Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Tuesday inaugurated a 20-man transition committee to ensure a smooth transition of power from the outgoing administration to the incoming.
Ambode was represented at the event, which was held in Ikeja, by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello, who is also Co-Chairman of the committee.
He said that the inauguration was imperative to ensure that the machinery of government continued to roll smoothly.
Ambode said the committee was organised to maintain stability, build on the solid status of the state and ensure a seamless transition to the incoming administration of All Progressives Congress (APC) Governor-elect, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat.
In his response, APC Deputy Governor-elect and Co-Chairman of the Committee, Hamzat assured that the handover would be a seamless one.
Earlier in his welcome address, Lagos State Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, described the transition as a result of the success of the APC in the last elections.
Muri-Okunola said that on May 29, the baton of leadership of the state would be handed over to a new administration, hence the need for a transition committee.
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.
Other members include Permanent Secretary, Works and Infrastructure, Mr Jimi Hotonu; Accountant General and Permanent Secretary Treasury Office, Mrs 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.
In his vote of thanks, the Deputy Governor-elect assured that the Committee would immediately commence its work and ensure that everything done is in the interest of the State, adding that it would be a transition of the same government as the incoming administration would build on the existing template to move the State 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 said.