WE HAVE LOST A TRAILBLAZER – RT. HON. MUDASHIRU OBASA

I express my sincere condolences to the Johnson family on the death of their father and patriarch, Brigadier – General, Mobolaji Johnson, who died on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 after a brief illness.

Your father was not only a gentleman and officer but trailblazer who left his footprint on the sand of time in Lagos State where he was the governor for 8 years (1967 – 1975).

His memory no doubt will linger with us for a very long time to come , when we remember his legacies, such as; Itoikin – Epe Road, Badagry Express road, Eko Bridge, the five Government Colleges, Oluwole Housing Estate, Ogba and many other monuments that he bequeathed to us when he was at the helm of affairs in the state.

You should also take solace in the fact that your father remained unblemished throughout his career in the military and as the military governor of the state.

I pray that, God in His infinite mercy will grant him eternal rest and you the family members he left behind the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Once again, accept my sincere condolences on behalf of myself and members of the assembly.

Tolani Abati,

The Chief Press Secretary

Assembly Committee Bows To Court Ruling, Adjourns Probe of Former Governor Ambode

The Joint Committees of the Lagos State House of Assembly probing the activities of former governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state over some of his expenditures has bowed to the ruling of a state high court to stay action on the matter and adjourned the matter until further notice.

The court gave its ruling on Wednesday 30th October in response to the prayers of former governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who sued the Assembly, which summoned him to appear before its committee over the purchase of 820 buses without the approval of the House.

The Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa-led Assembly had mandated the then Ad hoc Committee on Transport headed by, Hon. Fatai Mojeed and Committee on Budget and Economic Planning headed by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu to probe the purchase of 820 buses by former governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The House had threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on Ambode and four others who served under the ex-governor as commissioners.

The decision followed two preliminary reports presented by two different ad-hoc committees set up by the House to investigate the 820 buses purchased by Ambode and to appraise the 2019 mid year budget.

The former commissioners involved included, Kazeem Adeniji (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice), Olusegun Banjo (Commissioner for Budget), Akinyemi Ashade (Commissioner for Finance) and Wale Oluwo (Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources).

“Over N48 billion was spent for the purchase of the busses and N22 Billion were spent on import duties. 520 of the buses are still at the seaport,” Mojeed had said.

He said further that the Accountant General of the state told the committee that she depended on the approval Ambode for the purchase of the busses and that no payment voucher was made available to the committee.

The lawmaker added that they also demanded for the budget instrument used for the purchase, but that there was no budgetary provision for the purchases. “They could not produce any newspaper where the purchase of the buses were advertised.”

On his part, Gbolahan Yishawu, Chairman Ad hoc on mid-year budget review, alleged that the above mentioned commissioners were invited by his committee but that they refused to appear without giving any excuses for their absence.

Yishawu also claimed that the former governor gave some directives on spending without the approval of the lawmakers.

Addressing journalists on the matter after the adjournment by the Committee on Wednesday, Hon. Fatal Mojeed stated that the matter was adjourned indefinitely as the Committee got court summon to stay action on the matter and that they had to respect the opinion of the court.

“We are lawmakers we are not law breakers, which was why we had to adjourn the matter indefinitely. The people of Lagos should be expecting more from us,” he said.

Also speaking, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu said that the House was not trying to witch hunt anybody or put anybody on the spot for any reason.

Yishawu stressed that the Assembly was not being pushed by any individual on the matter, while recalling that the issue dated back to 2017, when it was included in the appropriation law but was not approved by the House.

Lagos Assembly Approves Sanwo-Olu’s Request For Budget Re-Ordering.

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved the re-ordering of N93,742,530bn from the 2019 budget size.

The State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu had requested the reordering of 2019 budget size, saying there was shortfall in revenue.

In a letter read on the floor of the House, Sanwo-Olu had lamented lack of new revenue sources for the remaining months of the year, and requested for re-ordering of 2019 budget which stands at N873.532 billion.

