Meet Igbo, Fulani, Urhobo Member of Sanwo-Olu’s Kitchen Cabinet

(Last Updated On: 2021-10-18)


Owing to the flexibility of politics in Lagos State, unlike many other states across the federation, Lagos remains the only State today where politicians who are not indigenes of Lagos State have been elected to serve as Governor, Deputy Governor and member of the State House of Assembly; and they performed well while in office.

Similarly, since the era of former governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu at Alausa Secretariat, non- Yoruba speaking individuals, based on their ability to add value to development of Lagos, irrespective of their state of origin, have been appointed, Commissioner, Special Adviser and head of other strategic offices that responsible for collection of revenue being generated in the state.

APNews monitoring of flexibility and maturity of Lagos and accommodating nature of the indigenous people of Lagos State revealed that many non-indigenes have been elected into elective post across the five divisions of the State – Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos and Epe at the state and federal level, a feat that is not common in other parts of the country, except the Southwest. During the era of former governor Tinubu, Fashola and Ambode, all of them did not discriminate when it comes to appointing the right person to lead a specific ministry, department or agency, irrespective of his or her ethnic nationality in the country.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu is not exception in this regard, APNews can report that in Sanwo-Olu’s kitchen cabinet are three non-indigenes of Lagos, neither are they indigene of any of the cities and towns in the entire Southwest geo-political zone. The first and most popular among them is Engineer Joe Igbokwe, an Igbo man from Uruag Nnewi, Anambra State.

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Igbokwe is a renowned Igbo leader in Lagos State, a die-hard All Progressives Congress (APC) member and a loyal politician. He is currently the Special Adviser to Governor Sanwo-Olu on Water Resources and Drainage. He had earlier served as the Publicity Secretary to the ruling party for years. He once also served as the first General Manager of the Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency (LASIMRA) and the first Chairman Wharf Landing Fees Collection Authority in Apapa.

Another non-indigene, a Fulani man from Daura, President Muhammadu Buhar’s home town in Katsina State, Architect Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi, is the current Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure in Lagos State. Findings on Arch. Kabiru shows that he has been around the corridor of power in Lagos State since 2001 when Asiwaju Bola Tinubu appointed him as the Chairman Lagos State Planning and Environmental Monitoring Authority. He was later re-appointed to the same position by ex-Governor Fashola, with additional role of General Manger and later, Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Water Regulatory Commission. Arch. Kabiru is the Chairman of Arewa Community in Lagos State.

The current Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget to Lagos State and a member of the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency is Mr. Samuel Avwerosuo Egube, an Urhobo man, from Ughelli, Delta State, South-South Nigeria. He is a financial expert who had worked with a number of financial companies, including few numbers of banks.

Lagos State as a whole is a vibrant and dynamic city-state. The megacity never disappoints the hardworking and the focused resident irrespective where the resident hails from. Lagos remains a bastion of hope for visitors who dream and aspire to fulfill their dreams in life. All better and money spinning work and business are in Lagos.  The place is home to corporate headquarters.

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Consequently, those in the hinterland, Lagos is a megacity where milk and honey flows. This has led to influx of people into Lagos metropolis from far and near. This shows Lagos is a home to other tribes in Nigeria. Lagos is safe, secured and viable for business.

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