•An Insider Reveals How He Operates
•Meet Those Who Run LAGOS With Him
+Those He Can’t Joke With
Many people have often wondered how Gov. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu runs Lagos State. We can tell you authoritatively that his style is slightly different from that of his predecessor, former Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode. Insiders say he runs a more open government that involves many stakeholders.
Lagos Information Commissioner, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, revealed a lot about Gov. Sanwolu’s style. His own style is Transparent. He is very opened. Whatever he wants to do, he runs it by people. He runs it by the cabinet. He does not run a one-man show. Everything is brought up to the cabinet for us to debate before we take a decision. So, he is Open.
He is a leader who is courageous in taking decisions and whatever decision he takes he is able to explain it, anywhere, anytime, whenever reporters ask him why he did so. He is always able to satisfy them with his explanation. He runs a transparent administration. He is courageous in doing what he is doing. He is cerebral. He has a clear goal and he follows that goal. He does not deviate from it. I am talking of the goal has spoused in the THEMES Agenda”.
Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu is a journalist delight. If you have this kind of governor as a boss, you can just be very happy, because it makes your job very simple. He is very cerebral, very articulate. He has a clear vision of what he wants to do. He has a clear vision of what governance should be. He has a clear vision of what Lagosians wants and he is working day & night towards achieving this goal, that he has set out in his THEMES Agenda, the 6 pillars of development that he has formulated for the development of Lagos.
He is a kind of boss that has another side, apart from the official side f him. He has the social side of him. He is a good guy. He is very nice to be. He is humorous. Many people don’t know that. But when he has to be firm, he is very firm. He does not take matters of work, matters of duty lighly at all.
Of course, he has an Exco that meets once a week. He also as Heads of key parastatals that he relies on. He also carries along his party chieftains in the Lagos APC. Not left out are top civil servants who he relies on.
On a daily basis, he touches base with his Deputy, Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat. He relies a lot on his Chief of Staff, Mr. Tayo Akinmade Ayinde. Both have come a long way. He does not joke with the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri Okunola. He respects immensely BRF. He also doesn’t take for granted Lagos State representatives in the National Assembly like Sen. Oluremi Tinubu – Lagos Central, Sen. Solomon Olamilekan Adeola – Lagos West, Sen. Bayo Osinowo – Lagos East, Hon. Samuel Adejare – Agege, Hon. Kolawole Taiwo Musibau – Ajeromi/Ifelodun, Hon. Oluwafemi Adebanjo – Alimosho, Hon. Ajokpa Oghene – Amuwo/Odofin, Hon. Egberongbe Mufutau – Apapa, Hon. Babatunde Hunpe – Badagry, Hon. Tasir Raji – Epe, Hon. Obanikoro Ibrahim – Eti-Osa Hon. Adebayo Balogun – Ibeju- Lekki, Hon. Owolabi Adisa – Ifako-Ijaiye, Hon. James Abiodun Faleke – Ikeja, Hon. Babajimi Benson – Ikorodu, Hon. Oluwarotimi Agunsoye – Kosofe, Hon. Akanni Dolapo Badru – Lagos Island I, Hon. Kayode Akiolu – Lagos Island II, Hon. Jimoh Abdul – Lagos Mainland, Hon. Alii Adeyemi – Mushin I, Hon. Bolaji Ayinla – Mushin II, Hon. Tajudeen Obasa – Ojo, Hon. Bashiru Dawodu – Oshodi-Isolo I, Hon. Ganiyu Johnson – Oshodi -Isolo II, Hon. Kuye Ademorin Aliu – Somolu, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila – Surulere I, Hon. Olatunji Soyinka – Surulere II.
