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Ambode Meets Perm Secs, Receives Namibian President

Posted: May 31, 2015 at 3:39 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ekene Okoro Lagos

Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on Saturday held his first meeting with the Body of Permanent Secretaries in the State Public Service, reiterating that the State civil service will drive the change and the continuity which he intends to put in place in the next four years.

The Governor who spoke at the Lagos House, Alausa, where he also received the President of Namibia, Dr Hage Geingob on a courtesy visit, said he intends to strengthen the Civil Service and continue with the reforms through which he will carry out his policies.

He urged the Permanent Secretaries who are the administrative heads of the ministries to see themselves as front runners of the present administration adding that he would take advantage of the experience he had gathered as a retired public servant.

He said new offices would be created just as some present ones would be streamlined in order to ensure that cost of governance is reduced while ensuring greater efficiency.

“Part of my speech at my inauguration ceremony yesterday dwelt on the creation of a Ministry of Wealth Creation which would ensure that not only do we create wealth but ensure that when investments from foreign sources drops, a pro-active situation is in place to take care of them” the Governor said.

He said since the APC has already formed a government at the centre, investments are also bound to drop from the centre and that when such investments come, the state should have a front desk office that would attend to such people bringing in the investments or people with interest to bring them in.

Harping on a revisitation of ministerial responsibilities of all ministries, departments, and agencies he said that the ministerial responsibilities were last reviewed in 2001.

Ambode stressed that he would saddle the Body of Permanent Secretary with the task of taking a look at the draft which the administration of Mr Babatunde Fashola could not conclude, urging them to work on such drafts to fit into his vision.

He said his administration is interested in tourism, entertainment and arts and can collaborate with Republic of Namibia which is also a hub for tourism and entertainment in Africa.