Alimi Buried Amidst Tears

The remains of the late member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Kazeem Ademola Alimi, who died on Tuesday, July 18 after a brief illness were buried amidst tears on Wednesday July 19.

Prayers for the deceased, who celebrated his 50th birthday on July 3rd was led by the Chairman Council Imams of Eti Osa, Afinni Yusuf at the Vaults and Gardens, Ahoyaya, Lagos, where the burial took place.

The burial ceremony was attended by lawmakers in the assembly, politicians, representatives of royal fathers, residents and others to see death as being inevitable and to do good at all times.

The body of the deceased was lowered into the grave at exactly 2:32pm

Yusuff said in his sermon that there is no king beside God and used the opportunity to pray for peace in the family of the deceased, Lagos State and in the country.

“Death is a necessary end and nothing happens without the knowledge of God,” he said, while praying for God’s protection for the wife and the children of the deceased.

The wife of the late lawmaker, Alhaja Adijat Modupe Alimi, described the death of her husband as painful, while expressing gratitude to God for a life well spent.

She said further during a brief interview with journalists that she would greatly miss her husband.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who led other lawmakers to the burial, prayed that such a loss would not occur in the assembly again.

Alimi, who represented Eti Osa State Constituency 1 in the Assembly died on Tuesday July 18th 2017, two weeks after his 50th birthday after brief illness.

A statement by Musbau Razak, Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, confirmed that the late lawmaker died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).

A two time lawmaker, Hon Alimi until his death, was the Chairman, House Committee on Local Government and Chieftancy Affairs.

He is survived by his wife and children.

Lagos Assembly Loses Member

A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Kazeem Ademola Alimi is dead. 
 
The lawmaker who represented Eti Osa of Lagos State Constituency 1 in the Assembly died on Tuesday July 18th 2017, two weeks after his 50th birthday after brief illness. 
 
A statement by Musbau Razak, Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, confirmed that the late lawmaker died at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH).
 
A two time lawmaker, Hon Alimi until his death, was the Chairman of the House Committee on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs.
 
He is survived by his wife and children.

Lagos Assembly Amends LASIEC Law

Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed into law the Lagos State independent Electoral Commission Amendment Bill 2017.
The bill had an accelerated passage, as it went through the first second and third reading at plenary same day.
Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade recommended the accelerated passage of the bill in accordance with the section 101 of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which empowers the various houses of assembly in the country to regulate its proceedings as well as the order of the State House of assembly which empowers the house to abridge time of passage of bills before it.
Sections amended included section 28 and section 62 sub section one of the state electoral law.
In his contribution, Chairman of the House Committee on Finance Yinka Ogundimu said that the amendment would create clarity and remove all forms of ambiguity in the law.
Also Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade said that the amendment would help settle electoral issues with special focus on time and dates of election.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said that the purpose of the amendment was to create more participation in the electoral process as well as create flexibility for the commission to effectively carry out its duty.
The House subsequently went on recess and adjourned sitting to Monday 28th August, 2017.

ADDRESS BY THE RT.HON. OBASA MUDASHIRU AJAYI, SPEAKER LAGOS HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY AT A MEDIA PARLEY IN COMMEMORATION OF THE 2ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE 8TH ASSEMBLY HELD ON THURS, JULY 13, 2017

