Budget Re-ordering: Lagos Assembly Slashes Governor’s Request To N25bn

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the budget re-ordering

budget’s request of the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to the tune of N25.028bn.

Ambode had requested to re-order the 2017 budget to the tune of N42..028bn but after taken the report of the Ad-Hoc committee headed by the acting Chairman, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, members slashed the request by N17bn due to insufficient information.

The key components of budget 2017 was recurrent expenditure N300.535billion while N512.464billion be dedicated to capital expenditure representing a Capital/Recurrent ratio of 63 percent to 37 percent.

With this passage, the 2017 budget stands at N494.447bn for capital expenditure while recurrent expenditure is now N301.551bn while the N17bn remaining was stepped down.

The request to re-order the Paris Club refund loan of N17bn to address the challenge of transportation in the State was stepped down as members were not satisfied with the information provided by the MDAs.

Olowo had explained earlier that there was need to pass the review of the budget as requested by the Governor in order to address the challenges of transportation, flooding and insecurity.

While leading the debate, Hon. Oluwafunmilayo Tejuoso stated that “there are some grey areas that need to be addressed before passing the budget. There was no enough clarification. As Lagos State House of Assembly, we should be careful; we are concerned about transportation however if they could not give enough information on the issue, it should be thoroughly looked before passing it.”

Also, Hon. Saka Fafunmi pointed out that the request to access funds meant for Lagos State University (LASU) for accreditation in 2016 and 2017 was not clear enough.

He argued that since 2016 budget estimate had lapsed, how would the fund be accessed to take care of the prevoios accreditation.

While supporting his colleagues, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi stated that since the MDAs had promised to furnish the House with full details of information requested, “I think the 17 billion naira can be held back. The 2017 budget is gradually rounded up, it can be incorporated into the 2018 budget

Hon Bisi Yusuff said, “Since details information were not provided, there is need to get the fundamentals correctly. It is not Mr. Governor but those who are saddled with responsibilities.”

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said the Governor should be commended for having the foresight to utilize the Paris fund judiciously.

According to him, “I think we should commend the Governor and his team for utilizing the Paris Fund for ease of Lagosians. We are all aware of what is happening in some States where the money are used to pay salaries and son other States they could not account for it.

“We are willing collaborators with the Governor to do what will be of good to Lagosians. Since there is need fr clarification, we will drop that leg on the recommendations.’

Obasa Cup Final Takes Place Thursday; LABASCO, State High School For Male Final; Govt Coll, Girls High Sch For Female Final

The final of the 2nd MA Obasa Cup for secondary schools in Agege will take place tomorrow, Thursday, 26 October, 2017 at the Agege Stadium.

The competition, aimed at discovering footballing talents for all categories of the nation’s national teams, male and female, is sponsored by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. It is organised by the Lagos State Education District One. It is organised among male and female secondary schools in Agege Federal Constituency covering both Agege Local Government and Orile Agege Local Council Development Area.

The male final will be decided between Lagos Baptist Secondary School, Okeodo Agege and State High School, Mulero, Agege while Government College, Agege will tackle neighbours, Girls’ High School, Agege for the female crown.

Already, the third place matches have been decided. Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School beat neighbours, Sango Senior Secondary School to place third in the male category while LABASCO Girls beat Baptist Senior Secondary School to win the third place in the female category.

Rt. Hon. Obasa will lead other members of the House to grace the final which matches start at 2pm.

The state Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule, will be the Special Guest of Honour.

Lagos Assembly Approves Establishment of Institute For Cancer And Disease Control

A centre that would conduct researches into cancer and other diseases would soon be established by the Lagos State Government.

To achieve this, the Lagos State House of Assembly has passed into law a Bill to establish a cancer institute.

The Bill is entitled: “A Bill for A Law to Establish the Lagos State Cancer Institute to Provide for the Promotion, Aids, and Co-ordination of Researches Relating to Cancer and Disease Control.”

The Bill, which was initiated by the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa few months back, had earlier passed through first and second readings as well as public hearing before it was eventually passed into law after third reading on Tuesday.

Prior to the passage of the Bill, members took turns to amend its title to cater for the control of other diseases as it was initially meant to focus only on cancer.

Some of the lawmakers, who spoke argued that it was better it is made to capture other diseases apart from life threatening ailments.

Acting Chairman of the House on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade had moved a motion for the third reading of the Bill so that it could be passed into law at the sitting.

Speaking after a voice vote and approval by all the members of the House, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to send a clean copy of the Bill to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state for his assent.

