He is energetic, intelligent, enterprising and Social Media savvy – these are just a few words to unveil the personality of Mr. Anthony Eyitayo Akanle, who was born on January 29, 1969, in Lafiaji, Lagos Island.
A seasoned Broadcast Journalist and an Administrator Par excellence. His passion for the use of ICT/Social Media in Public Service earned him the job of pioneer Director of the newly created ICT/Social Media Department in the Ministry of Information & Strategy in 2016.
He started his education at Edward Blyden Memorial School, Lagos Island and later proceeded to Boy’s Academy (formerly Lewis Grammar School) Simpson street, Lagos Island (1981-1986). Tayo Akanle obtained is post Secondary education at the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where he bagged B.Sc(Hons), Political Science (1992). His quest for more knowledge took him to Singapore, where he attended a ‘Co-operation Programme Training’ at the instance of the Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Government of Singapore. He successfully completed a certificate course on “The use of Information Technology in public Administration”. He attended several courses within and outside the country all in his bid to enhance his performance in the workplace. He has carved a niche in the Public Affairs profession in the Lagos State Civil Service.
He is a member of Professional Bodies including the Nigeria Institute of Public Relation (NIPR) and Nigeria Union Of Journalist (NUJ). He joined the Lagos State Civil Service in 1994, as an Information Officer, Grade Level 08 at the Ministry Of Information. In 1995, he was posted to the Ministry Of Home Affairs and the Civil Service Commission as Head, Press/Public Relations Unit. He was Head, Press/Public Relations Unit in the Women Affairs, Youth and Social Development Bureau, Lagos State from 1996-1999. He sojourned in the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Job Creation as Head, Press/Public Relations, Subsequently, he served as Head, Press/Public Relations Unit, Ministry Of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, between 2001-2005. He served as Head, Press/Public Relations Unit in the State Universal Basic Education Board, Maryland, Lagos State, Nigeria in 2005; and State Treasury Office, Ministry of Finance, Lagos State, Nigeria, 2006-2012. A Board member of Treasury News, a Newsletter of Lagos State Treasury Office.
It is worthy to mention, that as an attestation to his exceptional accomplishments in the Public Service, His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. AkinwunmiAmbode, appointed him as the Acting General Manager, Lagos Traffic Radio, on 22nd August 2018.
The confirmation of his appointment as the substantive General Manager was approved by His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State with effect from 21st November, 2018 as due cognizance has been taken of his record of impressive performance. Mr. Anthony EyitayoAkanle, is an epitome of success though with an humble mien. He is happily married with children.