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Ambode’s nominee, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga in deep trouble…How he was kicked out of Ikoyi Club
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode

Ambode’s nominee, Dr. Olufemi Onanuga in deep trouble…How he was kicked out of Ikoyi Club


Dr. Olufemi Onanuga, one of the men whose names have been sent by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode  as Special Adviser or Commissioner is in big trouble.

A concerned Lagos indigene, Chief Oladele Abiodun Benson has petitioned the Lagos State House of Assembly  not to confirm him because in the view of the petitioner, Dr. Onanuga is not fit and proper to hold such an exalted office in Lagos State.

According to Chief Benson, Dr Onanuga was kicked out of the famous and prestigious Ikoyi Club for fininacial impropriety, adding that he had served with the nominee on the same committee and therefore he owed it a duty to Lagosians, especially because the All Progressives Congress (APC) campaigned on the mantra of change, to cry out.

The letter which has been released on various platforms reads as follows:





28th Of September 2015

The Honourable Speaker And Members,

Lagos State House Of Assembly,




Dear Sirs,




I, Chief Oladele Abiodun Benson, Nigerian citizen, indigene of Lagos state and a member of Ikoyi club 1938, hereby formally lodge my objection to the nomination and or approval by the legislative of Dr Olufemi Onanuga as a commissioner/ special adviser to serve in the Executive of my dear state, Lagos.


My 9 year old daughter, Nicole Benson in her innocent and genuine belief that there is a need for change in the governance of Nigeria and in this state in particular, contributed her savings to the All Progressive Congress to actualize that change which, by the grace Of God, has been achieved. In the spirit of that ‘change’. I believe it is my duty to raise an objection to anything that I foresee will not be in the interest of my state, Lagos, and it is in that belief that I now raise an objection to the approval of Dr Olufemi Onanuga as a commissioner/ special adviser.


Dr Olufemi Onanuga was a member of Ikoyi club 1938 and himself and I served as members of the General Committee of the club between 2007-2008. He was the then vice-chairman of the club and I was the chairman of the billiards & snooker section of the club. As a result of diverse investigation into financial/ administrative activities in Ikoyi club 1938, Dr Olufemi Onanuga had to face disciplinary panel in the club, which led to his expulsion from the club.


Attached here with is a copy of the Trustees Report on Diverse investigation Panels/ Trusttes Ad Hoc Disciplinary committees 2010 touching on the findings and recommendations of the investigative panels and decisions of the Trustees of Ikoyi club 1938.


The areas to touching on Dr Olufemi Onanuga and the relevant investigation and disciplinary panels and decisions have been hi-lited in the following pages: 15-19,23,26,29,30,31,32 and 36.


In light of the findings, recommendations and decisions against Dr Olufemi Onanuga in the report touching on financial/ administrative activities in the club which are grave indictments against him leading to his expulsion from the club, I hold the view that Dr Olufemi Onanuga is not a fit and proper person to be entrusted with a postion of authority in the administration of this State of ours and I object to his approval as a commissioner/ special adviser by your Honorable House.


Yours Sincerely

Chief Oladele Abiodun Benson


Interestingly in June 2014, Dr Olufemi Oludayo Onanuga was sworn in by then Governor Babtunde Fashola  as Permanent t Secretary in the State Public Service, saying his appointment is a reward for merit and service.

The Governor who spoke at the Executive Council Chambers, Lagos House, Ikeja after the new appointee had taken the Oath of Office congratulated him and said the new appointment is one which the administration is proud to make adding that it takes Dr Onanuga to the very senior management level of the Public Service.

He noted that the presence of the children of the new appointee and his wife who is also a top public servant at the event is a positive development for the young ones because they can have a firsthand experience of the kind of jobs their parents do and where they carry out the task and whom they work with.

Responding after his swearing in, Dr Olufemi Onanuga said his appointment is one which he had desired for so long and expressed gratitude to God for preserving his life to witness it and to the Governor for appointing him.

He also expressed his appreciation to his wife for always being a pillar of support who also encouraged him with prayers, promising that he would not betray the confidence reposed in him by the Governor.

Dr Olufemi Onanuga who was born on July 9, 2014 graduated from the University of Ife with the award of the degrees of Bachelor of Science (Health Sciences) 1978 Bachelor of Surgery (M.B,C.H.B) respectively.

He was also at the University of Lagos Teaching Hospital Hospital, Idi- Araba between 1987 and 1989 for his Masters Degree in Public Health (M.P.H) and attended University of Ado-Ekiti for his Masters in Public Administration (MPA) between 1998 and 2000.

Dr Onanuga, a specialist in Community Medicine and Public Administration joined the Unified Local Governments Service in Lagos in 1985 and distinguished himself as a proficient healthcare provider with uncommon passion and dexterity for hardwork, later transferred to the Lagos State Health Service Commission in 2006 and has served as Medical Director/Chief Executive Officer of Ifako/Ijaiye General Hospital, Mainland Infectious Diseases Hospital and Randle General Hospital, Surulere respectively. It is not known why Chief Benson did not raise any eyebrows in 2014 now decided to raise dust on an infraction allegedly committed in 2007-2008. eyebrows in 2014 now decided to raise dust on an infraction allegedly committed in 2007-20018.

Also, Dr.Onanuga’s wife had earlier been appointed by Governor Ambode as the Director-General, Lagos State Pensions Commission.No one knows how this will pan out as the screening of nominees begin after the Independence Day holidays.

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