Lagos To Increase Land Use Charge With New Bill

In a bid to review the revenue of Lagos State, a bill that would review the current Land Use Charges in the state went through second reading on the floor of the State House of Assembly during plenary on Thursday.

The law tagged; “A Bill for A Law To Repeal The Land Use Charge Law 2001 and Enact Land Use Charge 2017 and For Connected Purposes” was subsequently committed to the House Adhoc Committee on Finance headed by Hon. Yinka Ogundimu.

According to the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the law was all about increasing the revenue generation of the state.

Obasa observed that a situation, where a few consultants are working with the state governments on the collection of land use charges is not good enough, while calling for increase in the number of the consultants.

“We need more consultants to do the job so that the entire state could be covered in the collection of land use charges. Whatever tribunal that would be set-up to deal with offenders should have the support of the government.

“On the issue of exemptions, we cannot exempt religious organizations because most of the worship centres are making money. We could only exempt Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs),” he said.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade had informed the House that the Bill would be going through second reading.

Agunbiade stated that the Bill would repeal the existing law on land use charge, adding that it is an executive Bill.

He stressed that the bill would prohibit the application of other relevant laws relating to land use.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni supported the Bill, saying that it would help increase the revenue of the state.

In supporting the proposed law, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu stated that it should give provision for certain approval by the state house of assembly, and called the attention of the House to the issue of enforcement of collection of the charges.

He frowned at a situation, where only about 300,000 houses are paying land use charges in a state with about two million

Xmas: Lagos Speaker Obasa Greets Nigerians, Wants Them To Imbibe Christ’s Spirit Of Love, Tolerance, Sacrifice

Nigerians have been advised to imbibe the spirit of love, tolerance and sacrifice as preached and put into practice Jesus Christ during his life time.

According to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who gave this advice on Sunday, Nigeria will continue to achieve growth, development and economic revival if the people continue to live in peace, tolerate one another and imbibe the spirit of personal sacrifice for the benefit of their brothers and sisters.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker’s message was contained in his Christmas message to Nigerians, especially Christians, on the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. The message was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

“Jesus Christ lived a life of love, tolerance and engaging in personal sacrifice for others to thrive. If we can take after him in these three special attributes, this country will continue to witness development, growth and economic revival,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

According to him, while government at all levels battle to contain the various challenges facing the country, the citizens should strive to live in peace, tolerate each other and sarifice for one another to provide the enabling environment for government to serve them optimally.

“We should eschew violence and desist from any action or utterances that can cause chaos and confusion or outright breakdown of law and order in the country.

“We should always be security conscious all the time and assist security agencies in fighting crimes by being vigilant at all times, reporting any suspicious individual or action to the appropriate security agency on time,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa commended Nigerians for their perseverance and continued support for the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration at both federal and state levels, assuring that the government will not relent in putting in place measures and programmes that will enhance their standard of living and also improve their welfare.

“Like Oliver Twist, we will continue to seek for your support and prayers. I wish you all a happy Christmas celebration,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

2018:Expect more robust legislative performance – Obasa tells Lagosians

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has promised a more robust legislative performance in the coming year, geared towards the interest of the masses.

Obasa made the disclosure while speaking at LSHA chapel annual end of the year Thanksgiving/Christmas outreach programme tagged: ‘Double Honour’ held within the Assembly premises .

“God has been instrumental to making our work here impactful,without God’s intervention nobody can get the honour.

“We have done tremendously well in the year as people’s representatives there are many legislations we have passed, bringing good developments in the state.

“We have only one job; to represent the people,to make law and we are ready to do that for the State maximally, I want to assure people that whatever law or resolution we make would be in the interest of the masses”.

Reverend Folarin Obey was on hand to speak to the theme of the programme,citing the concept of honour as a divine arrangement that can ensure rapid growth and more development in state if allowed to fester more than before.

The Special Adviser to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode on Religion Matters who also represented him at the gathering , Reverend Dr. Kolawole Verralls, while speaking on the sideline noted the importance of choosing a day to celebrate God’s faithfulness to state by the legislature as a good omen, responsible for peace and tranquility enjoyed in the state.

