Posted By: AYO ESAN
Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was sworn-in as the Governor of Lagos State on May 29, 2015 to take over from the former Governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) whose performance in office has been adjudged as the best among his peers in the country.
However what is causing concern in the minds of Lagosians especially the opposition parties in the state is that after two months in office, Governor Ambode has not been able to form his cabinet and they believe that this is already slowing down the activities of the government.
Many had expected that Ambode would hit the ground running immediately he is sworn-in but surprisingly apart from the appointment of Mr. Tunji Bello as the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, no other appointments have been made either as advisers or commissioners.
Some sources are attributing the delaying in forming the cabinet to the recent crisis in the national assembly which has taken the attention of the national leader of the APC, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu for sometime and has made him to resides more in Abuja than Lagos knowing full well that his input which they described as necessary has not been forthcoming hence the delay in the constituting of the cabinet.
Others however felt that the continued delay in announcing the cabinet is creating more confusion and anxiety as many who worked assiduously for the success of the party at the last election are still hoping to reap where they had sown but are tired of waiting.
Political analysts believe that while many states cannot form cabinet because of the financial crisis which has made them unable to pay salaries of workers for months, the Lagos State financial situation can support early cabinet.
Despite the criticism over the delayed in constituting the cabinet most members of the state assembly believe that the delayed is aiming at picking the best for the commissionership positions in the state.
Reports said that many of them believe that the delay by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to form his cabinet was for the general good of the state.
They were said to have informed that the delay had not affected governance and project executions across the state, and that the governor was taking his time to choose the best for the state.
A member of the Lagos House of Assembly, Hon. Jude Emeka Idimogu, representing Oshodi-Isolo State Constituency 2, on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has passed a vote of confidence on Ambode, saying he will perform.
Emeka Idimogu, an Accountant from Imo State, averred that Ambode’s long standing service in past Lagos State government puts him on a good stead, adding that his recent activities on people’s oriented projects will make him succeed.
Speaking with Sunday Mirror, Idimogu urged residents of his constituency and Lagosians in general to be patient with the Ambode-led government, adding that, they will soon start reaping the dividends of democracy.
“It’s just about eight weeks now that we were sworn in. Things are moving well, even though commissioners have not been appointed. It is also same at the federal level, ministers have not been appointed.
“But I must say that without the appointment of commissioners the full scale of governance might not commence. Having said that, it does not mean that we have not been sitting at the Lagos House of Assembly to deliberate on the way forward. We have regularly been sitting.
“In Lagos state, the government is doing well even though some people are saying that we are slow.”
Adebisi Yuppie (APC-Alimosho 1) said the delay had not in any way affected the governance and ongoing projects handed over to Ambode by his predecessor.
“Have you not seen work going on? I just pray all other states are like Lagos. Our civil servants are highly educated; they are productive and have been exposed to a lot of trainings.”
“As I talk to you, there is continuity in the state, Ayobo/Ipaja Road is being constructed; before the departure of the last government, the project was stopped, but work is now going on .
“ A new government has to be careful; you just don’t employ people whose capacity you don’t know; you have to get security reports on them,’’ he said.
On the people’s expectations that the governor was going to immediately swing into action, Yusuff said, “the same people will complain if he employed the wrong hands in his cabinet.
While soliciting for patience, he stressed that Lagos was known for integrity and hard work, which should be sustained.
In his remarks, Mr Rotimi Olowo (APC-Somolu 1) said the governor was working hard to create wealth and bring foreign investment to Lagos.
“He (governor) has said that he was going to create some agencies and merge others to reduce cost.
The Lagos State chapter of the APC is said to have thrown its weight behind Ambode, over his failure to announce his cabinet since his inauguration on May 29.
A top official of the party who does not want his name in print said the delay in forming cabinet by the governor is not slowing down affairs of government in the state.
The party is in full support of the governor’s decision to announce his cabinet whenever he deems fit, the party official had told Sunday Mirror.
He is of the opinion that majority of the governors who were inaugurated alongside Ambode on May 29, 2015 have not also announced their cabinet saying Ambode is a tested, trusted and highly meticulous leader, and that the people of the state should give Ambode ample time to choose the best hands he deems fit to work with.
The Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Habib Aruna said there was no official reaction on the issue when contacted .
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