Lagos Speaker Tasks Traditional Rulers, Schools on Yoruba Language

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has tasked traditional rulers in the state to cultivate the habit of speaking Yoruba Language at public events.

Obasa said on Thursday during the second reading of a bill to make the speaking of Yoruba Language in schools and organisations in the state compulsory that the Obas and Chiefs are the custodians of the language.

He stated that it was important for schools to teach pupils and students in public and private schools Yoruba Language to preserve the culture of the people of the South West.

“They used to regard Yoruba as vernacular in schools in our days and the situation is still the same today. Many children don’t know how to greet people in Yoruba culture. Our language teaches respect, which is not the case in some foreign languages.

“Whoever forgets his or her language would be forgotten. The bill covers public and private schools as well as organizations and companies in the state,” he said.

Presenting the Bill before the House earlier, Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi said that the National Policy on Education, which makes the speaking of indigenous languages compulsory is not being observed.

He stated that the Bill would further empower Yoruba Language recalling that the House organized Yoruba Summit on June 2, 2016 to promote the language.

“If the Bill is passed into law, it would make the translation of all the laws of the state into Yoruba Language easy. It would promote our culture and language as our language is our means of identity,” he said and appealed to his colleagues to support the Bill.

In his contribution, Hon. Rotimi Olowo from Shomolu Constituency 1 stated that efforts should be made to prevent the language from going into extinction.

He added that restoring Yoruba Language would make things better, and berated some people, who he said are afraid of speaking the language.

Hon. Yinka Ogundimu from Agege Constituency 2 said that the promotion of the language would bring a lot of progress into the society, adding that school children would learn easily if they were taught in Yoruba Language.

Also contributing, Hon. Abiodun Tobun from Epe Constituency 1 stated that Yoruba culture and language are being eliminated.

“We must not allow our language and culture to go into extinction. Some students are punished for speaking Yoruba Language in schools. We must pass the Bill into law and Yoruba should be made as a prerequisite language for admission into higher institutions,” he said.

The Bill was supported by all the lawmakers who were at the plenary, while Hon. Victor Akande from Ojo Constituency 1 stated that it is even difficult to find Yoruba Language teachers, and that nobody wants to study the language in higher institutions anymore.

Hon. Bisi Yusuf from Alimosho Constituency 1 congratulated the Speaker of the House for sponsoring the bill and accused Yorubas of allowing colonisation affect the way they speak the language.

The bill was subsequently committed into the House Committee on Education, which was directed to report back to the House in two weeks

Lagos Assembly Demands Amendment of NIWA Act

A call has been made to the National Assembly to amend a section of the National Waterways Inland Authority (NIWA) Act of 2004, which gives it absolute control of waterways and all the activities around 100 metres area of waterfronts across the states of the federation.

Moving a motion on the matter during plenary on Tuesday 25 April, the Chairman of the House Committee on Waterfronts Infrastructure, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu observed that the section of the act has considerably reduced the powers of the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASTWA).

He added that the act is hindering development in the state, and that the state government should appeal all the court judgments won by NIWA on the matter, while the Motion was subsequently seconded by Hon. Rasheed Makinde.

“The constitution makes the Land Use Act superior to NIWA Act. So it has elevated the Land Use Act, which gives the State Governors powers over all lands in the state,” he said.

In his contribution, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade advised that the Attorney General of the state, Mr. Kazeem Adeniji should be directed by the Governor to relate with the National Assembly on NIWA Act and Land Use Act.

Agunbiade stated that the Land Use Act supersedes the NIWA Act since the former has a constitutional backing.

He added that as the chairman of the Committee set-up by the House some time ago on incessant boat mishaps in the state, it was discovered that the last boat mishap in the state was caused by negligence on the part of NIWA.

Also commenting on the Motion, Hon. Abiodun Tobun said that it was wrong for the government to have left out the state on the control of waterways when the NIWA Act was being drafted, while also supporting its amendment.

This was also supported by Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh and Hon. Richard Kasunmu.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa however, observed that the issue was long overdue and described it as a welcome development.

Lagos Assembly Directs Environment Ministry To Free Okokomaiko of Traffic Congestion

Lagos State House of Assembly has called on the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare to direct the state task-force and other relevant agencies under it to drive away traders from Okokomaiko and Volkwagen area along Mile 2/Badagry Expressway, saying that the traders were causing traffic snarls on the road.

