Mr. Hakeem Babatunde, Sarumi was born in Lagos on October 26th 1960 at Ita Agarawu/Idumagbo Area of Lagos Island. He joined the Lagos State Public Service as an Information Officer II GL 08 in 1987 and later converted to Admin Officer I GL 09. He was at different times during his tour of duty in different ministries among which are Ministry of Information, Sports & Culture (as the Ministry of Information & Strategy was then known ) 1987 – 1997; Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions1997 – 1998; Parastatals Monitoring Office 1998 -2000, Lagos Television as Head of Admin while on GL 12 -13;Ministry of Transportation, Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA) as Assistant Director where he was the Director in charge of Drivers’ License and later Dealer’s License; Second time in the Ministry of Establishments, Training and Pensions in the (Office of Establishments & Training) as Defacto Director, Training.
Mr Sarumi was appointed as Director, Finance & Administration (DFA) in the Ministry of Rural Development, Office of the Special Adviser, position he held between April 2013 to January 2015. He attained the position of a full-fledged Director on GL 17 and was the Director, Admin & Human Resource (DA&HR) from January 2015 – September 2016 in the Office of Head of Service/Public Service Office (PSO). Before his deployment to the Civil Service Commission, Mr Sarumi was the immediate past Director, Administration and Human Resource (DA&HR), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Oshodi.
In the course of duty, Mr Sarumi at a time represented the Head of Service at the 2016 National Council on Establishments (NCE) at MInna, Niger State; He was a Member, Centralised Personnel Management Board on Further Studies; Member, Secretariat of 7th Summit of Heads of Service of the South West Geo –Political Zone; Chairman, Monitoring and Mentoring Team known as the Implementation Working Group (IWG) on the Human Resource Management (HRM) reform service wide.
Mr Sarumi was instrumental to the actualisation and ensuring that Capitalised Interest was paid on Revenue generated on Driver’s License as deposited with Guaranty Trust Bank; he also worked assiduously and lead the successful effort which upgraded Dealers License to a full-fledged Department and multi –million Naira revenue cash cow for the Agency (MVAA), a revenue jump from N34 Million to N114Million was achieved in Year 2009.
He is a very hardworking and an accomplished leader with over 29 years Public Service experience. A distinguished Professional with excellent interpersonal /communication skills, he enjoys challenges, goal oriented and is able to motivate others to achieve high standards. He is focused on utilizing his current skill sets to contribute to the continued success of any organization.
Mr. Hakeem Babatunde, Sarumi started his academic journey at Ansar-ud-deen Grammar School, Surulere where he obtained the West African School Certificate (WASCE), he proceeded to Anwar-ul-Islam College, Agege for his A levels; Mr Sarumi graduated from the University of Lagos in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy. He is a Barrister at Law having obtained LLB from the Lagos State University in 1999.He was called to Bar in January,2001. Mr. Sarumi capped his academic journey with a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in 2010.
He is a Member, Nigerian Institute of Management (NIM), Member, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Member, Nigerian Institute of Public Relations (NIPR), Associate, Chartered Institute of Personnel Management (CIPM).
He is happily married with 4 children.