Verralls quickly added that the style adopted by the Governor to engender religious tolerance in the state is novel, citing the recent inauguration of Nigerian Religious Council NIREC in the 57 councils of the State as a step in the right direction.

Hon. Victor Akande, the 15th patron of the programme, who also spoke about the event, expressed his gladness with the initiative, stating that the Lagos State House of Assembly will be better for it.

“Although we are in a festive period, I thank the speaker for this initiative,he is a man that love and fear God.

“So in order for us to come together and say thank you to God he sanctioned the organization of this event.

“It is a programme we have been doing since his assumption of his office and whoever will praise God for what he has done will get more, knowing too well that He has given us wisdom and knowledge that took us this far, more positive developments are envisaged .

Hon.David Setonji in his own contribution noted the significance of the gathering.

“We are expected to thank God and picking of a date to celebrate his faithfulness is also a good idea, I am very happy that we at the house of Assembly have a time to thank God for his faithfulness for a whole year.

Evangelist Olubunmi Akinnaanu-Adeoye the guest artist at the event thrilled participants maximally to special rhythms focusing on the awesomeness of God’s visible in the state legislature and executive arm.

Assembly Set To Strengthen Electricity Generation In Lagos With New Bill

A bill that would lead to the strengthening of electricity generation in the state would soon be passed into law by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

The bill, which went through public hearing on Wednesday, was described by stakeholders as a good development for the state.

The Bill, which is entitled; “Lagos State Electric Power Sector Reform Bill” would accelerate embedded power supply in the state.

According to the Chairman of the Adhoc Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the House, Hon. Folajimi Mohammed, the state has obtained a no-objection from the Federal Government to generate, distribute and transmit electricity through embedded power supply.

Mohammed stated in an interview with journalists that the power project would bring a new lease of life to the people of the state as there would be an uninterrupted power supply.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Sanni Eshinlokun, said in his welcome address that the project would have a multiplier effect on the economy of the state.

Reviewing the Bill, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade emphasized its importance, adding that electricity is the bane of the development and growth of Nigeria.

A stakeholder at the Public Hearing, Mr. Aina Adeyemi of Adeyemi Aina & Co, advised that the law should address the issue of illegal connection and diversion of electricity.

“Even some rich people and others remove their air conditioners and other devices from the meter and connect it to the pole directly. This leads to 28% losses for distribution company.

“The state government should partner with meter product companies on the project. There should be a special court and police for energy offenders as it is done in a country like Egypt,” he said.

The state Commissioner for Energy and Natural Resources, Hon. Wale Oluwo stated that the bill was put together to provide a legal framework to make the project a law of the state.

Oluwo added that the state government plans to provide power for the state on a sustainable basis.

The Commissioner emphasized that embedded power is fairly strange to the state, but that it would achieve it’s aim on the long run.

“We used to provide electricity to power government agencies. Now, we want to power private homes and offices. We are planning to generate electricity and pass to EKO Distribution Company and Ikeja DISCO.

“The Bill has 45 parts, we will ensure that power gets to the people. “We have not had good electricity in Nigeria for 50 years. We will help the DISCOs to meter everybody and stop estimation. Electricity would be on pre- paid basis and people would either pay through recharge card or online.

“There would be power rangers and mobile courts to deal with offenders with the approval of the state assembly,” he said.

When passed into law, the Bill would facilitate the development and management of sustainable power supply in the state.

It would provide support to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission in the enforcement of its regulatory activities.

The state Ministry of Energy is expected to perform oversight functions for IBILE Oil and Gas Corporation, Lagos State Electricity Board and Lagos State Embedded Power Commission, according to the Bill.

It also gives the ministry the power to be responsible for the initiation, formulation and co ordination of power sector policies and programmes of the state.

“It shall coordinate and supervise Independent Power Project in the state, and perform any other function as may be assigned to the Ministry by the Governor,” the bill stated.

The bill also empowers the state Ministry of Energy to collaborate with Federal, State, Energy and Electric power related Agencies to promote and support investment in electricity power projects within the state.

It also provides for the establishment of the Lagos State Embedded Power Commission.

The commission is expected to collaborate with relevant Federal Agencies, ministries, departments, regulators and the Distribution Companies with respect to the development of electric power generation and distribution in the state.

