Lagos Speaker Obasa Hails Tinubu At 66, Says His Vision, Idea Led To Creation Of Modern Lagos

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has described former Governor of the state and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the founder of modern Lagos which has made the state a role model for others to emulate.

Rt. Hon. Obasa disclosed this on Thursday in his goodwill message to Asiwaju to mark his 66th birthday in Lagos. The message was signed by the Speaker’s Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

According to the Lagos Assembly Speaker, without Asiwaju’s pioneering efforts at raising the standard of governance for the state, Lagos would not have risen to this greater height it is enjoying today.

“Asiwaju combines his vision, ideas and leadership qualities to laid a solid foundation for subsequent administrations after him to build on and the result is what we have today – a modern Lagos that is moving rapidly from a mega city to a smart city; the fourth biggest economy in Africa moving towards being the third biggest economy in the continent.

“His vision gave us Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN, who performed well as Governor of Lagos State and now the indefatigable Akinwunmi Ambode whose performance as Governor of Lagos State for just a little over three has made him the number one state Governor in Nigeria making Lagos the role model for its counterparts not only in Nigeria but in the entire continent of Africa,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

According to him, it is a credit to Asiwaju’s leadership quality and his ingenuity that gave him the courage that those who came after him will continue to build solid structure and the foundation he had laid.

“Today, Asiwaju has written his name in gold and there is no doubt about the fact that Lagos history cannot be complete without Asiwaju, the architect and founder of modern Lagos,” he said.

“On behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish you more healthy years in the service of this great state and the country at large. Happy birthday sir,” the Lagos Speaker concluded.

Lagos Assembly Invites Commissioner Over Street Lights Contract

Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday at plenary summoned the Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, Hon. Wale Oluwo and the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, the Attorney-Genera of the state and the General Manager of the Lagos State Electricity Board to explain to the House a Memorandum of Understanding the state government signed with a UK firm for the provision of street lights in the state.

This was sequel to a Motion moved by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2) under matter of urgent publuc importance after bringing to the notice of his colleagues a newspaper (not The Nation) report published Tuesday March 6 of the signing of the MOU with the UK firm.

Yishawu said the agreement is shrouded in secrecy as it is not known to the House, wondering where the money to execute the project will come from. Adding that the whole arrangement gives room for speculation because different amount is being quoted as the agreed sum for the project.

The House set up an ad-hoc committee chaired by Hon. Moshood Oshun(Lagos Mainland 2) to handle the matter, other members of the committee are: Hons. Lanre Ogunyemi (Ojo 2), Olufemi Famakinwa (Aneromi/Ifelodun 1), Lanre Makinde (Ifako Ijaaiye2) Oshodi/and Jude Idimogu (Oshodi/Isoli 2). They were given one week to report back to the House.

In his contribution, Hon. Dayo Famakinwa said that it is worrisome that the executive has decided to embark on a contract not known to the House, “and it should be condemned because government is ruled by law, exco needs some tutorial on how to run things in government.”

Although Hon. Tunde Braimoh called for caution because according to him MOU is not a contract, he was however reminded that even MOUs involves state funds which has to be apprioprated by the House; while Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo 1) said the commissioner should be asked to produce the MOU to know if it has the connotation of a contract.

Other lawmakers also frowned at a situation where the executive members execute projects without the knowledge of the House with Makinde saying “as representatives of the people we need to be aware of whatever project being executed by the executive because our people will ask us. We need information”, he said.

While Hon. Kasunmu said, “it is not good enough that the legislature is not aware of what is going on regarding this issue”.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa agreed with his colleagues that it is very necessary for the legislature to know what the executive is doing, “they should bring it to the notice of the House especially when it has financial implications; because even the special fund mandates the executive to take recourse to the House before it can spend from the fund.

“Any MOU or contract without recourse to the House is not binding on the legislature; the House and the constitution should be respected”, Obasa said.

