Lagos Assembly passes 2019 Budget


The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed the state’s 2019 Appropriation Bill of N873. 532 billion into law for the year ending Dec. 31, 2019.

The passage followed the adoption of the report and recommendations of the House Committee on Appropriation headed by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu

The House approved N393, 841, 387, 020 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for Recurrent Expenditure and N479, 691, 073, 705 from Development Revenue Fund for Capital Expenditure.

The budget size thereby totalled N873, 532, 460, 725 which is N21.216 billion higher than the budget size presented by Ambode.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa commended Yishawu and members of the committee for thorough scrutiny of the budget.

Obasa said: “That a bill for a law to authorised the issue and appropriation of N393,841,387,020 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for Recurrent Expenditure.

“And N479, 691,073,705 from Development Fund for Capital Expenditure thereby totalling a budget size of N873,532,460,725 for the Year ending 31st December, 2019 be passed into law

The House passed the bill after Obasa conducted a voice vote on each of the sectoral allocations for ministries , departments and agencies.

Obasa directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, to send a copy of the bill to Ambode for his assent.

It would be recalled that Governor Ambode had on Feb. 5 presented the 2019 budget proposal of N852. 316 billion to the Lagos Assembly.

The 2019 budget is N 287. 68 billion lesser than that of 2018 which stood at N 1.04 trillion .

The budget has a Capital Expenditure of N462 .757 billion and a Recurrent Expenditure of N389.560 billion.

The capital to recurrent ratio of the budget stood at 54: 46.

At Last, Olorunrinu joins APC

The only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in the Lagos State House, Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu representing Amuwo-Odofin Constituency I on Monday defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Olorunrinu lost his reelection bid to APC candidate, Mrs Mojisola Alli-Macaulay in March 9 House of Assembly election with just 278 votes and vowed not to challenge the result at the election tribunal.

The lawmaker informed the House of his defection at plenary through a letter titled: “Letter of Defection from PDP to APC” which he addressed to the Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa and read by the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr Azeez Sanni.

The letter read in part: “I have been a young progressive-minded person and I have decided to realign with All Progressives Congress (APC) based on moving trend and party to reckon with in taking Lagos State to the next level.

“I will like to appreciate Mr Speaker for his continuous act of service to my constituency. This explains the magnanimity of Mr Speaker.” He further explained that “In 2015, we were eight and seven of us have defected but in all sincerity I made bold to say here that, I have never had any regret of still finding myself in the midst of this great administration.

“Sincerely, I said to myself that continuity as a young man in politics is a necessity. I said to myself that I must join the progressives party, which is the APC.

“Permit me to say this in this hallowed chamber that the Peoples Democratic Party have been discovered by my humble self, as a party that is not to be reckoned with.

“Not to be reckon with because, it is a party that lacks structure, it is a party that lacks visions for Nigeria of tomorrow.

“That’s the more reason why I said to myself that we must start from here ans preach the good news of APC. I want to say a very big thank you to Mr Speaker for accepting me,” Olorunrinu said.

He apologised to the Speaker for his late decision.

According to Olorunrinu, he has spoken with his constituents, stakeholders of different calibres on the decision ” to join the moving train”.

The Speaker welcomed Olorunrinu to the ruling party and commended him for his decision while other APC lawmakers also received the defector into the party.

“I thank you for making the decision at last. We welcome you into our midst as members of APC in the House of Assembly.

“You have always been part of us save the fact that you refused to dump the leaking umbrella but today you have decided, I welcome you on behalf of our party.

“I want to thank you for lending your voice to what have been our position from quite sometime that the best party in Nigeria today is APC and there is nothing to gain from PDP. For realising this, I congratulate you.

“Distinguished colleagues, we now 40 members who are members of APC. Thank you for joining us,” Obasa said.
It would be recalled that eight lawmakers were elected into the 40-member Lagos Assembly in 2015 general elections but seven defected into the ruling party in 2017.

The seven lawmakers that defected from the PDP earlier included the Minority Leader, Hon. Akeem Bello (Amuwo Odofin II), Minority Whip, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara (Surulere II), and Hon. Olusola Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo I).

