu.
Bolaji Ceceila Dada: Dada, a former Vice-Chairman of Apapa Local Government, is the immediate-past Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation in Lagos State.
Toke Benson-Awoyinka: Benson-Awoyinka, a seasoned legal practitioner with years of experience and practice in Insurance Law, Litigation, Probate and Land matters, served as Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Housing in the last administration.
Tunbosun Alake: Alake is the youngest cabinet member during the first term of Governor Sanwo-Olu, where he served as the Special Adviser to the Governor on Innovation and Technology.
Mr. Sam Egube: Egube is the immediate past Commissioner of Economic Planning and Budget, is the only none-Yoruba in the 39 nominees released by Governor Sanwo-Olu.
Hon. Moruf Akinderu Fatai served as Commissioner for Housing in the last administration while Engr. Olalere Odusote, a seasoned energy expert was Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources. Other former members of the State Executive Council returning are; former Special Adviser, Parastatals Monitoring Office, (PMO), Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo; ex-Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Mobolaji Ogunlende and former Special Adviser on Industry, Commerce & Cooperatives, Engr. Abiola Olowu, as well as former Special Adviser on Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr. Kayode Bolaji Roberts and ex-Special Adviser, Public Private Partnership, Mr. Mosopefolu George.
Among the new names on the cabinet list is Mr. Lawal Pedo (SAN), a former Solicitor General of Lagos State and Permanent Secretary of the Lagos State Ministry of Justice. Pedro, who is currently in private legal practice is a fellow Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Nigeria.
Another nominee is Dr. Dolape Fasawe, a Public Health practitioner who is passionate about healthcare in developing countries. She is currently the General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA).
Also appointed by Governor Sanwo-Olu are Olalekan Fatodu and Dr. Oreoluwa Finnih-Awokoya. Fatodu is the immediate past Senior Special Assistant to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while Finnih-Awokoya served as Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Health.
Idris Aregbe, one of the youths on the list served as the South-West Secretary of National Youth Mobilisation of APC Presidential Campaign Council during the last election. Hon. Ibrahim Layode, who is currently representing Badagry Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, also made the list.
Other new names in the cabinet list are Mr. Jamiu Alli-Balogun, Mr. Rotimi Ogunwuyi, Mr. Gbenga Oyeriinde, Olakunle Rotimi-Akodu, Abdulkabir Ogungbo, Dr. Adekunle Olayinka, Mr. Yakubu Adebayo Alebiosu, Mr. Seun Osiyemi, Dr. Olumide Oluyinka, Mr. Yomi Oluyomi, Dr. Jide Babatunde, Mrs. Barakat Bakare, Mrs. Folashade Ambrose and Hon. Bola Olumegbon.