The appointment of Mr. Sunday Olusegun Banjo by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as his new Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget and his subsequent swearing-in on Monday, February 5, 2018, has becomel a prayer point for many civil servants in the state.
Not many believed it was his own Segun Banjo when it was first announced on January 11, 2018, until personal calls to his numbers were made – and he responded positively to their questions and congratulatory messages.
Prior to his appointment as commissioner, Mr. Segun Banjo was a long serving director in the Audit Service Commission and some of his junior colleagues have been appointed permanent secretaries .
Many were wandering whether his non-appointment as a permanent secretary despite his track records was due to the skirmishes he had with the State Auditor General, Mrs. Helen Morenike Deile, which led to his transfer to the Audit Service Commission in 2016 or the one he had with Dr (Mrs.) Ogunyemi, the retired permanent secretary, Audit Service Commission who was his boss until she retired June 1, 2017.
At the Audit Service Commission he became the Director of Technical Department under Dr Mrs. Ogunyemi, who was the permanent secretary then. .
There was no love lost between Dr (Mrs.) Ogunyemi (who many knew very well to be a close friend of Mrs Deile, the Auditor General) and Mr Segun Banjo.
Dr (Mrs.) Ogunyemi said this much during the valedictory of her retirement on June 1, 2017, held in the conference room of the commission. She said as a Christian she has forgiven Mr. Banjo for all his transgressions against her. Mr. Banjo also responded that he did not hold any animosity against her. That all he did were based on principles.
When Dr (Mrs.) Ogunyemi retired, Mr. Banjo being the most senior director in the commission was unofficially appointed by the Chairman of the commission, Alhaji Abiodun Waliu Onibon as the acting permanent secretary.
He was doing this when a week or two later Alhaji Onibon saw him in corridor and openly told him he should stop addressing himself as acting permanent secretary because the governor had not yet endorsed his appointment.
This jolted Mr. Banjo who felt Alhaji Onibon openly disgraced him.
And as if to add salt to his injury, in November 2017, Mr. Ogunleye, the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Finance was posted to the commission as the new permanent secretary. Thus sealing the hope of Mr Banjo of becoming the next permanent secretary of the commission.
Again, his name was penned down among five other permanent secretaries sent to the governor to choose from to replace the Local Government Auditor General, Mr. Jimoh, who will be retiring in March 2018.
It was this he was waiting for when his name appeared among the five new commissioners announced by the governor in January 11, 2018, as replacement for sacked commissioners and Special Advisers.
Mr. Sunday Olusegun Banjo was born on June 28, 1964.
He graduated from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Ile Ife, with B.sc Accounting, First Class, 1986. He qualified as Chartered Accountant in 1988.
He joined Lagos state public service in 2001 as deputy bursar, Lagos State University, Ojo. In 2005, he moved to Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) as Deputy Director of Taxes.
In 2007, he became Director of Audit, Office of Auditor General, a position he held till 2016, when he was moved to Audit Service Commission as Director of Technical Department from where he was appointed the commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget.
– Tolani Abatti