Nigeria: Lagos Assembly rejects three nominees as Sanwo-Olu inaugurates cabinet
London, August 20,2019 (AltAfrica)-The new Lagos State Executive Council will be fully inaugurated today, Tuesday by governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu despite three of his nominees failing to make the grade and rejected by the Lagos State House of Assembly, on Monday
The three nominees rejected by the House are Ms Adekemi Ajayi-Bembe, Mr Obafemi George and Prince Olanrewaju Sanusi
However, the House left the door open for re-nomination of the rejected trio after the speaker directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Sanni Azeez, to forward the list of the 35 confirmed nominees to the governor for inauguration
Lagos Assembly committee had, on August 1, commenced the screening of the first batch of the cabinet list comprising 25 nominees and concluded the exercise on August 3.
The committee also resumed the screening of the second batch of the nominees on August 15 and completed the exercise on August 16.
The confirmed nominees are Mr Tunji Bello, Mr Gbolahan Lawal, Dr Wale Ahmed, Mrs Lola Akande, Prince Olanrewaju Elegushi, Mr Hakeem Fahm, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Mr Afolabi Ayantayo and Mr Samuel Egube.
Others are Mrs Bolaji Dada, Mr Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, Mr Olusegun Dawodu, Mrs Solape Hammond, Arch. Kabiru Abdullahi, Mr Olalere Odusote and Mr Aramide Adeyoye.
Dr Frederick Oladeinde, Mr Olatunbosun Alake, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), Prof. Akin Abayomi, Dr Rabiu Olowo, Dr Idris Salako, Mr Bonu Solomon Saanu, Mrs Folashade Adefisayo, and Mr Oluwatoyin Fayinka were also confirmed.
Others included Princess Aderemi Adebowale, Mrs Shulamite Adebolu, Mrs Toke Benson-Awoyinka, Mr Adetokunbo Wahab, Mrs Ajibola Ponnle, Mrs Yetunde Arobieke, Ms Ruth Olusanya, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, Mr Oladele Ajayi, and Mr Joe Igbokwe.
Before their confirmation, House, the Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, invited each nominee for brief introduction during plenary.
After a voice vote on each nominee, the House confirmed 35 out of the 38 nominees as commissioners and special advisers-designate.
Obasa said: “In pursuant to the Section 192 subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the House now confirms the appointment of the following governor’s nominees.”
Governor sanwo-Olu had announced plans to inaugurate the new cabinet on Tuesday last weekend while receiving a body of retired top civil servants under the aegis of the Association of Lagos State Retired Heads of Service and Permanent Secretaries (ALARHOSPS).
Sanwo-Olu said the wheel of governance would be in full gear before the end of the coming week, in fulfillment of his campaign promise to inaugurate his cabinet within 90 days.
He said: “Next week, by God’s grace, we are swearing in all other complements of cabinet and also Permanent Secretaries to have the engine of governance on full swing. At that point, we believe that all the campaign promises we made can come to reality and Lagosians can benefit more from the choice they made at the last election.”
The cabinet members are expected to be allocated their individual ministries during the inauguration ceremony, scheduled to start at 9am