Lagos Assembly Summons Three Commissioners Over Mounting Refuse

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday summoned three Commissioners, their respective Permanent Secretaries and the Accountant-General of the to brief the House on all issues surrounding the handing over of the State environmental matters to Visionscape that has led to mounting refuse in the state.
The summoned Commissioners are the state’s Chief Justice and Attorney-General, Adeniji Kazeem, Finance, Akinyemi Ashade, the Environment, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti and the Accountant-General, Abimbola Umar.
The House also directed the Commissioner for Finance and Accountant-General of the State to henceforth stop further payment to Visionscape pending the outcome of its investigation.
In addition, the House has constituted an eight-man Ad-Hoc Committee to which the Commissioners and Accountant-General are to report.
The Committee which is headed by Hon. Bayo Oshinowo has other members as Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu, Hon. Funmilayo Tejuoso, Hon. Abiodun Tobun, Hon. Saka Fafunmi, Hon. Moshood Oshun, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu and Hon. Rasheed Makinde.
The followed a motion moved Under Matters of Urgent Public Importance, by Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi, who disclosed that refuse has taken over Lagos, noting that there is a need to avert serious epidemic in the state.
“It is known by everybody that refuse is now taking over the streets of Lagos. I observed that there is need to address the menace. It is an eyesore that brings shame to the State,” Ogunyemi noted.
The lawmaker recalled that the State witnessed serious flooding in previous years due to drainage blockage, saying that the current refuse in the sate posed more danger.
He argued further that the Company in charge in the collection and disposal of the waste, Visionscape has failed to meet up with the vision provided in the new law passed to tackle issues around refuse in the state.
The Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa who presided over the plenary said, “the Consolidated law on the Environment which the House passed was in order, but it needs to be pointed out that a provision of the concession included in the law was not complied with. The government ought to revert to the House before bringing in Visionscape.
Obasa reiterated that the law was made in the interest of Lagos residents; “it is to benefit the people. We don’t know Visionscape, so we can only invite those that we know- those that the law recognises.
In his comment, Hon Bisi Yusuff said that “My colleagues, we need to unravel those behind Visionscape. The issue of inappropriate management of waste will have adverse effects on our health especially as it relates to Lassa fever. Waste will result in more rats.
Another lawmaker, Hon. Raheem Adams opined that the House should critically examine the issue to determine if there is need to give back the management of the waste to PSP operators.
Abiodun Tobun stated, “the handing over of waste management in the State is retrogressive. We must be at alert and do what is expected of us as representatives of the people.”
While also condemning the reoccurrence of refuse on highways, the Majority Leader, Hon Sanai Agunbiade who suggested setting up of an Ad-Hoc committee, pointed out that there was need to look at the activities of saboteurs.
The Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh revealed that there were comments on social media condemning the amount of money Visionscape was being paid by the state government, adding that such money was not appropriated in the budget.
While reiterating on the funding of Visionscape, the Acting Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Appropriation, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu wondered why the State Government was funding Visionscape despite the resolution of the House in the 2018 budget that the fund should be domiciled in consolidated revenue in the ministry of budget.

