2017: Obasa Assures On Positive Changes, Advises Nigerians To Be Steadfast, Prayerful, Vigilant

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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has assured Nigerians of a positive changes in their socio-economic life in 2017.

Obasa also charged Nigerians to remain steadfast in prayers and avoid activities or utterances that can cause breach of peace in the society.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker stated this in his New Year message to Nigerians particularly the people of Lagos State. The message which was released in Lagos on Saturday, December 31, 2016 was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak.

“It is a critical period in our political history but we thank God that progress has been made no matter how little it may be. The coming year is bringing in lots of hope and I assurr you that we will all have cause to rejoice in Year 2017,” Obasa said.

He stated further that, “government at all levels is determined to put in place and execute projects and programmes that will not only enhance and improve the welfare and standard of living of our people but which will also ensure that they enjoy dividends of democracy even at their doorsteps.

“However, we cannot achieve all these without your prayers, cooperation and support, hence I want to urge you not to relent in your prayers and support for us while avoiding activities and utterances that can cause breach of peace”.

The Lagos Assembly also urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and ensured that they report any strange person or activities to security agents so that crimes can be nipped in the bud. “Maintaining security is a collective duty for all of us and we must not shy away from playing our roles,” he said.

While wishing all Nigerians a prosperous New year, he advised them to be modest in celebration and avoid over celebration which can cause chaos and confusion.

Xmas: Lagos Speaker To Nigerians: Imbibe Jesus’ Virtues Of Peace, Love, Perseverance

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has called on Nigerians to imbibe the virtues of peace, love and perseverance from the life of Jesus Christ to move the country forward and ensure its development and growth.

This was contained in the Speaker’s Christmas message to the people released on Saturday in Lagos. The statement was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak.

“As we are celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, we should not forget to imbibe his virtues as criteria for national development,” Speaker Obasa said.

According to him, Jesus Christ was harbinger of peace and love while perseverance radiated all over him during his lifetime noting that, “he was peace, love and perseverance personified. At this point in time in our socio-political history, we need to imbibe all these virtues as a people for our country to grow and develop”.

Describing Christmas as a perod of joy and festivity where people celebrate, dance and wine together, the Lagos Assembly Speaker urged Nigerians to do everything in moderation so that the society will remain at peace.

“Our people should desist from activities that can cause chaos and violence. We should always remember that Christmas goes beyond wining and dining alone, it is also a period to share love, preach peace and ensure we all co-habit amicably. Therefore we should desist from unnecessary indulgence capable of breaching the peace of the society,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

The Lagos Speaker wished Nigerians a happy Christmas celebration.

Regular Parliamentary, Recipe to Lagos Assembly Unity – Obasa

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has said that the regular parliamentary sessions by members of the House has been recipe for the unity enjoyed in the state legislative arm of government.

Obasa in a statement issued on Wednesday and signed by his Special Adviser on Legislative and Political Matters, Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe, explained that the Lagos State House of Assembly has been able to remain the best in the country due to unity among the members of the House.

The Speaker pointed out that regular holding of parliamentary sessions before plenary sessions have made the job of legislation easier. “Most times when we have critical issues to discuss, we meet at parliamentary session and iron them out so that we can have a robust and smooth discussions at plenary sessions.

“Also, when there is a bill from the Executive arm, we hold Executive briefing at parliamentary session and this will enable us to have a member of the Executive arm to come and brief and give us the pros and cons of the bill. Eventually, this will assist members in critiquing the bill at plenary which will lead to speedy passage. This also fosters strong tie between the Executive and Legislative arms.

“As a legislative arm, there should regular parliamentary meetings as this will help in having peaceful and meaningful plenary sessions. This is what has been keeping us solid here in Lagos State House of Assembly,” the statement read in part.

The statement further stated that the activities of the House under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Obasa, are institutionalized and not personalized and these have been responsible for the speed at which dividends of democracy are achieved.