“Subject to relevant laws and in collaboration with NERC, promote competitive, fair and efficient market practice within the electric power sector in the state.

“Liase and cooperate with NERC, ensure the implementation of cost reflective tariffs for all projects under the embedded power scheme, which will be structured in line with the methodology approved by NERC,” the bill read.

2018 Budget Of Lagos State Would Be Properly Implemented After Passage By Assembly – Gbolahan Yishawu

A cerebral lawmaker and newly appointed Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Adhoc Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu has assured that the 2018 Budget would be properly implemented for the benefit of the masses.

Speaking to journalists shortly after the formation of the Committee by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Yishawu from Eti Osa Constituency 2 added that no leakages would be allowed in the budget.

He also emphasize that the state has developed new strategies of getting more revenue, while adding that the state has always been scoring one of the best marks on budget performances amongst all the States in the country.

What is the assurance you are giving to the people of Lagos State that the 2018 budget would achieve it’s aims as the Chairman of the House Adhoc Committee on Budget and Economic Planning?

The Governor of Lagos State, Akinwunmi Ambode has given out his budget, the Budget of Progress and Development. Traditionally, the House of Assembly would scrutinize the budget. We are going to ensure that we go deep. Every step we have taken is for the people of Lagos. This budget is for the people of the state. We will ensure that the money for the people of the state is judiciously and strictly applied for development purposes.

How do you want to block the loopholes that might arise from the budget and those who would want to outsmart the government?

That is simple, the legislative arm of government, this House of Assembly, under the leadership of the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has given us a free hand to scrutinize the budget. We are well grounded, when it comes to budget matters. We will look at the budget to fine tune it to cross the ts and dot the Is. I can assure you that it if there is anybody in the Lagos State Government under Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who wants to be a devil in the system whereby they would now want to outsmart the government or be fraudulent, we will weed the person out.

How realistic is the 2018 budget of over N1 Trillion, when the state could not realise the N812 Billion budget for 2017?

It depends on the angle you are coming from. I believe that Lagos State can even handle a budget of N2 Trillion. It is not too big, if you look at our Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and the ratio of our tax collection, it is very low. That a budget performs 80% or so is not new, Lagos State’s Budget has always performed in the A Class year in year out. If in 2017, we have a budget of N812 Billion and as at November the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is 76% and overall budget performance is 74% and we do 8% every month then it is commendable. If you divide 100 by 12 months, each month we have a minimum of 8.3%, when you benchmark that you would see that we have done well. By November, the budget was 11 against 12, by the time you do 12 against 12, we will be doing 84 or 85%, which is not bad. For 2015, it was 80% or so. Each year, our increment is about 25 to 28% and each year we are able to make about 80%. What we are going to get in 2018 is, at worst, 80% of N1 Trillion. But I can assure you, this government has standard. We are planning a software for hotels and hospitality businesses such that we will be able to collect about 90% of consumption tax, which is about N50 Billion.

Also, Value Added Tax (VAT) would be collected effectively. When this is done, we will also get an increment for our percentage of VAT from the Federal Government. For our federal allocation, the price of crude oil is now about $50, United States has a projection of about $55. We are selling about 2.3 million barrel per day and dollar is about N305. The Federal Government will likely meets its projection on crude oil. That means our federal transfers would also be intact.

One other money we are expecting is the one on derivation fund for our oil and little drops of water makes an ocean. We are also coming up with a review of the Motor Vehicle law. The other one is the Land Use Act. Based on enumeration, we have over two million houses in Lagos State and only about 300,000 houses pay land use charges. If we are able to capture more houses, we will be talking of about N70 or 80 Billion. However, for this to work enforcement is key and we need to motivate the staff of the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS). For them to do their job, they would not go on foot, they need vehicles. Those are the things we will look at in the budget.

We also need to go through our laws, the embedded power law is there. Power is key, with the power initiative of the state, we will unlock the potentials of the state. Without power, nothing would be done. When there is power, industries would open up and they would be able to employ more people. With power, the factories that have shut down would re- open. So, with power, there would be more employment, more production, more taxes and more fund in the state. Lagos State would now become the destination of hospitality, so it is enormous because what is attached to power is much. Someone was talking about profit, we don’t need profit from power, we just need to break even. We are not in power business to make money from it, if we can just make it available it would be okay. Even if we need to subsidise it a bit, we will do so. We subsidise health, we subsidise education, transport and others. So why can’t we subsidise power that can make many other things work. That power sector reform would set Lagos in the right footing of sustainable development. I am not just talking about development, but a sustainable one that has not been seeing in the West African sub-region.