This followed a motion moved by a member of the Assembly representing Ojo Constituency 1, Hon. Victor Akande, which was seconded by Hon. Gbolahan Yishau from Eti-Osa Constituency II to checkmate the unruly activities of traders in those areas.

Speaking on the activities of traders on Lagos/Badagry expressway precisely between Okokomaiko and Volkwagen Bus-stop, the lawmakers took turn to explain that if the situation was not urgently addressed, it would wreak more havoc on Lagos despite its megacity plan.

Akande disclosed that he had initially brought the issue to the floor of the House, adding that only the state government and taskforce could drive traders from the road.

Also, a member representing Ifako/Ijaiye II, Hon. Rasheed Makinde lamented that despite the huge resources spent to have a safer and cleaner Lagos, some people were still destroying it with their attitudes.

According to him, “some of these people are from Benin Republic. The taskforce should be stationed in that area for three months and in that way, the traders would be chased away from the road.

“We should be mindful of the security of Lagos. We need the support of agencies such as LASTMA, taskforce, RRS among others to checkmate the traders”, he said.

Another lawmaker, Hon. Olawale AbdulSobur, representing Mushin II said, “What we saw on our way to Badagry was an eyesore. Even some LASTMA officials are joining them to perpetrate evil. Buses are plying one way.”

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa lamented the ordeal witnessed by members on their way to Badagry during a recent official assignment.

Obasa disclosed that the road was blocked for hours which hindered smooth traffic operation.

“This is not what we want in Lagos and it is time for us to act fast. It is important for us to urge the commissioner for environment to as a matter of urgency direct the state task force and other agencies to drive these people out of the road.

“If we can bring sanity to Oshodi, I believe bringing sanity to that area would not be difficult,” he said.

Calabar Death: Lagos Assembly Calls For More Regulation On Soccer Viewing

Following the death of some football fans in Calabar, Cross River State, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has called on the executive arm of government in the state to come up with a regulation that would forestall such devastating occurrence in the future.

Obasa made the call while commiserating with the families of the deceased, including the demise of other political leaders in the country during plenary on Monday.

A high tension cable had fallen on the shop, where the football fans were watching a UEFA Europa league quarter-final match between Manchester United and Anderlecht thereby electrocuting some of them instantly.

In his comments over the incident, Obasa said that soccer viewing by football fans was a common practice across the globe, adding that such a sporting activity that brought a large number of people together should be regulated.

“The incident that happened in Calabar could happen even in Lagos. People go to viewing centres without regulation. It is for us to learn from it and those who are in-charge in Lagos State should do something so that we don’t witness such in the state,” the Speaker said.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Strategy, Publicity and Security, Hon.Tunde Braimoh had earlier called the attention of the House to the death of three political personalities who lost their lives in the last one week.

Braimoh recalled the deaths of a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Kosofe Local Government, Alhaji Abiodun Sunmola, a former Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly in the 5th Assembly, Hon. Farouk Adegboyega Oshodi and ex-Governor of Osun State who was a serving Senator, Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke.

Members took turns to appraise the contributions of the political figures during their lifetimes, saying that their deaths had left big vacuum in the political circle of the country.

PHOTO NEWS: Lagos Speaker Obasa Hosts His Edo Counterpart

L-R: Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) member, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh; Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ezezobor Justin Okonoboh; his Lagos State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa; and another LAHA member, Hon. Desmond Elliot Olusola.
L-R: Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) member, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh; Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ezezobor Justin Okonoboh; his Lagos State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa; and another LAHA member, Hon. Desmond Elliot Olusola.
L-R: Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) members, Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasumu; Hon. Tunde Buraimoh; Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ezezobor Justin Okonoboh; his Lagos State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa; and another LAHA member, Hon. Desmond Elliot Olusola,
L-R: Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) members, Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasumu; Hon. Tunde Buraimoh; Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ezezobor Justin Okonoboh; his Lagos State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa; and another LAHA member, Hon. Desmond Elliot Olusola,
L-R: Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade; Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ezezobor Justin Okonoboh; his Lagos State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa; and another LAHA member, Hon. Moshood Oshun.
L-R: Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA) Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade; Speaker, Edo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Ezezobor Justin Okonoboh; his Lagos State counterpart, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa; and another LAHA member, Hon. Moshood Oshun.

Easter: Lagos Speaker Obasa Preaches Love, Tolerance, Peace

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has called on Nigerians, particularly Christians not to relent in sharing love, peace and tolerance across the length and breadth of the country.

