Democracy Day: Lagos Speaker Assures Nigerians Of Improved Welfare, Salutes Their Courage, Perseverance

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has assured Nigerians that the government at all levels is committed to improving their welfare and standard of living.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker, in his Democracy Day message to Nigerians signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, also commended Nigerians for their courage and perseverance but assuring that the people will soon start to enjoy the dividends of the government’s socio-economic reforms.

“This is the third anniversary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration at the centre and I want to commend our people for their support and prayers not only for the government at the centre but also for the state and local governments.

“Yes, things have not been rosy, hence the need for me to commend your courage and perseverance. Our people have been so wonderful for their support and prayers.

“However, I want to assure you that very soon you will start to reap the dividends of the socio-economic reforms of the government.

“At the state level, there’s is no doubt that Lagosians are enjoying positive dividends of democracy with massive infrastructure and human development programmes anchored on people-oriented policies backed by rightly-guided legislation.

“For all we have achieved in the state and still going to achieve, the people’s suport, prayers and cooperation are the backbone. Therefore, we give kudos to Nigerians and Lagosians in particular for their support, prayers and cooperation for the APC administration at all levels and like Oliver Twist, we urge you not to relent in this as we all march forward to make Nigeria great.

“On behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish you all a happy Democracy Day celebration,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

Obasa Appeals To CSOs, Media To Protect Nigerian Democracy

The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Monday, appealed to media practitioners and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to protect the Nigerian democracy.

Obasa made this plea at a parley with select media practitioners and some CSOs in the state at the Assembly premises.

The lawmaker, who spoke against the backdrop of recent snatching of mace at the Senate and Gombe State House of Assembly, said the legislature remained the kernel of democracy.

Rolling out the achievements of the House, Obasa said that the House had served the state and met the hope of the residents in the last three years.

“We have formulated laws for the growth of the state. We have passed nine bills into law and 45 resolutions. Some of these issues affect the environment, transport, power, arts among others.

“No meaningful development can take place in an unsafe place, we have equipped fire service for flood disasters under the year.

“CSOs and media have played great roles in the promotion of democracy, bridged the gap between the electorates and the government as the watchdogs.

“Legislature is the basis of democracy, I call on you to rise up to protect our democracy,” he said.

The Speaker said that the House had worked hard for the growth, development and peaceful coexistence of the state.

Obasa said that the House had been able to serve the state by working together with collaboration with the executive arms in the interests of our state.

Several participants took the opportunity to ask questions ranging from environment, lawmaking processes, oversight, security, land use charge among others.

One of the participants, Prof Ishaq Akintola, an academic and Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) commended the House for its achievements and peace in the last three years.

Akintola, who commended the House for its support for the Lagos State University (LASU), added that the increase of maternity leave for women by the state government from three to six months was a giant stride.

Dr Qasim Akinreti, the Chairman, Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Lagos State Chapter, urged the House to come up with a bill on prompt payment of salaries of journalists.

Akinreti, who advocated for special salaries for journalists in state-owned media, harped on Media Enhancement Act.

An activist, Alhaji Tokunbo Korodo, commended the House for its frequent interventions in peaceful resolution of conflicts in the state.

Mrs Titilope Akosa from Centre for 21st Century Issues, urged the House to intensify efforts in ensuring that members of the public participate in law making processes through ample notices.

Akosa, who urged the Assembly to look into gender equality and opportunity bill, advised that the state budget should be made available online for CSOs to do analyses and proper monitoring.

Responding to the issues raised by the participants, Obasa assured that the House would continue to protect the interest of the people.

According to him, the Land Use Charge Act was necessary so that the state government could have access to funds for developmental purposes.

He however, stated that a committee of the House was working on the issue so that it could be reviewed downward.

The Speaker explained that the House has been carrying the people along in lawmaking processes through public hearings.

He said that getting a special status for the state remained a must and that the state would continue to lobby for it for the good of all residents.

On the heaps of refuse across the state, Obasa said that the House did not recognise the new waste manager, Visionscape, saying that the Assembly has intervened on the matter.

The Speaker urged members of the public to give vital information to the House, adding that the House could not see everything.

Earlier in his welcome, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, Chairman, House Adhoc Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, eulogised the Speaker for his leadership qualities, which made the House to achieve much.

