Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday inaugurated a 20-man transition committee saddled with the responsibility of ensuring a smooth transition to the next administration on May 29.
The committee would be chaired by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Tunji Bello, while the Deputy Governor-elect, Obafemi Hamzat will serve as the Co-Chairman.
Ambode said a smooth transition to the next administration is imperative to ensure that the machinery of government continues to run smoothly without any hitch, considering the economic importance of Lagos state to Nigeria.
“In about seven weeks from now, the tenure of this administration will come to an end and a new administration will commence under the leadership of His Excellency, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
“A smooth transition to the next administration is imperative to ensure that the machinery of government continues to run smoothly. Our state is a delicate one with very significant importance in the economic and social stability of our nation.
“To maintain this stability, build on the solid status of our state and give the next administration a smooth take-off, it is imperative to quickly put in place a transition committee whose major responsibility will be to ensure a seamless transition to the next administration come May 29, 2019,” he said.
The governor, who was represented by the SSG commended Lagosians for keeping faith with the progressive ideals of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the last two decades and his administration. He expressed optimism that the incoming administration would build on the achievements recorded his administration.
“Let me use this opportunity to once again express my profound appreciation to all Lagosians for keeping faith with this administration and the rare privilege to serve,” he said.
He stated that government is not a sprint or a short distance race but an unending race.
“For us in Lagos State, it has been a progressive race in which every successive administration builds upon the achievement of the past administration,” he added.
The governor charged the committee to accord the assignment the diligence and commitment it require.
Members of the committee include the Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola; Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Adeniji Kazeem; Commissioner for Finance, Mr Akinyemi Ashade; Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Ade Akinsanya; Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr Obafela Bank-Olemoh and Special Adviser on Urban Development, Mrs Yetunde Onabule.
Others are Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Mr Jimi Hotonu; Accountant General and Permanent Secretary, Treasury Office, Mr Abimbola Umar; Permanent Secretary, Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Abayomi Kadiri; Ayo Gbeleyi, Sam Ngube, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin, Engr Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, Mr Bayo Sotade, Solape Hammond, Mrs Bunmi Fabanwo, Mrs Bukola Odoe and Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka.
Speaking at the inauguration, the Deputy Governor-elect, Hamzat, assured that the committee would commence its work immediately and ensure that everything would be done in the interest of the state.
According to Hamzat, it is a transition of the same government as the incoming administration will build on the existing template to move Lagos forward.
“Lagos State has always been a pacesetter in everything and that’s exactly what we would do here. Everyone on this table is a prominent Lagosian and everything would be in the interest of the state; it’s the same government and it should be pretty straightforward,” he stated.