Others were Hon. Jude Idimogu (Oshodi/Isolo II), Hon. Dayo Famakinwa (Ajeromi Ifelodun II) Hon. Fatai Oluwa (Ajeromi/Ifelodun I) and Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo I).

While six of the lawmakers defected on Feb.16, 2017 the seventh, Akande moved on July 10 same year all citing the achievements of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode and the leadership quality of Obasa.

The candidates of APC won the entire 40 seats in the House of Assembly during the 2019 poll, unlike in 2015 general elections when PDP clinched eight seats.

Whoever Obstructs LNSC Member Risks Fine Of N250,000, Imprisonment-Lagos Assembly

The Lagos State House of Assembly has recommended a fine of N250, 000 or six months imprisonment for any individual who obstructs members of the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Corp (LSNC) from carrying out their duties.

This followed the adoption of the report of its Committee on Information, Security and Strategy as presented by its Chairman, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho by the House during plenary on Monday.

Tejuosho presented the report on “A Bill for a Law to Amend the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency for the Regulation and Control of Neighborhood Safety Corps Activities and for Connected Purposes”.

According to her, it was observed at the public hearing held on Dec. 14, 2018 that certain sections of the Principal Law needed to be amended in addition to those contained in the Amendment Bill.

She added that in order to allow for proper efficiency and strengthening of the agency, there was a need to create more sections to make the amendment more encompassing.

Tejuosho said that the amendment created a new Section 25 in the Principal Law with the sidenote “Obstruction of Authorise Officer”.

“A person, who willfully and unlawfully obstructs, restrains, prevents, harasses or injures a safety corps member or any authorised officer in the discharge of their duties under this Law commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of six months imprisonment or to fine of N250, 000 only or both fine and imprisonment.

” A duly authorised safety corps member shall have power to enter, inspect and conduct search upon warrant issued by a Magistrate as may be incidental to be operation of this law.

“A safety corps member shall have power to arrest anyone who commits, about to commit or is suspected of criminal activities and shall handover such person (s) to the police,” the amendment bill read in part.

Section 27, subsection 2 of the amendment, however, stated that a safety corps member shall not exploit his or her membership of the safety corps for personal advantage or benefits.

“A safety corps member who violates the provisios of this section commits an offence under Section 68 of the Criminal Law and is liable on conviction to five years imprisonment,” Subsection 3 of Section 27 read in part.

The amendment stated that some functions of the LNSC include establishment of the uniform safety corps in all local government areas of the state.

The agency is also expected to take over all existing responsibilities of the neighborhood watch and absord all eligible neighborhood watch members into the safety corps.

According to the bill, the agency will register all private vigilant groups, private home security and any other person employed for private security as well as carrying out enlightenment campaign on crime detection and prevention.

The lawmakers took turns to commend the committee for the amendment and debated the bill.

In his observation, Prince Bisi Yusuff said that tenure of the board should not be put on part time but on full time as proposed in the amendment because of the importance of security.

Yusuff said that LNSC should be thoroughly funded through the Lagos State Security Trust Fund (LSSTF)

Hon. Rotimi Olowo (APC-Somolu I) harped on the need for the agency to liase with other security agencies for proper security of lives and property.

The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, who corroborated Yusuff said: “The tenure of the members of the board should not be part time because of the nature of the issue (security).

“Lagos is a dynamic state with various security challenges. We must be emphatic on this. I wish to state that the job should be permanent and not part time”.

In his submission, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the House, Mr Obasa said that the fines for anyone who obstructs LNSC officials was mild and that it would not deter criminals.

Obasa said that the board should be separated from the agency to allow the agency function well.

On whether the job of the board members should be part-time or full time, the Speaker said that depended on the functions of the board.

Meanwhile, the House also debated reports on Public Private Partnership (PPP) and the Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission (LAHASCOM)

The reports were presented by the Chairmen of House Committee on Finance and House Committee on Establishment, Training and Pension, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu and Hon. Mojisola Meranda respectively.

On PPP, the lawmakers were unanimous during debate that the House should be involved in all MoU and Feasibility Studies on PPP as the representatives of the people for transparency and accountability.

The House subsequently adopted the two reports as the resolutions of the House and adjourned sitting to Friday, 26th April.


Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly and Chairman of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa hosts 1st Quarter General Meeting of the Conference today at the Conference Room of the Assembly’s Legislative Chamber at the Assembly Complex, Alausa.

Lagos Assembly Seeks Passage Of Electricity Reform Act By National Assembly, Urges DISCOs To Provide Prepaid Meters For Residents

The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged the National Assembly to expedite action on the passage of the Electricity Reform Act 2018.

It also called on the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola to order Eko and Ikeja Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to face out metering system and provide pre-paid meters to the teeming residents of the state.

This followed a Motion moved by some lawmakers in the Assembly on Tuesday led by Hon. Tunde Braimoh.

In the Motion, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, representing Kosofe Constituency 2, called on the National Assembly to expedite action on the Electricity Power Reform Act 2018 that criminalises the estimated billing system.

“The House resolves to call on the National Assembly to amend the schedule two of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to allow states and local governments to generate electricity.

“The National Assembly should expedite action on the Electricity Reform Act 2018.

“The house calls on the Minister of Power and the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to call on Eko and Ikeja DISCOs to desist from taking transformers away from consumers over non payment of bills.

“The Minister and NERC should ensure the distribution of prepaid meters to consumers and the Consumer Protection Agency should ensure that the rights of consumers in Lagos State are protected,” he said.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa emphasised the need for the Federal Government to allow states or local governments that can generate electricity to do so.

Obasa added that concentrating electricity generation in the hands of the Federal Government, when there are no resources to do so is wrong.

He then ordered the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to write the National Assembly and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing on the resolution of the House on the matter.

In his comment, Hon. Bisi Yussuf (Alimosho 1) stated that crisis over electricity issue is a daily occurrence in Lagos State, and that it usually leads to violence between officials of DISCOs and the consumers.

Yussuf said that officials of DISCOs usually remove transformers and that they would not replace them for six months, while they still bring bills for such months.

He condemned a situation where consumers buy transformers, which later become those of DISCOs.

This was corroborated by Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu 1), who said that the issues started occuring when the DISCOs took over.

“What is generated cannot be transmitted because we don’t have the facilities for transmission.

“We should call on the Minister of Power to make critical analysis of these companies.

“The DISCOs don’t have the financial muscle to provide power for the people.

“We need to overhaul the electric service providers since they don’t have enough financial requirement, and their monopoly gesture has made life unbearable for our people,” he said.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh (Apapa 2) said that it is a constitutional provision that the National Assembly should pass the amendment before it is signed by the president. Jimoh added that the Minister of Power has said that Nigerians should not pay the DISCOs until they provide prepaid meters.

He added that “we should ensure that the metering system should be done away with and our people should have access to prepaid meter.”

In his comments, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) urged the assembly to call on the Consumer Protection Agency to push for the rights of the consumers on the issue.

Money Politics Is Affecting Our Political Development -Bisi Yusuff

The lawmaker, representing Alimosho Constituency 1 in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebisi Yusuff in an interview, spoke on effect of money politics and its attendant effect on the nation.

He also spoke on other sundry issues, and called for a deliberate action to reduce money politics in Nigeria.

What lesson would you say we learned from the last general elections?

The last election was a tedious project, in fact I am afraid for Nigeria the way we are going. A time will come in this country that if we are not careful, we won’t find intelligent people with integrity or people that know what to do and when to do it venturing into politics, if they don’t have money. I must confess to you, people do not even know what you have contributed towards the development of a system, it is what they can get from you, forgetting that it is what you put down in sustaining the system that matters than what you get from the system.

Sustaining the system is most paramount now in Nigeria, if the current trend continues, I am afraid even I pity the propagators of “not too young to run” because no matter how brilliant you may be if you don’t have the means or money you cannot go far. We thank God in that Lagos State we have got a very focused leader in person of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

For me, I will continue to be blunt and speak my mind because that would be my legacy that other people would meet. Those who had been there long time ago, we are reading their piece, witty contributions, seminars and all that. It is what they have the courage of speaking about that inspires the young ones to become something, but if you are afraid that you are going to offend somebody and you refuse to utter it you are dead because the moment you die with it you are dead completely and that is why I feel that we should do something about money politics.