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Distinguished gentlemen of the Press and members of the Civil Society Organizations, it gives me great joy to address you today on how the 8th Assembly of Lagos State House of Assembly fared in its second session.
Looking back at our achievements in the last session of this Assembly, I cannot but give thanks to the Almighty Allah and entire Lagosians whose love and support have been resoundingly inspiring. The task has been very challenging, but my colleagues, management and staff of this Honourable House have shown avowed commitment towards retaining the pride of the House as the best in the country through positive and tireless disposition to plenary and committee activities.
Distinguished guests, it is common knowledge that Lagos State House of Assembly prides itself as the best in the country. No doubt, this is what birthed its slogan: “above the common standard of excellence”.
As it is expected, this claim puts a burden of high expectation on the assembly to live up to this standard, particularly the 8th Assembly to retain the status of Lagos among the comity of state houses of assembly in the country.
You will recall that about a year ago, we were all here like this, when I shared with us the achievements of this house within its first year of administration. A year after, we have not rested on our oars in making sure that dividends of democracy get to our dear electorates without any delay.
For the purpose of record, it is gratifying to note that this House passed eight bills into laws in the second session while 72 resolutions have been made; other bills are at various stages of passage, one of which is the bill targeted at tackling cancer in our society. These resolutions and laws are those that border on the welfare of the people living in Lagos, which have had direct impact on them. For the record, I will like to emphasise some of these laws and resolutions.
The Neighbourhood Watch Law of 1996 was repealed by the House of Assembly in the second session and signed into law as Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law (2016). The aim of this law is to ensure that emerging highbrow crimes like killings by herdsmen, kidnapping, ritual killings and terrorism do not take root in Lagos State. Its corps was launched early this year.
Also, the house made the much-talked Lagos State Properties Protection Law (2016) within the last one year, which is meant to prohibit forceful entry and illegal occupation of landed properties in the state. The law provides for prohibition of forceful land take over, entry by force, illegal occupation of property, use of land agents, illegal use of law enforcement agents, encroaching with a weapon, sales of property without authority and professional misconduct among others by the “omo oniles” (land grabbers) with their attendant punishments as regards the particular offence.
Similarly, in a bid to curb the rising wave of kidnappings in the state, the Lagos State House of Assembly passed into law the Kidnapping Prohibition Bill (2016), which is now Lagos Kidnapping Prohibition Law (2017).
The Environmental Management and Protection Bill (2017) too has been signed into law by our governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode towards the proper and total sanitisation of Lagos environs and also to adapt and mitigate the challenges posed by climate change to the state.
More so, this House is amending the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension) Law. This amendment is a private member’s bill and is titled Public Office Holders (Payment of Pensions) Amendment Bill, 2016. The Bill has been read first time and awaiting second reading. The intendment of this bill is to save tax payers money while addressing the cost implication of some parts of the law. For instance, the law allows governors and the deputy to have a house each in Lagos and Abuja while both governor and the deputy are also entitled to 6 and 5 vehicles respectively. But with this amendment, both governor and the deputy will be limited to a house in Lagos where they served as well as have 3 and 2 vehicles respectively.
At the same time, the amendment is targeted at avoiding undermining the legislature and not giving the executive undue advantage, which could cause unnecessary rancour while safeguarding separation of power. As such, it seeks to accord due recognition to the legislature, which is the symbol of democracy in the state, by allowing the speaker and the deputy speaker benefit in the payment of pension.
In the same vein, some of the resolutions made by the present assembly are Call for the Amendment of All Tertiary Institution Laws in Lagos State; Menace of Traffic in Lagos; Need to Ensure Quality Control of Manufactured and Imported Products in Nigeria; Call to Check Harmful Activities of Faceless Recruitment Organisations and among others. No doubt, the impacts of the resolutions have brought new lease of life to the good people of Lagos State.
Evidently, through all these efforts of ours as parliamentarians, Lagosians have benefited immensely from the dividends of democracy. Of course, we shall not rest on our oars in meeting their diverse needs.
As part of my 10-point agenda, we have organised the second constituency stakeholders’ meetings simultaneously in all the 40 constituencies of the state. At the same, we have not failed in holding the MDAs to account through intensive and effective oversight activities, and in responding earnestly to the petitions by Lagosians through appropriate Standing or ad hoc committee.
Apart from this, we have not relented in organising training programmes for lawmakers and staff, a factor that has improved them in no small measure.
As promised at the last forum, today, I am delighted to inform you that this House now livestreams its proceedings, being the first State House of Assembly to do so in the entire Africa.
Distinguished guests, in line with the success of this administration, which is pivoted on our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), seven out of the eight members from the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of this assembly have defected to our party, APC.
This assembly was also, for the first time in the history of assemblies in Nigeria, visited by the Imperial majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II) and his entourage earlier this year. The courtesy visit was borne out of the good news that the Oba heard about our stupendous and exceptional achievements as a house of assembly.
Gentlemen of the press and members of the civil society organisations, we cannot exhaust the details of our achievements so far. You all and Lagosians have been part of our success story and I enjoin you to make useful contributions towards the realization of our dreams for greater Lagos state.
However, it will be uncharitable not to mention the roles played by the Press and the Civil Society Organizations as catalysts for good governance in any democratic environment.
Indisputably, civil society groups are agents of development in any nation. CSOs play important role in social, political and economic development activities through constructive debate and criticism. The transformation of any society or system, particularly the developing societies like Nigeria depend on the effectiveness and efficiency of its civil society organisations.
In the same vein, the Press, popularly known as Fourth Estate of the realm, in Nigeria have significantly contributed to democratic sustenance in the country and particularly in Lagos State through stimulating and reliable reportage.
However, I charge you all not to rest on your oars. I encourage both the media and CSOs to continue partnering with the government and this House in delivering the dividends of democracy to Lagosians. Your advocacy plays a valuable role in our commitment to maintaining the pride of Lagos state as a pacesetter. Our job as a parliament is to help coordinate all efforts and ideas from all and sundry for the good of all Lagosians through existing legislation and public policy.
Nevertheless, may I use this medium to implore both the CSOs and media to rise in safeguarding the legislature. Recently, about 6 speakers of states house of assembly have been removed, which was not without the involvement of the governors in the affected states. For us to sustain our democracy, we must protect our institutions, most especially the parliament at the state level. You must see it as an obligation to protect our democracy so that your efforts will not be in vain.
Ladies and gentlemen, I likewise salute the efforts of the Lagos State House of Assembly Correspondents’ Association (LAHACA), which has been part of the success story of this House.
While we appreciate your contributions all to the development and growth of the society, we are appealing to you to be constructive in your criticisms and, of course, magnanimous with your praises.
Once again, I welcome you to this forum and thank you all for your listening pleasure.
Itesiwaju ipinle Eko, lo je wa l’ogun.
Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa
Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly

