Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, recently dropped 3 commissioners from his cabinet.
The reason for the sack of the three commissioners- Tourism, Mr. Folorunsho Folarin-Coker, Finance, Dr. Mustapha Akinkunmi, and Transportation, Dr. Ekundayo Mobereola was not immediately known as the terse press statement by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, announcing their removal, did not explain further.
But WESTERN POST sources in Alausa, the seat of the state government, feared that non-performance was a key factor in the sack of the commissioners.
Governor Ambode was said to have often times expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of some commissioners, which particularly included the Commissioner for Tourism, Folarin-Coker.
Some also feared the expectation of federal appointment, which affected the work of some commissioners, may have accounted for the removal of the officers.
Governor Ambode had warned during the State Executive Council meetings usually held on Wednesdays that he would not hesitate to weed out any member of his cabinet who failed to live above board in the discharge of their duties.
A top Lagos State government source said, “This governor is a different governor. He rose through the ranks in the civil service to get to where he is now. He is versed in the administration of the state.
“Some of the commissioners feel they are too close to or represent certain party leaders in government and that that they are untouchable.
“One of them even confronted the governor, boasting that he has access to the powers-that-be in the state . You know this issue of arrogance. The governor wants to deliver on his promises to the people that elected him. He wants results. That is basically the problem.”
It was also learnt that one of the commissioners sacked was getting ready for a federal appointment in Abuja and this has affected his attitude to the job in Lagos.
“One of the commissioners booted out has been penciled for a Federal Government appointment where his expertise is required. So it’s not entirely about non-performance and arrogance,” another source said.
The sack of the commissioners came exactly one year after the governor constituted his Executive Council on October 19, 2015.
In the statement sacking the officers, the SSG had directed the Special Adviser, Arts and Culture to take over as acting Commissioner for Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
The Special Adviser on Transportation will take over as acting Commissioner for Transportation, while the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Finance takes over as the acting Commissioner for Finance pending the appointment of new Commissioners.