By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
The sack of former Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs Olufunke Adebolu, by the executive governor of Lagos state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, came as a shock to residents of the state.
Adebolu, who headed the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, for only five months was alleged to have mismanaged N400million budgeted for the annual tourism programme tagged ‘ Greater Lagos Fiesta’. Greater Lagos Fiesta is a yearly event coordinated by the ministry and which are held across the five divisions of the state.
It was gathered that instead of the sacked commissioner to engage professional hands that would enhance the effective and efficient of the programme in order to achieve expected result, she went ahead to subcontract the planning and implementation of the programme to cronies who lacked understanding of the purpose of the fiesta.
Reliable sources close to the ministry , informed that the programme failed due to the poor planning strategy put up by those that were subcontracted to handle the fiesta across the divisions.
The sources added that virtually all aspects of the programme were left in the hands of consultants who poorly managed the event , saying that the consultants were poorly paid for the programme.
” The fiesta was never like the one Former Governor Ambode used to organise. There was poor attendance and lack adequate publicity which would help to mobilise youths and Lagosians to the event. All these affected the outcome of the programme and which the governor was not happy with at all”, said the sources
However, recently, Sanwo-Olu announced minor cabinet reshuffle, with the appointment of three new members.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Gboyega Akosile, said 8 cabinet portfolios affected by the redeployment include ministries of Local Government, Special Duties, Wealth Creation and Employment, Tourism, Arts and Culture, Home Affairs as well as Waterfront Infrastructure.
Others are the Central Business District and Urban Development. According to Akosile, Governor Sanwo-Olu has moved three commissioners around, while two Special Advisers have been assigned new roles as commissioners.
Affected commissioners are: Commissioner for Special Duties, Wale Ahmed who has been moved to Local Government and Community Affairs; Yetunde Arobieke, formerly Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs has been moved to Ministry of Wealth Creation and Employment.
Also, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf has been moved from the Ministry of Home Affairs to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture as Honourable Commissioner.
Two former Special Advisers, Prince Anofiu Elegushi and Architect Kabiru Ahmed are now assigned to the Ministries of Home Affairs and Waterfront Infrastructure as Honourable Commissioners respectively.
The Governor also announced portfolios of the new cabinet members. They are Tayo Bamgbose-Martins, Commissioner-designate (Special Duties), Mr. Oyerinde Olugbenga Olanrewaju, SA-designate (Central Business District) and Hon. Ayuba Ganiu Adele, SA-designate (Urban Development).