How do you intend to block the loopholes in the system?

What I like about us is freedom. You need to prove your assertion, just blow your whistle and let us see. When our revenue is performing at 76%, what is leaking. We collect a rate that is higher than those of other states in the country. We have enough time to look at it. It is a continuous thing. We could have fraud one way or the other, the culprit would be dealt with. I have not seen any serious level of leakages either in this government or the previous ones.

How soon will the committee do a thorough job?

We will be given a timeline, but I and the members of the committee would do our best on the job we have been given.

Stakeholders Express Fears Over Proposed Total Ban of Okada, Tricycles In Lagos

Lagos State stakeholders in the Transport Sector have expressed fears over a proposed plan to ban motor cycles and tricycle operations outright in the ongoing transform reforms bill in the state.

The stakeholders spoke at a Day Public Hearing on A Bill for a Law to Consolidate all Laws Relating to the Transport Sector, Provide

for the Development and Management of a Sustainable Transport System in Lagos State and for Connected Purposes.

The public hearing was organised by the Assembly at the Lateef Jakande Hall.

Section 35 of the Nine Scheduled Bill comprises 226 sections stated that “A person shall not ride, drive or propel a cart, wheelbarrow, motorcycle or tricycle on any road within the state.

“A person who fails to comply with any of the provision of this

section commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to:

Imprisonment of for a term of three years or to any non-custodial

sentence; and have his vehicle forfeited to the state.’’

According to this section, where a rider is convicted for an offence,

the passenger shall also be liable to the same penalty provided the

passenger is not a child.

Reviewing the bill, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said: “We arrived at this bills by looking through laws that have to do

with transport system in the Lagos State.

“We overhaul all laws in transport system in conformity with best

global standard practices. We codify to ensure that there is no

overlap in such a way to bring friction and conflict’’.

On proposed outright ban of motor cycles and tricycles in the state,

Obasa, who was represented by the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, said that the House would do its best to satisfy the masses.

He said that the state road traffic laws and its provisions had been

merged with MVAA and LASTMA

According to him, when the law is passed, Lagos will be better for it.

In his contributions, Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector

Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) commended the efforts of the House on the unified bill, saying “It is a right step in the right direction.’’

Omeje, however, called for affirmative statement on the position of

the proposed law on the ban of motorcycles and tricycles in the state.

He said that there was a need to harmonise all the traffic laws with

offences, as well as records of offences of a driver irrespective of

wherever such is in the federation.

The commander said that the state might need to build more prisons if the traffic offences that attract 3 years imprisonment in the bill

were to be implemented.

A University don, Prof. Iyiola Oni, who commended efforts to

consolidate all transport laws in the state, said that the greatest

problem in the transport sector is an institution disorderliness.

Oni, the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Lagos,

said that the relationship among the transport agencies should be well clarified, saying that the state needed an integrated and intermodal transport system.

“What is the level of training of the enforcers, we have to be

careful and tread softly in economic realities considering the fines.

The academic, who called for a comprehensive data base, said the road transportation had been emphasised more than other means of transport.

Oni also called for a role of local government traffic management unit

with each council organising and managing the roads in their domain.

He urged the House to look into blockages of inners roads by

landlords, religious organizations, blocking roads as well as cutting

of roads by communication industries and others.

Mr. Peter Fosudo, Head of Department, Urban and Regional Planning,

Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) called for categorizations of

roads that commercial motorcycles and tricycles operators could ply in the bill.

Fosudo, who called for restrictions of motor cycles and tricycles from

highways instead of outright ban, called for heavy fines for

defaulters.

Biodun Mike Hundeyin, a Solicitor of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) said that the outright ban on commercial motorcycles and tricycles would be counterproductive to the economic activities in the state.

The solicitor, who called for specific roles for NURTW in the new

proposed law, said that the development would compound the problem of unemployment in the state.