MEMBERS OF THE STATE EXECUTIVE COUNCIL
Dr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat – Deputy Governor, Mrs. Folashade Sherifat Jaji – Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola – Head of Service, Mr. Tayo Akinmade Ayinde – Chief of Staff, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal – Agriculture, Mrs. Lola Akande – Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives, Mr. Sam Egube – Economy Planning & Budget, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo – Education, Mr. Lere Odusote – Energy & Natural Resources, Mrs. Ajibola Ponnle – Establishment, Training & Pension, Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo – Finance, Prof. Akin Abayomi – Health, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile- Yusuf – Home Affairs, Mr. Moruf Akinderu Fatai – Housing, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso – Information & Strategy, Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo, SAN – Justice, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke – Local Government & Community Affairs, Dr. Idris Salako – Physical Planning & Urban Development, Mr. Hakeem Fahm – Science & Technology, Dr. Wale Ahmed – Special Duties & Inter-Governmental Relations, Mrs. Olufunke Adebolu – Tourism, Arts & Culture, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde – Transportation, Mr. Tunji Bello – Water Resources & The Environment, Mrs. Bolaji Dada – Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, Mr. Segun Dawodu – Youth & Social Development.
Ms. Ruth Bisola Olusanya – Agriculture, Mr. Bonu Solomon Saanu – Arts & Culture, Prince Anofi Olanrewaju Elegushi – Central Business Districts, Princess Aderemi Adebowale – Civic Engagement, Mr. Oladele Ajayi – Commerce & Industry, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab – Education, Mr. Joe Igbokwe – Drainage & Water Resources, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka – Housing, Mr. Tubosun Alake – Innovation & Technology, Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo – Political & Legislative Affairs, Mrs. Solape Hammond – Sustainable Development Goals, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka – Transportation, Engr. Aramide Adeyoye – Works & Infrastructure, Arch. Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi – Urban Development.
LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY 9TH LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY
Rt. Hon. Obasa Mudashiru (Speaker of the House) – Agege I, Hon. Eshilokun-Sanni Wasiu Olatunji (Deputy Speaker) – Lagos Island I, Hon. Agunbiade Sanai O. Bolanle (Majority Leader) – Ikorodu I, Hon. Abiru Rotimi Lateef (Chief Whip) – Somolu II, Hon Jimoh Olumuyiwa Wahab (Deputy Majority Leader) – Apapa II, Hon. Sangodara Mosunmola Rotimi (Deputy Whip) – Surulere II, Hon. Ogundimu Oluyinka – Agege II, Hon. Olumoh Saad Lukman – Ajeromi-Ifelodun I, Hon. Oluwa Olatunji Fatai – Ajeromi-Ifelodun II, Hon. Yusuff Adebisi Abdulrahman – Alimosho I, Hon. Joseph Kehinde Olaide – Alimosho II, Hon. Alli-Macaulay Kehinde Mojisola – Amuwo-Odofin I, Hon. Rauf Olawale Age-sulaimon – Amuwo-Odofin II, Hon. Meranda Mojisola Lasbat – Apapa I, Hon. Layode Ibrahim Olanrewaju – Badagry I, Hon. David Setonji – Badagry II, Hon. Tobun Mustainu Abiodun – Epe I, Hon. Ogunkelu Sylvester O. O. – Epe II, Hon. Adams Noheem Babtunde – Eti-Osa I, Hon. Yishawu Gbolahan Olusegun – Eti-Osa II, Hon. Mojeed Fatai Adebola – Ibeju-Lekki I, Hon. Kazeem Raheem Adewale – Ibeju-Lekki II, Hon. Adewale Temitope A. – Ifako-Ijaye I, Hon. Makinde Rasheed Lanre – Ifako-Ijaye II, Hon. Mohammed Folajimi Jubril – Ikeja I, Hon Kasunmu Adedamola Richard – Ikeja II, Hon. Solaja-Saka Nurudeen – Ikorodu II, Hon. Sanni Ganiu Babatunde Okanlawon – Kosofe I, Hon. Olatunde Adebayo – Kosofe II, Hon. Afinni Olanrewaju Suleiman – Lagos Island II, Hon. Owolabi Ibrahim Ajani Olatubosun – Lagos Mainland I, Hon. Oshun Moshood Olanrewaju – Lagos Mainland II, Hon. Akinsanya Nureni Ayinde – Mushin I, Hon. Olawale Olayiwola Saburi – Mushin II, Hon. Akande Victor Olusegun – Ojo I, Hon. Tijani Surajedeen Olatunji – Ojo II, Hon. Sokunle Olusola Hakeem – Oshodi-Isolo I, Hon. Idimogu Jude Emeka – Oshodi-Isolo II, Hon. Olowo Rotimi Emmanuel – Somolu I, Hon. Elliot Desmond Olusola – Surulere I.
