Akinwunmi Ambode, governor of Lagos state, Monday swore-in Mrs. Lola Are-Adegbite as tutor-general and permanent secretary, Education District Four. Ambode also boasted about the state’s civil service being the best in the country. Despite not having a cabinet, Ambode said the permanent secretaries have functioned effectively.
“Like I have always said, the bulwark of success is really in the civil service. What we have done in the last four months is to set up the institutional framework that will drive the business of government.
“The permanent secretaries have proven in the last four months that even without a cabinet, the business of government can actually be done and this is worthy of commendation,” he said.
Ambode also reiterated his commitment to ensure that merit and professionalism would be the major consideration in making appointments. He added that Are-Adegbite’s engagement was based on her antecedents over the years.
“I am happy that you are joining a winning team. I am also happy that at least, prior to this ceremony, you have proven yourself already in the last four weeks. o, we are glad that we did not make a mistake. We know strongly that whatsoever it is that you are going to do in the next few years, it is going to contribute to the development of Lagos State,” he said.