Does the high level of poverty in the country have anything to do with this?

It is true to a certain extent that it is a result of poverty, but even you that you are doing everything possible to make the system work, when the time comes they forget about what you have done in the past.

They forget what you have don so soon, in essence I am advocating the retraining and rebuilding of our mindset to ensure that what is obtainable today is redefined so as to justify our continued existence and integrity.

However, how would poverty not come, when the electorate would demand the little money I supposed to invest in projects.

The system won’t thrive without money, but we thank God for everything. But were it to be based on performance some people are in this country and with what they have done so far, the electorates ought not to ask them for anything, when it is time for elections.

In the United States of America, such a person may continue to be there for years. I just returned from Chicago in the United States of America the Speaker of the House of Assembly there has been in office for fifty years as Speaker not as an ordinary member whereas people are talking about the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa who is just going for the fifth term and second time as Speaker. But when you look at the way Obasa is handling issues in the House today you will know that we need somebody like him that is full of experience and that can stabilize the House, who knows what to do and when to do it. That is just it, we should be building institutions not individuals. .

You recently brandish your CV to prove a point on social media. What role do you feel adequate sensitization can play in toning down money politics?

There is one particular candidate from a different political party. He committed what a journalist or social scientist would call ‘class suicide’ by derailing from the ruling party and decamping to another party to contest with me. He was saying that “imagine Bisi Yusuff who cannot even express himself in English Language.” I regard them as novices, he can be said to be suffering from political schizophrenia.

They are living in illusion and more like in a mirage due to their vested interest, which is conflicting with their sense of reasoning, which informed what they eere saying. I graduated from the university before many of them were born.

Moreover, I have spent eight years as a lawmaker. I would have gotten several additional degrees within this period of I had enrolled to a school eight years ago and you can’t buy experience with money.

In essence I feel I need to thank my constituents for the confidence in me despite the character assassination and the deliberate heating up of the polity.

The people stood and they helped me. I scored the highest vote, over 45,000 and again “Mr. Honourable” contested against me with all the degrees and intimidating resume. The people now call him “Honourable 2004” because he scored 2004 votes, you can see the wide margin in the difference.

It also shows that aside the money some people still remembered your efforts…

Clearly without that there is no way I would have emerged victorious. Especially, if you look at my health program alone, you will see that we are interested in the welfare of the people. When I now came out with my compendium, people were asking if I was going for governorship election and I said no because it is only governor that can dabble into such a thing and this is just because I am not a sleeping. I am not a docile lawmaker and I do not run away from them. I have a functional constituency office running from time to time even when I am not around. I have a team of media people who are on ground, they are putting heads together, doing researches and some other things because you can’t afford not to be informed so that you are not deformed. They say a reader is a leader.

What advice to you have for members of the National Assembly over the leadership tussle for the 9th Assembly so that we don’t have a repeat of what transpired in 2015 and what would be your candid advice to the incoming Governor Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State?

There is no where in the world that you would do anything outside the party as a politician. So the party hierarchy should know who is going for what, that is what stabilizes the polity of a country.

We all know how Senator Bukola Saraki became the Senate President by fraud and we saw the consequence of that.

So why should we go through that trend again, we should not because experience will guide us. If you obtain your certificate by fraud definitely you would secure a fraudulent job and the end of it is shameless exit from the system like the defeat of Bukola Saraki in Kwara State. That is where we saw a Senate President losing his polling booth and when he want to go out of his domain people shouted him down. So, I will advise the members of the National Assembly that whatever they want to do,we have a national leader and other high ranking leaders of the party.

They should discuss with the leaders of the party and constitute very formidable team that would have the interest of the nation at heart not individual ambitions.

The law states that the legislators shall choose somebody among them, the party influence is not really captured in the law and the National Chairman of the APC is however signalling the direction the politicians on appointing their leaders, would you consider that a democracy?

That is what the law states, but there is internal democracy.

What it means is for you to subject yourself to party discipline and know that the party is supreme. The party supported them to the heights they are. Those that are faulting the decision of the party are really not disciplined members.

So anybody supporting Ali Ndume should be considered as an undisciplined member of the party?