LASU VC, Olanrewaju Fagbohun Calls For Proper Funding of Education

The Vice Chancellor, Lagos State University, Professor Olanrewaju Fagbohun, has called for improved funding for the education sector and e- infrastructure if the country must meet up with the global standard.
Fagbohun made the call while delivering the main Lecture for the celebration of the 55th Birthday of the Chairman, Lagos Stats House of Assembly Committee on Education, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi in Lagos.
The scholar said that improved funding that would lead to e-infrastructure as well as better training and renumeration for teachers remained imperative to move the nation forward.
Speaking on the the theme “Attaining Global Education Quality Standards: Prospects and Challenges of Achieving United Nations Funding Target in Nigeria”, Fagbohun said that nations of the world had left Nigeria behind.
“When we look at education in Nigeria, we are seriously challenged.
“We don’t see faculty members coming from Ghana, Kenya and other countries into Nigeria. But we see Nigerian faculty members going into other countries.
“We don’t see students from these other countries coming to Nigeria. But we see Nigerian students going into these other countries.
“In Ghana alone we have 13,000 Nigerian students, over 4000 in Malaysia; it means there is something we are not doing right that we need to correct.
“There is a need to fund education in a much deeper way. One of the things I did in the course of my survey was to look at 800 universities globally ranked.
“What is it that they have that we don’t have and I found out that e-infrastructure was common to all of them. It is important to take ICT very seriously.
“We need to expose our children to ICT to give them access to variety of information.
“Inclusive and quality education is a fundamental human rights, it is not a privilege. It is a right in the Sustainable Development Goals,” he said.
According to him, the 21st century knowledge is all about teaching less and learning and that is why e-infrastructure is expected in our universities.
Fagbohun decried the inability of Nigerian Universities to be among the leading 1000 Universities in the world.
He said that the nation’s Universities failed abysmally to attract foreign faculty members and international students due to fallen standard.
Explaining the global standard of education, the Vice-Chancellor reiterated the importance of quality education and important perspectives in quality education worldwide.
The contemporary issues on quality of education, he said, included the expansion of education system, stagnation/declining enrollment, education wastages, quality of educational services, amongst others.
He advocated quality facilities, quality content, quality learners and learning environment and quality education.
The vice chancellor commended the state government for its commitment to education which had led to huge investment in Education Infrastructure.
Fagbohun, who stressed that the state needed continuous realignment of its strategy, called on the government to embark on aggressive e-infrastructure for all its tertiary institutions for them to compete globally.
He urged the wealthy individuals to support education as endowment funds to raise the nation’s education standards.
He revealed that over 40 000 students applied for admission to LASU but that the institution had the space for only 3,500, stressing that inadequate facility prevents institutions from admitting many qualified students.
In his comments, the celebrant, Hon. Ogunyemi, representing Ojo Constituency II in the Assembly, said that the country could not continue to do the same thing the same way and expect different results.
“The world is moving and education is dynamic. World over now, there is so much emphasis on less of theoretical learning and more of self learning.
“There is a paradigm shift now from less of teachers teaching and more of the learner learning and discovering by themselves and e-learning is the key now globally. Our children must be internet savvy.
E-learning is the way and we should deemphasize chalk board teaching and we are trying to introduce Ibile Tablet in Lagos.
“Our government must be ready to invest on this is the gap between us and the developed world. We are not there.
“We need to do more to move our education from pedestrian level to the height of e-learning and the government must do a lot of investment in that direction,” he said.
The programme was witnessed by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, as Chairman, while the Governor of the State of Osun, Raufu Aregbesola was the Keynote Speaker.

Lagos Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa Advocates Better Treatment of Teachers

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has said that if Nigeria’s education would be standardised, training and remunerations of teachers must be prioritised.

Obasa was speaking as the Chairman of the 55th Birthday Lecture and Award Giving Ceremony of the Chairman, House Ad hoc Committee on Education, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi.

The lecture, which attracted all and sundry, was entitled; “Attaining Global Education Quality Standard; Prospects and Challenges of Achieving United Nations Funding Target In Nigeria.”

Obasa said: “Education need teachers and the teachers have to be treated as special people to get result.

“The training and pay must be satisfactory. This was what we realised when went to Finland to see how we could borrow a leave from them as they have the best education system in the world.

“I am sure we will take it up and see what to do to better the lot of teachers in the state. in Finland, teachers are the number one.”

The speaker stressed that education funding should not be limited to the government alone, and that empowerment of teachers remained the way to go in improving the quality of education in the country.

He said that education should be the business of the local government and the state government.

“It is when we empower the local government that is the closest to the people that we can get the participation of the people and move forward,” Obasa said.

The Speaker equally said that for the development of the nation’s education, Nigerian school children must learn to speak their mother tongues.

According to him, there is need to look inward and ensure that teaching and learning are carried out in the children’s mother tongue in the early part of their education.

“If we lose our language we have lost our culture. We should allow our children to learn in their mother tongues until certain years, when they will start learning foreign languages,” he said.

He emphasised that in Finland, which has the best educational system in the world, children begin to learn foreign language from age nine to 13 saying teaching and learning in the early years is in Mother Tongue.

Appraising the celebrant, Obasa stated that he was an asset to the Assembly, adding that he is a trustworthy lawmaker that has done his best to promote the education sector.

