The Lagos State Government on Thursday, 26th of January 2023, distributed 100 vehicles to Substantive Directors on Grade Level 17, in the Lagos State Public Service through an e-ballot system at an event held at the Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Alausa-Ikeja.
In his address, the Lagos State Head of Service, Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola congratulated the winners, some of whom participated virtually, noting that the cars are not gifts but what has been earned as work tools.
He added that 40 vehicles were allocated to Director on GL 17 in the Teaching Sector, and others were allocated to the Health and Mainstream sectors.
He commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Deputy as the initiator, revealing that Mr Governor has also promised that the State Government will continue to hold the initiative periodically based on the availability of funds.
Muri-Okunola, therefore, urged all Directors that did not win this time around, not to despair but hope that it will be their turn to celebrate when next the initiative would be repeated.
His words, “Let me, first of all, congratulate the winners today, however, I must also reiterate that you should rededicate yourselves to duty because to whom much is given, much is expected. For those who did not win today. You must take heart and hope that it would be your turn next time as the State Government intends to hold the event periodically as well as expand its scope based on the availability of funds”.
The Head of Service averred that the choice of the use of e-ballot was to give every substantive Director equal opportunity in line with the T.H.E.M.E.S agenda of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu Administration.
Permanent Secretary, Mrs Sunkanmi Oyegbola stated that the process streamed live on Twitter and Facebook was transparent, adding that winners would be verified to ensure eligibility.
In his remarks, the Chairman, of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, Lagos State Branch, Comrade Olusegun Balogun, commended the State Government for the initiative, noting that the initiative was a landmark achievement by the present administration led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Some of the winners were so thankful and excited for the unexpected gesture of the State Government. They equally commended the e-ballot method of distribution.
Meanwhile, three Medical Doctors from General Hospital Ikorodu were among the winners in the e-ballot.
The winners are the Deputy Medical Director, Dr Olufemi Aletan, Dr Gbadebo-Alake Olakunle, and Dr Jamiu Isiaka Olaiwola.
They’ve since conveyed appreciation to the Lagos State Government and the Governor, His Excellency, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the bountiful brand-new package of official cars.