Photo News: Africa Bar Association Honours Obasa

L-R: Honourable (Princess) Adefunmilayo Tejuoso; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; and Majority Leader of the Assembly, Hon Sanai Agunbiade, at the Africa Bar Association (ABA) conference in Nairobi, Kenya where Rt. Hon. Obasa was presented with a Certificate of Recognition by ABA.

Lagos Assembly Reconstitutes Committees -Hosts South West and Speakers from 36 States In August

Months after the dissolution of its standing committees, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has announced the reconstitution of the committees of the House.

Announcing the new committees during plenary on Tuesday, Obasa revealed that while he would head the Selection Committee, the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Rotimi Abiru would be the Chairman of the Business Rules and Ethics Committee.

Other committee chairmen are Agriculture, Hon. Rasheed Makinde, Health Services, Hon. Akeem Shokunle, House Services, Hon. Fatai Oluwa, Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Environment, Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi and Works and Infrastructure, Hon. Abiodun Tobun.

Also announced were, Public Accounts (Local), Hon. Bisi Yusuff, Public Accounts (State), Hon. Moshood Oshun, Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Information and Strategy, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, Judiciary, LASIEC, Human Rights and Petition, Hon. Tunde Braimoh and Water Front Infrastructure, Hon. Dayo Famakinwa.

The rest are Establishment and Training, Hon. Mojisola Miranda, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara, Commerce and Industry, Hon. Jude Idimogu, Central Business District, Hon. Oladele Adekanye, Education, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi, Wealth Creation, Hon. Raheem Kazeem , Tourism and Culture, Hon. Noheem Adams, and Housing, Hon. Ibrahim Layode.

Meanwhile, the Assembly has adjourned sitting to September, 17, 2018 as it went on annual recess, while it would host Conference of South West Speakers and Conference of Speakers of Nigeria in the first week of August, 2018.

LAGOS LAWMAKERS PASS LAGOS STATE AWARD SCHEME BILL, LAGOS STATE PENSION REFORM AMENDMENT BILL

Lawmakers of the Lagos State House of Assembly at Tuesday plenary have passed the Lagos State Award Scheme Bill, 2017 into law.

The bill was passed shortly after the Ad Hoc Committee Chairman on Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Hon. Sokunle Olusola resumed deliberation on the report of the bill.

The bill which scaled through its second and third reading is meant to serve as a form of motivation to individuals who have served the State meritoriously in different capacities. Its benefits will confer on recipients the privilege of using the award to being qualified for certificates and medals as well as such other privileges.

It would be recalled that the bill at the last plenary during the presentation of report was recommended for amendments for another allotted date in order to ensure proper scrutiny.

Also, the Lagos State Pension Reform (Amendment) Bill 2007 has been passed into law.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa while lending his weight behind the bill, stated that it is apt. He thereafter directed the Clerk Mr. Azeez Sanni to forward clean copies of the bills to the Governor of the State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his assent.

Lagos Assembly Set To Assess Local Governments, Local Council Development Areas

The Lagos State House of Assembly has resolved to assess the activities of the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state.
This was consequent upon a Motion moved by Hon. Moshood Oshun and others that the LGs and LCDAs be assessed one year after the election of the chairmen and councillors across the local governments.
Oshun stated that the local governments are regarded as the extension of the state in the area of development as they are given allocation both by the Federal Government and the state government.
He stated that it was important to assess the local governments and local council development areas to see if they conform to the Administrative Guideline of 2011.
The lawmaker submitted that it was important to mandate the appropriate committee of the House to evaluate the activities of the local governments.
“The local governments are expected to assist in the development of the state. It is important to evaluate how they have impacted on the state and for the committee of the House to assess them,” he said.
The Motion was seconded by Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu.
In his comment, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi said that it was important for the Assembly to carry out the exercise as they would be seeking votes from the people very soon and that the local governments are closer to the people.
Also, Hon. Rotimi Olowo stated that the local governments are the babies of the House and that the House must inspect how they have been spending the money being allocated to them.
According to him, the House must look at the capital and recurrent expenditures of the local councils and see if they are in tandem with the administrative guidelines.
Hon. Rasheed Makinde also supported the motion, while Hon. Segun Olulade suggested that the committee should do an on-the-spot assessment of the activities of the local governments.
In his view, Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi considered the Motion as timely, adding that while some local government chairmen have been working, some others have not been performing their duties effectively.
He said that if the local governments fail, then all eyes would be on the state government.
Also contributing, Hon. Abiodun Tobun said that the House should look at the level of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the councils and that the House should look at the projects of the councils rather than the programmes of the various councils.
This, he said would provide justification for the creation of the local governments.
Hon. Victor Akande, in his contribution, said that the committee should visit the local governments for assessment as earlier suggested.
The Speaker of the House, Rt.Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said in his speech that it was important for the House to audit the local governments and LCDAs to ensure that they do their jobs.
“The local governments were established for grassroots development. This is a very good period for the assessment of the local governments as they collect their allocation regularly.
“We need to encourage those that are doing well and charge those that are not doing well to do more.
“We should look at the parliament at the local government if they are being supported by the councils and see how we can help them,” he said.
Obasa then announced members of the committee that would assess the local governments.
The committee is to be Chaired by Hon. Rotimi Olowo, and members include Hon. Fatai Mojeed, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, Hon. Rasheed Makinde, and Hon. Akeem Shokunle.
The rest are Hon. Mojisola Miranda, Hon. Setonji David, Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi, and Hon. Victor Akande and the committee is to report back to the House in three weeks.

