Barely 48 hours after his swearing in, Governor of Edo State Godwin Obaseki has made three important appointment. Their names and photos are as follows :
● Osarodion Ogie – Secretary to the State Government SSG
● Taiwo Akerele – Chief of Staff
● John Mayaki – Chief Press Secretary
Meet Akerele, the new Edo SSG
MR Taiwo Francis Akerele, until now was the Project Coordinator for the World Bank Public Financial Management and Youth employment Program for Edo state.
Mr Akerele was trained at the Harvard University, Boston, Massachusetts USA. Carlton University, Ottawa, Canada, Stellenbosch University Cape Town, World Bank Institute Washington DC, University of ibadan and University of Benin.
A trained banker, Mr Akerele previously worked at the UBA (Strategy Group) , FCMB (credit), Afribank (market intelligence) the old Fidelity Union Merchant Bank where he did his NYSC and the Lagos Business School. He was founding member of center for Values in Leadership.
In his capacity as world Bank coordinator for Edo, Mr Akerele midwifed the PFM laws, the procurement laws, the néw audit laws and the budget reform program for the state.
As at 2016, the program has employed over 4,000 youths involved in public works program across Edo state. Mr Akerele had previously served as Senior Policy Economist to the Governor between 2008 and 2011.
He is happily married to Onayimi Akerele with four kids and he hails from Igarra, Edo state.