With the new law, the state hopes to assist the residents in preventing cancer and other diseases and providing information on issues relating to cancer and diseases.

Lagos Assembly Passes Law on Establishment of College of Nursing

The Bill for A Law To Establish The Lagos State College of Nursing (Schools of Nursing, Midwifery And Public Health Nursing) and Other Connected Matters has been passed into law by the state house of assembly.

Passing the Bill into law on Monday during plenary, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa directed the Clerk of the House to pass it to the Governor of the state for his assent.

According to the Bill, the college is to provide courses of instruction, training and other facilities in health related issues and to make these facilities available on proper terms to such persons as are eligible to benefit from them.

The law also stated that the college shall provide courses of instruction on Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health as the College may consider fit.

“It shall conduct examination award degree programs, National Diploma, Certificates and Higher National Diploma in Nursing, Midwifery and other related courses to persons who have pursued instructions of study approved by the College and have fulfilled the set conditions for such award.

“Establish such departments, schools or other units of learning and research as may be required,” the law stated.

The law also provided that the college would have a Governing Council that shall consist of the Chairman, the Director of Nursing, a representative from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, a representative of the Governing Board of Lagos State University College of Medicine among others.

Noheem Adams Replaces Kazeem Alimi

HON NEW 1Hon. Noheem Babatunde Adams has been sworn-in to replace Hon. Ademola Alimi Kazeem from Eti-Osa Constituency 1. Recall that Hon Alimi died on July 18, 2017 after a brief illness.

Adams was elected after a bye-election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday September 30, 2017 to fill the position. HON NEW 5

Speaking after the swearing-in, which took place at exactly 3:15pm during plenary on Monday, the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa prayed that the tenure of the lawmaker would bring development to the state and the country in general.

Hon. Naheem Babatunde Adams is an indigene of Lagos State born on the 15th of April 1980 in Lagos Island to the families of Adams Owoseni and Oketiri of Addo land and Imam Arafa Shitta Eletu Ogudu Chieftaincy family Ogombo with a blood link to the lineage of Olufunmi family of Shangotedo all in Eti osa of Lagos State.Adams is happily married to Mrs Oluwaseun Mariam Adams and blessed with children.

He has gathered close to a decade of work and career experience in LIRS with a penchant for political activism and pro democracy advocacy.

He started his career in politics as an undergraduate.

In 2003, he became the representative of Accountancy Department in the Students Parliamentary Council SPC of the LASU students union in his 100 level, Assistant General Secretary of Faculty of Management Sciences Student Association in 200 level, Clerk of the SPC in 300 level, Chairman of of the students union electoral committee in 400 level and went ahead to conduct a credible election that drew uncommon commendations from stakeholders of the institution

As a lover of pragmatic leadership, he joined the mainstream progressive politics of SOUTH West Nigeria as a member of the Action Congress in the early 2000’s and has remained steadfast as a supporter and loyalist through the Action Congress and up to the present era of the All Progressives Congress APC.

As a grassroots leader, devout Muslim and one given to community service, Noheem Adams has enjoyed commendations and appreciation from far and wide, some of which include member of Baale in council of Ogombo family in Eti osa, the Asiwaju of Ogombo land, the Saraki Adinni of Ridwanulahi mosque of Ogombo, Arowoshadi of Morkaz, Ogombo and Baba Adinni of Alasalatu Al Awan Islamic Society of Nigeria. 4bce5ad3-b19e-416b-abae-a6e868b9a00a

Lagos Assembly Confirms Ambode’ s Chief Justice Nominee – Chief Judge Charges Governors On Death Warrants

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday cleared the nominee of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for the position of the Chief Justice of the state, Hon. (Justice) Opeyemi Olufunmilayo Oke.

Justice Oke was appointed as the Acting Chief Judge of the state two months ago after the retirement of the former Chief Justice of the state, Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade.

Ambode had earlier sent a letter for the clearance of the Chief Judge to the House of Assembly as stipulated by the law.

With the appointment, Justice Oke becomes the third consecutive female Chief Justice of the state after Justice Ayotunde Phillips and Justice Olufunmilayo Atilade both retired.

The Chief Justice however, took time to answer the questions put across to her by the lawmakers, just as she threw her weight behind the death penalty to serve as a deterrent to others.

Oke stressed the need to sustain the death penalty, saying that those who kill others should be killed to serve as a deterrent to others.

“Those who kill others should be killed. I challenge the state governors to sign death warrants so that people would be discouraged from killing others. So I am for the death penalty,” she said.

