Month: <span>June 2016</span>
LAGOS ASSEMBLY APPROVES BUDGET FOR LG’s, LCDA’s, ORDERS SOLE ADMINISTRATORS TO PAY OUTSTANDING DEBTS
Year 2016 Budget Estimates of the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas in Lagos State have been approved by the state’s House of Assembly.
The approval was consequent upon the presentation of the report of the Joint Committee on Y2016 Appropriation of the LGs and LCDAs in the state as presented on the floor of the House on Thursday by the Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Rotimi Olowo.
In the report, which was adopted as a resolution of the House, the Sole Administrators of the Local Councils were ordered to pay all outstanding debts in the councils.
The amount approved for each of the Local Governments ranges between One Billion and Two Billion naira.
According to the report, the LGs/LCDAs should explore all revenue sources and block leakages in order to improve on their Internally Generated Revenue (IGRs).
“The Committee on Local Government Administration and Community Affairs should monitor the payment of N8,575,000.00 being owed Mr. Adele Owolabi Elijah by the Apapa Local Government.
“Provisions made for the payment of severance to past political office holders and debts/outstanding liabilities of LGs/LCDAs in the Y2016 Approved Budget should be adhered to.
“The leadership of the LGs/LCDAs are implored to reduce the number of non-pensionable staff in order to save monies for developmental projects.
“The Commissioner for Finance and the State Accountant-General should ensure quarterly payment of the Land Use Charge and Wharf Landing fees to the LGs/LCDAs in the State,” Olowo said in the report.
The Local Councils were also directed to seek approval of the House Committee on Local Government Administration and Community Affairs before obtaining bank loans.
In addition, the legislative arm of the councils was ordered to submit quarterly report of their activities to the House of Assembly in line with Section 35 (1) (8) of the Y2015 Guidelines on Administrative Procedure for Local Governments as amended.
“Local Government Service Commission should be mindful of the period of posting Budget/Planning Officers in the LGs/LCDAs in order not to disrupt Budget Process.
“The agencies in the state that deal with all accrued fund to the LGs/LCDAs must be accountable for the operation of the law that set them up,” the lawmaker said in the report.
It will be recalled that the House at the plenary session of Tuesday, 16th February, 2016 mandated the Joint Committee on Economic Planning and Budget; Local Government Administration and Community Affairs; and Public Accounts (Local) to consider Y2016 Appropriation for 20 LGs and 37 LCDAs in the state.
The House subsequently adjourned sitting to Monday 11 July, 2016 after Sallah holiday to enable members to go on Umrah in Saudi Arabia.
The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode
to direct the necessary ministries and agencies in the state to ensure that
the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in the state for the month of
June, 2016 is dedicated to clearing of drainage.
This followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon.
Sanai Agunbiade along with other lawmakers and seconded by Hon. Rotimi
Olowo during plenary on Thursday.
According to the movers of the Motion, the frequency of flood in the state
is occasioned by constant blockage of drains by residents of the state
through dirty habits.
Agunbiade stated that the state’s environmental law is against the blockage
of drainages, but that many residents of the state have neglected this
aspect of the law.
“We want to call on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to order the Commissioner for
the Environment to direct the residents to clear their drainages during
June, 2016 environmental sanitation exercise.
“Officers of the Kick Against Indiscipline (KAI) in the 20 Local
Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state
should be directed by the Governor to monitor the sanitation exercise.
“Ambode should direct the sole administrators of the local councils and
LCDAs to urge members of the Community Development Committees (CDCs) and
Community Development Associations (CDAs) to partake in the clearing of the
drainages,” he said.
The Majority Leader added that the Governor should order the Commissioner
for Information in the state to sensitize the residents about the need to
clear their drainages and the accompanying punishments for offenders.
All these were subsequently accepted as the resolution of the House after a
voice vote directed by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
The Lagos State House of Assembly Committees on Waterfront Infrastructures; and Tourism and Culture have been urged to work with relevant ministries and agencies and come up with the necessary regulations for safety at the beaches and hotels in the state.
Moving this motion on the floor of the House on Monday, June 20, 2016, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh referred to the death of two undergraduate students of the University of Lagos; Sola Ogunmefun and Olubunmi Odusina, who lost their lives at Elegushi Beach on June 5, 2016.
Jimoh, who is the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, emphasised that beaches in the state should be safe for people as this can attract visitors to the state.
“Gadgets should be put in place in our beaches. We have a regulation that should be obeyed. If the regulations are put in place, we will tell the world that we are ready to receive visitors,” he said.
Contributing to the issue, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that the issue should not be limited to beaches, but that it should cover hotels.
He stated that the Ministry of Waterfront Infrastructures and that of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture should come together to prevent a re-occurence of the incidents as he said that a policeman lost his life somewhere in the swimming pool of a hotel in Lekki/Ajah axis of the state.
“They should come up with a regulation to monitor the beaches in the state. The Ministry of Tourism and Culture should provide equipments to monitor hotels and beaches to ensure safety,” he said.
Also speaking, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu said that a regulation was brought to the House to regulate the activities of the operators of the beaches, while Hon. Olufunmilayo Tejuosho advised that a sensitization programme could be organised to educate the people on the danger at the beaches, especially when the tide is strong.
Prof. Itsay Sagay and Barrister Femi Falana were both special guests of honour at the just celebrated 1st anniversary of the 8th Assembly of the Lagos State Legislative House .
Prof. Sagay traced the historical journey of federalism in Nigeria till the present date stating that the 1963 constitution was the best in terms of promoting true fiscal federalism.
Barrister Falana in turn trashed the issue of State policing, enumerating on the pros and cons of a state like Lagos having its own force.
The icing on the cake at the program was the call and assertion by both seasoned legal luminaries on the need for the Federal Government to begin to pay Lagos State 13% derivation as a coastal state.
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday, 13 June, 2016 will officially mark the 1st Anniversary of the 8th Assembly.
The Guest speakers at the occasion will be Prof. Itsay Sagay (SAN) and Mr Femi Falana (SAN) and the theme of the event is “Lagos State Status in a True Federation and State Police”.
Justice Ayotunde Phillips was confirmed as chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC) by the Lagos state House of Assembly at the plenary session of Thursday, 9th June, 2016.
The confirmation came after a thorough interactive session of the House with the Governor’s nominee for the esteemed position. The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa charged Rtd. Justice Phillips to consider the new challenge as another call to serve and take it seriously as she did when she was on the bench.
In line with activities lined up for the 1st anniversary of the 8th Assembly, the Lagos State House of Assembly held an inaugural parley with members of Civil Society Organisations and Media Gurus in the Print, Electronic and Social Media categories.
At the parley, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa enumerated the achievements of the 8th Assembly in just one year. He thanked the media gurus present as well as members of the CSOs while asking for their cooperation to continue to make the House live up to its status of operating, “Above the Common Standard of Excellence”.
Members of the CSOs in turn responded praising the pro activeness of the House while stating the areas they needed the House to be more aggressive, e.g. quick passage of the compensation for rape victims bill. The media gurus also praised the efforts of the House.