Braimoh stated that the House comprised individuals that were committed to making good laws for the state with constant interfacing and interactions with members of the public.

Children Day: Avoid Cultism, Run Away From Crimes, Be Good Ambassadors Of Nigeria – Lagos Speaker Advises Nigerian Children

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has advised Nigerian children to avoid cultism and other crimes that can work against their progress in life.

Rt. Hon. Obasa also advised Nigerian children to be good ambassadors of not only their families and communities but also the country at large.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker’s message was contained in a press statement on Sunday greeting Nigerian children on this year’s Children Day celebration. The statement was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

Rt. Hon. Obasa assured Nigerian children that the All Progressives Congress (APC) at all levels will continue to protect their interest by putting in place programmes and policies that will enhance their welfare and improve their standard of living.

“I want to assure you that the APC government at all levels will continue to put in place policies and programmes that will enhance your welfare and improve your standard of living. We will continue to put in place measures that will enhance your progress in life.

“However, I want to advise you to shun violence. Avoid cultism, runaway from crimes. The only way you can make progress in life is by being good ambassadors of your country and you can only achieve this by exhibiting high moral values all the time,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

He stated further that there is also the need for parents to monitor the activities of their children with a view to nipping any desire to go into crime in the bud. “It’s our duty as parents and guardians to monitor the activities of our children all the time. It’s imperative for us to know the friends they keep and hang out with and the groups they associate with,” he said.

“On behalf of my colleagues in the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish Nigerian children a happy Children Day celebration,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

Lagos Assembly Congratulates Oba Rilwan Akiolu On 15th Coronation Anniversary

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday congratulated Oba of Lagos, His Royal Highness Rilwan Akiolu on his 15th coronation anniversary.

Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi raised this as a matter of urgent public importance, saying that the celebration was well deserved.

He commended the efforts of the Oba towards various developments in the state, adding that Akiolu had greatly promoted cultural values in Lagos State.

“I stand to congratulate the royal father, who has unrelentlessly played major roles in enhancing security in the state, and who is also a courageous king”.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh described the royal father as a blessed king, who has brought immense blessings to the state to an extent.

He said, “Before he was enthroned as Eleko, the population of Lagos was nine million and now it has increased to 22 million, this is part of the blessings enjoyed in Lagos through the fortune of the king and this a commendable achievement.”

While congratulating the royal father, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu said that Oba Akiolu contributed immensely to the development of the country and particularly Lagos by supporting good governance.

Hon. Bisi Yusuff described the king as a wise and courageous traditional leader, adding “we can see during his tenure peace and stability is always maintained in Lagos State.”

Hon. Sanai Agunbiade also commended the monarch, saying that the royal father should be emulated in terms of good attitude and his generosity to the masses.

On his part, Hon. Abiodun Tobun said, “Oba Akiolu is an exemplary good leader that pays his tax regularly.”

In his contribution, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Sanni Esinlokun appreciated the members for the move and prayed for the longevity of the king, who he described “as a great leader whose style of administration has brought fortune to the state.

“Kabiyesi is a great leader, who would never be forgotten in the history of the state in the context of economy and other development.”

The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon. Mudashiru Obasa reiterated that “he has been playing a fatherly role which has been helpful in various ways.”

He therefore directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni to write a congratulatory letter to the king on behalf of the House.

Lagos Assembly Commends Oba of Ijesaland, Adekunle Aromolaran

The paramount ruler of Ijesaland in Osun State, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, on Thursday commended the Lagos State House of Assembly’s efforts to promote and preserve Yoruba language and culture.

Aromolaran, who gave the commendations while observing the plenary session in Yoruba, called on other Houses of Assembly in the southwestern part of Nigeria to take a cue from the parliament.

According to the first class ruler, who chided parents, schools and traditional chiefs for not encouraging Yoruba Language, said that children learn better in their native languages.

“The first thing I observed was that all proceedings were conducted in Yoruba Language and that struck me and it is strange to me.

“I was not surprised because I knew before I came that the Lagos State House of Assembly encourages our indigenous language.

“The bill passed by the House that made Yoruba language to be made compulsory in primary and secondary schools goes a long way to enhancing the language.

