Sanwo-Olu Dissolves Cabinet Ahead Of Second Term Swearing-In
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Dissolves Cabinet in Preparation for Second Term
The Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has taken a significant step towards the commencement of his second term in office by dissolving his cabinet.
The dissolution comes ahead of his swearing-in ceremony on May 29, 2023, where both Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat, will be inaugurated for another four-year term.
The Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, made the official announcement through a circular released on Wednesday.
The circular conveyed Governor Sanwo-Olu’s directive for all appointed commissioners, special advisers, and other political appointees to vacate their positions on Friday, in accordance with his instructions.
The circular, addressed to the relevant individuals, stated, ““it is hereby notified for general information that, Mr. Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, has directed that political appointees, specifically, Honourable Commissioners, Special Advisers (Cabinet and Non-Cabinet), all Assistants (Senior Special Assistants, Special Assistants, Personal Assistants, Technical Assistants, Personal Aides etc) be notified of the end of term of their appointments, with effect from the close of work on Friday, 26 May, 2023.”
“However political appointees whose appointments were by Legislation/Tenure-Based and Members of Statutory Commissions/Governing Councils that their tenures had not lapsed, were not affected by this directive, unless otherwise formally informed.
“Therefore, all affected political office holders are expected to prepare individual handover notes and return any government property, including utility/project vehicles in their possession to the accounting officer/most senior director of their respective Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs).
“In addition to handing over to their respective permanent secretaries, cabinet members are to send a copy of the handover notes to the permanent secretary, Cabinet Office not later than Friday, 26, May, 2023.
“Furthermore, all concerned officers are to comply with the provision of paragraph 11 (1b), part one of the Fifth Schedule of Nigeria Constitution on End of Tenure Assets Declaration,” the circular stated.
While wishing the affected political office holders success in their future endeavours, the governor appreciated the contributions and roles of the affected public officers to the development of the State, especially the significant milestones recorded under the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.
“Accordingly, all affected political office holders, accounting officers of MDAs and the general Public are enjoined to note the contents of this circular and give it the deserved service-wide publicity,” it added.
With the dissolution of the cabinet, Governor Sanwo-Olu aims to prepare for his second term by reconstituting a new cabinet that will aid in the implementation of his administration’s policies and programs.
The move is part of his commitment to effective governance and the continuous development of Lagos State.
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