There were strict security and agitation measures when Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state swore Tuesday on commissioners and special advisers. This was because members of the press did not have the opportunity to enter the place.
The venue of the event, the Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, was full of security agents, including police, DSS officials and gorillas, while people struggled to enter the auditorium, not even journalists could enter the hall.
He spoke at the weekend while receiving a body of senior retired officials under the auspices of the Association of Chiefs of Service and Permanent Secretaries of the Lagos Association (ALARHOSPS).
Sanwo-Olu said the government wheel would be in full swing before the end of next week, in fulfillment of his campaign promise to inaugurate his cabinet within 90 days.
He added that the new Permanent Secretaries would also take office on Monday to complement the activities of the Commissioners and Special Advisers.
He said: “Next week, by the grace of God, we are swearing in all other cabinet complements and also the Permanent Secretaries to have the government engine in full swing. At that time, we believe all campaign promises that we can come true, and the lakes can benefit more from the choice they made in the last elections.
Cabinet members are expected to be assigned their ministries during the opening ceremony, scheduled to begin at 9 am.
The governor described the body of retired officials as “valuable assets” for the state and noted that their actions while on duty contributed to the “enviable height” that Lagos reached among the nation’s countries.