According to him, the major mode of transport in Badagry, for

instance, is motorcycles as the roads are in deplorable state.

Prince Joseph Odusanya, Lagos Chairman of Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria, who frowned against outright ban of tricycles, called for consideration on the proposed ban.

“If Okada is being banned, tricycles should be an alternative means

of transportation. Let’s consider the hardship this might bring to the

people and the economy of the state,’’ he said.

Mr Taiwo Olalekan, Secretary Taxi Drivers and Cab Operators

Association, said that the section requiring use of brand new vehicles

or those that are not older than five years as taxi should be

reconsidered. Olalekan advised that this should be extended to 10 years because of its economic implication.

Mr Albert Omotayo from the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) said that the number offences should be reduced as they were unrealistic.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Dr Taiwo Salaam, said that the state needed to improve its transport system to enhance security and safety of commuters saying “Security is at stake if we don’t modernise our transport system.

“It is an aberration for a state like Lagos to support usage of Okada

as a means of transportation; many of them (operators) unleash terror on the people.

“We need to document the riders if they are to be allowed in the estates.

However, Agunbiade, urged all stakeholders to comply with the rules to make Lagos attain smart city status.

He called on the Ministry of Transportation to do more on locking of

gates by some landlord associations at a time when the gates were

meant to be opened.

“We recognise the need for security, but so many streets now block

their gates in the day time. People do it indiscriminately with

impunity,’’ he said.

Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman of the Adhoc Committee on

Transportation, Mr. Fatai Mojeed said that the reform would make

transportation better and more effective in the state.

The bill harmonises vehicle inspection office (offences and

penalties), Traffic Offences and Penalties, declared roads and Lagos

Bus Services Limited.

Others include Lagos State Ferry Services, Lagos State Traffic Sector

Reform Law (Road Traffic) Regulations, and Lagos State Traffic Sector Reform Law (Taxi Operations) Regulations.

The rest are Agencies and Departments Under The Ministry and Protocol.

On 20 December 2017 at 19:15, Tomori Adeleke wrote:

Lagos State Stakeholders in the Transport Sector have expressed fears over a proposed plan to outrightly ban motor cycles and tricycle operations in the ongoing transform reforms bill in the state.

The stakeholders spoke at a Day Public Hearing on A Bill for a

Law to Consolidate all Laws Relating to the Transport Sector, Provide

for the Development and Management of a Sustainable Transport System in Lagos State and for Connected Purposes.

The public hearing was organised by the Assembly at the Lateef Jakande Hall.

Section 35 of the Nine Scheduled Bill comprises 226 sections stated that “A person shall not ride, drive or propel a cart, wheelbarrow, motorcycle or tricycle on any road within the

state.

“A person who fails to comply with any of the provision of this

section commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction to:

Imprisonment of for a term of three years or to any non-custodial

sentence; and have his vehicle forfeited to the state.’’

According to this section, where a rider is convicted for an offence,

the passenger shall also be liable to the same penalty provided the

passenger is not a child.

Reviewing the bill, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said: “We arrived at this bills by looking through laws that have to do

with transport system in the Lagos State.

“We overhaul all laws in transport system in conformity with best

global standard practices. We codify to ensure that there is no

overlap in such a way to bring friction and conflict’’.

On proposed outright ban of motor cycles and tricycles in the state,

Obasa, who was represented by the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, said that the House would do its best to satisfy the masses.

He said that the state road traffic laws and its provisions had been

merged with MVAA and LASTMA

According to him, when the law is passed, Lagos will be better for it.

In his contributions, Mr Hyginus Omeje, the Lagos State Sector

Commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) commended the efforts of the House on the unified bill, saying “It is a right step in the right direction.’’

Omeje, however, called for affirmative statement on the position of

the proposed law on the ban of motorcycles and tricycles in the state.

He said that there was a need to harmonise all the traffic laws with

offences, as well as records of offences of a driver irrespective of

wherever such is in the federation.

The commander said that the state might need to build more prisons if the traffic offences that attract 3 years imprisonment in the bill

were to be implemented.

A University don, Prof. Iyiola Oni, who commended efforts to

consolidate all transport laws in the state, said that the greatest

problem in the transport sector is an institution disorderliness.