BODY OF PERMANENT SECRETARIES
Mrs. Deile, Helen Morenike Olufunmilayo – Office of the State Auditor-General, Engr. Hotonu, Olujimi Nunayon – Works & Infrastructure, Mrs. Solarin, Margaret Titilayo – Education District I, Mr. Whenu, Sewedo Oluseyi – Office of the Chief of Staff, Mrs. Ogunmola, Omobolanle Modinat – Information & Strategy, Arc. Dipe, Foluso Adebayo – Physical Planning & Urban Development, Mrs. Umar, Abimbola Shukrat – State Treasury Office, Mrs. Odunlami, ‘Funlola Adesola – Justice, Mrs. Adekanye, Elizabeth Adebunmi – Home Affairs, Dr. (Mrs.) Ayandele, Olufolayimika, Abiose – Education District III, Mr. Bamgboye, Abiodun – Office of Establishment & Training, Mrs. Dapo-Thomas, Boladele – Wealth Creation & Employment, Mr. Agora, Olabode Shuaheeb – Lands Bureau, Mr. Mustapha, Abdul-Ahmed Olorunfemi – Energy & Mineral Resources, Mr Fashola, Taofik Adeyemi – Governor’s Office (Parastatals Monitoring Office), Dr. Onasanya, Olayiwole – Agriculture, Dr. Allison, Shamsideen Olalekan – Office of the Special Adviser on Education, Mrs. Odejayi, Yetunde Adefolahan – Deputy Governor’s Office, Mrs. Awoseyi, Toyin Idowu – Teaching Service Commission, Mrs Adekanye, Amudat Anike – Education District II, Mrs. Liadi, Adetutu Abiola – Economic Planning & Budget, Dr. Salaam, Taiwo Olufemi – Local Governments & Community Affairs, Mr, Ogundeko, Sesan Tunde – Audit Service Commission, Mr. Olusanya, Ebenezer Abayomi – Education District VI, Mrs. Abolarin, Adesumbo Idiat – Office of the Auditor-General for Local Governments, Mrs. Ayinde, Rhoda Olubusola – Office of Civic Engagement, Mrs. Fasehun, Folasade Owolola – Local Government Service Commission, Mrs. Fadipe, Bandele Sinatu – Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission.
BODY OF PERMANENT SECRETARIES
Mrs. Raji, Ganiat Abidemi – Office of Finance, Dr. Jimoh Amudaliu Yusuph – Special Duties & Inter-Governmental Relations, Mr. Ajibade, Samson Olusegun – Public Service Office/Office of the Head of Service, Dr. (Mrs.) Goncalves, Titilayo Fausat – Health, Dr. (Mrs.) Balogun, Sherifat Bolajoko – Commerce, Industry & Cooperatives, Mr. Adeniji, Segun Olufemi – Science & Technology, Mrs. Adelaja, Abosede Omobolanle – Education, Dr. Lawai, Lateef Temitayo – Lagos State Primary Health Care Board (PHCB), Dr. Eniayewun, Ademuyiwa Benjamin – Health Service Commission, Mr. Erinle Olumide Olufolami – Education District IV, Mrs.Okelola, Oludara Oyebisi – Education District V, Mr. Akewusola, Wasiu Adedamola – Housing, Mrs. Falugba, Yewande Olamide – Youth & Social Development, Mr. Osi-Efa, Mustapha Abiodun – Local Government Establishment & Pensions Office, Mrs. Sanyaolu, Kikelomo Morenikeji – Civil Service Commission, Engr. Shodeinde, Olalekan Nurudeen – Office of Drainage Services, Mr. Musa Maroof Olawale – Transportation, Mrs. Durosinmi-Etti Olorunkemi M. – Cabinet Office, Mrs. Kalesanwo, Oluyemi Yewande – Women Affairs & Poverty Alleviation, Engr. Agoro, Moroof Olawale – Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mrs. Odeneye, Belinda – Water Resources & The Environment, Mr. Olaide-Mesewaku, Babatunde – Tourism, Arts & Culture.
