Will Governor Ambode appoint Hakeem Muri – Okunola aka HMO, who is the most senior permanent secretary in Lagos right now and Permanent Secretary Office of Youths, the new Head of Service after the statutory retirement of Mrs Sidikat Folashade Adesoye on Thursday December 27 2018?
This is the question that has been agitating the minds of many top civil servants in Alausa, Lagos State Secretariat, since last week when activities for the retirement of incumbent HOS started.
Many of them are worried that HMO would not only be making history as the youngest HOS (he will be 47 in January 2019) if appointed , he will also be the longest serving going by the fact that he still has 13 years left to reach the statutory age of retirement, which is 60.
Two factors were said to have contributed to HMO rapid rise in the civil service . These are : rapid promotions during Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu tenure as governor and the sacking of 18 permanent secretaries in 2015 by Governor Ambode.
Many argued that for someone who joined the public service in 2001, he will at worst situation be an Assistant Director (on salary grade level 15) or at best deputy director (on salary grade level 16) by now.
When HMO joined the service in 2001 he was appointed company secretary/legal adviser of Ibile Holdings Limited. In 2003, he became the Personal Assistant to Governor Tinubu. In 2005, he was appointed the executive secretary to the Governor, Land Use and Allocation Committee.
In 2011, he became permanent Secretary Land Ministry at the age of 39, a position he held till 2015 when Mr Akinwunmi Ambode became the governor.
There were rumours then that he was part of the tsunami that swept away 18 permanent secretaries but that the governor was prevailed upon by the power that be to spare him.
He was, however, removed from the powerful Ministry of Land to less lucrative Ministry of Sports.
Will Governor Ambode appoint him the new Head of Service now? Only time will tell.
Culled from his Facebook wall
By Tolani Abati