Osinbajo Calls For Stronger States To Strengthen Democracy

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has advocated for strong and autonomous states as a panacea for eradicating poverty in the country.

Osinbajo stated this, while delivering a lecture at the special parliamentary session in commemoration of the 3rd Anniversary of the 8th Assembly of Lagos State which took place at the chamber of the Lagos state House of Assembly Alausa on Friday June 29th.

Although the topic for the lecture was ‘Strengthening Legislative Institutions: Panacea For Enduring Democracy,” the Vice President narrowed the topic down to ‘Stronger State and The Eradication of Poverty.”

As against the general belief that the creation of a conducive environment by the government for business to thrive would checkmate mass poverty, Osinbajo said that poverty could be eradicated by having strong states with strong judiciary, executive and legislature, which would channel the resources of the state to create wealth for the citizens and eradicate poverty.

“The three arms of government in the states must work proactively for the economic development of its citizens. To achieve this, there must be devolution of powers to the states to enable them control their resources,” Osinbajo said.

He cited the great feat achieved by the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, saying that as Premier of the then Western region Awolowo recorded achievements that were acknowledged worldwide and most of which has remained enduring as the government then relied solely on revenue from taxes and cocoa.

Osinbajo submitted that although he supports devolution of power and restructuring, but that even without restructuring it is possible to create strong states without any major constitutional changes.

He recalled how collaboration between the the three arms of government in Lagos right from the reign of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to the present governor the state has been able to win series of cases at the Supreme Court, which has given more powers to not just only Lagos State, but which has benefited so many other states.

According to him, the Lagos State House of Assembly has pushed the frontiers of federalism by passing laws, which have strengthened federalism in Nigeria.

He advised that for outstanding economic growth there is need to focus more on education, healthcare and provision of jobs through delibrate programmes and pumping of more resources to these sectors to benefit the majority of the citizens.

The Vice President disclosed that the present government is working round the clock to create an environment for business to grow, especially a micro credit scheme for those at the lower rung of the economic ladder to lift them out of poverty.

He commended the Lagos State Government for creating exemplary institutions for economic growth and development.

Osinbajo also made a case for state police to tackle the present security challenges confronting the nation, saying that “local policing is very important as part of security architecture”.

In his remarks, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode praised the leadership of the state Assembly for team dynamics and infrastructural development within the Assembly.

According to him, the three arms of government in the state have always worked together and have strived to show a good example of the tenents of democracy and what growth and development should be “and with that collaboration we will take Lagos to where it is suppose to be.”

In his welcome address earlier, Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said in that three years the Assembly has passed 28 bills into law and over 100 resolutions covering important areas such as education, health, power, transport, security and environment and others for the well-being of the people.

Obasa commended Ambode for “the good job he is doing, which is visible all over the state. He has turned the whole state to one construction site.”

While stressing on the important role of the Assembly in democracy, Obasa said that the executive should ensure the survival of the legislature by playing the role of a father and ensuring cordial relationship to avoid instability and anarchy.

Dignitaries at the event include House of Representatives Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, APC National Legal Adviser, Hon. Babatunde Ogala, APC South West Women Leader, Mrs. Kami Nelson, Rights Activist, Femi Falana, Secretary to the State government, Tunji Bello and other exco members, Body of Permanent Secretaries, Lagos APC chairman, Hon. Tunde Balogun, Lagos APC Woman Leader, Hon. Jumoke Okoya Thomas traditional rulers amongst several others.

Lagos Fuel Tanker Accident: Obasa Condoles With Victims’ Families

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has condoled with the families of victims who lost their lives in the tanker accident which occured at the Lagos end of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on Thursday.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker while describing the incident as a sad development, prayed to God to give the victims’ families the fortitude to hear the loss.

“It is a sad development and I share the feeling of those who lost their loved ones in this incident. I pray to God to give the victims’ families the fortitude to bear the loss,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said in his condolence message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

Osinbajo, Tinubu, Ambode, Aregbesola, Ajimobi, Ghali Na’aba To Grace 3rd Anniversary Of 8th Assembly Of Lagos House

The Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, will be the Guest Speaker at the 3rd Anniversary of the 8th Legislative Assembly of the Lagos State Parliament on Friday, 29 June, 2018.

The Vice President will be speaking on the topic: Strengthening Democratic Institutions: Panacea For Enduring Democracy at the programme which starts at 2pm inside the legislative chamber of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

According to a statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker of the Lagos Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Mr Musbau Rasak, the former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’aba will be the main discussant of the theme after the VP’s presentation.

The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will lead important personalities to the event among whom are: the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode; his counterpart from the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola; and the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.

The annual anniversary lecture has become one of the flagship programmes of the 8th Assembly led by Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. It has become a look forward to annual programme because of the intellectual and academic discourse which is usually anchored on providing panacea for strengthening democracy and rule of law in Nigeria.

According to Rt. Hon. Obasa, “This year’s programme will not be an exception. The Vice President, an erudite scholar and SAN, who believes in strengthening democracy and the Rule of Law will lecture us all on this important topic”.

