Lagos Assembly Probes Abandoned N7 Billion Cardio Renal Hospital Equipment

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday moved to probe the abandonment of N7billion Cardiac Renal Facility Centre in Gbagada General Hospital.

This is sequel to the report read by the Acting Chairman of the House Ad hoc Committee on Health, Hon. Akeem Sokunle.

Sokunle, in his report stated that members of his committee had embarked on a tour to ascertain health facilities across the state.

“We observed that there is shortage of manpower, non-functioning ambulances, insecurity, unequipped laboratories and more importantly abandonment of multi- billion naira cardiac renal facility,” he said.

According to him, most of the equipment in the hospital are not working and I got report that the cardio renal machines only worked for two weeks before the facility was locked up. Also, most of the sensitive equipment are obsolete.

In his contribution, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh (Kosofe 2) expressed his displeasure over the issue.

“It is heart disheartening that the investment of the State in the hospital is being abandoned. If these facilities are functioning, we would have saved many lives and reduce the constant medical tours to India,” he said.

He pleaded that the Committee be given authority to delve more into the matter from the point of supply of equipment and how they stopped functioning.

On his part, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) said that if equipment of such magnitude is cited in the state of excellence; it is for a purpose and that it must not be wasted.

He therefore moved that the suppliers of the equipment be invited for questioning and that the investigation must attract public participation.

Sokunle therefore moved that the House should give the committee the power to invite the Ministry of Health to appear before the Committee to give clarification on issues bothering on the N7 billion cardio-renal equipment facility in Gbagada General Hospital.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa directed the clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to write a letter to the Ministry of Health and invite necessary stakeholders on the issue.

However, it was reported that Lagos State Cardiac and Renal Centre, Gbagada, a multi-billion naira health facility, is presumed to be one of the signature legacies of the administration of former governor Babatunde Fashola, neglected by his successor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

But unlike others, the abandonment of this facility has come with a huge cost, especially with the rising statistics of Lagosians, and indeed Nigerians, who are battling with various cardiac and renal diseases.

The abandonment of this facility has come with a huge cost, especially with the rising statistics of Lagosians, and indeed Nigerians, who are battling with various cardiac and renal diseases.

Lagos Speaker meets Chinese envoy, urges more cooperation with Nigeria

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has called for more cooperation between Nigeria and the Chinese government.

Obasa made the call when he received the Chinese envoy led by the country’s Consular General in Lagos, Chu Maoming.

At the meeting which held at the speaker’s office at the Lagos state House of Assembly, Obasa commended the Chinese government for establishing and sustaining mutual cooperation between it and Nigeria.

He also urged China to further look at ways of further boosting investments Lagos state.

The speaker also commended China for supporting and standing by Nigeria’s thriving democracy.

“I know that having such cooperation between the Lagos state House of Assembly, Nigeria and the government of China and its parliament is something that would be mutually beneficial. It will particularly be beneficial to us in Lagos state,” speaker Obasa said.

He urged the Chinese government to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by Lagos for such mutually beneficial goals.

Speaking earlier, the Consular General commended the Lagos government for supporting and protecting the country’s businesses and nationals resident in the state.

He said: “I came to Lagos at the end of May, which is a very important time between the Chinese government and other countries.”

He recalled that in 2018, China held a symposium which was focused on what he described as the cooperating feature with other countries.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari was at the summit and had discussions with the Chinese president.

The Consular General said that at the meeting, the two presidents signed an important document focusing on strengthening business opportunities between both countries.

Lagos Assembly Sets Up Committee To Tackle Environmental Challenges

Lagos Assembly Sets Up Committee To Tackle Environmental Challenges

The Lagos State House of Assembly has set up an adhoc committee to look into the issues of environmental challenges and degradation in the state.

The committee as announced by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa during plenary on Tuesday would have Hon. Moshood Oshun from Lagos Mainland 2 Constituency 2 as Chairman.

