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‘You don’t need to know me, let your work speaks for you,’ Sanwo-Olu charges civil servants

Ayodele Olalere

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has told civil servants in the state to be diligent in their jobs, adding they did no need to know him or anyone before they were rewarded for their services.

At Monday’s swearing-in of new nine Permanent Secretaries at the Lagos House, Alausa, the governor said he was meeting  many of the newly appointed Permanent Secretaries for the first time and were not known to him before they were recommended and appointed.

He said their appointments were based on merit, having distinguished themselves throughout their years in public service.

In thre words of Governor Sanwo-Olu, “Today is a special day for us. I am seeing some of the permanent secretaries for the first time. i have said it before that you do not need to know me or know someone that know or see me before you are recognized or do you work.

“Your work will speak for you. The new appointees truly earned their appointments. You have displayed high level of integrity, capabilities and competence.

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“Lagos State is blessed with the quality of permanent  secretaries that we have, ” he said.

He expressed confidence in the ability of the new appointees to deliver and urged them to justify their appointments by delivering quality services to the people of the state.

“I have no doubt you will continue to give your best all the time. i am convinced Lagosians are prepared for renewed public service.

“Other public servants should continue to put in their best. We are watching. You don’t need somebody to make a phone call on your behalf to the governor before you are recognised,” the governor said.

In his speech, Head of Service, Mr. Muri Okunola, said the need for continued good public service necessitated the appointment of the new permanent secretaries.

“The need for continued good public service necessitated the elevation of the permanent secretaries. Their nominations and appointments was based on merit,” he said.

The new appointees were Engr. Shodeinde Olalekan, Permanent Secretary, Drainage Services, a former General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Musa Moruf Olawale, now Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mrs. Shiita-Bey Titilayo Khadijat, Perm. Sec. Ministry of Justice and Solicitor-General, Mr Durosinmi-Etti Olorunkemi, Perm. Sec. Cabinet Office, Mrs Kalesanwo Oluyemi, Perm. Sec. Ministry of Women Affairs& Poverty Alleviation, Engr. Agoro Moruf, Ministry of Waterfront &Infrastructure, Mrs Odeneye Belinda, Perm.Sec. Ministry of Environment, Mr Olaide Mesewaku, Perm Sec. Ministry Of Tourism, and Sanyaolu Kikelomo Morenike, Perm.Sec. Ministry of Civil Service Commission.