Cabinet Affairs Office Permanent Secretary, Lawal, is Dead

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By Olawale Ajimotokan

The Permanent Secretary Cabinet Affairs Office, in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF), Mr Babatunde Lawal, is dead.

Family sources said that Lawal, who hailed from Lagos State, died in Abuja early Monday morning from Liver Cancer.

He was 56-year-old. He was appointed permanent secretary in 2018. He was an Economist with strong bias in fiscal policy analysis, management and strategic planning.

Lawal joined the Federal Civil Service in October 1987 as a Planning Officer Grade I and was deployed to the Federal Ministry of Economic Planning.

He had close to three decades of cognate experience in planning and budgeting, budget-plan linkage; macroeconomic policy analysis and management, having worked in several Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs), including the Ministry of Budget and National Planning (MBNP), formerly National Planning Commission (NPC), Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Office of the Vice President, and the Presidency.

He also served as a member of the Federation Accounts and Revenue Allocation Committee; Technical member of the National Economic Management Team; Co-Chair (Public Sector), Nigerian Economic Summit and as a Governing Board member of the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) and the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).