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Ambode issues Commissioners, Advisers deadline on handover note submission

By Olawale Abdul-Fatah

Indication that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State would dissolve his cabinet earlier than his predecessors has emerged, ordering commissioners, Special Advisers and other political appointees to submit their handover notes by May 10th.

Unlike his predecessors who often delay submission, the governor, it was gathered, ordered Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office, Adesina Odeyemi, to direct all political appointees on or before the date to submit their handover note.

In the circular signed by Odeyemi with Reference number SSG/LS/P/C/2019/Vol.1/01, which was issued on April 23, 2019, the appointees were asked to submit their report to apparently aid smooth transition to the governor-elect, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

According to the circular, Personal Assistants, Special Assistants, Special Advisers and members of the State Executive Council were those mandated by the circular.

Meanwhile, the circular exempted members of Statutory Boards, Chief Executive Officers of Parastatal Organisations and Governing Council, whose tenure had not elapsed were not affected by this directive.

The circular was issued with the heading, “Preparation for smooth Transition and Submission of Handover Notes-Cabinet and Non-Cabinet ranks.”

It added that the affected people were expected to prepare their individual handover notes and submit same to the Office of the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Office in hard and soft copies.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the Statutory Boards under reference above are: Civil Service Commission, Judicial Service Commission, Independent Electoral Commission, House of Assembly Service Commission, Audit Service Commission, State Universal Basic Education Board, Health Service Commission, Primary Health Care Board and Lagos State Pension Commission,

“Consequently, concerned individuals are enjoined to comply with the content of this circular. Accounting officers are to give this circular the adequate publicity it deserves,” it stated.

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