Members of the committee are Hon. Olayiwola Sobur from Mushin Constituency 2, Hon. Folajimi Mohammed From Ikeja Constituency 1 and Hon. Tijani Suraju from Ojo Constituency 2.

Obasa, who observed that issues of abandoned projects and disposal of refuse characterized the environment in the state, directed the committee to visit some of the drainages, LAWMA office and report back to the House in one week.

This decision followed a Matter of Urgent Public Importance raised by Hon. Raheem Noheem from Eti Osa Constituency 1.

Raheem recalled that there was an Executive Order by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on May 29, 2019, where he declared state of emergency on the Environment in Lagos State.

“Is there any improvement in waste management since the Executive Order was issued.

“It has improved in some parts of the state such as my area, Eti Osa Constituency 1, but it is not so in some other parts of the state.

“There is a way we need to manage our waste in the state. “We generate 13,000 metric tonnes of waste daily in the state, but how do we turn them to wealth.

“Lagos State is being flooded daily during rainy season due to the way we manage our environment,” he said.

The lawmaker then urged the State Ministry of the Environment to evacuate the waterways in the state, adding that most of the drainages in the state were not being evacuated.

In his view, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, from Shomolu Constituency 1, stated that all the drainages around Maryland in Ikeja had been blocked.

Olowo added that the state needed to do more on dredging.

He however, called on the local government to complement what the state government is doing on the environment.

Also speaking on the matter, Hon. Bisi Yusuff from Alimosho Constituency 1 stated that refuse were being used to generate power in other climes.

Yusuff said that the government could not do the work alone, adding that the attitude of the people would determine their altitude.

“When we don’t throw waste where it is not necessary, then we will make progress.

“We should be vigilant about our environment. The work of clearing the drainage from Agege to Aboru was awarded and the contractor was mobilised with about N1 Billion and yet it has not been cleared,” he said.

Hon. Rasheed Makinde from Ifako Ijaiye Constituency 2 said that waste generation was synonymous to urbanization, and that waste is generated based on human activities.

According to him, when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was the Governor of the state, the environment was well managed.

“But in the last government, the companies that were clearing the waste were sent away only for the government to bring an organization that was not known to us.

“We should bring back our PSPs, and we should work on our wetland.

“The office of the drainage management in the Ministry of the Environment should be made to work again. It is when the drains are blocked that we have a lot of flood on our roads,” he said.

These were corroborated by Hon. Tunde Braimoh from Kosofe Constituency 2, who said that the perception of Lagos State to the outside world was appealing.

He stressed that nothing had been done on drainages in the last two years.

He said: “a lot of drainages had been blocked in my area in Kosofe.

“Roads, refuse and drainages are interwoven and when one is bad it will affect another.

“The issue of potable water is also there, we don’t have potable water in the state.

“The primary work of the local government is to clear refuse and do things like these rather than the white elephant projects some of them are embarking upon.”

In his comment, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade from Ikorodu Constituency 1 suggested that the lawmakers should collate the drainages that require attention in their constituencies and that the Assembly should send the list to the necessary agencies.
Agunbiade added that the House could then evaluate what would have been done in the next two or three months.

Lagos Assembly Set To Screen Sanwo-Olu’s 25 Commissioner Nominees

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday read out the names of the commissioner nominees of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the state and gave an assurance that the House would work on the list quickly.

A letter from the Governor containing the names of the 25 commissioner nominees were read by the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni during plenary.

The nominees were Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, Professor Akin Abayomi, Dr. Idris Salako, Mr. Tunji Bello, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka and Mrs. Bolaji Dada

Others included Mr. Lere Odusote, Dr. Frederick Oladeinde, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, Ms. Adekemi Ajayi, Mr. Femi George, Dr. Wale Ahmed, Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN), Mr. Hakeem Fahm and Mrs. Ajibola Ponle.

Also on the list were Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, Mr. Segun Dawodu, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Mr. Sam Egube, Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, Mr. Tunbosun Alake and Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo.