Tanker Fire: Lagos Assembly Set To Review Traffic Law -Movement of Long Vehicles To Be Restricted

The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state to restrict movement of long vehicles to between 9pm and early hours of the day.

Moving a motion on the matter with reference to the petrol tanker accident that claimed lives and property along Otedola Estate in Berger area on Thursday 28th June, 2018, the Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade called for a review of issues surrounding movement of trailers in the state.

The Motion was moved by 14 members of the House.

The House urged the Governor to direct the State Commissioner for Transportation, Hon. Dipo Lawanson to ensure that long vehicles do not ply the roads in the state until 9pm.

“The House observed that the fire incident around Otedola Estate on Thursday 28, June led to avoidable deaths of several people and destroyed many properties.

“We noticed that the incident was caused by recklessness on the part of the driver, overspeeding, drinking of alcohol amongst others. It is also observed that many of the drivers do not have drivers license and many of the vehicles are not road worthy,” he said.

While commending the Lagos State Government for the rapid response to the incident, the movers of the motion urged the state government to sanction any long vehicle owner that does not obtain necessary papers and ensure road worthiness of their vehicles.

Agunbiade stated that it was worrisome that long vehicles are parked on Ikorodu Road indiscriminately considering the consequences.

The House used the opportunity to call on the state’s Governor to direct the Commissioner for Transportion to provide regulations for the types of vehicles that would ply Lagos roads based on their year of purchase.

Agunbiade added that the state government should direct all owners of long vehicles to go for insurance policies, provide places to park the vehicles and ensure that they follow the regulations of the state government.

“We also want to call on Governor Ambode to direct the Chief Justice of the state, Justice Olufunmilayo Oke to set up mobile courts to handle cases involving long vehicles.

“The House calls on the Minister of Power, Works and Housing to repair the roads in the state and provide weigh bridges for the vehicles,” he said.

The Motion was, however, supported by Hon. Abiodun Tobun.

Contributing to the matter, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa suggested that the state Commissioner for Transport should meet with the insurance companies so that the policies would be done properly.

“The state government should have a discussion with the insurance companies so that the policies would be original and not fake.

“Our traffic law should be reviewed to reduce loss of lives on our roads. If the Otedola Estate incident had happened at night, the casualty would have been minimal,” he stated.

Also speaking on the matter, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu said that the state government should call on the Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edgal Imohinmi to be up and doing to ensure that the vehicle owners obtain insurance policies.

He said that the policies should be regulated by the police so that the efforts of the government would not be wasted.

The motion was also supported by Hon. Bisi Yusuf, who said that a similar incident was averted in Alimosho Area on Wednesday, adding that the matter should be taken seriously.

The Speaker of the House subsequently directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to write to the government on the matter.

Meanwhile, the House has set up a committee to review the mid-year expenditure of the Ministries, Parastatals and Agencies (MDAs) in the state.

The Committee is to be headed by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, while members include Hon. Abiodun Tobun, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu, Hon. Jude Idimogu, Hon. Bisi Yusuf, Hon. Moshood Oshun, Hon. Nurudeen Saka-Solaja and Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho.

The committee was directed to submit its report within two weeks and a half.