He added: “The celebrant means a lot to the House for his loyalty, support and dedication to the education sector and legislative business.

“Hon. Ogunyemi is special to us and he has done so well; he is one of the reasons the Lagos Assembly is above the common standard of excellence.

“Ogunyemi is very loyal and respectful. He is loyal to me as a speaker, he is supportive and dedicated to the party as well as to the legislative business.

“He has been saddled with so many responsibilities and he has never failed. He is one legislator you would give assignment and you can go to sleep”.

In his Keynote, Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State said that funding remained the hydra headed monster hampering the development of education in Nigeria.

The governor, who was represented by Dr Adeleke Ipaye, the said in his lecture on the same topic that the celebrant had been able to contribute to the development of education in the state.

“Olanrewaju Ogunyemi has done a lot as the Chairman of the House Committee on Education to find solution to a major problem in the sector, which is funding.

“We must device a means through advocacy to ensure that countries that benefitted from brain drain contribute to the development of education in our country,” Aregbesola said.

He said that no price is too much for parents to give their children education to eliminate criminality in the country.

The governor urged parents to only have the number of children they could cater for.

In his remarks, Ogunyemi said that quality education comes at a cost and that nothing should be too much to educate Nigerian children to guarantee a better future for the nation.

“Education enhances the future of a nation. We should encourage our teachers, we should pay our teachers very well. Teachers are the kings, and quality education must go round.

40 students selected from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions benefited from Ogunyemi Scholarship Award Scheme to the tune of N2.8 million.

Miss Ariyo Toluwalase, one of the beneficiaries of the scholarship award commended Ogunyemi for investing in the future of the students.

Lagos Assembly Directs Commissioner To Recognise Ismaila Ogunkoya As Baale of Okegun-Odofin

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday ordered the Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Mr Muslim Folami and Onibeju of Ibeju-Lekki, Rafiu Salami to reverse the installation of Mufutau Olamiji as Bale of Okeegun Ladeseso, saying failure to comply would attract disciplinary action.

The House took the resolution after adopting the report of the House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC on a petition titled, “Complaints Against the Representation of One Mufutau Olamiji as the Baale of Okeegun of Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State.”

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Funmilayo Tejuoso had read a report over the chieftaincy tussel in Ibeju-Lekki between Ismaila Ogunkoya of Okeegun Odofin and Olajimi of Okeegun Ladeseso.

In the report, it was noted that only Okeegun Odofin, Okeegun School were genuine but the one allegedly created by Onibeju known as Okeegun Ladeseso to which Olamiji laid claim to was unknown in the original layout of Ibeju-Lekki.

Tejuoso had explained that Oba Salami fraudulently installed Olamiji who was his Personal Assistant as Bale of Aladeseso to override that of Ogunkoya who was seen as not being submissive to Onibeju.

The Chairman also disclosed that the Commissioner connived with Onibeju to install Olajimi to bypass Committee for Chieftaincy Affairs, adding that Folami also proceeded to the tribunal while the House committee was conducting its findings despite given the order to take rescind.

In his comments, the Speaker, Hon.Mudashiru Obasa who presided over the sitting stated that the Commissioner and Onibeju should adhere with the resolution, saying failure would attract appropriate sanctions.

“We will give them (Commissioner and Onibeju) the opportunity to rescind. We will use this as a test case and I am sure they will comply. They should ensure sanity in Okeegun.”

Obasa added, “there is need to review the law on chieftaincy titles, the remuneration and to regulate the way and manner Obas and Bales emerge in every nook and cranny of Lagos State.”

Lagos Assembly Demands Apology From Police Over Arrest of Cleric, 400 Mushin Residents -Sets To Review Land Use Charge

The Lagos State House of Assembly has demanded an unreserved apology from the Nigerian Police over the arrest and detention of an Islamic Cleric and 400 residents of Mushin Constituencies 1 and 2.

Hon. Sabur Olawale Olayiwola, representing Mushin Constituency 1 had informed the House of the incident under Matter of Urgent Public Importance.

This was seconded by Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho from Mushin Constituency 1.