The list contained the first batch of the nominees with an assurance that there would be a subsequent batch.
The nominees are to serve as Commissioners and Special Advisers upon ratification by the legislature.

We Will Collaborate With Executive For Development -Lagos Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has given an assurance that the lawmakers in the Assembly would cooperate with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the state and the executive generally for developmental purposes.

Obasa, who emphasised that the House would not be a rubber stamp, stated that the people of the state deserved the best at this time.

The Speaker was speaking at Agege APC Victory Party, which held at the NYSC Camp Ground, Iyana Ipaja, Agege, Lagos State on Sunday 21st July, 2019 to appreciate the people for supporting the party in the last general elections.

“Let me remind us all that it is time to work. Let us make sure we fulfill all our campaign promises.

“Our Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has started well and he has promised to visit Pen Cinema area in Agege and see the ongoing bridge project there and ensure it’s completion.

“I saw men of the Public Works Corporation (PWC) working recently and I am impressed. I want to assure the Governor that we will support him as lawmakers though we will not be rubber stamps.

“I want to urge the people of Lagos State to pay their taxes so that the government and the Governor can succeed.

“Also, we must all know that insecurity is not the job of the police alone, it is the work of everyone of us,” he said.

Obasa however, thanked the people of Agege for their constant support for him and the party at the polls over years.

He stressed that his success at the polls since 1999 could be traced to the people of Agege Local Government area who he said had been supportive of him over the years.

He said: “I thank everyone for being here including our lawmakers, local government chairmen and others.

“We are one in Agege, we thank everyone in Agege. The essence of coming here today is to appreciate everyone of you.

“We have held many elections in Agege and we have not lost one. We just want to celebrate you. The celebration is for Agege people, I cannot thank you enough.”

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, who was at the event with the Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat expressed his appreciation to the people of Agege and promised to ensure development all over the state within the next four years.

“We will repair your roads, give you schools and health facilities in Agege area of the state.

“We have started development projects all over the state and we will ensure development in all areas of the state through road construction, healthcare and provision of infrastructure in our schools.

“We appreciate the people and leaders of Agege for their support for the party and for the Speaker.

“There are no leaders without the people. Your leaders are good leaders because of your support for them. I am happy that you have this kind of leaders. Agege is up there, we will not deprive you of all that you deserve,” he stated.

In his speech, the Lagos State APC Chairman, Alhaji Tunde Balogun said that it was a day of joy for the APC as they rejoiced with the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Also speaking, Hon. Samuel Babatunde Adejare, representing Agege at the Federal House of Representatives, thanked the Governor for his presence, adding that everybody was happy that he graced the occasion.

Adejare, who represented the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu at the event, revealed that Tinubu was absent at the event due to other pressing matters.

In his speech, Hon. Yinka Ogudimu, representing Agege Constituency 2, said that the victory was for everyone, while promising that the members of the state house of assembly would do what they ought to do.

He added that they would follow the footsteps of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and that there was no division in Agege.

In his comment, Hon. Abiodun Tobun, representing Epe Constituency 1 in the Assembly, also expressed happiness with the event.

“We are happy to celebrate with the Speaker of LSHA, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa..

“He has been in the Assembly since 2003, this is his fifth term. He is experienced and he has worked with three Governors successively.

“He will definitely perform based on his experience over the years.

“The people of Lagos State should expect the best from the 9th Lagos State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa,” he said.

This was corroborated by Hon. Bisi Yussuf, representing Alimosho Constituency 1 in the Assembly, who assured that the people of Lagos State would get the best from the Assembly and the state government generally.

Guests at the event included Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Deputy Governor of the state, Mr. Kadiri Obafemi Hamzat, Chairman of the APC in Lagos State, Alhaji Tunde Balogun, and GAC members including Chief Rasak Balogun aka KLM, and Senator Anthony Adefuye.

Others included members of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe from Apapa Constituency, Hon. Sunday Adejare from Agege Constituency and some members of the state house of assembly.

