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Sanwo-Olu at summit London, seeks equal trade partnership between UK, Africa


• Appoints five new permanent secretaries
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has canvassed equal partnership between United Kingdom (UK) and African countries to have genuine global development.

Sanwo-Olu, while speaking with journalists at the sideline of the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London yesterday, re-affirmed that his administration would bring new opportunities to improve the lives of Lagosians.

According to him: “It is truly a function of who is a partner, who stands and sees you as a fellow partner, not behind, not in front but standing right beside you and sees you and the challenges you have and asking ways which we can work together. So, for me, those points truly suggest that we can begin to see true partnership come out of conversations like this.

“For us, it is to see what type of giver you are. Are you seeing us as equal partners or master to servant relationship. At the end of the day, what we will be seeking to achieve is what is the greatest good for the greatest number? What are those additional benefits that we see and believe that have potentials to improve the lives of our people?”

Meanwhile, Sanwo-Olu has approved the appointment of five new permanent secretaries.

Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Gboyega Akosile, disclosed this in a statement yesterday.

Akosile said a circular released yesterday by the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, confirmed the appointment of a former Director of Financial Intelligence and Research at the State Treasury Office, Mr. Olujimi Ige, as the new Permanent Secretary at the Debt Management Office (DMO) and others.

Also, a former Director of Finance and Accounts of the state Auditor-General, Mrs. Ajenifuja Kafayat Adetokunbo, was confirmed Permanent Secretary, Parastatal Monitoring Office, while Mr. Adeniji Hakeem Oduyinka, who until now was the Director of Commerce at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Co-operatives moved up as Permanent Secretary, Office of the Civic Engagement.

He added that a former Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Thorpe Isaac Olusina, was confirmed the Permanent Secretary of the same ministry, and Dr. Aina Olugbemiga Ayoola, formerly the Medical Director at Massey Street Children’s Hospital, was appointed the Permanent Secretary of the Primary Health Board.

Akosile said that all the appointments take effect immediately.

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