According to Olayiwola, the police carried out a raid in the two constituencies on February 28th, 2018 after the alleged killing of a police officer in Akala area of Mushin, which is in Constituency 1.

Olayiwola informed the House that an Imam was arrested on his way from the mosque, while over 400 residents of the area were also arrested.

He added that they were subsequently taken to a mobile court and were about to be taken to Badagry Prison, when he intervened and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state, in conjunction with the state Attorney General, got them released on bail.

The lawmaker said that it was worrisome that this happened, adding that the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edgar Imohinmi and his men should be called to order and that they should tender their unreserved apology to the concerned residents.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who commiserated with the police on the death of one of their officers, commended Hon. Olayiwola and Hon. Funmi Tejuosho for their efforts on the matter.

“There is need for the police to be civil in their manner. They cannot continue to arrest and detain people anyhow.

“We commend the gallant men of the police and those, who lost their lives in the cause of protecting the people, but some of their actions are not good enough.

“It is not right to arrest people, display Indian hemps before them and detain them without proper investigation,” he said.

The Speaker then told the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to write a letter to the police to sympathise with them on the death of their officer and demand an apology in a national newspaper on the issue from them and caution them against indiscriminate arrest and detention of residents of the state.

Hon. Tejuosho, in her contributions, stated that it was painful that the police could treat a cleric and several constituents in such a manner.

She said that the people should have been interrogated, while the innocent ones should have been released and the suspects prosecuted.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade stressed that there is procedure for arrest and detention of suspects.

He said that the display of Indian hemps with the suspects could not be substantiated, and that suspects should not be presumed guilty before trial.

Contributing, Hon. Sola Giwa (Lagos Island Constituency 2), noted that the issue brought to mind the need for state police, adding that most of the police officers are not familiar with the terrain of where they are serving.

These were corroborated by Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege 1), Hon. Setonji David (Badagry 2) and Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh (Apapa 2).

Meanwhile, the House has constituted a 6-man committee to review the contentious Land Use Charge in the state.

The Committee is to be shared by Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo (Kosofe 1), while members are Hon. Yinka Ogundimu, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, Hon. Tunde Braimoh (Kosofe 2), Hon. Jude Idimogu and Hon. Akeem Shokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1).

They were directed to organise a stakeholders meeting on the law between Thursday and Monday and report back to the House in two weeks.

According to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa the House needed to revisit the law based on the accompanying public outcry on it.

“We need to look at the law again. We need an adhoc committee to look at the law to amend it based on the opinion of the people.

“People should however, know that there is opportunity for them to contribute to lawmaking process during stakeholders meetings.

“If they had come forward before the Land Use Charge was passed into law they would have offered their suggestions rather than complaining later,” he said.

Funfare As Agege Community Adopts Ambode, Obasa, Ogundimu For Another Term

The Agege community on Thursday, 15 March, 2018, rose in unison to endorse Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and Hon Oluyinka Ogundimu for another term in office.

The community at a rally in Agege agreed that Ambode should be re-elected to continue in office as Governor of Lagos State; Rt. Hon. Obasa should be supported to return as the Speaker of the state House of Assembly; and Honourable Ogundimu should be re-elected as member representing Agege Constituency 2 in the state House of Assembly.

The Vice Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC, for Lagos West Senatorial District, Chief Funsho Ologunde; APC chieftain and member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee (GAC), Professor Tunde Samuel; Iyaloja General for Lagos State, Chief (Mrs.) Folashade Tinubu-Ojo who spoke at the event confirmed that in view of the huge achievements of the Ambode administration particularly in Agege, it becomes imperative for Agege people to endorse not only Ambode but also Rt. Hon. Obasa and Ogundimu both of who have been playing supporive roles to Ambode as Speaker and legislator respectively.

“Ambode has turned Lagos to a construction site and Agege community has been one of the major beneficiaries of the current administration in the state. Both Obasa and Ogundimu have been playing the needed supportive roles for the Governor. Therefore, for this good work to continue, I urge you all to support our Governor, Speaker and Ogundimu for another term in office,” Chief Ologunde said.