Oni, the Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Lagos,

said that the relationship among the transport agencies should be well clarified, saying that the state needed an integrated and intermodal transport system.

“What is the level of training of the enforcers, we have to be

careful and tread softly in economic realities considering the fines.

The academic, who called for a comprehensive data base, said the road transportation had been emphasised more than other means of transport.

Oni also called for a role of local government traffic management unit

with each council organising and managing the roads in their domain.

He urged the House to look into blockages of inners roads by

landlords, religious organizations, blocking roads as well as cutting

of roads by communication industries and others.

Mr. Peter Fosudo, Head of Department, Urban and Regional Planning,

Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) called for categorizations of

roads that commercial motorcycles and tricycles operators could ply in the bill.

Fosudo, who called for restrictions of motor cycles and tricycles from

highways instead of outright ban, called for heavy fines for

defaulters.

Biodun Mike Hundeyin, a Solicitor of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) said that the outright ban on commercial motorcycles and tricycles would be counterproductive to the economic activities in the state.

The solicitor, who called for specific roles for NURTW in the new

proposed law, said that the development would compound the problem of unemployment in the state.

According to him, the major mode of transport in Badagry, for

instance, is motorcycles as the roads are in deplorable state.

Prince Joseph Odusanya, Lagos Chairman of Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria, who frowned against outright ban of tricycles, called for consideration on the proposed ban.

“If Okada is being banned, tricycles should be an alternative means

of transportation. Let’s consider the hardship this might bring to the

people and the economy of the state,’’ he said.

Mr Taiwo Olalekan, Secretary Taxi Drivers and Cab Operators

Association, said that the section requiring use of brand new vehicles

or those that are not older than five years as taxi should be

reconsidered. Olalekan advised that this should be extended to 10 years because of its economic implication.

Mr Albert Omotayo from the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) said that the number offences should be reduced as they were unrealistic.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Dr Taiwo Salaam, said that the state needed to improve its transport system to enhance security and safety of commuters saying “Security is at stake if we don’t modernise our transport system.

“It is an aberration for a state like Lagos to support usage of Okada

as a means of transportation; many of them (operators) unleash terror on the people.

“We need to document the riders if they are to be allowed in the estates.

However, Agunbiade, urged all stakeholders to comply with the rules to make Lagos attain smart city status.

He called on the Ministry of Transportation to do more on locking of

gates by some landlord associations at a time when the gates were

meant to be opened.

“We recognise the need for security, but so many streets now block

their gates in the day time. People do it indiscriminately with

impunity,’’ he said.

Earlier in his welcome address, Chairman of the Adhoc Committee on

Transportation, Mr. Fatai Mojeed said that the reform would make

transportation better and more effective in the state.

The bill harmonises vehicle inspection office (offences and

penalties), Traffic Offences and Penalties, declared roads and Lagos

Bus Services Limited.

Others include Lagos State Ferry Services, Lagos State Traffic Sector

Reform Law (Road Traffic) Regulations, and Lagos State Traffic Sector Reform Law (Taxi Operations) Regulations.

The rest are Agencies and Departments Under The Ministry and Protocol.

Ijesaland Paramount Ruler Praises Development In Lagos; Showers Encomium On Tinubu, Ambode, Obasa

The Owa Obokun of Ilesa and Paramount Ruler of Ijesaland, His Royal Majesty Dr Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, has praised the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for enduring infrastructure development in the state.

Oba Aromolaran also praised the Lagos State House of Assembly for providing the necessary enabling legislative environment for the Governor to operate as well as enacting laws which have contributed to thedevelopment and growth of Lagos State and its people.

The monarch who spoke during the conferment of a chieftaincy title on Rt. Hon. Obasa also commended the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his contributions to the growth of democracy in the country and for being the architect of modern Lagos.

“There’s no doubt that Lagos has witnessed monumental development and growth under Ambode. I’m very impressed with the Governor’s performance. Equally commendable is the performance of the state House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Obasa. The House has not only provided the needed enabling legislative environment for the Governor to operate, it has also enacted people-oriented laws which have contributed to the development and growth of Lagos and its people,” the monarch said.

“Asiwaju Tinubu has contributed and still contributing immensely democracy in Nigeria and enthronement of Rule of Law in the country,” Oba Aromolaran said.