The statement quoted the Speaker as saying “it is not about me but about the House, I have the strong belief that the legislative arm as an institution should come first so that it can outlive us in good legacy and a roadmap for others coming behind to follow.”

The statement further clarified that other institutionalized framework used in administering the House is the Finance and General Purpose Committee, a committee that determines the expenditure of the House.

“As we have this Finance and General Purpose Committee, which is made up of some members of the House; we also have the Disciplinary Committee, which is headed by the Chief Whip of the House the statement added.

SIGNED

Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe
Special Adviser to Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa
Political and Legislative Matters

Obasa Advocates For Citizen Engagement In Governance

The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Tuesday urged government across levels to prioritise citizens engagement in governance for the benefits of the people.
Obasa made the call at a workshop for the Media and Public Media Officers of the Assembly in Lagos.
The event tagged:”Legislative Communication and Citizen Engagement – An Integrated Approach” was held at Centre for Management Development (CMD) in Ikeja.
The Speaker, who was represented by Hon. Tunde Braimoh, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security said people needed to actively participate in governance.
“People must matter in government that will succeed. Citizens should regulate the activities of their leaders.
“People need to be involved and informed as power remains with the people. They have the mandate to choose who will govern them.
“We (government) are the arms, the people are the body and we must not disregard them in whatever we do. Citizens are the reason for government,” he said.
The Speaker said it had become imperative to involve the people as a way forward for the nation.
He said that the importance of citizens’ engagement had informed the state government to prioritise Town Hall meetings and public hearings.
The lawmaker added,” It is the government’s interest to engage the people and it’s very important for citizen to engage the government.”
Obasa, who lamented that people did not know much about the function of legislators, urged media practitioners to educate the people.
He also urged the media to shun every tendency to mislead the people for whatsoever reason.
According to him, he remains an advocate of training and retraining of workers to bring the best out of them.
Meanwhile, Miss Bose Lambo, Director, Public Affairs at the Assembly lauded the leadership of the House for its commitment to improve the skills of its staff to enhance better service delivery.
In his remarks, Mr Boye Akintola, Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Correspondents Association (LAHACA) commended the leadership of the Assembly for its support and commitment in organising training for its media men.

Eid-l-Mawlid: Lagos Speaker Preaches Love, Peace, Understanding

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has called for increased love and more understanding among Nigerians irrespective of their religious affiliations for a peaceful co-existence and growth of the country.

This was contained in a statement released on Sunday, December 11, 2016 to celebrate the birth of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW) popularly called Eid-l-Maolud. The statement was.signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak.

Rt. Hon. Obasa stated that the country will continue to develop and grow if the citizens display love and understanding not only among themselves but also to the government.

“The Prophet was a man of peace and he shared the message of love and peace through the religion of Islam throughout his life time. He showed understanding for the various faiths and beliefs in Madinah during his lifetime and he never discriminated against any religion, groups or persons during his life,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

According to him, “we should emulate and imbibe these qualities from the Holy Prophet so that our country will continue to grow”.

Rt. Hon. Obasa urged Nigerians to show understanding with the government at all levels noting that government is desirous of making life better for the citizens no matter the current challenges it is facing.
“It is a chalenging period for us in Nigeria but this government is equal to the task and desirous of improving the lives of our people. We.just need their love, support, prayers and understanding,” he said.

He urged Nigerians to therefore shun violence, and.desist from any act that can lead to breakdown of law and order. “The only way you can do this is by sharing love and.understanding among yourselves which is the major ingredient for a peaceful co-existence, the main message of Prophet Muhammad and Islam,” he said.

Lagos Assembly Calls For Adequate Maintenance Of Chalets And Building Facilities

Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Ethics, Protocol and Privileges has called for adequate maintenance of public assets in the state.

Chairman of the Committee who also doubles as the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, made the call during an inspection tour of some government facilities in Epe and Badagry areas of the State.

Hon. Abiru explained that there is need for adequate and routine maintenance of facilities so that these structures can stand the test of time.

He said, “As the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are preparing to defend their annual budget, the House is committed to scrutinize the budget in preparation of Y2017 budget for proper accountability, probity and fairness”.