The Speaker’s message was contained in his message greeting Nigerians particularly Christians on the celebration of this year’s Easter festival. The message was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak.

According to Rt. Hon. Obasa, “Jesus Christ, throughout his lifetime, preached peace, love among the people and he was tolerance personified. Indeed if we are to imbibe the teachings of Christ, then we must love one another, live in peace and learn to tolerate each other”,

The Lagos Assembly commended Nigerians in general and Lagosians in particular for their support,.cooperation and prayers for the All Progressives Congress (APC) administrations at both state and national levels assuring that both the Lagos State Government and the Federal Government will not relent in putting in place measures and programmes that will improve the standard of living of Nigerians as well as enhance their welfare.

“We will always seek for your understanding and patience as government at all levels strive to make live better for us all,” he said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa called on Nigerians particularly Lagosians to eschew violence and avoid any act that can cause breach of peace and tranquility in the country. “In essence, we.must be vigilant at all times and ensure that we report anyone,.group or event that can cause breach of peace in our.communities to security agents. The task to secure our environment is a collective responsibility hence all hands must be on deck in our.colective resolve to wipe out criminals and criminal activities from our society,” he.said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker while congratulating Nigerians, particularly Christians on the celebration of the Easter festival, urged them not to relent in praying for the country. “I wish you all a happy Easter celebration,” he concluded.

Shanties Against Lagos Megacity Plan – Setonji

A lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Setonji David has declared that shanties are against the megacity plan of the state government.

The lawmaker, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, said in an interview that no responsible government would allow a few people to abuse its environment.

He added that the state government is mindful of the accompanying disaster in shanties, which he said could lead to death.

“We don’t want disaster in Lagos State and a lot of people live in shanties in the state.

“Shanties degrade our environment, they affect our environment generally, they are in lowland areas along water bodies and when there is down pour they block canals.

“Our plan in Lagos State is that we should have a conducive environment in the state. These are illegal structures, a responsible government cannot allow illegal structures to continue to spring up,” he said.

According to Setonji, who is representing Badagry Constituency 2, the state government wants the people to live in a healthy and conducive environment, while advising the people to build their houses in a proper way.

He said: “Go to the lands bureau to verify the authenticity of the land, go to the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to get the necessary permission and see if it is free.

“Follow the law, the government cannot close its eyes to illegality. If the government does otherwise you would blame the government. Safety of lives of the people is important to the government, which is why we wére elected. So, shanties cannot be allowed to remain in the state any longer.

“The less number of people that visit the hospital the better. So, health is also important,” he stated.

Obasa Seeks Better Relationship Between Lagos And Israel

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has canvassed for exchange of programmes between the State House of Assembly and its counterpart in Israel to foster better relationship.

Obasa stated this while playing host to the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Guy Feldman who was accompanied by the Senior Economic Officer at the Embassy, Florence Osuji and Managing Director Emi Systems, Eyal Mesika.

The Speaker, who recalled the long standing relationship between Nigeria and Israel, noted that Lagos Assembly and Israeli parliament would be better off through exchange of programmes.

According to him, “We have thrown our hands open to embrace your ideas to develop and interact mostly here in Lagos where we have the heartbeat of the nation. We can as well exchange programmes in terms of parliamentary activities.

“It is truly a great opportunity for us to partner with Israel. We have had relationship in the past and I am sure Nigerians benefitted from this relationship.

“We have had many of your experts in Nigeria, our people have benefitted in terms of education, egneering and some other things you have been doing. And we still have lots of your companies in Nigeria working which are beneficial to us.

He added, “Your coming here today is an attestation to the good job Lagos is doing. Our population here is more than 18 million and the economy of Lagos is 5th in the West Africa coast for now. We are sure that we will move to 2nd in africa. We are ready to embrace you and do things that will improve on our economy and well beings of our people in Lagos,” Obasa said.

Earlier, the Ambassador, Feldman explained that Israel with a population of 8.5 million, 20 percent muslims and the remaining percentage for the Jews, said that the country had witnessed a lot of challenges but had to learn and forge ahead.

According to him, “We had so many challenges in the past but that had given us a lot of ideas,” Feldman said.

The Ambassador said Nigeria is blessed with a lot of resources, saying the country has “huge land, wonderful people; we can cooperate on that.”