*Folashade Sherifat Jaji succeeds Oluseyi Josephine Williams
Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Fashola has approved the appointment of Mrs Folashade Sherifat Jaji as the new Head of Service, HOS.
This follows the retirement of the former HOS, Mrs Josephine Williams last Thursday after spending 35 years in the employ of Lagos State.
Jaji’s appointment was announced to newsmen on Monday at a news conference by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Aderemi Ibirogba at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
According to Ibirogba, Fashola has approved the appointment of Jaji as the new HOS following the retirement of the former, saying that her appointment took immediate effect, saying that government believed she would contribute her quota to the development of the State Public Service.
With her appointment, Jaji, becomes the 18th HOS in the history of the State Public Service. Until her appointment, she was the most senior Permanent Secretary in the public service and was serving at the Ministry of Establishment of Establishment, Training and Pensions.
Jaji will retire from the Public Service in October 2015, meaning that she will only be HOS for eight months.
But Ibirogba said for the fact that she would spend a short term as HOS does not matter, but that what is important was that as the most senior Permanent Secretary and now appointed HOS, she would certainly contribute to the progress of Lagos State.
“She is the most senior Permanent Secretary, she was not appointed by quota but on seniority basis which has been the tradition of Lagos and she was appointed because of her intelligence and we believe she will give her best,” Ibirogba said.
Jaji was born on 10 March, 1957. She is a graduate of Chemistry at the University of Ibadan which she obtained in 1979 and bagged a Master of Business Administration, MBA at the University of Lagos, UNILAG in 1989.
She joined the Lagos State Public Service as an Administrative Officer in 1980 and rose to the position of Permanent Secretary in 2005. She served as Permanent Secretary at the Teachers Establishments and Pensions Office, TEPO and later became Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Establishment, Training and Pensions.