Steve Ayorinde is the new Lagos state commissioner for Tourism and Culture.
Insiders claim he just secured his heart desire with this appointment.
Formerly the commissioner for information, sources confirmed Ayorinde was the strings puller at the ministry of tourism since the exit of Folorunsho “Folly” Coker, current Director General of Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation from Lagos government.
His appointment is just a formality insiders claim.
But the choice of his replacement at the information ministry – Kehinde Bamgbetan, a former council boss, has sparked off all manners of talks bordering on competence and suitability.
This is just as Ayorinde’s emergence as Tourism culture cut short the great expectations of Adebimpe Akinsola – sacked from the cabinet in the recent reshuffle – and Aramide Giwa Lawanson who angled for the position.
The Tourism & Culture Ministry as positioned by pioneer commissioner Folly Coker is arguably the most strategic sector as regards image building and revenue stream in the state.
The attraction he brought to the place with the multifaceted “One Lagos” – and related projects- remain the allure for many wanting to make an “impact” in the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
Many are not surprised that Die Hard Governor supporter, Steve Ayinde eventually secured the “valuable slot”.
Sacked from the cabinet along with Akinsola – who was engaged in a messy fight , that earned the state bad press, with the association of travel trade practitioners – were Mr. Femi Odubiyi and Mr. Anifowoshe Abiola.
Newly appointed into the cabinet according to disclosure by Tunji Bello, the Secretary to the State Government are include Mr. Hakeem Fahm (Ministry of Science and Technology); Mr. Ladi Lawanson (Ministry of Transportation); Mr Segun Banjo (Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget); Mrs. Olayinka Oladunjoye (Ministry of Commerce and Industry) and Mr. Hakeem Sulaiman (Communities and Communications).
The full list of serving commissioners redeployed according statement released reads Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye from Commerce and Industry to Physical Planning and Urban Development; Mr. Steve Ayorinde from Ministry of Information and Strategy to Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mr. Kehinde Bamigbetan from Communities and Communication to Ministry of Information and Strategy; Mr. Babatunde Durosinmi Etti from Ministry of Wealth Creation to Ministry of the Environment; Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf from Ministry of Youth and Social Development to Ministry of Wealth Creation; Mr. Agboola Dabiri from Central Business District to Ministry of Youth and Social Development.
Others include Dr. Samuel Adejare from Ministry of the Environment to Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development; Engr. Ade Akinsanya from Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructure Development to Ministry of Works and Infrastructure.
While the redeployment takes effect immediately – Yesterday, January 11 2018 – the newly appointed await clearance from the state house of Assembly before assuming office.