Some of the questions she was asked by the lawmakers bother on prison decongestion, accelerating cases in courts, integrity, establishing more courts, handling rape cases, capital punishment amongst others.

She spoke on the issue of juvenile delinquency and hard drugs amongst undergraduates.

The judge told the lawmakers that foster homes would be created to house juvenile prisoners.

According to her “most students go into drug abuse due to peer group influence, an awareness would be created on this and we would work in conjunction with the executive and the legislature on this.

“I am not happy with delay in justice and it is part of what I want to work on. Lawyers are also culpable on this, and we would have polices on this as a new administration. Our judges are ready for change if others are ready.’

She also stated that she would fast track other cases apart from commercial such as those involving lands, family, crime and others.

The judge said further that there were many cases in Lagos courts due to the population of the state, but that efforts would be made to accelerate all the cases in the courts, adding that she is not happy that some cases last 25 years or more in the courts.

The woman promised to lobby the executive and the legislature so that each local government in the state would have a magistrate court and mediation centres to bring justice to the grassroots.

Oke later promised to ensure better relationship between the judiciary and the legislature, and apologized for past mistakes from the judicial arm of government.

Justice Opeyemi Olufunmilayo Oke, who was born in 1954, studied law at the University of Ife now Obafemi Awolowo University and the Nigerian Law School.

She worked briefly at her father’s chamber, Okesanya and Okesanya & Co.

The judge later went to the United States of America for Masters Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and specialized in Criminology and Juvenile delinquency.

After she got back to Nigeria, she worked briefly at the Federal Housing Authority (FHA), where she used to prepare contracts.

She later started working with the Lagos State Government, and started her career with the State Government as Chief Magistrate, then she became a Deputy Court Registrar before she was appointed as a judge of the high court.

Later, she worked as Chairman of Armed Robbery Tribunal, Election Petition Tribunal and handled civic cases as well as land cases.

After this, she applied to the embassy of the United States of America and went for a programme that was sponsored by the American Congress in the US.

There, she studied Judicial Administration for electronic recording, and came back to the state to work on the establishment of Citizen Mediation Centre to settle certain civil cases out of court.

Also, she was the Chairman of the committee that reviewed court rules of 1974 in 2004 during the era of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Governor of the state and Professor Yemi Osinbajo as Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General of the state.

The rules have since been adopted by all the courts in the country.

Oke also worked on the process of fast tracking court cases in the state specifically commercial cases and she was later appointed as Acting Chief Justice of the state by Governor Ambode after the retirement of Hon. (Justice) Olufunmilayo Atilade.

Meanwhile, the Bill for A Law To Provide for The Use of Yoruba Language in the state was passed by the House and the Clerk of the House was ordered to send the Bill to the Governor for assent, while the House adjourned sitting to Monday 23rd October, 2017.

Lagos Assembly Passes Bill On Use of Yoruba Language Into Law

The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed into law a Bill to promote the use of Yoruba Language in Lagos schools.

The Bill is entitled, “A Bill for a Law To Provide for the Preservation and Promotion of the Use of Yoruba Language and for Connected purposes.”

Speaking on the Bill, which passed through the third reading on Thursday during plenary, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Sanni Azeez to pass it to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state for his assent.

According to the Bill, it would be compulsory for all primary and secondary schools in the state to include teaching of Yoruba Language as a core subject at all levels.

The bill also provides that all the laws in the state would be translated into Yoruba Language.

Moreso, all state- owned tertiary institutions are to incorporate the use of Yoruba Language in the General Studies (GNS) courses.

It reads in part; “The use of Yoruba Language shall be an acceptable means of communication between individuals, establishment, corporate entities and government in the state if so desired by the concerned.

“It shall not be an offence for a person to speak Yoruba Language by the state government.”

It was added that any school that fails to comply with the provisions of Section 2 of the law commits an offence and is liable on first violation to issuance of warning and on subsequent violation be closed down and also pay a fine of N500,000.
Also, the acting Chairman, Committee on Education, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi had recently told journalists in an interview that the Lagos State House of Assembly is passionate about Yoruba Language, which is why it adopted the language for plenary on Thursdays.

According to him, “the National Policy on Education provides that the language of an environment should be spoken in schools, which is why Yoruba Language is being adopted in Lagos schools.

“After the passage, it is now incumbent on all stakeholders to ensure that everyone is allowed to speak Yoruba Language. We want to preserve the language for generations yet unborn.”

