Governor Fashola who spoke at the capacity filled Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa after the Oaths of Office and Allegiance were administered on the nominees said the new team must resist the temptation to dwell on any successes of the last team.
"We must see whatever they achieved as challenges to us to do better. That is the only way we can reward and appreciate their sacrifice and service", he added.
"That team thrived on a few qualities. They brought a lot of integrity into public service that made it attractive for the private sector. They did not give excuses for promises that were made. They had a motto that promises required only one response, which was performance. They were always ready to do more because they had come to accept that their reward for hardwork would be more work", the Governor said.
The Governor urged the new team members to accept and adopt the qualities as their working creed and evolve even higher standards and better qualities in order to make democracy meaningful for the people of Lagos State.
"The expectation of our people is very high. It is very understandably so. They have seen their lives improve year after year from 1999 to 2011 and they will not settle for anything less. You and I are inheritors of a legacy of hardwork dating back over 12 years. The early pioneers were giants who left big shoes that we must fill. In the last few years, the image of this State has blossomed, her prosperity has improved, hope has been restored, myths have been exploded and possibilities now seem limitless", he emphasized.
Governor Fashola who acknowledged that the new team has some of its own unique qualities, added that it is multi- disciplinary in its membership with a rich legacy of successes from which to spring into action.
He appealed to the new appointees to show some sense of appreciation for the difficult conditions of the vulnerable members of the society, stressing that they must be moderate in their actions, moderate in public appearances and shun all sense of ostentation and waste that can be suggestive of insensibility on their part.
"Our public conduct must at all times be a strong restatement of our connection with our people and our understanding of the realities they have to live with. This public service is a business whose core value is to deliver social service. It is funded by taxes from which your salaries and allowances will be paid. It may not be a spectacular pay but the opportunity for 37 persons is a rare privilege and a lifetime opportunity in a population of 18 million people", the Governor said.
"We must treat the tax payers with courtesy, they are our employers, our work in treating files, responding to their letters, listening to their complaints, answering their phone calls, granting them access to us as practical as it is possible to do so, will make their sacrifice for us at the elections worthwhile. This is a social contract; we must fulfill our side of the bargain", Governor Fashola added.
The Governor explained that he has taken the liberty of publishing the phone numbers of the new members of the Executive Council and pledged as the leader of the team that they will respond as best as they can even as he also appealed for the understanding of members of the public to be discerning and reasonable with their demands on their time so that they can apply that time to do the work that will bring value to the peoples' lives.
The Governor expressed appreciation to all the legislators for their people first and businesslike approach to the consideration of the list of nominees and the very expeditious return of deliberations and confirmations.
Governor Fashola explained that as he pondered over where to commence his address, what first struck him was the increasing manifestation of the finer details of Nigeria's democracy and indeed all democracies and how separately defined and independent the three principal arms of Government appears to be, but how their interdependence is the most critical role that brings value to the lives of citizens for whom the democratic experience exist.
"I could not start to function until the Chief Judge has administered my oath of office; the legislature required me to inaugurate it, in order to commence its duties, and the State Executive arm could not be properly constituted until the legislature had given confirmation of cabinet nominees".
Earlier, the Head of Service, Prince Adesegun Ogunlewe had welcomed everyone to the ceremony, saying the new appointees shall be assigned their duties by the Governor in compliance with section 192 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which clearly states the needs and procedures for the composition of the State Executive Council.
While responding on behalf of the new members of the State Executive Council, the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Ade Ipaiye pledged the unflinching loyalty of the new members to the Governor through selfless service always and total dedication to the task of leading the people to prosperity.
He expressed conviction that the members will assist the Governor in justifying the uncommon enthusiasm of the people of Lagos who voted massively for him in the April Governorship elections.
Mr Ipaiye thanked the Governor and leaders of the Action Congress of Nigeria for considering them worthy of the appointment and the members of the House of Assembly for the endorsement to proceed.
The new appointees include Mr Abiru Adetokunbo- Commissioner for Finance, Mrs Adebule Oluranti -Secretary to the State Government, Dr Ahmed Wale-Commissioner for Special Duties, Mr Akabueze Benjamin- Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr Ayinde Olutoyin- Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Bello Tunji- Commissioner for Environment, Mr Danmole Oyinlomo- Commissioner for Home Affairs and Culture, Mr Hamzat Obafemi -Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Holloway Oladisun -Commissioner for Tourism and Inter Governmental Relations, Mr Ibirogba Aderemi -Commissioner for Information and Strategy.
Others are Mr Idris Jide -Commissioner for Health, Mr Ipaiye Adeola -Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Jeje Bosun -Commissioner for Housing, Mr Kuye Ademorin -Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Mr Lawal Gbolahan -Commissioner for Agriculture and Co-operatives, Mr Mabadeje Adebiyi -Commissioner for Science and Technology, Mrs Oguntuase Florence -Establishments and Training, Mr Ojelabi Cornelius -Commissioner for Rural Development, Mrs Oladunjoye Olayinka -Commissioner for Education, Mr Oniru Adesegun -Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr Opeifa Kayode -Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Oshodi Enitan -Youth, Sports and Social Development, Mrs Oworu Senakpon -Commissioner for Commerce and Industry.
The new Special Advisers are Dr (Mrs) Adesina Yewande -Special Adviser on Health, Mr Ajao Jimoh -Special Adviser Housing, Mr Badru Dolapo -Special Adviser on Youth, Sports and Social Development, Mrs Disu Aderinsola -Special Adviser Central Business District (CBD), Mr Folami Oladiran -Special Adviser on Environment, Mr Gbeleyi Ayo -Special Adviser on Public Private Partnership (PPP), Mr Hunpe Babatunde -Special Adviser on Rural Development, Mr Johnson Ganiyu– Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructure.
Others are Mr Oladejo Seye -Special Adviser on Commerce and Industry, Mr Fatai Olukoga -Special Adviser on Education, Mr Raji Lateef -Special Adviser and Information and Strategy, Mr Salvador Adebayo -Special Adviser Parastatal Monitoring, Mr Sodipo Abimbola -Special Adviser on Taxation and Revenue and Mr Tijani Taofik -Special Adviser on Mineral Resources.
Prominent among those who graced the ceremony were the Deputy Governor, Hon (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, former Governor and national leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, first Civilian Governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, the Deputy Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon Kolawole Taiwo, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu I, the Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Salaudeen Oyebade, The Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Otunba Henry Ajomale and several other dignitaries including families of the new appointees.