The Edo state governor has appointed Mr Taiwo Francis Akerele as the Chief of staff Government House.
MR Taiwo Francis Akerele, until now was the Project Coordinator for the World Bank Public Financial Management and Youth employment Program for Edo state.
Mr Akerele was trained at the Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts USA. Carlton University, Ottawa, Canada, Stellenbosch University Cape Town, World Bank Institute Washington DC, University of Ibadan and University of Benin.
A trained banker, Mr Akerele previously worked at the UBA (Strategy Group) , FCMB (credit), Afribank (market intelligence) the old Fidelity Union Merchant Bank where he did his NYSC and the Lagos Business School. He was founding member of center for Values in Leadership.
In his capacity as world Bank coordinator for Edo, Mr Akerele midwifed the PFM laws, the procurement laws, the néw audit laws and the budget reform program for the state.
As at 2016, the program has employed over 4,000 youths involved in public works program across Edo state. Mr Akerele had previously served as Senior Policy Economist to the Governor between 2008 and 2011.
He is happily married to Onayimi Akerele with four kids and he hails from Igarra, Akoko-Edo LGA of Edo state.
Governor Godwin Obaseki also announced the appointment of Osarodion Ogie as the Secretary to the State Government and John Mayaki as interim Chief Press Secretary.
Mr. Obaseki had before making the announcement, met with the state Head of Service and Permanent Secretaries.He directed the permanent secretaries to take full charge of the affairs of their ministries, pending appointment of commissioners.
The governor solicited for maximum cooperation from the civil service to enable him discharge his mandate effectively. He expressed confidence in the civil service, and pledged that hisbadministration would build a more stronger, vibrant, trusted, competent and reliable workforce to meet the challenges ahead. “I have no doubt about the capacity of the civil service, but we will also need to clear the clog on the wheel of progress,” he added.
The governor said the administration would re-evaluate the recruitment process into the service to ensure that merit and objectivity were not compromised.
He promised to study the report of his transition committee alongside that submitted by the permanent secretaries, before setting up a policy group to outline specific programmes for the administration.
Mr. Obaseki noted that the state would not afford a government unable to create value across board. He assured the people of Edo, that he would be a listening governor, who discharges his responsibilities firmly and professionally. The governor assured that the administration would be fair to all, and would sanction any civil servant found wanting.
Responding, Gladys Idahor, the Head of Service, assured the governor that civil servants in the state were ready for the task ahead and pledged their support and loyalty.