Plateau Killings: We Need Restructuring To Make Things Better – Olumuyiwa Jimoh

A panacea has been given for the different crisis across the country.

Reacting to the Sunday June 24, 2018 killings of about 86 people in 11 villages in Plateau State, a lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh has recommended a restructuring of the country.

The lawmaker, who is the Deputy Majority Leader of the Assembly, also calls for state police amongst others to make the country better.

Jimoh, representing Apapa Constituency 2, speaks on other matters on this interview.

What is your reaction to the recent killings of about 86 people in 11 villager in Plateau State on Sunday 24 June, 2018 as some people are insinuating that the Federal Government is not doing enough on the killings?

I don’t want to join insinuations with anybody on the matter. We have had problems with our foundation from colonial period due to multiplicity of ethnic groups. It is not common in the South West, where you have the Ijebu people, Egba and Awori people and what have you and they all speak Yoruba Language. But in the northern part of the country, it is not like that. I am aware that they have more than 83 languages in Plateau State alone. Our constitution in Nigeria however recognises only three languages, Hausa, Ibo and Yoruba. That is a big problem, I have travelled far and wide, and I know the feelings and perceptions of other people. We are pretending as if it does not matter, but it matters. We have about 430 ethnic groups in Nigeria, but our constitution recognises only three ethnic groups. I am a Yoruba man I should be happy that my language is recognized, but this is giving us problem. A professor of political science has outlined the number of the different ethnic groups in the country. The former Gongola State that became Adamawa and Taraba State had about 138 ethnic groups. I know between Bero and the Jawara in Plateau State, it is a question of who owns the land and boundary adjustments. Then Kangali and the Fulanis in Bauchi State, there are always problems. You think they are one, they are not one, oneness does not mean sameness, forget Hausa/Fulani Hegemony and herdsmen claiming this or that there are casualties on both sides, go and study the report very well. Problem is like a plant, it has roots.

May be that is why some Nigerians are clamouring for restructuring and the President is saying no…

The President has not said no. We will continue to clamour for restructuring until it is done. I agree that everything cannot happen at the same time. We have seen states that collapsed before and came together. Rwanda collapsed in the past. The former Soviet Union divided into about 14 countries.

So what it the way forward over the killings as the President is saying we should pray over this?

The President said we should pray because he knows the enormity of the reports here and there. Some people even believe that restructuring will not work, some people believe that it would be tailored or doctored by the government. We need to talk for us to live together as a people. It was Aristotle that said it is only the people of the same tribe and culture that govern themselves. So, we need to talk and we need state police to solve the problem. If we have state police, they would swing into action once they hear information about some of these things and it would be easy for them to nip it in the bud. We will continue to agitate for it as we did for the recognition of the winner of the June 12, 1993 general elections, the late Chief MKO abiola, which was eventually find by the Federal Government.

Is it necessary to overhaul the leaders of the security parastatals in the country?

That would not solve the problem. The Inspector General of Police would not know what is happening in Lagos State, for instance and the state Lagos Commissioner of Police would not know what is happening in Ijora Badia, they are human beings like you and I. When you get to the United Kingdom, as you are seeing the state police, you would see the Metropolitan Police. The Heathrow Airport in the United Kingdom, which is one of the busiest and the biggest airports in the world, is being controlled by a local government.

What is your advice to the Oshiomole-led National Executive Council of the APC?

Comrade Adams Oshiomole has taken the first step, he knows there are pockets of grievances here and there, not factions, as far as I am concerned, there are no factions in the party, he is reaching out to the aggrieved ones. The process is on, the more the merrier. He should take the party to a greater height. He should ensure that the elected officials work according to the manifestos of the party.

8th Lagos State House of Assembly is three years, what have been your highpoints?

We have passed 17 bills into Law, not just bills, but bills and laws that are rekevant to the welfare of the people. There are states house of assemblies that have not passed a single law for three years. We passed laws that are relevant such as the one that created the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) and a law to criminalise kidnapping. Our annual town hall meeting is also first of its kind.

In the next one year, may God preserve our lives, we will not let our people down. We will continue to protect their interest.

Lagos Assembly Commends Buhari For Honouring MKO Abiola -Set To Host Osinbajo, Na’abba At Third Anniversary

Lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly have commended President Muhammadu Buhari for honouring the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Elections, the late Chief MKO Abiola.

Raising the issue as a matter of urgent public importance, Leader of the Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said that it was gratifying that President Buhari recognised Abiola as a hero of democracy with an award of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) reserved for presidents of the country.

According to him, “President Buhari has crowned the agitations of the Lagos State House of Assembly over the years that the late Chief MKO Abiola should be recognized.

“We are glad with what President Buhari did on June 4, 2018. The President did what the presidents that have ruled Nigeria since 1999 failed to do, so we are glad that our dreams have finally been realised,” he said.

The Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, in supporting the issue on behalf of other members of the Assembly, stated that the House had always been canvassing the recognition of Chief MKO Abiola other unsung heroes of democracy.