According to him, the inspection of projects, which are under the supervision of the Office of the Chief of Staff became necessary in order to ascertain the level of compliance with money budgeted for the projects. He therefore advised the Office to ensure that these projects are properly maintained .

Hon. Olusegun Olulade, also a member of the Committee, speaking during the inspection of Ejirin VIP chalet said, “the chalet does not exhibit VIP status and there is need to upgrade the facilities and possible expand its chalet”.

Another Member of the Committee, Hon. Akeem Bello, the Minority Leader of the House, noted that Lagos is the Centre of Lagos Excellence and as such it must live up to its glory.

While commending the effort of the State Government in its plan to renovate some of these facilities, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara, who is the Minority Whip stated that as Lagos is set to explore its tourism potentials, government-owned hospitality centres should be maintained and made available for fun seekers and tourists as this, she said, would boost our economy the more.

Death Insurance Policy: Lagos Assembly Commends Ambode

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday lauded Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for raising the stake of death insurance policy for police officers to N10 million.

Ambode had on Monday announced an increment to the death insurance benefit for police officers who die in active service to the state to N10 million.

The Governor raised the benefits from N1 million to rank and file and N2 million to senior officers to N10 million, saying that his administration would stop at nothing to ensure the safety of all citizens in the State.

The spokesman for the House, Tunde Braimoh said in an interview that the gesture was a motivation that would increase commitment of police and no doubt further improve the state security.

Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, however, said, “It is another epoch making trail blazer.

“This gesture of His Excellency the pragmatic Governor of Lagos, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode is unprecedented, unparalleled and yet unsurpassed in the history of public service in Nigeria.

“When policemen are slain in their encounter with men of the underworld, we wear long faces and make emotive dirges without walking our talks.

“The woes of the dependants left behind by such officers are exacerbated by economic drought and despondency.

“No doubt , there’s no sum of money that equals any life but then , when things come to compensation, it is only meaningful if adequate, sufficient and has the desired effect.

“The clamor for this exemplary scheme had been on for too long and I hope this amelioration would not be unnoticed by public commentators.”

Braimoh, who is representing Kosofe Constituency 2 at the Assembly urged the police to live up to the expectations of the government and people of the state.

He added, “It is hoped that officers and men of Nigeria Police in Lagos will appreciate and reciprocate this non-cosmetic considerate and compassionate approach to governance.

The lawmaker prayed God continue to endow and enable Ambode with wisdom and courage for the betterment of residents.

The governor made the announcement after he was presented with two awards recently won in South Africa by the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of the state Police Command.

Ambode, who had said security and safety of the people remained one of the focal objectives of his administration, added that government would continually embrace measures to motivate and encourage officers to perform their duties diligently.

Lagos Assembly Orders Committees To Work on Budget

The Lagos State House of Assembly on thursday ordered all its standing committees to earnestly work on the budget estimates for 2017 by inviting Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of governments for the defence of the proposals.

With this, the Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, who presided over the plenary directed the committees to report to the House committee on Budget and Economic Planning within two weeks.

Obasa explained that the trend in the media over the debt profile of Lagos as being the highest among other states in the country did not hold water.

According to him, “the wealthier you are, the more the ability to take loan. Lagos is rich and therefore has the ability to pay back the loans.”

The House resolved to go ahead with the invitation of the MDAs having read the first and second readings simultaneously of the budget proposal as presented by the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.

Ambode had on Tuesday November 29 presented budget proposal of N813billion to the House of Assembly, assuring the state that the budget would be judiciously implemented to continue the massive infrastructure renewal and the enhancement of Lagos as one of the foremost tourism and investment destinations in Africa.

The Governor, who christened the 2017 budget “The Golden Jubilee Budget”, as it coincides with the State’s 50th Anniversary, said it would focus on physical infrastructure, while social sectors especially health, education, youth and social development would get adequate attention.