The monarch praises the Lagos State House of Assembly, under the leadership Rt. Hon. Obasa for its pioneering in preserving the Yoruba culture and values. “It is an open secret, therefore, that the Lagos State House of Assembly under the leadership of Obasa has continued to attain greater heights,” HRM Aromolaran said.

Responding, Rt. Hon. Obasa assured the monarch that the Ambode administration will not relent in working for the enhancement and progress of Lagosians while the House of Assembly will not relent in providing the enabling legislative environment for the Governor. “Our common goal is the development and growth of Lagos and its people,” he said.

Rt. Hon Obasa thanked the monarch for honouring him assuring him of support. Rt. Hon Obasa was honoured with the title of Baamofin of Ijesaland.

Y2018 Budget Is Achievable, Lagos Assembly -As Gbolahan Yishawu Heads Adhoc Committee On Budget

The Budget Proposal of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for the year 2018 is achievable and it will make life better for the people of state.

Commenting on the budget during the second reading of the budget during plenary on Monday, lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly commended the Governor for proposing 67% for capital and 33% for recurrent in the budget tagged; “Budget of Progress and Development.”

It would be recalled that Governor Ambode presented a budget proposal of N1.046 Trillion to the Assembly on Monday 11 December, 2017.

Committing the budget into the hands of an Adhoc Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that the budget is a gift to the people of Lagos State, but that a gift could not be judged by it’s size until it is unwrapped.

Obasa stated that the budget should be properly scrutinised by both the Adhoc Committee on Budget and Economic Planning and other subcommittees.

The Adhoc committee on Budget is to be headed by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu from Eti Osa Constituency 2, while the members are Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege 2), Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi (Ojo 2), Hon. Olufunmilayo Tejuosho (Mushin 1), Hon. Moshood Oshun (Lagos Mainland 2), Hon. Jude Idimogu (Oshodi/Isolo 2) and Hon. Noheem Adams (Eti Osa 1).

Debating the budget earlier, Hon. Tunde Braimoh (Kosofe 1) urged the assembly to give the budget an accelerated consideration and that it should be given a quick passage as it would turn the fortune of the state around.

He stated that the assembly should do its best to work on the budget so that the people of Lagos could have a better life.

In his contribution, Hon. Abiodun Tobun from Epe Constituency 1 stated that the ratio of capital expenditure to recurrent expenditure is commendable, adding that giving preference to security of lives and properties as well as healthcare was a welcome development.

“The embedded power generation in the budget as well as upgrading of slums with the budget on physical planning and the proposed building of specialist hospitals to discourage people from travelling abroad for medical treatment is commendable,” he said.

Also speaking, Hon. Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1) said that the budget is realistic, but that it should be based on the resources of the state.

He however, advised the government to do everything possible to make the budget work.

Giving an indepth analysis of the budget, Hon. Fatal Mojeed from Ibeju Lekki Constituency 1 said that the budget did not address macro economics variables such as the price of crude oil, exchange rate amongst others.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Sanni Eshinlokun, who also commended the ratio of capital to recurrent expenditure, advised that more money should be voted to capital projects in the coming years.

Eshinlokun described the proposed energy reform in the budget as commendable, adding that there is a relationship between electricity and development, and that it would unleash more development on the state.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) said that he had no doubt that the budget would perform optimally if it is well run and that the people of Lagos State would be better for it.

On his part, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu advised that the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state must perform optimally if the budget would be realistic, and that the Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) should be strengthened.

Hon. Jude Idimogu said in his contribution that the budget is achievable and that it was possible for LIRS to achieve the proposed N440 Billion IGR.

“They can do it based on the pilot scheme. We should give the executive maximum support. A lot of people in the state don’t pay taxes, this should be looked into.

“The committees should ask relevant questions to know whether what the Governor brought was achievable. They need our support. We may likely get more from federal allocations since the price of crude oil is now stable,” he said.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu stated that the budget would be realised if the right things are done and that the budget would improve security and power in the state.

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Atunwase of Ijeshaland, Lisa Olu Akerele; Olumobi of Imubi-Ijeshaland, His Royal Highness, Dr. Adetayo Haastrup; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA), Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; member of delegation, Alhaji Muhammed Ikeola; and member LAHA, Hon. Sikiru Bayo Osinowo, during visit of delegation of Owa Obokun of Ijeshaland to the Speaker in Lagos.