Oh yes, do you just come to contest for a position without identifying with the party? The terminology that the party is supreme must hold sway, it is applicable anywhere even in the United States of America even in the UK. You know that the party must have an internal mechanism by which they determine who gets what, the leadership of a party anywhere evolve from a gradual progression. You cannot just come from the blues and say you want to be anything or contesting for something. The party supported some of them to become what they are today and as a result,they must do everything in line with what the party is saying, but I know they would fail, those who are not toeing the party line will not succeed..

What should the Lagos State Governor-Elect, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu look out for in crossing his executive cabinet selection?

Sanwoolu should not do it alone, he should consult with leaders widely that is my own candid opinion and I would not shy away from saying that. He should not arrogate the selective power to himself alone. It is when you do that, that people view it as a team work and they would have confidence in you. Gone are those days when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will not even do that to anybody if you know him like I do, the Jagaban of Borgu would never select alone, he would ensure that he consults with every leader in each local government before concluding or coming up with the list and the era of saying somebody is imported from somewhere has gone. I trust him, he has trained thousands of his foot soldiers today in Lagos, in other parts of Nigeria and even outside the shores of Nigeria. He is being reckoned with across Africa as a leader that has a political family, sometimes even across all the party lines.There are politicians in other parties who align with his political ideologies, his aspirations and all that. So this is the kind of man that we need.

What are you doing differently this third term?

I will build on what I have done and I would continue in a different manner and with more vigor. I would not sleep on the floor of the house and I would be as articulate as ever. I will marshal the points as it should be in the interest of my constituents and Nigeria as a whole. My constituents should be rest assured that they have a ranking member of the House as their representative. Aside legislative business, my constituents are now more confident in me being a third timer. They follow me as a role model, I now have the Prince of Hope School of Thought, where I lecture young people to know what to do. I will never abandon my healthcare program. I am even sure it would outlive me. Then i will focus on education, being a vehicle for development, when you build the mind of the people you have built the schools, roads, several social amenities and infrastructure yet to be seen. I will continue to fund their academic progression, distributing JAMB forms, organise skill acquisition programme like ICT training and more. As a former council chairman and a ranking legislator, I will bring my wealth of experience to bear and lobby the executive to curry more favour in my constituency. Our Speaker have chatted a course for us today to forge ahead. This 9th Assembly will be a different one due to the fact that so many experienced lawmakers are returning, so expect a robust legislative session.

How do you view the reduction in the number of women especially in the coming 9th assembly?

Given women soft landing in political space means you are reducing their status.

In the university the score that gives you admission is not gender sensitive, consider Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, whose stance is more than that of a man, they should join the struggle. If they keep lamenting, men would continue to dominate them in the political space.

INEC Lagos issues certificates of return to Obasa, 39 Others

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Lagos, today, issued certificates of return to the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt(Hon) Mudashiru Obasa and 39 Lawmakers-Elect at the headquarters in Yaba.

The event was attended by Lagos Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Tunde Balogun, Secretary of the party, Wale Ahmed, Publicity Secretary, Joe Igbokwe and the Assistant Publicity Secretary, Mr Abiodun Salami.

In his welcome address, the Administrative Secretary, Mr Ashade Adelani, tasked the lawmakers-elect on massive delivery of dividends of democracy to their constituents, adding that out of 640 candidates that contested the House of Assembly elections in March 9th, only 40 emerged winners.

Adelani added ” I urge you all to ensure massive delivery of dividends of democracy to your constituents who you will be representing”

In his comments, the Resident Electoral Commissioner, INEC Lagos, Mr Sam Olumekun, described the event as a special one saying that Nigeria had experienced 20years of uninterrupted democratic practice.

” Today is special because we are experiencing 20years of uninterrupted democratic practice in Nigeria.. it is also important because the election that brought you into office was peaceful and was adjudged so by the international observers”

Olumekun eulogised the various security agencies for their roles in the conduct of the general elections in the state, thereby urging the lawmakers-elect to enact laws that would improve the lives of Lagosians.

He, however, urged the party leaders to intensify their efforts in mobilising the electorate and their members to actively participate in elections, lamenting on the low turnout of voters during last general elections in the state.