Mr. Toba Otusanya – Office of Transformation Creativity & Innovation, Mr. ‘Biodun Onayele – Lagos State Records & Archives Bureau, Mrs. Folashade Onanuga – Lagos State Pension Commission, Mrs. Rooke Soyombo – Office of Education Quality Assurance, Mr. Senukon Ajose-Harrison – Public Service Staff Development Centre, Mr.Oluwatoyin Gafaar Bolowotan – Lagos State Sports Commission.
MEMBERS OF THE STATE CIVIL SERVICE COMMISSION
Mrs. Adeyinka Taiwo Oyemade – Chairman, Pastor Israel Olufunsho Alagbe – Commissioner I, Hon. Tolani Ayodele Odeyemi – Commissioner II, Engr. Oladimeji O. Oshinowo – Commissioner III, Mr. Muhammed Satar Arilesere – Commissioner IV.
MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT SERVICE COMMISSION
Mr. Babatunde T. Rotinwa – Chairman, Mr. Solomon Babs Akinyanmi – Member, Mr. Rasheed Olatunde Giwa – Member, Mr. Garbadeen Olabode – Member, Mr. Olayinka Ajomale – Member,
CHAIRMEN LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREAS
Egunjobi Ganiyu – Agege, Hon. Ayoola Fatai -Ajeromi-Ifelodun, Sulaimon Jelili – Alimosho, Buraimoh Valentine – Amuwo-Odofin, Adele Elijah O. – Apapa, Hon. Onilude Olusegun – Badagry, Hon. Doyin Adesanya – Epe, Bankole A. S. – Eti-Osa, Hon. (Dr) Surakat S.O – Ibeju-Lekki, Apostle Oloruntoba Oke – Ifako-Ijaye, Hon. (Engr) Mojeed Balogu – Ikeja, Hon. Wasiu Adesina – Ikorodu, Hon. Afolabi Sofola – Kosofe, Tijani Adetoye Olusi – Lagos Island, Hon. Omolola Essien – Lagos Mainland, E. Bamigboye – Mushin, Idowu Rasulu O. – Ojo, Ariyoh Bolaji – Oshodi-Isolo, Abdul Hamed Salawu – Somolu, Tajudeen Yomi Yussuff – Surulere.
LOCAL COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AREAS
Augustine Arogun – Agbado Oke-Odo, Dele Oshinowo – Agboyi-Ketu, Funmilayo Muheed – Apapa Iganmu, Yusuf Sakiru Adisa – Ayobo-Ipaja, Gbemi H. Joseph – Badagry West, Alabi Kolawole David – Bariga, Akinyemi Obe O.A – Coker Aguda, Kunle Sanyaolu – Egbe-Idimi, Bello Monsuru – Ejigbo, Saliu Adeniyi – Eredo, Olufunmi Rafiu O. – Osa East, Adedayo R. R. Oseni – Iba.
LOCAL COUNCIL DEVELOPMENT AREAS
M. A. Adesina Williams – Igando-Ikotun, Daini Olusesan – Igbogbo-Baiyeku, Salisu Fatiu – Ijede, Banjo Adeola – Ikorodu North, Ademehin Jumoke – Ikorodu West, Onanuga Adeniyi – Ikosi-Ejirin, Oyesanya Ayodele – Ikosi Isheri, Fuad Atanda-Lawal – Ikoyi Obalende, Prince Wasiu K. Agoro – Imota, Abiodun Adu – Iru-Victoria Island, Olaleye S.A – Isolo, Hon. Ahmed O. Apatira – Itire-Ikate, Com. Kamar Salau-Bashua – Lagos Island East, Ogidan Mukandasi O. – Lekki, Pricess Adebajo Olabisi – Mosan Okunola, Ajala Rasaq – Odi-Olowo Ojuwoye, Oloro Julius – Ojodu, Hammed I. Tijani – Ojokoro, Samson Olatunde – Olorunda, Babatunde Oke – Onigbongbo, Ramotalai Akinola- Hassan – Oriade, Johnson S. Babatunde – Orile-Agege, Prince M. A Asaafa – Oto-Awori, Hon. Omiyale K. – Yaba.