Fashola Swears-in New PS, Says Appointment Is Reward For Merit, Service

Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola SAN (middle), with his Deputy, Hon. (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire (2nd right) and the Head of Service, Mrs Oluseyi Williams (left) in a group photograph with the new Permanent Secretary in the State Public Service, Dr Olufemi Oludayo Onanuga (3rd right), his Wife, Mrs. Folashade Onanuga (3rd left) and Children, Engr. Moyosore Onanuga ((2nd left) and Mr. Oluwatobi Onanuga (right) during the swearing ceremony of Dr. Onanuga as a Permanent Secretary in the State Public Service at the Executive Council Chamber, Lagos House, Ikeja, on Monday, June 30, 2014.

Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday, 30th June, 2014, presided over at the oath taking ceremony of Dr Olufemi Oludayo Onanuga as a permanent secretary in the state public service, saying his appointment is a reward for merit and service.

The Governor who spoke at the Executive Council Chambers, Lagos House, Ikeja, southwest Nigeria after the new appointee had taken the Oath of Office congratulated him and said the new appointment is one which the administration is proud to make adding that it takes Dr Onanuga to the very senior management level of the public service.

He noted that the presence of the children of the new appointee and his wife who is also a top public servant at the event is a positive development for the young ones because they can have a first-hand experience of the kind of jobs their parents do and where they carry out the task and whom they work with.

Governor Fashola said he needs not tell the wife, Mrs Folasade Onanuga, that the only reward the new Permanent Secretary would get for all the work he has done is more work but that what is uppermost is how both of them who have been giving so much time to the state government has juggled their time to manage the home front well adding that it should be their best kept secret.

He expressed the hope that they would still find the time to sustain the most important job of parenting, maintaining that no one can escape the parenting responsibility advocating that  they must strike a balance between their career and parenting.

Responding after his swearing in, Dr Olufemi Onanuga said his appointment is one which he had desired for so long and expressed gratitude to God for preserving his life to witness it and to the Governor for appointing him.

He also expressed his appreciation to his wife for always being a pillar of support who also encouraged him with prayers, promising that he would not betray the confidence reposed in him by the Governor.

Dr Olufemi Onanuga who was born on July 9, 2014 graduated from the University of Ife with the award of the degrees of Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences) 1978 Bachelor of Surgery (M.B,C.H.B) respectively.

He was also at the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital Hospital, Idi- Araba between 1987 and 1989 for his Masters Degree in Public Health (M.P.H) and attended University of Ado-Ekiti for his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) between 1998 and 2000.

Dr Onanuga, a specialist in Community Medicine and Public Administration joined the Unified Local Governments Service in Lagos in 1985 and distinguished himself as a proficient healthcare provider with uncommon passion and dexterity for hardwork, later transferred to the Lagos State Health Service Commission in 2006 and has served as Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer of Ifako/Ijaiye General Hospital, Mainland Infectious Diseases Hospital and Randle General Hospital, Surulere respectively.

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