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Mr Hakeem Muri-Okunola has recently been appointed as the new Head of Service (HOS) of Lagos Civil Service Commission by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
His appointment has been received with mixed reactions by Lagosians and civil servants. However, Mr Okunola is described as a young and astute technocrat.
Based on our research, the following are 5 things to know about the young Hakeem.
First son of Justice Muri Okunola
Hakeem Muri-Okunola is the first son of late Justice Muri-Okunola and he was born in January 1972. Justice Muritala Okunola is a top judge in the state and died while performing Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca) in 2004.
An Alumnus of University of Lagos and Westfield College, University of London
He is an alumnus of the University of Lagos where he got his Bachelors (LLB) in law and then also Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London, where he got his Masters in Business Law. He passed out of the Nigerian Law School in 1995.
Joined Civil Service in 2001
Hakeem joined the Lagos Civil Service in 2001 as secretary and legal adviser to IBILE Holdings Limited – a venture set-up by the Lagos State Government. He was aged 29 when he joined the Lagos Civil Service.
Appointed PA to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2003
At age 31, he was appointed as Personal Assistant to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Also, he continued as one of the three Personal Assistant of former Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN). After serving the two former governors, he crossed over to mainstream civil service on salary grade level 14.
Became a Permanent Secretary at age 39
In 2011, Hakeem was appointed as the Permanent Secretary, Lands Bureau. He took over from Gbenga Ashafa who he succeeds as the Secretary of Land Use and Allocation Committee in 2005.
His fast rise in civil service has set tongues wagging about his influence and clout in the state. He is still the youngest permanent secretary in the history of civil service in Lagos.