DEVELOP LOVE FOR PEOPLE-ORIENTED LAWS – OBASA CHARGES COLLEAGUES

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has urged his colleagues to develop passion for the art of lawmaking.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker made this remark during opening ceremony of a 3-day retreat for the Legislators, organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly, with the theme: “Setting Effective Legislative Agenda for the 9th Lagos State House of Assembly. ”

Rt. Hon. Obasa, who also doubles as Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, reminded his colleagues of their just concluded brainstorming forum on infrastructure development and finance of Lagos State.

He therefore urged the lawmakers to focus on how the legislature will support the executive through their different committees, noting that, “our obligation is to perform oversight functions and make quality legislations to guide the positive ideas of the Executive.”

Rt. Hon. Obasa further charged his colleagues to make judicious use of the retreat, which is meant to entrench them, especially the new members, with the intricacies of quality legislation and representation of their constituents.

While wishing them a rewarding and fulfilling programme, the Lagos Assembly Speaker urged the lawmakers to develop ideas that can accelerate the development and growth of Lagos State.

Adeleke must now prove his commitment to growth of Osun – Speaker Obasa

Supreme Court judgement: Time for Adeleke to support Oyetola – Lagos speaker

The speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has urged the defeated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, to prove his commitment to the residents of the State of Osun by supporting the Governor Gboyega Oyetola.

Speaker Obasa said this in reaction to the Supreme Court judgement which, on Friday, July 5, reaffirmed the ruling of an appeal court which earlier upheld the victory of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obasa expressed happiness at the decision of the apex court and Adeleke’s reaction in which the latter said he never took the September 2018 governorship election as do-or-die.

“I join other Nigerians in congratulating Governor Gboyega Oyetola over this historic victory. I also thank the people of the State of Osun for remaining resolute in their support for our party and the governor.

“I want to urge the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to have a broader focus of joining hands with Governor Oyetola to move Osun to a higher height.
“Politics is over; it is time for governance, and Senator Adeleke’s support for Governor Oyetola’s vision would further advance the state and its people.

“Osun is known as a land of peace. While I urge the governor to be magnanimous in victory, I will also task Adeleke to take advantage of the governor’s open arms in the interest of the state and its people,” the Speaker said.

To the people of the State, Obasa emphasised that this was the best time to sustain their trust and support for the government which is confirmed to have hit the ground running.
Obasa, who doubles as the chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, expressed confidence in the ability and capacity of Oyetola to deliver and build on the solid foundation laid by his predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

“If Oyetola could do the much he did even in the face of the legal battle, I have no reason to doubt that the next four years would get the State of Osun in the right direction,” Obasa added.

The Lagos Speaker also commended the leadership of the APC, including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the party’s victory in Osun just as he noted that the doors of the ruling party are wide open to receive as many well-meaning Osun people as possible.

Lagos boat mishap: Speaker Obasa reacts, mourns victims

The speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Rt, Hon, Mudashiru Obasa, has expressed sadness over the boat mishap that happened in Lagos on Sunday, June 30.

The Speaker, while expressing shock concerning the incident, condoled with the families of the victims of the mishap.
The chairman of the Conference of Speakers of the State Legislatures in Nigeria promised that the Lagos state will continue to fashion out the best ways to ensure safety of lives of the residents of the state.

“It’s sad to hear yet another boat mishap on our waterways. May God rest the souls of those departed while we keep working on finding lasting safety precautions for our waterways. It is sad,” Obasa expressed.

Obasa commended the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), who embarked on rescue efforts at the scene.
LASEMA boss, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, had reportedly said the boat, which was on its way from Badore in Ajah to Egbin, Ikorodu, flipped over at the Ipakan Boat Jetty due to heavy currents.
Reports showed that so far, three of the victims had been rescued and taken to the hospital while the dead.

The speaker cautioned transporters in the state to be safety conscious at all times as they go about their business activities.