Lagos Speaker Obasa Greets Tinubu At 65, Says He’s Architect Of Modern Lagos

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has saluted the courage, determination, commitment and the will to succeed despite all odds of the former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Rt. Hon. Obasa stated this in his message to celebrate the 65th birthday anniversary of the former Governor. The statement was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak.

Describing Tinubu as the architect of modern Lagos, Obasa stated that the ingenuity of the former Governor has turned the state once regarded as the dirtiest in the country to not only the cleanest but that has also achieved a mega city status.

“He’s not only the architect of modern Lagos, he’s also a great leader of men whose unrivalled ability to discover talent has led to the discovery of great leaders who have turned out to become reference point in great leadership and good governance in the present democratic dispensation in the country,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

Obasa stated further that Asiwaju Tinubu will continue to remain relevant and the main reference point in Nigerian politics forever because of his selfless and humane nature which centre on the development of man in particular and the nation in general.

“His love for the common man knows no bound and his passion for the development and growth of this great country makes him arguably Nigeria’s greatest politician of the present political dispensation,” he said.

He concluded saying, “on behalf of other members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, I greet our leader and wish him more years of celebration in good health and wisdom”.

Lagos Lawmakers Eulogise Asiwaju Bola Tinubu @ 65

Some lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly have described the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a true leader and an enigma as he clocks 65 years of age on Wednesday, March 29.

According to the lawmaker who represents Eti/Osa Constituency 2 in the Assembly, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Asiwaju Tinubu is a father, a visionary leader and a mentor.

Yishawu added that it is a thing of joy that Tinubu has turned 65, saying that through him, God has blessed Nigeria and that he is a leading light of Nigerian modern politics.

“He is the pillar of Nigerian modern democracy. He is a tenacious man, his upbeat spirit has helped him to carve a niche for himself in the society. His policy is to liberate the people from oppression.

“Today, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has become a household name because of his passion for the grassroots. He is a man with dignity and vision. He is a leader, he is a divine leader, and a spiritualist.

“He is a kingmaker, a courageous, and fearless leader, a patriot and a motivator, a builder of men and women, a strategic thinker, a trailblazer. I don’t need to dwell much on what he has done because people are aware of these. He is a humanist, those of us that are close to him know that he never wants to see anybody suffer or leave anybody behind,” he said.

The lawmaker, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Waterfront Infrastructure maintained that Tinubu is a crusader of change, which he said was what brought President Muhammadu Buhari into office.

The lawmaker said further that Tinubu is a crusader of progress, good governance and development, adding that as a lover of the grassroots, he believes that it is good governance that can bring development to the people.

He said: “He is a great apostle of power. He once said that power is not served a la carte. But he uses power to benefit mankind, Nigerians and the people of Lagos. He doesn’t use power for self aggrandizement, he doesn’t acquire power for the sake of power, he acquires power for the progress of our society.

“I want to wish him a happy birthday and we hope to benefit from his fountain of knowledge for long by the grace of God. We draw inspiration from him; we wish him prosperity; we know he has prospered, but he will not go down by the grace of God.”

In his comment, Hon. Abdulsobur Olayiwola Olawale from Mushin Constituency 2 described Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as an icon, a political juggernaut, and that his political power is not limited to Nigeria.

“He is a democrat, he has gone through a lot politically, but he is not weary. He has always been overcoming all the bottlenecks before him. He is an enigma. Asiwaju that I know, who I served as Special Assistant, is very courageous,” he added.

Olawale disagreed with those, who accuse Tinubu of imposition of candidates during election, and made reference to the primary election of the APC in the state that produced Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who he said emerged as the winner through a democratic process.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Strategy and Publicity, Hon. Tunde Braimoh stated that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a democrat, and that he changed the political and economic landscape of Lagos.

“He has been a colossus; he has made an indelible mark in Lagos. When the history of Lagos would be written, it would not be complete without a mention of this charismatic enigma.

“When Asiwaju Tinubu became the Governor of Lagos State in 1999, the state was at par with other states in the country. It was just there, but Asiwaju Tinubu raised Lagos to another pedestal. He made it to be distinct. It now became a state, whose Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is now said to be equal to that of about 30 States in Nigeria.

