Gov. Ambode Swears-In Folasade Adesoye As 20th Head Of Service


The Lagos state governor, Akinwunmi Ambode on Tuesday swore-in Mrs Folasade Adesoye as the 20th Head of Service of the state.

He charged her to hit the ground running and work assiduously to bring out the best in all the civil servants in the state.

Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony held at the Executive Council Chambers in Alausa, Ikeja, Governor Ambode said concerted efforts have been made to place the state civil service on a sound footing for proactive, innovative, selfless and technology-driven service delivery, and that the onus is on the appointee to use her office to galvanize civil servants to build on the gains already recorded.

He said: “We have laid the foundation for the new public service that is well positioned to rise up to the demands of present-day public service delivery; a public service that is proactive, innovative, selfless and technology-driven. Although a lot of progress has been made in building on the reforms, it is still a work in progress and there is more to be done in areas of quality service delivery to the public.

“The success of your tenure will be assessed not by the efforts you are able to put in but the tangible outcome in terms of improvements in the outlook and deliverables of the entire workforce. You are inheriting a public service that has, to a large extent, keyed into the vision and uncompromising principles of good governance of this administration. As one who is fully aware of our vision and policies, some of which you have helped to translate and implement, I expect that you will hit the ground running and make your mark.”

Governor Ambode, who expressed confidence in the ability of the appointee to add value to the public service and governance in general, said the appointment is a confirmation of the dynamic quality of both the service and civil servants in the state, as the minimum standard now acceptable is selfless service to the state and the people.

He said it has now become a tradition to continually appoint experienced, dedicated and tested professionals to key positions in government, adding that Adesoye’s appointment was in recognition and reward for competence, commitment, perseverance and hard work, and charged her to keep up the good works.

While specifically tasking Adesoye on a responsibility to civil servants, Governor Ambode said: “As the Head of Service, all eyes are on you to provide leadership and direction to the over 100,000 civil/public servants in the State. You hold a strategic position to bring out the best in everyone from the Body of Permanent Secretaries down the ladder to the junior staff.”

The Governor also commended the immediate past Head of Service, Mrs Olabowale Ademola for her contributions to the development of the State as well as the strengthening of the public service.

In her response, Adesoye thanked Ambode for the opportunity given to her to serve, just as she assured that the public service, under her watch, would redouble efforts in ensuring speedy, efficient and effective implementation of government policies and initiatives.

Adesoye, who is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), particularly pledged total commitment to the duties and responsibilities of the new office, assuring that she would do everything within her capacity to justify the confidence reposed in her.

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