Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tuesday officially swore in Mr Olabode Agoro as the 22nd Head Of Service (HOS) for the Lagos State Civil Service.
Agoro assumes this role succeeding Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola, who voluntarily retired in September after getting an appointment as the Private Secretary to President Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Sanwo-Olu extended his congratulations to the new HOS, acknowledging the significant responsibilities entrusted by the constitution to the his office in providing guidance and leadership to the public workforce.
He emphasized the importance of public service in implementing policies and programs in a diverse state like Lagos and emphasized the need for professionalism, efficient service delivery, and meeting global standards.
Sanwo-Olu expressed his confidence in Agoro’s capability based on his exemplary contributions, dedication, and professionalism as a public servant over the years.
Sanwo said, ”Lagos public service has a great reputation of competence among its peers, but there is still so much to be done to continuously raise the bar of professionalism, and to ensure prompt, effective and efficient service delivery that meets global standards.
”Given the high expectations of our citizens, this is the task that our new Head of Service must completely dedicate himself to as he takes on the huge responsibility of providing direction and leadership to the most vibrant and progressive public service in the country.
”I have no doubt about his capability to lead the Civil Service, and to build on the legacy and achievements of his predecessors.
”My confidence and trust are predicated on his exemplary contributions, remarkable dedication and his professionalism. Agoro has displayed these attributes over the years as a public servant.”Sanwo-Olu’s commitment to civil servants, welfare and HOS pledge
The governor reiterated his administration’s commitment to prioritizing the welfare of civil servants and cited a 20% salary increase provided in January, staff transportation services, and reserved housing slots for civil servants.
Sanwo-Olu praised Muri-Okunola’s successful tenure and called upon the new HOS and civil servants to collaborate with his government in surpassing expectations and achieving milestones under the T.H.E.M.E.S Plus agenda.
Agoro, in his response, pledged to build on the legacy of his predecessor and emphasized the importance of civil servants’ welfare and working environment.