Parley At Lagos Assembly: Media/Civil Society Organizations Call For Better Security

Security concerns dominated the 2nd Edition of the Lagos State House of Assembly/Media & Civil Society organisations parley which took place at the Assembly premises yesterday with many of the participants calling for state police.

The participants said that the menace of Badoo, kidnappers and falling containers was giving Lagosians a lot of concern and that there is palpable fear among citizens as a result of these threats to the lives and property of Lagosians.

The parley, which is the second in the series, was organised by the Assembly according to chairman of the house committee on information, Tunde Braimoh for the purpose of briefing the media and civil society on how far the Assembly has fared in the last two years and also foster relationship with them.

It had in attendance Editors and Managing Directors from both print and electronic media, online and other social media practitioners as well as officials of civil society organisations.

Muyiwa Akinpelu, Publisher of Global Excellence advised the Assembly to lobby other state Assemblies to agitate for state police as a way out of current security challenges. Others expressed the same sentiment.

In his address earlier, Speaker of the state Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa thanked God, Lagosians and his colleagues for their support in the tasking job of the House.

He also recognised the role of civil society organisations and the media in the achievements recorded by the Assembly in the past two years.

According to him, in the last one year the House has passed eight bills into law with others at various stages, while it has also passed 72 resolutions “all bordering on welfare of Lagosians particularly security.”

“Among these laws are: Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law; Kidnapping prohibition law; Lagos Property Protection law; Environmental Protection law amongst others to tackle security and other problems in the state”.

“Lagosians have benefited from all these laws and we shall not rest on our oars. We have also held MDAs to account through effective and efficient oversight functions”, Obasa said

While recognising the contribution of the press and CSOs to the achievements of the Assembly, the speaker said, “the press has significantly contributed to democratic sustenance in Nigeria”, and appealed to the press to continue to partner with government and the legislature to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.

He urged them to rise to safeguard the legislature pointing out that about six speakers of state Houses of Assembly were recently impeached under questionable circumstances. “To sustain democracy we must protect the legislature”, urging them to be objective and magnanimous in their criticisms.

On the call for state police, Obasa said the conference of speakers of state Houses of Assembly in the country starts today in Lagos promising to work with other state legislatures for state police to become a reality” because no state today is spared of security challenges”.

Flooding: Lagos Assembly Calls For Collaboration Between Environment, Urban Planning and Physical Development Ministries

The Lagos State House of Assembly has called for collaboration between the state Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Urban Planning and Physical Development during plenary on Tuesday.

In a Motion sponsored by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu and others, the house directed that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to order the two ministries to remove structures that are blocking drainages.

They also directed that the ministries should ensure that canals are dredged constantly, while slit should be removed regularly.

The state government was also directed to comply with the masterplan for the state, create a rescue team and ensure cooperation amongst the relevant ministries.

In addition, the Ministry of the Environment was urged to publicise its emergency lines: 767 and 112 so that the people could be aware of the number to call during emergency period.

Addressing the lawmakers earlier, the state Commissioner for the Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare had blamed the massive flood that ravaged some parts of the state on natural and human causes.