“As at the time Asiwaju Tinubu became the Governor of Lagos State, the IGR of the state was just about N600 million, it became N7 billion monthly before he left in 2007. This is the progression, it became through a pragmatic, a well tailored and well implemented policies of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” he said.

Braimoh, representing Kosofe Constituency 2 in the House, stressed that he has had encounters with Tinubu and that he has been very close to him, and declared that he is a good listener, and somebody God has endowed with so many things.

According to him, Tinubu is very witty and gifted with spontaneous response to issues, adding that he is someone he adores a lot, who he said God created specially.

“He has empathy, he believes in welfarism, live and let live. To his wife, he is one of the best husbands, you see a passionate leader in him. He knows what you are going through once he sees you. You don’t need to talk once you get to him.

“When I go to see him, I don’t talk before he addresses my issues unless someone sends me to him. He is gifted with this intuition about human beings. He can read you like a book and he is a good listener. Atimes I lay some claim to brilliance, but I bow when I see him,” he said.

The lawmaker also condemned those who accuse Tinubu of imposing candidates during elections as he said that “such people that have benefited immensely from the so-called imposition turn around to accuse him.”

He said that Tinubu knows what is good for everybody and that he could read people easily.

“He can move you from one position to another, but some people believe that they are the best for everything. People just want to be anything just like that, he would tell you to wait for your time. It is not undemocratic to select. Those who insisted that they would contest primaries against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode did and they know where they are today.

“He begged them to agree with him and take something else, but they refused, some of them are still in debt till today. I waited for 13 years before I got here in 2015. Look at him, he forfeited the office of the Vice President to Professor Yemi Osibajo to avoid Muslim Muslim ticket. He did not mind to do that for the sake of the country,” he stated.

On the cabals in presidency that are reportedly gangging up against Tinubu, he said that Governor El Rufai of Kaduna State spoke against them recently and that they are the ones causing problem for the country.

He described them as selfish people, while advising them to desist from their actions.

“The president should not reject the people God has given him, people that are just coming to him now, they are beret of progressive political ideas. If Asiwaju were to be other mortals, he would have over-hit the polity, which would have caused crisis.

“I want to advice the cabals that are taking advantage of their closeness to the president to advice him wrongly to desist from doing so. Asiwaju has proven himself, God has given him many gifts, he rarely speak.

“They should stop circulating spurious and unsubstantiable rumours that anybody wants to push the president away, when they did not push him away to push him up. The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari once spoken about this cabal around the President,” he stated.

Olulade Urges Depressed Persons to Speak Out

The Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health
Services, Hon. Segun Olulade, has commiserated with the families of
the late Dr. Allwell Orji, who recently committed suicide in Lagos due
to alleged depression.
Olulade, who represents Epe Constituency II in the House of
Assembly, sympathized with the families of the late Medical Doctor
over the loss, just as he prayed that God would console them and grant

them the strength to bear the irreparable loss.
Reacting to the Orji’s untimely death, the lawmaker expressed
disbelief, wondering what could have prompted the young Medical Doctor
to take his own life.
He explained that depression, which was said to have been responsible
for the Orji’s death should not be taken with levity. “People should
know that depression is more than just a low mood. It’s a serious
condition that affects your physical and mental health.
“Depression is intense feelings of sadness and other symptoms, like
losing interest in things you enjoy, may last for a while. Depression
is a medical illness because it affects how you feel about yourself
and makes life more difficult to manage from day to day.
“Depression can be due to a number of factors including stresses which
can range from mild to severe, combined with vulnerability or
predisposition to depression that can result from biological, genetic
or psychological factors.
“Not going out anymore; not getting things done at work/school; not
doing usual enjoyable activities; relying on alcohol and sedatives;
unable to concentrate; withdrawing from close family and friends are
some of the symptoms of depression. So people should try and speak out
when they are depressed instead of allowing it to lead them to taking
their lives.
“Also, our religious leaders both in churches and mosques should start
educating people about how important life is. Teachings shouldn’t be
all about making riches and wealth. Religious leaders should preach
how people can survive even during this period that the country is
Experiencing recession,” he added.

Simple reason why suicide will continue in Nigeria – Speaker Obasa

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has warned that suicide rates in Nigeria will continue until the citizens learn to be mature concerning every situation they find themselves.