However, the lawmaker-elect and Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt(Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, in his comment, stated that this was his fifth term of coming to INEC to collect certificate of return, saying that the lawmakers -elect had listened to the advice of the REC and that they would represent their constituents genuinely.

Obasa stated that they are concerned about the people and that they would not forget the interest of the people in their legislative duties.

He added ” We have the interest of our people and that is the purpose we are going to the parliament. The 8th Assembly had done tremendously well and the 9th Assembly will not be different as the ear and mouth of the people”

Speaking on the cost of conducting elections in the country, Obasa suggested ” The Nation needs to be more prudent by looking for a more convenient and less expensive process that will be acceptable and credible.

Obasa commended the National Leadership of APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) members and other stakeholders who contributed to ensure that the 40 seats were won by candidates of the party.

He, however, called for more acceptable, convenient, prudent, truthful and protective electoral process, calling on the National Assembly to embark on necessary amendment that would be beneficial to the general public.

Government Should Provide More Facilities In Epe – Abiodun Tobun

Hon. Abiodun Tobun is representing Epe Constituency 1 in the State House of Assembly.

The lawmaker recently won a third term into the assembly under the All Progressives Congress.

Tobun speaks on what he want the stat government to do for his people and his plans for the constituency in this interview he granted us recently.

Your party wants Senator Ahmed Lawan to be the Senate President, while others are interested in the seat. The same thing is happening on the Federal House of Representatives, where the party wants Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila to be the Speaker of the House. Won’t there be problem or a repeat of what happened in 2015 if the senators and representatives should go into contest?

The party would come together and the leadership of the party so that by June this year, the best candidates would emerge for the offices. The party has a role to play in the whole issue.

Should the party interefe in the process or allow the lawmakers to elect their own leaders

The party has a role to play. No one contested election with his own name, they contested under the party. Our names were not on the ballot papers, it was the party’s name that was there.

What would you advise the incoming Governor Babajide Sanwoolu of Lagos State to consider in forming his cabinet after May 29, 2019?

I want to urge the incoming Governor to select the people that would serve the interest of the majority of the people, uphold the tenets of the party and do the bidding of the generality of the people in line with the manifestos of the party. There are a lot of qualified party men that can serve, they should not choose people who have suffered setbacks in their domain. They should look for people that are qualified and competent to do the job.

If this is done, the commissioners would have listening ears and they will not be far away from the people. They will not be far from the people. I want the Governor to look at that direction for the benefit of our people. We have qualified medical doctors who are full of ideas, we have lawyers and other professionals. The Governor should look at the competence of the nominees and choose those who would not separate themselves from the people.

Are there peculiar needs of your constituency that you want the government to pay attention to

Epe is the most backward local government in the state. There is no link road to Epe from the city and from other parts of the state and country. If you are coming from Ibeju Lekki, there is no link road to Epe, if you are coming from Ikorodu, there is no link road there, even the road there is bad. The road from Ijebu Ode, Ogun State is bad. There is no industrial estate in Epe, there is industrial estate in Agbara, there is one in Ikeja. Also, Epe does not have BRT, even there is no signal light in Epe, and there is no pedestrian bridge in Epe. There is no good housing estate there. We have a lot of things that should be attended to. We have land, the Governor should give our people a vision. Let our people expand, let them feel the impact of the government. Our ‘baales’ should be upgraded to ‘obas’ so that they can also have better benefits. Also, our general hospital should be upgraded. The LASU Epe Campus should be upgraded, Michael Otedola College of Education in Epe should be upgraded to a university. The issues are too numerous. Most of the markets in Epe are bad. Our main market should be upgraded to international standard. Our fish market is of international standard, but it should be upgraded. We have a lot of things that they can do to enhance the socio-economic life of our people. If the roads are good, a drive from Epe to Lagos is less than one hour. So a lot of people would love to stay in Epe and work in the city. We have the ambience, we have the topography. Epe should be opened up for development.

What would be the face of 9th Lagos State House Assembly

We are 40 from the APC, we were 32 from the APC and eight from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 8th Assembly, later seven of them crossed to our party. We will continue to do our best.

What would you do differently in your third term

I have mentioned them and I would pursue them. We will work with our colleagues and we pray that the executive would support us. If the Epe is good, a lot of people would live there and work in the city.