The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has assured Lagosians that the state government, particularly the state Assembly is committed to ensuring safety, efficient and effective water transportation in the state.

Rt. Hon. Obasa gave this assurance while speaking at a one day stakeholders’ meeting organised by the ad-hoc committee set up by the state Assembly to investigate causes of incessant boat mishaps in the state and profer solutions for such. The event took place at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium in the Assembly complex, Alausa, Ikeja.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker stated that members of the House are worried at several cases of boat mishaps in the state which had led to loses of several human lives.

Rt. Hon. Obasa stated that it was as a result of the concern the lawmakers had over such unfortunate incidents that led to the invitation of the state Commissioner for Transport, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport and the General Manager of the state Waterways Authority to appear before the lawmakers on 16th February, 2016 for clarification on how to check the incessant boat mishaps in the state.

“I made it known at that sitting that a stakeholders’ meeting will be convened to deliberate on how to put a stop to incessant boat mishaps in the state and that is why we are here today,” he said.

According to him, the lawmakers and the state government cannot just fold their arms and allow things to degenerate hence the decision to take the bull by the horn and tackle the menace. “We are indeed concerned with the irreparable losses incurred by the families of the various victims of the boat mishaps. Our hearts go out to them and I pray that such incident will not repeat itself in Lagos anymore.

“On our part, we remain committed to ensuring that we don’t lose precious lives to boat mishaps in the state again, hence the decision to convene this meeting which we hope will profer solutions to our efforts at putting in place safe, effective and efficient water transport in the state,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker.

He advised participants that to realise the aforementioned aim, it behoves on all to cooperate and support government’s initiatives at putting in place effective water transport in the state.

“We should not be aloof, we should be ready to make suggestions and be ready to participate in legitimate action to realise our aims and objectives. To ensure safety of lives and properties on our waterways is our collective responsibility and we must work together to achieve this,” he said.


Lagos State House of Assembly, in conjunction with the Lagos State University Medical Students

Association (LASUMSA)has kicked off a one-day medical outreach within the assembly complex.

The health program was held simultaneously at the Lateef Jakande Hall of assembly, Alausa, Ikeja and Oba’s Palace in Ibeshe, Ikorodu, Lagos State.

Tests conducted during the medical outreach included blood pressure and blood sugar level tests.

Others included consultations on health matters, education on prevention and treatment of diabetes.

Speaking at the program,Chief of Staff to the Hon. Speaker, Mr. Wale Jafojo said the program would assist people in knowing their health status. “We use this programme to celebrate the World Health Day 2016,” he said.

He added that “the message is to maintain good health status and prevent diabetes and other related diseases”.

He advised the gathering to strive towards becoming physically active at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate intensity activity on most days.

The president of LASUMSA, Mr Israel Madu who spoke on behalf of the organisation said over 190 million people suffer from diabetes world wide. “Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in society today”, said Madu.

He stressed further that the disease “is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, blindness and kidney disease.

He said people should learn how to check their blood sugar level regularly and avoid tobacco use as smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.


The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday directed Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to prosecute perpetrators of the 2015 General Elections’ violence across the state.

This call followed a joint motion moved by the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade and seconded by the Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade.

The motion was sponsored by 16 lawmakers in the 40-member Assembly.

This House said that the Governor should direct the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Hon. Adeniji Kazeem to commence all necessary legal processes that would ensure prosecution of the masterminds of all reported cases.

Explaining, Agunbiade alleged that the security agents had failed to take any step to prosecute the culprits since the last elections.

“This House notes with dismay, the significant number of violent incidents that occurred in different parts of the state during the 2015 General Elections

“This resulted in death, damage of property and bodily injury of some citizens of the state.

“Some of the violent cases and attacks were reported to the police, but several months after the incidents, there have not been any traces of prosecution of any of the perpetrators.

“It was also observed that the jurisprudence of the criminal law is to ensure that offenders are punished to serve as deterrent to other members of the public, who might want to commit similar offence in the future,” he said.

Agunbiade added that unless the suspected masterminds of these violent acts were prosecuted in accordance with extant laws, other criminally minded people may be encouraged.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa after voice votes passed the resolution.

The House also passed a bill for a law to amend the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission law 2008 and for connected purposes for the third time.

Also, a bill for a law to amend the Local Government Election Tribunal law 2001 and for connected purpose was passed.

The Speaker directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Ganiyu Abiru to forward a copy of the Bill to Ambode for his assent.

The House then adjourned its plenary session to Monday, April 11, 2016.


Lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to find a solution to the perennial fuel scarcity in the country.

Raising the matter on the floor of the House during plenary on Tuesday 5th April, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade urged the House to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct all the necessary Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that have direct connections with the distribution of fuel to proffer solution to the scarcity immediately.

Agunbiade added that the President should identify those that are responsible for the scarcity and punish whoever is found culpable and that a special attention should be given to Lagos State so that the fuel scarcity could be abated in the state.

The Majority Leader said further that the House should call upon Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state to direct the necessary agencies in the state to effectively control traffic around all the filling stations in the state, and this was eventually adopted by the whole lawmakers.

In his contribution, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa‎ said that it was not necessary to start apportioning blames or identifying scapegoats, but that the Federal Government should find a lasting solution to the problem.

“I saw people carrying kegs all over the city and I understand that some of them sleep at filling stations. This could lead to another danger because what happened in North Africa then started like this. The roads from my house were deserted as I was coming to the office, and this is a bad signal.

“Mr. President should look for a solution, we should not look at the past or blame the Petroleum Minister for what he said recently since he has apologised. We must take action now,” he said.

The Speaker subsequently directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Ganiu Abiru to write a letter to the President to find a lasting solution to the problem and make fuel available in Lagos State, which he said is like a nation within the country.

He added that the president should address the people and ‎tell them to be calm, while using the occasion to appeal to the people of Lagos State to be calm until a solution is found to the problem.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun, in his comments,‎ explained that the problem was not unexpected due to the issue of subsidy, which he said was characterised by corruption and extortion.

Eshinlokun however, stated that the effect of fuel shortages should be dealt with and that the state Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Dayo Mobereola and LASTMA should be called upon to control traffic in areas, where there are filling stations, and that the Petroleum Minister should tell Nigerians what is really happening on the issue.