“Yoruba language is spoken in countries like Cuba, Brazil and some other European countries, but we are here looking down on our language as pupils in primary schools cannot speak their indigenous languages.

“Without understanding your indigenous language, you (a student) can hardly make progress in the other subjects.

“I appreciate what the entire Lagos House of Assembly is doing and also their respect for the traditional institutions,” the Oba said.

Oba Aromolaran added that he was moved the way every lawmaker eulogised Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos as the latter celebrated his 15th anniversary of his coronation.

The paramount ruler, who noted that he had visited several legislative houses within and outside the country, said that the Lagos Assembly had no comparison, especially in Nigeria.

On lack of role for the traditional institutions in the Nigerian Constitution, the Oba called on the Lagos Assembly to work together with the National Assembly to ensure that, at least, an advisory role was given to traditional institutions.

According to him, at least 90 per cent of traditional rulers in the country today are educated and that some of them were engineers, professors, accountants, legislators among others.

In his reactions, the Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who expressed joy over the accolades, urged all Nigerians of Yoruba descents to support the promotion of the language.

Obasa said: “We have shown support that we should have strong belief in our traditional institution and to continue to promote our culture.

“We will continue to serve the people of Lagos, that has always been our major interest. One of the reasons we were elected is to serve the people of Lagos.

“So, with this accolades, we will continue to put in all efforts at ensuring that Lagos is moving forward”.

On lack of constitutional role for traditional institutions, Obasa said that the House would be part of the call for attention on the issue.

Also speaking, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, who thanked Oba Aromolaran for his commendation, said that the accolades remained a challenge for the House to do better.

The House, which conducts its Thursday’s proceedings in Yoruba language, adjourned its plenary session to June 4.

Tourism Promotion Agency Will Boost Lagos Economy -Obasa

The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, has said that if the state government carefully explored the tourism sector it would help in boosting the economy of the state.

Obasa said this at a stakeholders meeting on ” A Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of the Lagos State Tourism Promotion Agency and for Connected Purposes” organised by the Ad-hoc Committee on Tourism, Arts and Culture, at the Assembly Complex, Alausa Ikeja.

The Speaker, who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Ehinlokun, stated that for the bill to have great effect after becoming a law, there was need for the stakeholders to make a robust input into the content of the bill.

Obasa explained that the assembly would accommodate all criticisms arising from the stakeholders meeting on the bill, saying that tourism in other developed countries has been transformed into a revenue generation tool.

“There are still much opportunities to tap from tourism by the state government to boost Lagos economy.The economic potentials in tourism will add more economic values to the state and also help in achieving the blueprint of the state’s tourism policies”, said Obasa.

In his comment, the state Commissioner forTourism, Arts and Culture, Mr Steve Ayorinde, explained that there is need for the agency to be in existence so as to consolidate the tourism performance of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

Ayorinde stated that through the existence of the agency, tourism business in the state would have a facelift and that it would as well open door for more opportunities for youths.

“It is important to have the agency to consolidate the gains that have been made in the state in the last three years.

“This is the first time that a ministry would be dedicated to tourism arts and culture. The Governor believes that the ministry could take on board people that are coming out of school.”

There is no way a state of 21 million people could look away from toursim potentials. You need to see what Morocco, Kenya, Gambia and other countries have done with tourism, and you will see that it is a good business.

“There is no country that has done a lot in tourism without a promotion agency. Lagos State is now part of global tourism discussion,” he said.

Ayorinde stated that there was a calendar of art events for effective platform for tourism events, stressing that the state had come up with a master plan for tourism development in the state.

He added “We have had a calendar of arts events to have an effective platform for tourism events.

“We are coming up with the Lagos State Tourism master plan. It is all about having a road map and documents that would guide tourism in the next 15 to 20 years in the state.

“So we need an agency that would not be bogged down by bureaucracy. It is so critical to the success of the vision we have for tourism in the state.

“We would need an agency that would not be distracted by the activities of the government to further place Lagos in the global map to change the fact of tourism potentials of the state”

Commenting, Mr. Bankole Bernard, President of the National Association of Travel Agencies(NANTA), argued that there is no need to duplicate the responsibility of the tourism ministry, saying that rather than setting up an agency for the promotion of tourism, a corporate organisation that would be registered with the corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) is better.