Giving the key components of budget, Governor Ambode said recurrent expenditure would gulp N300.535billion while N512.464billion would be dedicated to capital expenditure, representing a Capital/Recurrent ratio of 63 percent to 37 percent.

The lawmakers who took turns to debate the components of the estimates, expressed satisfaction over the proposal, saying the readiness of the state government to spend more on capital expenditure indicated the sensitivity of government to the plight of the people.

Some of the lawmakers also allayed the fears of the public on the possibility of government to be able to generate 70 percent of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) as proposed by the Governor.

In his comments, Chairman House committee on Public Account (local), Bisi Yusuff stated that the budget proposal would address the challenges of unemployment.

On his part, Chairman House committee on Waterfront, Gbolahan Yishawu said that “I am gladdened the budget estimate strives to take care of making money available to the people.”

Yishawu, however, cautioned his colleagues to properly scrutinize the roads “that are categorized under Public Private Partnership (PPP),” adding that there are rules to be followed especially in relation to getting approval from the House.

The Chief Whip, Rotimi Abiru expressed reservation over the ability of the state government to generate the 70 percent IGR being proposed by the Governor.

Abiru however pointed out “the MDAs have not given detailed reports of third quarter of 2016.”

The Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade urged the various committees of the House to get all the necessary papers from the MDAs in order to assist in carrying out thorough verifications of their proposals.

Rights Activists Protest To Lagos Assembly Over Security Agents

Rights activists under the aegis of Human Rights Defenders and Advocacy Centre (HRDAC) on Thursday stormed the Lagos State House of Assembly, Alausa protesting abuse of human rights and calling for prosecution of security agents concerned.

The group, in a petition addressed to the Senate president, National Assembly Complex, which it handed over to the speaker of the Lagos Assembly for onward transmission to the senate president, demanded the immediate release of the detained Shiite leader, El-Zak Zakky, the former National Security Adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Sambo Dasuki and Umar Mohammed as well as the prosecution of the Nigeria security operatives responsible for the killing of Biafra and Shiites protesters.

In the petition signed by the President of HRDAC, Comrade Queen Rose Ameh, the group said it is worrisome that security operatives in the country under democratically elected government will be on rampage killing unarmed Nigerians without caution and the lawmakers are silent over it.

“The brutality has been wanton, even our colonial masters never went on rampage to kill our citizen when we were fighting for independence in this magnitude. The security operatives killed more than 1000 Shiites and 300 Biafra protesters. It is unheard of to kill unarmed people in this magnitude.

“Of recent there was protest against the president elect of the most powerful nation in the world, Donald Trump and we never heard that protesters were killed. But in Nigeria, because the Chief of Army Staff was blocked from passing through, the Nigeria Army had to regroup to go and kill people in their houses as if they are not Nigerians, and even in wars, there is rule of engagement but surprisingly we have observed that our lawmakers kept silent, as if you don’t know your responsibility.

“During the Jonathan era, if you could remember, this same security operatives ambushed the National Assembly and stopped lawmakers from accessing their offices. If you don’t do anything to stop this excess it will soon be your turn. An injustice to one anywhere is an injustice everywhere”, they said.

HRDAC condemned the continuous detention of El-Zak Zakky, Dasuki, Umar Mohammed and demanded their immediate release, adding that the constitution states that personal liberty should not be breached for more than 48 hours without being charged to court. According to them, “all these people have been in detention going to a year now. This is the constitution that you are a product of and swore to uphold”.

Stating that the offence is an impeachable offence against the President, the group called on the senate to commence the process of impeachment against the president.

“This is an impeachable offence against Mr. President which we believe under the check and balance system you should proceed to impeach Mr. President. We shall be giving you one week to accede to our demand, failure to we shall be staging continuous protest to the National Assembly until our demands are met”, the group said.

Responding on behalf of the speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Funmilayo Tejuoso, Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petition assured the protesters that the Assembly would forward their petition to the National Assembly and urge the legislators there to look into their grievances. She also thanked the group for having confidence in the Assembly and for coming peacefully to present their case.