He said that it was worthy of note to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for the action, adding that he never expected Buhari to make such a move as a former military president, who later became a civilian president.

Obasa added that by recognising the winner of the June 12,1993 presidential election, Buhari has advanced the nation’s national value and promoted her national unity.

The Speaker then directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to write a letter to President Muhammad Buhari to commend him for the action.

Moreover, the Chief Whip of the Assembly, Hon. Rotimi Abiru gave a report on the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which held in Abuja on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24, June, 2018.

Abiru stated that most members of the Lagos State House of Assembly were at the convention and commended the leaders for its success.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa then directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to write letters of congratulation to all the leaders of the party, while he commended it’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

The House then adjourned to Friday 29, June 2018 by 2:00pm, when it would be marking it’s third anniversary with the nation’s Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and former speaker of the Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Ghali Umar Naa’ba as guests speakers.

Eid-l-Fitri: Don’t Stop Sharing Love, Maintain Peace, Lagos Speaker Advises Nigerians

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has called on Nigerians, particularly Muslims not to relent in sharing love among themselves despite the end of the Ramadan fasting.

The Speaker also advised Nigerians to continue to maintain peace and avoid utterances and actions that can cause disharmony among themselves.

The Lagos Speaker’s advice was contained in his Eid-l-Fitri message released on Thursday signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

“Ramadan is the period we share love, move closer to God and all try to maintain cordial relationship. As we are celebrating the Eid-l-Fitri in commemoration of the end of the fasting period, we should not abandon all the qualities and virtues we have imbibed during the period,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

According to him, the Ramadan period served as a moment of sober reflection, “the period we collectively decided to abandon vices and embrace virtues. The vital lesson for us therefore is for us to maintain those virtues which are ingredients of a just society.

“We should continue to be our brother’s keeper, share love among ourselves, continue the act of giving imbibe during the fasting period and avoid utterances and actions that can cause disaffection and disharmony among ourselves”.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker advised Nigerians particularly Muslims to celebrate in atmosphere devoid of hatred, violence and chaos. “On behalf of my colleagues in the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish you a happy Eid-l-Fitri celebration,” he said.

June 12: Lagos Speaker Hails Declaration As Democracy Day, Says Buhari, APC, Tinubu Deserve Praise

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has hailed the declaration of June 12 as the new Democracy Day for Nigeria by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Rt. Hon. Obasa, who gave the commendation through a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, also praised Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for his pioneering efforts at making the declaration a reality. Tinubu was the first Governor to declare June 12 as a public holiday for workers which was observed throughout his eight year tenure.

“This declaration has vindicated the belief and agitation of the Progressives that June 12 should be the authentic Democracy Day because it was the day that Nigeria had the freest, fairest and most peaceful election in the country.

“It was June 12 that gave birth to what we are enjoying today as democracy but for 16 years, the People Democratic Party (PDP) government at the centre failed to recognise this epoch making event. Thank God, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has right the wrong and I want to congratulate the President, his Vice, the APC and Nigerians in general for this honour on the martyr of Nigerian democracy, Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa also has special praise for APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu deserves special praise for his commitment to rule of law and justice, moreso his belief in the sanctity of the June 12 mandate and the entire struggle for democracy which culminated in the present democratic dispensation.

“Asiwaju was the first Governor to declare June 12 as Democracy Day and throughout his tenure as governor, workers in Lagos State enjoyed the day as work free day. Asiwaju also named the former Marwa Gardens after the late Chief MKO Abiola to immortalise him.

“And don’t forget that it was Asiwaju that named the press centre at Alausa secretariat after the late Bagauda Kaltho, the News magazine correspondent killed by the Abacha junta during the struggle for democracy.

“Therefore our leader also deserves special commendation for his pioneering efforts at getting official recognition for June 12, Chief MKO Abiola and other icons of democratic struggle in the country,” Rt. Hon Obasa said.

Wale Aboderin’s Demise: Lagos Speaker Condoles With Family, Punch; Says Nigeria Will Miss His Versatility, Resourcefulness

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has condoled with the staff and management of the Punch newspaper over the death of its Chairman, Wale Aboderin, saying that the Nigerian nation will miss the versatility of the man who died at the age of 60.

In his condolence message released on Friday and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, the Lagos Assembly Speaker also condoled with the Aboderin family of Ibadan over the death of their son.

“He was such a versatile man. Apart from being the Chairman of one of Nigeria’s leading newspapers, the Punch; he was not also a basketballer he also owned a basketball team, Dolphins, which have represented the country in many international competitions; while he also owned a musical band, the Rapture,” he said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker noted further that during his time as the Chairman of Punch newspaper, he has improved the standard of the paper while the Dolphins Basketball Club he founded, funded and presided over won many national and international competitions.

“Indeed, Nigeria will miss his resourcefulness and versatility which had contributed in no small measures to nation building,” Rt. Hon Obasa said.

“On behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, I condole with the Aboderin family of Ibadan and the management and staff of the Punch newspaper on the loss of this illustrious Nigerian,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said