Lagos state recently witnessed the death of a medical doctor, whose name was given as Allwell Orji. He was said to have jumped into the lagoon with his body retrieved days after.

At the Maza-maza end of the state, a woman was reportedly rescued as she wanted to jump into the lagoon.

Obasa argued suicide rates in Nigeria is not just because times are hard.

“Suicide rates will multiply in Nigeria not because times are hard. Times were hard during the Biafran war,” he argued.

“The problem now is that adults are increasingly immature. The society is increasingly frivolous.

“People have no true friends and friends now see themselves more as rivals,” he added.

The Speaker lamented that the society has now grown to a level where the pursuit for success is now measured by wealth rather than hardwork, integrity and self-restraint.

“The race is measured by wealth and nothing else. Set backs are mourned as wasted life by those who should give love and genuine support.

“So a troubled man becomes the butt of jokes by those in whom he has reposed his trust,” Obasa lamented.

Obasa argued further: “Calamities befall men and their friends shed tears in the morning and run them down at night. Adults are now children. A man can’t even tell his wife serious issues because he is sure she won’t understand. He has seen her divulge little details to her family. He has heard her eulogise wealth and curse setbacks as abomination. She has a little merry heart.

“The pastor can’t be trusted because he is given to flashy cars and worldly ambitions. He rates men by their earthly successes and wealth. He can’t be trusted because wealth, he says, is the ultimate blessing from God. Everyday he celebrates only the rich

“So the troubled man walks around with his troubles in his heart, smiles at all the children masquerading as adults around him. One day, he would weigh it all over again and say: ‘No! It’s enough’.”

The Speaker lamented that true mature friends are now very scarce bringing society to the need to be real and citizens to be trusted friends, especially when the need arises.

Obasa Directs Education Committee To Present Bill For Compulsory Teaching, Learning Of Yoruba Language In Lagos Schools

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has mandated the House Committee on Education to propose a bill for a law to make the teaching and learning of Yoruba Language compulsory in all schools in Lagos state.

This, according to him, stems out of the need to preserve the cultural norms, values and tradition of the Yoruba people, part of which is the language which he said must not be allowed to go into extinction.

Basking in the euphoria of the encomiums, accolades and awards (local and international) received by the house of assembly under his resourceful leadership, owing to the Yoruba Language Stakeholders’ Forum organised by the House recently with prominent and eminent traditional rulers in the south west, governors, speakers and prolific Yoruba scholars, in attendance, Rt.Hon Obasa said from nursery through tertiary education, the language must be taught and learnt.

Other feature that the Speaker has proposed in the bill is the use of Yoruba language as a means of communication for transactions and in workplaces throughout the state without any form of discrimination against its users.

Yoruba language is also to be a subject of important consideration for admissions into tertiary institutions in the state.

It would be recalled that Obasa’s ingenuity has brought about the passage of pro-people bills such as: anti-kidnapping, anti-land grabbing and neighbourhood safety such laws which have received much acceptability throughout the state and has since been assented to by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who also applauded the Speaker’s resourcefulness.

Speaking on the issue, the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, commended Rt. Hon. Obasa for his doggedness in putting in place measures that will promote the Yoruba language and prevent it from going into extinction.

“Rt. Hon. Obasa deserve commendation for this bold initiative and I’m assuring you that the committee has already commenced work on the bill,” Hon Ogunyemi said.

LG Polls: Assembly’s Committee On LASIEC Visits To Confirm Commission’s Readiness

In a bid to know the level of preparedness towards the forthcoming election by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Chairman, Lagos State Committee on Judiciary, Public Petition, Human Rights and LASIEC, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso has led members of the Committee to the Office of the Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, Rtd. Mrs. Ayotunde Philips on oversight function.
Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso stated that the purpose of their visit to the Commission was to know the level of preparedness towards the forthcoming election and needed to have a briefing on what has transpired and logistics needed by the Commission to make the election a success as efforts are in top gear to conduct a free, fair and credible poll by the Commission.
While responding, Mrs. Ayotunde Philips said that, “We are very ready for the coming election. We have started sensitizing the people and the Lagos State Government has disbursed funds to make it a success. ”
She further stated that several meetings have been held with people in Badagry, Ikorodu, Epe, the market men and women. “We are also hoping to have an evaluation after the election to know how the people feel because we want to make it a legacy,” she added.
Ayotunde also lamented the state at which LGs/LCDAs LASIEC offices are and advised that they should be upgraded .
A member of the Committee, Hon. Adekanye Oladele representing Lagos Mainland I Constituency, commended Mrs. Ayotunde Philips, stating that her pedigree had spoken for her. “Since she has been here for the past few months, she has been thriving that total excellence is attained in the Commission”.