According to him, “natural cause comes in form of climate change, and this affected places such as London, Suleja and other places. There was high tide at the sea that made the level of the water to rise.

“The flood affected places such as Lekki, Victoria Island and Lekki- Epe Expressway. But the water receded within 12 hours. We have been embarking on tree planting to reduce climate change in the state.

“Man-made is caused by people who build houses on drainages. We saw people sandfilling to build houses on Osborne Phase 2. People also build houses by the lagoon against the law,” he said.

Adejare said further that there were illegal dredging all over the state and that machineries had been put in place to correct all these, adding that drainages collect water and send to the lagoon.

He said further that the ministry does massive clearing of drainages before, during and after rainy season.

The commissioner stressed that it would take time before drainages are properly cleared, and that a lot of advocacy is being done through the print and electronic media to inform the people about the need to prevent flooding in the state.

A lawmaker, Hon. Bisi Yusuf said that the ministry has neglected its responsibility and that they were reacting instead of preventing, adding that there is a law against building structures on river banks.

Hon. Rasheed Makinde commented that the incident was a cummulation of what happened over the years and that there was a masterplan for the development of Lekki area of the state.

Other lawmakers also commented that the ministry of the environment should rise to the occasion and ensure that the incident does not repeat itself in the state.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said in his comments that it was essential for the Ministry of the Environment to address the observation of the lawmakers.

He added that it was important for the Commissioner to visit all parts of the state affected by flood last week, and that the number of people clearing the drains have reduced.

“Monitoring and compliance are important. Information dissemination should also be emphasised. The ministry should put in more efforts to control flood in the state,” he said.

Lagos Assembly Moves To Stop Indiscriminate Cutting of Roads

The Lagos State House of Assembly has expressed concern over indiscriminate cutting of roads in the state.

Hon. Bisi Yusuf, who co-sponsored a Motion entitled, “Need To Curb Indiscriminate Cutting of Roads In Lagos State” with others on Tuesday stressed that the House is disturbed by the indiscriminate cutting of roads for laying of pipes and cables and others without approval.

According to the motion, “a person shall not dig across any road or setback purpose without a written approval or permit of the relevant authority.

“It shall be the duty of the person, who lawfully digs a road or setback to reinstate the part of the road dug within seven (7) days.

“The reinstatement referred to in subsection (2) of this section shall not be considered done until an assessment is made by the appropriate Ministry or the Local Government as the case may be.”

He added that if indiscriminate cutting of roads was not checked by the appropriate authorities, it might jeorpadise the good intention of the state government for expending huge amount on road construction in vatious parts of the state.

The House then called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to direct the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, and Local Government and Community Affairs to ensure strict compliance with the provision of Environment Management and Protection Law, 2017.

The Governor was also advised to call on the Commissioner for the Environment and other relevant agencies to ensure strict monitoring of all roads within the state to apprehend offender(s) who must be made responsible for the cost of repairs of the damaged roads.

“The Commissioner for Information and Strategy in conjunction with relevant agencies to embark on sensitization campaign with a view to educating residents on the indiscriminate cutting of roads, penalties for defaulters and the danger inherent in such action,” he said.

The motion was seconded by Hon. Segun Olulade and supported by other lawmakers after a voice vote conducted by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.

Another Lagos Assembly PDP Lawmaker Defects To APC

One out of the remaining two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in the Lagos State House, Hon. Victor Akande representing Ojo 1 constituency has defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Akande informed the House of his defection at plenary yesterday through a letter he addressed to the Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and read by the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr. Azeez Sanni.

In the letter, Akande said he was defecting because of the factionalisation of PDP not just to two but four factions especially in Lagos State.

“My defection is to further continue support of adding legislative excellence to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the political leadership of the Speaker of the Lagos Assembly who has impacted on legislative standard in the state.

“PDP has fallen apart and the centre can no longer hold so I have chosen to follow the stable APC. I thank PDP for giving me the political platform to showcase myself. I also thank my constituents and traditional rulers in my constituency for their support. I will continue to give them better representation and for me this is an home coming”, Akande said.

Acknowledging the letter after he was given the chànce to speak, Akande who described himself as the last PDP man standing in the Lagos Assembly because “Markafi has since told his supporters to move over to the Labour party”, said he moved to APC with the blessings of his people from Ojo 1 constituency, royal fathers and all indigenes and non indigenes of the constiruency.

