By Dada Jackson
These are not the best of times for commissioners, heads of departments and agencies in Lagos State Government. Feelers emerging from Alausa indicate, that 50 per cent of the commissioners would be asked to leave before the end of August as the governor is bent on flushing out non performing commissioners. Since assumption of office by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, about three commissioners had left his cabinet for one reason or another.
As at the time of writing this report, the ministries of works, infrastructure and transportation do not have commissioners manning them.
Since the erstwhile commissioner for works and infrastructure, Ganiyu Johnson was allegedly forced to resign his position, no commissioner had been appointed to take his place. Also, since the cerebral Mobereola (the former helmsman at LAMATA) quit as commissioner for transportation, his position had not been filled.
Nigerian NewsDirect investigations also revealed that since the coming on board of Governor Ambode into office on May 29, 2015, appointees of his predecessor, Babatunde Raji Fashola (BRF) have either been shown the exit door or have been redeployed to seemingly inconsequential offices.
Less than 72 hours of assumption of office as the Executive Governor of the state, the then Managing Director of the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC) Babatunde Oki was said to have thrown in the towel in anticipation of his being relieved of his appointment by the governor.
It was learnt that he left his exalted position because when the governor was still in service as the accountant general, there was no love lost between him and Ambode.
Another glaring example, was that of the then Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) Ola Oresanya.
Oresanya was said to have been very close to Fashola to the extent that even with the running battle he had with Tunji Bello who was the then commissioner for the environment, under Fashola, he was able to survive.
But as soon as Ambode got on board, he (Oresanya) quickly put in his resignation letter knowing full well that Bello as the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), his days as LAWMAhelmsman were numbered.
The source said that the case of the former Director General of the Lagos State Commission; Mrs Dominga who it was alleged was relieved of her appointment because she had a good working relationship with Fashola.
NewsDirect gathered that this development is not unconnected with the frosty relationship that existed between the duos which eventually culminated in the alleged premature retirement of Ambode as the Accountant General of the state government.
Inside sources at Alausa the seat of government told NewsDirect, that it was as if Governor Ambode was allegedly on a revenge mission as soon as he was sworn in as governor with the sole intent of erasing everything that had to do with Fashola.
What baffles keen watchers of development in the Centre of Excellence as the state is referred to, is that even his (Ambode) own appointees have equally suffered similar fate as those that befell Fashola’s appointees when he was the governor of the state.Two examples would buttress the point.
Shortly after Oresanya left as the managing director of LAWMA, Ambode appointed a seasoned engineer Abdulwahab Ogunbiyi as the General Manager (note the designation) of the agency.
A pragmmatic man to the core, he set about doing his job, but surprisingly, less than 10 months into his tenure, he was relieved of his appointment .No reason was given for his removal. He was asked to return to his duty post as Deputy Director (Mechanical) in the ministry of works and infrastructure.
Also at the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) where the musical chair keeps rotating. Less than two years into his tenure as governor, the agency has the unenviable record of having three General Managers with only one being substantive.
Some of the helmsmen of agencies and departments who spoke with NewsDirect on the condition of anonymity for fear of being victimised say they go to work every day ‘’with our hearts in our mouths because we don’t know who is next on the slaughter slab’’.