Lagos State Governor, H.E, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode today, Wednesday March 28th, 2017 swore in three new judges into the Lagos State Judiciary, with a charge on them to maintain a high standard of professional competence and integrity to be able to dispense justice to all manners of people without fear or favour, affection or ill will.




The new judges are former Director of the State’s Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Idowu Alakija; former Chief Registrar, High Court of Lagos State, Olugbemiga Ogundare; and former Deputy Registrar of the Court, Serifat Solebo. Speaking at the Banquet Hall of Lagos House in Ikeja, venue of the ceremony, Governor Ambode said the swearing in of the judges, which was the first of his administration, signified another milestone in his commitment to enhance the quality of life of the people through a justice administration system that is just and fair. He said over the years, the State Judiciary, apart from being the busiest and most vibrant in the country, had established a reputation for itself as a trail blazer in the entire federation with intellectual judicial pronouncements that have stood the test of time at appellate courts, hence the new judges must also contribute positively to the advancement of administration of justice.

The Governor added that the niche which the State Judiciary had carved for itself over the years was achieved through various reforms that were initiated and faithfully implemented by succeeding leaderships of the State Judiciary in partnership with Executive and Legislature, and pledged that his administration would initiative key reforms in the sector especially in areas of infrastructure, technology, people and processes and improved welfare for the judiciary. He said the reforms would be based on the recommendations of the recently held Justice Summit by the State’s Ministry of Justice which brought together several stakeholders in the justice sector. He said: “I congratulate the newly appointed judges for being adjudged fit and proper persons to be on the respected higher bench of the busiest and most vibrant State judiciary in the country. “In the end, we hope to bequeath a more vibrant and qualitative judiciary and justice sector fit for the 21st century and beyond. It is also my hope that with the caliber and qualities of these new learned personalities, our bench will be further enriched to effectively discharged its constitutional functions and deliver hope and justice to our people. “My lords, may I remind you that by these appointments, your conducts and carriage will become subject of public scrutiny. You must therefore maintain a high standard of professional competence and integrity to be able to dispense justice to all manners of people without fear or favour, affection or ill will,” Governor Ambode said.

In Lagos House of Assembly, Speaker Obasa Is An Exemplary, Motivational Leader – Ogundimu

Honourable Oluyinka Ogundimu is the representative of Agege State Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly. A two time lawmaker, he is also the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance.
In this interview, he speaks on his experience in the House so far, the leadership style of the House Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa and other issues.

Sir, as the chairman of the house committee on finance, what does the job entails?
· Wow, that is a very big question; well it entails the activities of revenue and monitoring of MDAs that has to do with revenue generation in Lagos state and getting the budgeted figure given to them and ensure they meet up with the standard expected.
You know the budget of this year is more focused on improving the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state and that means there is a lot of work to do for the finance family. Aside from monitoring of the finance agencies like LBIC, Ibile Holdings, LAGBUS, STOs and also the debt management office, even the Governor is on ground monitoring the process, hence being the Chairman of the Finance Committee of the House involves a lot of work.

· As the Chairman of the Committee, what does the committee do in case there is a shortfall in the revenue expected?
· What we have just done is not to wait till the last quarter of the year when they have to bring their returns, we have decided at the committee level that at each quarter of the year, we will have to call for the revenue figures from all the MDAs and we get our own figure from the STOs, Ministry of Finance and Oracle, so we marry them together to reconcile and see the differences. Actually, there are bound to be differences because the standard limit for each of the organs is different, if we get the final figure, we then ask the MDAs to bring their performance figure and see if it conforms with the standard figure and if there are deviations, we have to see what is responsible either it is shortage of staff or they have not been doing their best, we correct them right there and they go back to the field. If they are still not conforming, we will see the result in the next quarter which will be the middle of the year, and then we can raise the issue on the floor of the house.