“I consulted widely before arriving at the decision to dump PDP for APC. I hereby shed the garb of PDP and I want to now be clothed with the APC garb”, Akande said.

Congratulating Akande for the bold decision, his counterpart from Ojo 2 constituency, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi said, “Akande has made our day in Ojo with this defection, because actually there is nothing more for him to do in the PDP than to move to the moving train of the APC.”

Also congratulating Akande, speaker Obasa rejoiced with his colleagues for their good nature which made all the defections possible. He also thanked Akande for coming on board the APC, “We know you are a man of integrity and we are sure that image will reflect in our party”, Obasa said.

Lagos Assembly Calls On Ambode To Remove Oriade LCDA Administrator

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to remove the Sole Administrator of Oriade Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), Hon Habeeb Aileru over alleged misappropriation of council funds.

The House also frowned at the council boss’ disobedience to local council laws and flagrant disregard to the directives of the governor.

This followed a complaint and motion by the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts (Local), Hon. Bisi Yusuff about series of financial recklessness of Aileru in the council.

The motion for suspension was seconded by Hon Richard Kasunmu, the Chairman, House Committee on Youths and Social Development.

Yusuff said that the recklessness was discovered in the state Auditor-General report the committee was currently working on.

In his prayer, Yusuff said : “This House called on the Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to remove Hon Habeeb Aileru, the Sole Administrator of Oriade LCDA with immediate effect.”

Meanwhile, raising the issue in the preceding plenary session on July 4, Yusuff said that the council boss had a clear directive when he was sworn-in along others not to embark on new projects.

According to him, the directive is to make the take-off for the incoming elected council administration seamless.

He said that Aileru, who was indicted by the Auditor-General report, went ahead to embark on new projects instead of settling outstanding debt.

Yusuff said that within three months in office, Habeeb increased the debt of the LCDA from N285 million to N406 million

“Against the directive of the governor that collection of revenue by local council should not be contracted out, Aileru single handedly appointed a contractor to collect revenue for Oriade LCDA.

“This he did without the involvement or knowledge of the management of the council, even when he was cautioned, he said as sole administrator he could do and undo.

“A total of about N17.8 million IGR (Internally Generated Revenue) of the council has been diverted to only where Aileru knows,” Yusuff had said.

According to him, his committee is recommending that Aileru be suspended immediately so that he does not incur more debt for the council.

The lawmakers took turns to condemn the attitude of Aileru and called for his immediate suspension.

Hon.Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, a member of the Public Accounts Committee (Local), had noted that the height of misappropriation of funds and flagrant disregard of the directives of the state perpetrated by Aileru had never been seen in the past.

“The money he misappropriated is too much to be overlooked and it is all in Auditor-General’s report,” Tejuosho had said.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information said: “he should be dealt with to erase the notion in some quarters that we are running a paddy-paddy government”.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said that such suspension would serve as deterrent to others and put all on their toes.

“I agree with your submissions if we look at the actions performed by Aileru. Officials around him (Aileru) can’t be exonerated also.

“I adopt your position that Hon. Habeeb Aileru should step aside to ensure discipline,” he said.

The Speaker, who conducted a voice vote on the suspension of Aileru, called on the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni to communicate same to Governor Ambode.

Meanwhile, a group of youth from the council led by Mr Tajudeen Yusuf had earlier protested to the House, urging the Assembly to expedite actions on the suspension of Aileru over alleged havoc done to the party.

Yusuf said that Aileru had plunged the council into debt and caused division in the All Progressive Congress (APC), stressing that such removal would bring fortune to the party in forthcoming July 22 local government polls.

On 10 July 2017 at 21:45, Tomori Adeleke wrote:

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to remove the Sole Administrator of Oriade Local Council Development Authority (LCDA), Hon Habeeb Aileru over alleged misappropriation of council funds.

The House also frowned at the council boss’ disobedience to local council laws and flagrant disregard to the directives of the governor.

This followed a complaint and motion by the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts (Local), Hon. Bisi Yusuff about series of financial recklessness of Aileru in the council.

The motion for suspension was seconded by Hon Richard Kasunmu, the Chairman, House Committee on Youths and Social Development.

Yusuff said that the recklessness was discovered in the state Auditor-General report the committee was currently working on.

In his prayer, Yusuff said : “This House called on the Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to remove Hon Habeeb Aileru, the Sole Administrator of Oriade LCDA with immediate effect.”

