Ambode Releases CV, Says ‘I’m Capable To Govern Lagos’

GOVERNORSHIP candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has released his Curriculum Vitae (CV), to douse issues being raised about his capacity to govern the state.

The CV, which was released in the course of his acceptance speech, documented his life stories and professional history.

It reads: “I was born on June 14,1963 at Epe General Hospital, Epe, Lagos State. I had my Primary School at St. Jude’s Primary School, Ebute Meta, Lagos; passed the National Common Entrance in Primary 5 and gained admission into Federal Government College, Warri.

“I recorded the second best result in the entire West Africa in the Higher School Certificate Examinations in the Social Sciences in 1981 and graduated with honours in Accounting from the University of Lagos at 21.

“I started my public service career at Lagos State Waste Disposal Board (now LAWMA) as Accountant Grade II in November 1985.

“At 24, I qualified as a Chartered Accountant and completed my Masters Degree programme in Accounting from University of Lagos, specialising in Financial Management.

“I worked in the Local Government Service for 10 years and was at various times council treasurer in Alimosho, Shomolu, Mushin and Ajeromi-Ifelodun local government councils.

“In 1998, my commitment to public service earned me the award of the US Fullbright Scholarship for the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship programme, in Boston University, Massachusetts, United States on Public Leadership with emphasis on Finance and Accounting.

“I was appointed acting Auditor-General for Local Government in 2000 and became the youngest ever Auditor-General for Local Government in Lagos State.

“I was appointed Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Finance in January 2005 and in February, 2006, was given the additional responsibility of Accountant-General of Lagos State.

“I was the youngest Permanent Secretary in service and only the second person to hold both positions of Permanent Secretary and Accountant-General at the same time.

“Under my watch, the State Treasury Office revolutionised the way Lagos State finances were raised, budgeted, managed and planned, resulting in the state budget performing at an average of 85 per cent annually.

“I ensured payment of civil service staff salaries before the end of the month, payment of running cost by first week of each month and introduced end of the year package and special/specific welfare for staff. I also launched the e-payment platform for the monthly staff salaries…

“I am a scholar, accountant, administrator, an astute leader with strong emotional intelligence. I am an alumnus of Wharton Business School and also attended courses at Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield, England; the Institute of Management Development, Lausanne, Switzerland; INSEAD, Singapore and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Boston, Massachusetts, US.

“I retired voluntarily from public service in August, 2012; the first ever recorded voluntary retirement by a Permanent Secretary in the Lagos State Public Service.”

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