By John Ajayi
Lagos State Governor, Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu has created five new ministries, while two others have been downgraded to departments in his recently constituted cabinet. The newly created ministries are namely economic planning and budget, home affairs, rural development, housing as well as establishment, while the former ministries of information and Women Affairs were down-graded to mere departments respectively.These bring to 14 the number of minis-tries in the state civil service which earlier had 10 before the latest development.
The creation of additional ministries by the governor was contained in a statement issued at the weekend by the deputy, Chief Press Secretary to the govermor, Mr. Lati Odusanya.The release also revealed that Tinubu has also assigned portfolio to the newly appointed commissioners.
They include Professor Yemi Osibajo (Justice), Mr. A. Olawale Edun (Finance), Mr. Olayemi Cardoso (Economic Planning and Budget), Mr. Kaoli Olusanya (Agriculture and Co-operatives).Others are Oladele Alake (Information and Strategy), Femi Lanlehin (Political and Legislative Powers), as well as Ms. Toyin Fagbayi (Women Affairs and Poverty alleviation). Also appointed are Alhaji Rafiu B. Tinubu as the Head of Service, while Alhaji Lai Mohammed was made Chief of Staff (govemor’s office) and Mrs. Seyi Williams became the new accountant general for the state.Similarly, the govenor has appointed Mr. Segun Ayobolu the newacting Chief Press Secretary.The statement further hinted that the commissioner, special advisers, head of service and other new appointees would be sworn in tomorrow by the governor at the state’s auditorium Alausa, Ikeja