Special Adviser to the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA), on Political and Legislative Matters, Hon. Muftaudeen Egberongbe; Atunwase of Ijeshaland, Lisa Olu Akerele; Olumobi of Imubi-Ijeshaland, His Royal Highness, Dr. Adetayo Haastrup; Speaker (LAHA), Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; member of delegation, Alhaji Muhammed Ikeola; and member LAHA, Hon. Sikiru Bayo Osinowo,
Special Adviser to the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA), on Political and Legislative Matters, Hon. Muftaudeen Egberongbe; Atunwase of Ijeshaland, Lisa Olu Akerele; Olumobi of Imubi-Ijeshaland, His Royal Highness, Dr. Adetayo Haastrup; Speaker (LAHA), Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; member of delegation, Alhaji Muhammed Ikeola; and member LAHA, Hon. Sikiru Bayo Osinowo,

We Will Scrutinize The 2018 Budget Estimate For Adequate Performance – Obasa

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has promised that the House would properly scrutinize the budge estimate of Year 2018, which figure was given as N1.046 Trillion.

In his speech during the presentation of the budget tagged “Budget of Progress and Development” by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state on Monday, Obasa assured the people of effective oversight by the lawmakers.

“This House will not rest on its oars of scrutinizing this Budget to deliver on its promises in meeting the aspirations of the people.

“As usual, we are duty-bound to painstakingly look at the nitty-gritty of the budget for the purpose of transforming same for the benefits of all Lagosians.

“I assure you that this House, through effective oversight, will ensure that the Year 2018 budget deliver on its promises to stimulate the economy of the state by focusing on infrastructure development, delivering inclusive growth and prioritizing the welfare of Lagosians towards making the budget spell out its theme to the letter,” he said.

Obasa used the opportunity to commend the Governor for the completion and commissioning of Abule-Egba and Ajah state-of-the-art flyovers.

The Speaker added that with the feat achieved by Governor Ambode merely two years in office, there is no doubting the responsiveness and readiness of “this noble House to continue to support the state through passage of people-oriented and development-focused legislations.

“We are poised to cooperate with the Executive to develop an economy that is sustainable, smart and knowledge-based, and whose commitment to law and order is unequivocal,” he stated.

The Speaker added that the Y2018 Budget is aimed at continuous infrastructural development to bridge infrastructural gap; transport, security and environmental reforms.

Others were given as capacity building for all civil and public servants, teachers and health workers; completion of housing estates; commencement of health insurance scheme among others.

He however, urged the Executive to see all the three arms of government as one, saying that it is obvious that working as a team will ensure prompt service delivery.

He said: “Working together, as we can see in the last two years, brings smooth effective administration. This is rightly put by Prof Ola Rotimi in his play Ovonramwen Nogbaisiand I quote: “the eyes and the nose are one; when one is hurt, the other shed tears.”

In his comment, the Acting Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Rotimi Olowo stated that the state government would focus more on blocking all loopholes in tax collection.

Olowo stressed that a lot of people have either been evading taxes or underpaying taxes unlike what obtains in civilised societies.

He added that efforts would be made by the state government in conjunction with the House of Assembly to give the people the dividends of democracy.

Also speaking, the Acting Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Local, Hon. Bisi Yusuff said that budget is not a guess work and that the Lagos State Government would realise the budget estimate for the year.

According to Yusuff, who is representing Alimosho Constituency 1, the state government has done well in 2017, adding that the government has been able to redefine governance in the state.

“Once you do something good, the people would comply with your directives. Budget is based on empirical research and I can tell you that N1 Trillion is not too much for the state government to achieve in a year.

“If people say that are not satisfied with the performance with the government in 2017, even God does not satisfy people, they would still have complaints. I want to say that the state government has been able to do its best to satisfy the people,” he said.

The lawmaker explained that the state government was not able to do some of the road projects promised to be done across the 20 local governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state due to the constraints of rainfall.

On the focus for the 2018 Budget, Yusuff advised the state government to emphasise on road construction, healthcare and youth development as well as empowerment.