Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State, on Wednesday redeployed Akinyemi Ashade, a chartered accountant and commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget to the Finance Ministry.
A statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, said he made the decision shortly after the weekly State Executive Council meeting.
Ashade, who resumes his new portfolio immediately, will however continue to oversee the Ministry of Economic Planning Budget, pending the reconstitution of the executive council.
The reassignment of Ashade comes one month after the cabinet was reshuffled on October 19, when the governor dropped the trio of Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, the then Tourism Commissioner; as well as Drs. Mustapha Akinkunmi and Ekundayo Mobereola, his colleagues in the Finance and Transportation Ministries respectively.
The statement noted that Ashade, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant, an expert in financial services, project and quality assurance management, as well as Public/Private sector Partnership (PPP), was prior to joining the Ambode administration, was a partner in the tax, audit KPMG Professional Services
Meanwhile, the government has announced the immediate cancellation of the monthly environmental sanitations exercise, which requires residents of the state to clean their neighbourhood on the last Saturday of every monthnbetween 7 and 10am. Within the three hours of those days, vehicular movements are prohibited.
In a series of tweets on his twitter handle, Steve Ayorinde, the state’s commissioner for Information and Strategy, on Wednesday evening, urged “residents to continue to live in good sanitary conditions.”
Government, he added, “will no longer allow the state to be shut down for three hours.
“Lagos State will instead roll out fresh reforms that will involve PPP arrangements that will ensure that the state is well looked after.”
The Lagos State carried on the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in 1999 from previous military administration, as part of efforts to ensure check the growing level of waste across the metropolis.