This was re-echoed by Chief (Mrs) Tinubu-Ojo who was represented by Alhaja Toyin Kudus.

The communique confirming the endorsement for the trio signed by prominent people in Agege was later read by former Chairman of the local government who was also a former member of the state House of Assembly, Hon Rotimi Adeshina.

Sports Is Tool For Youth Development -Kasumu

Sports has been identified as a tool for youth development and for the promotion of global peace, and it is a way of keeping the youths busy as well as discovering new talents.
Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu aka ARK, representing Ikeja Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, stated this in his speech at the opening ceremony of the maiden edition of ARK Football Competition at RVTC Mini Stadium, Ojodu Berger on Wednesday, and added that the competition would extend to generations unborn.
Kasunmu revealed that he wanted to consolidate on the efforts of the government of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state on youths and sports development, adding that the competition is targeted at discovering and empowering sports talents in the state.
He emphasized that he was passionate about issues affecting the youths and that he would continue to do his best to champion their cause.
“I am a youth, so I should be promoting youth football and sports, where the yearnings of the youths could be met. It is a way of bringing the youth together.
“The 32 teams that would participate in the competition were carefully selected and scrutinized by an experienced football personality, Dosu Joseph (MON).
“About 60 teams competed and and they came up with 32 teams for the main competition through the scrutiny.
“We will continue to collaborate with the government to promote programmes to benefit the youth,” he said.
The lawmaker, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Youth, Sports and Social Development, noted that the competition is part of the sustainable development that would be achieved in the nearest future.
He stressed that he is an intermediary that would serve as the pivotal tool to make sure that there is a cordial relationship between the youth and the government.
Also speaking, son of a late member of the Federal House of Representatives under the All Progressives Congress (APC), Hon. Adewale Elijah, Mr. Adewale Adedeji commended Hon. Adedamola, who he described as his good friend, for coming up with such a competition.
Adedeji added that he was not surprised with what ARK was doing, and that he has been able to empower the youth through the competition.
‘It is a good one and I hope that something like this would continue for a long time to come.
“We are very sure that this would keep the youth busy and I want to say that the state government should continue to bring the youth together and keep them engaged, he said.
The competition was declared open with a football match between Bola Ahmed Tinubu Football Academy and Future Stars Football Academy.
Present at the event were sports personalities such as former Super Eagles goal keeper, Peter Rufai aka Dodo Mayana, Chairman of the Nigeria Football Supporters Club, Dr. Rauf Ladipo, politicians, youths, residents of the area and numerous others.

Obasa Foundation Donates Stationeries To Agege School

Hon. Mudashiru Obasa Foundation, pet project of Mr. Damola Adekunle, has distributed stationeries to pupils, teachers and principal of Sango Junior Secondary School, Agege, a school for both normal kids and children with special needs.

More than 2000 pupils and teachers benefitted from the event held at the school premises on Tuesday where exercise books and pens were shared out by the foundation.

Founder of the foundation, Mr. Adekunle, said the organisation was formed to promote the ideals of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Obasa , who according to him saw education, sports and entertainment as vital tools in bridging the gap between the poor and the rich.

He noted that the cardinal philosophy of Obasa Foundation was to affect the lives of the less-privileged persons, through interventions that bring radical improvement for them.

Mr. Adekunle said that the gesture was intended to cater for basic educational needs of indigent pupils in Agege adding that in African setting we were our brother’s keeper.

According to him: “Education is the best gift and legacy, that can be bequeathed on a child, and in traditional African parenting a child is raised by the whole community.

“Hon. Obasa is one person, who will give his right

arm to support anybody’s education and general wellbeing. It was in the light of this that we carried out the exercise as part of our efforts to meet the school needs of indigent pupils. ”

During the event, Mr. Adekunle advised the pupils to make good use of their time by reading their books and organising study groups with friends.

In her remark, Mrs. Oshubu of the Lagos State Education District 1, who spoke on behalf of the school management described the donation of the books to the school as a boost to teaching and learning.

She added that the foundation has stepped in where some of the families and guardians of the pupil failed due to disadvantaged backgrounds.