Bernard stated “We do not want a duplication of the Ministry of Tourism. Rather than setting up an agency, it could be a corporate organisation that would be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC). It should be a private entity that can compete anywhere in the world.”

He stressed “They should be able to have satellite offices all over the world and be able to keep data. Lagos State should have the opportunity of appointing the Managing Director, while the Board of Directors should contain technocrats from different organisations. The company would be a destination management company and extend the services to other organizations.”

Mrs. Otulana from the Lagos State Council for Arts and Culture under the Ministry of Tourism, suggested that renewal should be an annual event based on when the organization registers or established.

In his contribution, Alhaji Aminu Gwadabe, Acting President of the Association of Bureau De Change Operators, stated “We have about 4,000 members in Nigeria and 50% of the members are in Lagos.

“It is a huge sector in the state with a turnover of about N120 Billion monthly. We are critical stakeholders in the sector. The fine of N500,000 is too much. Forex village should be created for the practitioners”

Earlier, in his speech, the Chairman Ad-hoc Committee on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Desmond Elliot, stated that the intention of the proposed law is to market and promote Lagos domestically and internationally, saying that tourism across the world has become more sophisticated .

Elliot added ” the need to address the tourism industry requires an institution that is not bogged down with bureaucracy or tedious process associated with ministerial institutions which may hinder it’s promotion and development.”

The bill, if passed into law, would explore and market tourism resources and products, develop and promote Lagos State as a premier travel and tourism destination.

It will also facilitate the creation of investment opportunities for tourism development by focusing on beach and leisure, culture and heritage, arts and entertainment tourism and other special events.

Ramadan: Lagos Assembly Speaker Preaches Love, Unity; Urges Nigerians To Intensify Prayers For Nation

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has called on Nigerians to use the Ramadhan period to extend love to one another and maintain unity and peace among themselves.

Rt. Hon. Obasa also called on Nigerians not to relent in their prayers for the unity of the country and for peace to reign in the nation.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker’s message was contained in his Ramadhan message released on Thursday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

“Ramadhan is a period that calls for sober reflection. Therefore, it’s a time for us to share love among ourselves, maintain peace and continue to pray for the unity of the country and its peaceful co-existence,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker also called on Nigerians to eschew violence and refrain from actions and utterances that can lead to violence or chaos. “We should remain vigilant all the time and refrain from doing things and making utterances that can lead to violence or chaos. Let us all imbibe the spirit of love and peace which are the major symbols of Ramadhan,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker stated further that, “we must also continue to support and pray for government at all levels. We are grateful for your support all this while but like Oliver Twist, we will continue to seek for your support, cooperation and prayers becuase these are the ingredients we need to succeed.

“I want to assure you that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government at all levels will not relent in putting in place measures, policies and programmes that will enhance the welfare of our people as well as improve their standard of living”.

Rt. Hon. Obasa wished Nigerians, a fruitful and rewarding Ramadhan. “On behalf of my colleagues in the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish all Nigerians, particularly Muslims, a rewarding and fruitful Ramadhan,” he said.

Lagos Assembly Set To Domesticate Law On Mental Disorder

The Lagos State House of Assembly is set to domesticate a law that would regulate and take care of persons with mental disorder.
The Bill for a law to provide for Mental Service Bill, 2018 scaled through second reading during plenary on Monday.
Leading the debate, the Chairman House Committee on Health Services, Hon. Segun Olulade stated that the objective of the law is to protect the rights of persons suffering from mental disorder, adding “when passed into law, it would guarantee the health of persons with mental disorder as we have at the federal level.”
Hon. Olulade likewise hinted that the Bill also sought to repeal the existing lunatic law in the State, saying “it will have a better health service and provide opportunity to collaborate with other health service providers.”
He added that the Bill would protect the rights of persons, who were mentally derailed and also guard against discrimination.
The Chairman disclosed that the Bill, when eventually passed into law, would create and maintain mental health databank.
In his comments, the Chairman House Committee on Information and Strategy, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh explained that the law would disabuse the minds of those who believe “it is only those who are on the streets that are mentally ill.”
He also added that the law would take care of persons in the traditional mental homes who usually beat up persons with mental disorder, saying it would also make provision for research.
Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso stated that from the title of the proposed law, it showed an indication that the word ‘lunatic’ was removed, which according to her “it is a way of protecting the dignity of persons with mental disorder.”
While giving his support, Hon. Abiodun Tobun suggested that the treatment of persons with mental challenges should be free.
He argued that since no family members prayed for such a sudden occurrence, it would be appropriate to shed the responsibility for them.
Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu stated that there were provisions for offences as regards neglect, sexual relationship and other offences with persons with mental challenges, saying thật there should be fine for concealment.
He explained that some family members have a way of shielding persons suffering from this ailment because of societal stigma.
Meanwhile the House screened the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode’s nominees for the Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission (LAHASCOM).
Those screened included four former members of the Commission who were Mr. Olawale Mogaji, Mr. Balogun Afolabi, Mrs. Ajoke Risikat Adegêye and Mr. Bode Tawak. They were all renominated by the Governor.
The only new nominee screened was a three term former Secretary of Local Government in Agege, Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo.

