A new Mayor for the Royal Borough of Greenwich, South East London has been elected.
Councillor Olugbenga Babatola takes over from the current Mayor Norman Adams.
Councillor Babatola who represents Thamesmead Moorings Ward was first elected as a councillor in 2014. He served as Deputy Mayor over the past year and will take up his new duties as Mayor after his inauguration which comes up next month.
Councillor Babatola’s election makes him the first ever African and Nigerian to hold the post in the Borough which has a very high number of residents of Nigerian and African descent.
Local residents of the Borough are being invited to celebrate the inauguration of the new Mayor. 15 pairs of tickets are being made available to attend the event which will take place in the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Green.
Names will be entered into a draw and winners will be invited to bring a companion and join other guests from the wide spectrum of Greenwich life alongeside Cllr Adams and the council leader Denise Hyland.
The mayor is elected by council members at an annual meeting and the position is held for a year. He or she is the first citizen of the Royal Borough and acts as an ambassador at public affairs and at civic and ceremonial events.
Cllr Hyland said “Looking around Royal Greenwich there’s much to be proud of. The physical regeneration of our community continues apace, while there are many developments in our economic, social and community life. I was determined that we should open the inauguration ceremony to more local people to reflect on the role our community plays in achieving the successes we have enjoyed over the past year.
It is also a way to welcome Cllr Babatola to his new role as Mayor, and to thank Cllr Adams for his hard work and service during his tenure”
The new Mayor’s inauguration will take place on Wednesday 25 May 2016 at 7pm.
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