Meanwhile, raising the issue in the preceding plenary session on July 4, Yusuff said that the council boss had a clear directive when he was sworn-in along others not to embark on new projects.

According to him, the directive is to make the take-off for the incoming elected council administration seamless.

He said that Aileru, who was indicted by the Auditor-General report, went ahead to embark on new projects instead of settling outstanding debt.

Yusuff said that within three months in office, Habeeb increased the debt of the LCDA from N285 million to N406 million

“Against the directive of the governor that collection of revenue by local council should not be contracted out, Aileru single handedly appointed a contractor to collect revenue for Oriade LCDA.

“This he did without the involvement or knowledge of the management of the council, even when he was cautioned, he said as sole administrator he could do and undo.

“A total of about N17.8 million IGR (Internally Generated Revenue) of the council has been diverted to only where Aileru knows,” Yusuff had said.

According to him, his committee is recommending that Aileru be suspended immediately so that he does not incur more debt for the council.

The lawmakers took turns to condemn the attitude of Aileru and called for his immediate suspension.

Hon.Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, a member of the Public Accounts Committee (Local), had noted that the height of misappropriation of funds and flagrant disregard of the directives of the state perpetrated by Aileru had never been seen in the past.

“The money he misappropriated is too much to be overlooked and it is all in Auditor-General’s report,” Tejuosho had said.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information said: “he should be dealt with to erase the notion in some quarters that we are running a paddy-paddy government”.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said that such suspension would serve as deterrent to others and put all on their toes.

“I agree with your submissions if we look at the actions performed by Aileru. Officials around him (Aileru) can’t be exonerated also.

“I adopt your position that Hon. Habeeb Aileru should step aside to ensure discipline,” he said.

The Speaker, who conducted a voice vote on the suspension of Aileru, called on the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni to communicate same to Governor Ambode.

Meanwhile, a group of youth from the council led by Mr Tajudeen Yusuf had earlier protested to the House, urging the Assembly to expedite actions on the suspension of Aileru over alleged havoc done to the party.

Yusuf said that Aileru had plunged the council into debt and caused division in the All Progressive Congress (APC), stressing that such removal would bring fortune to the party in forthcoming July 22 local government polls.

Lagos Assembly Protests Against Comments By Danjuma Goje

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Sanni Azeez to write a protest letter to the Nigerian Senate over a comment by Danjuma Goje against the House.

This followed a Motion moved by the Chairman of the House Committee on Information and Security, Hon. Tunde Braimoh over statement credited to Chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriation, Senator Danjuma Goje.

Braimoh had recalled a statement made by Senator Goje on Wednesday 5th July, 2017, where he reportedly told the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola that the National Assembly was not Lagos State House of Assembly.

It will be recalled that Goje had replied Fashola over issues bothering on the budget that he should not see the National Assembly as an institution he could control the way he controlled the Lagos Assembly as governor.

Braimoh said that the matter was reported on Page 6 of The Nation Newspaper of 6 July, 2017 just as it was reported in some other newspapers the same day.

“The senator derogatorily referred to the Lagos State House of Assembly by saying that the National Assembly was not Lagos State House of Assembly.

“The statement is derogatory, uncomplimentary and it is an insult on the Assembly. The constitution does not give the senate power to superintend the state assembly.

“All the newspapers reported the story and it is an uncomplimentary and disparaging as well as unparliamentary statement. The contest in which the word was used smacks of slander,” he said.

He said that the statement brings the House to public ridicule and that it makes people to feel the House is a rubber stamp, adding that Goje ought to be more civil with words with his status.

Also contributing to the issue, Hon. Rotimi Olowo said that the Lagos Assembly is an institution that people of other climes appreciate.

Olowo added that if Goje had issues with Fashola, he should sort it out rather than insulting the house.

He pointed out that the National Assembly was more rubber stamp than the Lagos State House of Assembly and that he was disappointed that such a statement could come from a serving senator.

He however, said that the house should write the Senate to reprimand the senator on the matter.

In his view, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu described the statement as provocative and that it was not enough for someone to sit somewhere and disparage the reputation the House built over the years.

Hon. Tobun Abiodun, in his comments, observed that there were certain expectations from lawmakers based on the ethics of the office.

“What he said is an insult on the leadership of the House. The Senate should suspend him and we demand an apology from them,” he said.

Other lawmakers such as the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, Hon. Desmond Elliot and Hon. Bisi Yusuf demanded an apology from the lawmaker and the senate.