We Will No Longer Tolerate Illegal Structures In Lagos – Setonji

The Lagos State Government will continue to demolish all the illegal structures in the state as they are constituting nuisance and aiding flooding in the state.
Speaking in an interview, acting Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, Hon. Setonji David stated that all the buildings that were recently demolished in the state were illegal.
“Those buildings you are referring to are illegal. They are illegal in the sense that they do not have the necessary approvals.
“Most of the areas, where the buildings are located are flood prone. We want to ensure that every development conforms with physical planning and urban development laws in the state,” he said.
David, who is representing Badagry Constituency 2 in the assembly, stressed that the government would not compensate owners of illegal structures that are demolished since, according to him, they did not conform with the laws of the land.
The lawmaker then urged the residents of the state to ensure that their buildings were approved, saying that the government wanted to to ensure proper planning to avoid the kind of challenges the state is having now.
“So let us stop those kind of things where people build without approvals.
“Interestingly, the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development has offices in virtually all the local government areas in the state.
“You can go to the office to find out the procedures of building and be law abiding. The ministry is monitoring, before you start constructing any structure, get in touch with the relevant ministries.
“You have to find out the kind of buildings you can build there. If there is need for demolition, we will do it,” he said.
On the problem associated with the health of the people living in riverine areas, especially in Badagry, David said that the Lagos State Government has been doing a lot and that there are health centres all over the state.
He added that the state government is embarking on advocacy to educate the people on simple hygiene, and that the prevalence of malaria has been reduced in the state.
The lawmaker then used the opportunity to reiterate the need for the provision of more schools and roads for the people of Badagry.
According to him, “We have challenges of schools in my constituency. From Magbon to the nearest school on Oko Afo is about 10 kilometers.
“We don’t have enough primary and secondary schools in my area.
“We have a lot of problems all over the state and the government cannot solve them at the same time, which is why they do some today and others tomorrow.”
He berated the Federal Government, which he said has abandoned the state as a former federal capital of the country.
The politician emphasized that the state has been coping with the attendant population that comes with being a federal capital.
He added that the state ought to have a certain percentage of what accrues to the federal government for development purposes.
“But we don’t have that kind of support from them. We have a lot of federal roads in the state, but it is the state government that is maintaining or building them.
“Look at the road to Apapa Port, where they are making a lot of money, it is in a bad shape.
“Same goes for the road that leads to Badagry, and these are federal roads, yet the Federal Government is not doing anything about them.
“The Federal Government ought to come to our aid. The roads have been there for years, they should know that the state is playing a significant role as a former capital of the country,” he said.

Lagos Assembly Constitutes Adhoc Committees For Budget Re-Ordering, Local Government Auditor General’s Report

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday constituted members of the Adhoc committees on Budget and Economic Planning and Public Accounts (Local) for budget re-ordering and auditor general’s report respectively.

It will be recalled that the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa during plenary on Monday announced the dissolution of all the standing committees of the House, while the chairmen of the committees were told to be working in acting capacities.

Members of the Adhoc Committee on Budget and Economic Planning as announced by the Speaker during plenary include the Acting Chairman, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Hon. Dayo Famakinwa and Hon. Moshood Oshun.

Others are Hon. Victor Akande, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso, Hon. Fatai Oluwa and Hon. Nurudeen Saka Solaja.

Those that would work in the Adhoc Committee on Public Accounts (Local) are the Acting Chairman, Hon. Bisi Yusuf, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara, Hon. Fatai Mojeed, Hon. Akeem Bello and Hon. Rasheed Makinde.

The rest are Hon. Yinka Ogundimu, Hon. Richard Kasunmu, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso and Hon. Saka Fafunmi.

ASSEMBLY’S STANDING COMMITTEES DISSOLVED

The Lagos State House of Assembly has dissolved all its standing committees.
Announcing the dissolution of the committees shortly before the House adjourned plenary on Monday 16th October, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that the Chairmen of the Committees would henceforth be working in acting capacity.

“May I announce to you all that all the standing committees of the House are hereby dissolved, while the Chairman of the Committees would be working in acting capacity.

“This will continue until new committee chairmen and members are constituted,” the Speaker said, adding that the committee chairmen must get permission from him before taking any major decision since they are still acting.

However, the Speaker did not give any reason for the dissolution.

It will be recalled that committees of the state assembly were dissolved and reconstituted during the fifth and sixth houses of assembly headed by former speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji.

A source in the Assembly revealed that former speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji dissolved the standing committees of the House after he became Speaker in December, 2005 after former speaker Jokotola Pelumi was impeached.

It was gathered that the committees were not reconstituted then until several months later.

Standing committees of the Houses of Assembly are usually in-charge of oversighting the various ministries in the state.