· Sir, you are a second time legislator, during your first term in the office, what are the challenges you face?
· As a first timer, you are said to be green, one lacked the technical know-how, the skill require of the office, one’s residual knowledge might not be enough, there is need for experience in this job. If one does not have the experience, people will just be calling you honourable and one will be answering without knowing the rudiments of the office. Optimally for one to perform there is need to learn from the senior colleagues and secondly, there is need to get involve in training that will expose you to the core aspect of the job and thirdly is learning on the job, where you will be able to sit down with other honourable members and read fervently from the books. We are very lucky in this House as we are expose to a lot of trainings, even if one is learning carpentry or mechanic, I think it is enough to know the rudiments of the job.

· Cuts in… Even during your first term, you were rated one of the best honourable, how did you manage to surmount the pressure?
· Well, one has to just throw away every possibility of making errors, face the business from day one, if you make mistakes, they will correct you, then you learn from your mistakes. I don’t think that is an offence, just determination that you should face the job from the beginning, secondly, you need to get some mentor and one’s background also is a factor to assist in doing better on the job.

· Recently sir, you commissioned boreholes in all the wards that make up your constituency, as a lawmaker, are you expected to do this?
· Yes, I commissioned seven bore holes that made up my constituency; the issue is like a business organisation that is set up in a particular community which is out to make profit, as the organisation is expected to be responsible like providing good roads and other community activities, in management, it is refer to as Corporate Social Responsibility, so as a lawmaker too, we should be socially responsible. Beside our legislative assignment, we should be able to set aside part of our salary to do these things one after the other. I may not be doing it at the same time, I just give myself a period of time to do it, I get some of the materials myself not minding the stress without awarding the contract to anybody and people appreciate it so well. So, I need to be socially responsible.

· What are plans on ground to monitor these entire projects?
· Ones the people are the curtain in the process of establishing the project, they take it up as their own and monitor it at all times. I asked them to get the elders, youths and the religious bodies, they were asked where they want it situated and they gave reasons, so the project was handed over to them. They gather to determine the price to be selling the water and whatever they get will be used to maintain the project like buying fuel and other stuffs to ensure the project last longer.

How will you rate the performance of the 8th assembly?
What you have asked me is a very difficult question, it’s like asking a child to mark his own script, what do you expect other than awarding marks to himself or herself, but to be candid, this is a very determined assembly, having been part of the 7th assembly, I think we are more focused and determined. Determination is the key word; you will discover that there are some bills that people will just shy away from but this assembly never relent. A very good example is the Land Grabbing law; we’ve been on it for a very long time and at a point, it looks impossible but this assembly went ahead and pass the bill. Another example is the Neighbourhood Safety Corps bill, it is something that we look into severally and passed to the Federal Government but it’s like we’re crying lonely in the wilderness, but the fact is we need to help ourselves, kudos to the leader of the 8th assembly in person of Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa for showing us the way. He single headedly pushed the bill and we all gave it a good shot as it becomes a law. These and many others are landmark achievement that doesn’t come easy, also is the kidnapping law; the 8th assembly is very proactive. Not forgetting that in law making business, there is what we called impact assessment of all the laws even the existing ones and that is what we are doing presently.

And you make your mark by moving motion for the fly over at pen cinema…
WOW… I have to give kudos to the Rt. Honourable Speaker and my colleagues, it was an overwhelming support that I have on the floor that day because it’s an eye saw, when we came up with that idea, the Commissioner for works was talking about stigmatization and I told him nothing concerns me with that, all I want to achieve is to ensure the traffic from Moshalashi Alhaja to Iju road, from agunbiade to oba ogunji and other routes, so, at the end of the day, the Governor reasons along with us and included it in the budget, if this is not achieved, it will affect the 2017 budget which I know the Governor won’t like.

· Together with the Speaker, you have brought development to Agege…
· Well, we have to give the Speaker a lot of kudos; he is always ready to support a laudable and genuine idea that will serve humanity. Like that of Abule Egba bridge that is on-going, Abule Egba to Oshodi, a lot of construction is on-going as well like the BRT lane, the road will even come with a service lane. We also have to appreciate the gesture of the Governor who is always ready to support the laudable ideas. These are what we’ve been working on in Agege and we have just started.