Religious bodies must comply with proposed law on domestic staff- Falana

A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) last week Thursday said that religious bodies in Lagos State would have to be compelled to comply with domestic staff law which sought to register and regulate the latter activities in the State.

Falana gave this remark during a Public Hearing on “A Bill for a Law for the Registration of Domestic Staff Service Providers in Lagos State and for connected purposes,” at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium of the Assembly.

The legal practitioner pointed out “the religious bodies would have to be compelled to be part of the law in the State.”

While commending the State House of Assembly for blazing the trail by coming up with a Bill to address problems associated with employing the service of domestic staff, he also suggested that the law should lay emphasiz on rights of domestic staff rather than their registration.

“I thank the Lagos State House of Assembly for blaizng the trail in the country by having a Bill of this nature. I hope you keep it up. We are of the opinion that the protection of the rights of domestic staff instead of merely registering them,” Falana said.

While reminding the lawmakers, of th existing laws in the State, he advised that the proposed law should be made to strengthen to the Child Rights and Domestic Violence Laws.

A representative of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC), Mrs Adebimpe Bada had earlier wondered how the proposed law would handle cases where Churches and Mosques would employ the service of security guards and other social servants without following official procedure.

The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun who represented the Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated during his keynote address that the Bill sought to take the profile of domestic staff in the State with a view to safeguard abuse and other criminal tendencies associated with it.

According to him, “We have all benefitted from the services of these people such as house help and drivers. Some of us have suffered from such act like burglary,” adding that profiling the house help would help to trace the service providers and curtail criminal tendencies.

In her welcome address, the Ad-Hoc Committee Chairman on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso noted that Lagos takes the welfare and security of the residents very paramount, adding that that is responsible for introducing the Bill.

She explained that as husbands and wives, there might be the need to get the service of domestic staff whose activities would have to be regulated by having appropriate database on their number.

In the overview of the Bill which was delivered by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, he disclosed that the Bill is an executive one and that it has 18 sections.

Agunbiade explained that the state was poised to revert the era of impunity by getting the service of domestic staff without following due process.

May Day: Lagos Speaker Commends Nigerian Workers’ Courage, Diligence; Assures Of Govt’s Commitment To Improving Their Welfare

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has commended Nigerian workers for their diligence and commitment to duty, assuring that government at all levels is committed to enhancing their welfare.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker’s message was contained in his May Day address to Nigerian workers released in Lagos on Tuesday. The message was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

In the message, Rt. Hon. Obasa assured the workers that the All Progressives Congress (APC) at all levels is committed to putting in place measures, programmes and policies that will not only improve their standard of living but will also enhance their well being.

“The Nigerian workers are marvellous. I, on behalf of my colleagues in the Lagos State House of Assembly, salute your diligence and commitment to your duty and we are also appreciative of the courageous way you perform your duty. Indeed, your courage and diligence are attributes that have made you compete favourable and positively with your counterparts anywhere in the world,” he said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker assured the workers of government’s determination and commitment to their welfare. “I want to assure you that the APC government at all levels will continue to put in place policies that will enhance your welfare and improve your standard of living,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

He however called on the workers in particular and Nigerians in general not to relent in their support for the government. “We need your understanding, cooperation, support and prayers all the time and we will not relent in seeking for all these from you. On behalf of the honourable members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish you all a happy May Day celebration,” he said.