He noted in the letter that budgetary provisions of both recurrent and capital budget of ministries, departments and agencies are not likely to be utilized before the end of the year and the sum of N34.050 billion can be re-ordered.

The breakdown, he said showed that the recurrent is N24 billion while the capital is N10.050 billion.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, in the letter noted that the 2019 budget had been partially implemented by the last administration before the tenure came to an end on 29th May, 2019.

The governor stressed that the present administration is confronted with the need to keep its electoral promises to the citizens and resolved to take advantage of clement weather condition in the later part of the year to complete various projects.

“The State shall be raising a total of N250 billion broken down into a fixed rate bond of N100 billion from the capital market and an internal loan of N150 billion.

The speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa had committed the governor’s request to the joint committees on Finance and Budget and Economic planning.

Presenting the report of the joint Committee on Tuesday, Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu stated that the 2019 budget size stood at 71 percent as at August.

According to him, the recurrent performance was 80 percent while the capital was 46 percent.

In the motion which was moved by Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the House approved the capital of N74, 824,648,162 and recurrent 18,918,059,368 to be reordered respectively.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said since “it is a unanimous decision. Let’s pass the re-order so that the Governor and his team will continue to do the good work for Lagos residents.”

Braimoh said, “We need to expeditiously consider the request of the Governor. The Committee had done justice, so let’s approve it so that the people of Lagos can feel our impact.”

Hon Jude Idimogu also said, “I appreciate the Committee. I urge my colleagues to look at the report and make sure that it is passed.

Lagos Assembly Approves Sanwo-Olu’s Request For Budget Re-Ordering

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved the re-ordering of N93,742,530bn from the 2019 budget size.

The State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu had requested the reordering of 2019 budget size, saying there was shortfall in revenue.

In a letter read on the floor of the House, Sanwo-Olu had lamented lack of new revenue sources for the remaining months of the year, and requested for re-ordering of 2019 budget which stands at N873.532 billion.

He noted in the letter that budgetary provisions of both recurrent and capital budget of ministries, departments and agencies are not likely to be utilized before the end of the year and the sum of N34.050 billion can be re-ordered.

The breakdown, he said showed that the recurrent is N24 billion while the capital is N10.050 billion.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, in the letter noted that the 2019 budget had been partially implemented by the last administration before the tenure came to an end on 29th May, 2019.

The governor stressed that the present administration is confronted with the need to keep its electoral promises to the citizens and resolved to take advantage of clement weather condition in the later part of the year to complete various projects.

“The State shall be raising a total of N250 billion broken down into a fixed rate bond of N100 billion from the capital market and an internal loan of N150 billion.

The speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa had committed the governor’s request to the joint committees on Finance and Budget and Economic planning.

Presenting the report of the joint Committee on Tuesday, Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu stated that the 2019 budget size stood at 71 percent as at August.

According to him, the recurrent performance was 80 percent while the capital was 46 percent.

In the motion which was moved by Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the House approved the capital of N74, 824,648,162 and recurrent 18,918,059,368 to be reordered respectively.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said since “it is a unanimous decision. Let’s pass the re-order so that the Governor and his team will continue to do the good work for Lagos residents.”

Braimoh said, “We need to expeditiously consider the request of the Governor. The Committee had done justice, so let’s approve it so that the people of Lagos can feel our impact.”

Hon Jude Idimogu also said, “I appreciate the Committee. I urge my colleagues to look at the report and make sure that it is passed.

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Pix1 Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of Lagos House of Assembly with Prof Abisogun Leigh, Prof Olarenwaju Fagbohun and Hon Yinka Ogundimu at the book presentation,” Reflection on Dynamics of the Law,” in honour of Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun, VC LASU, today
Pix2. Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa with Hon Justice Wale Abiru (r) and a guest at the presentation of the book, “Reflection on Dynamics of the Law” in honour of Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun , VC, LASU , today at LASU, Ojo.

SANWO-OLU SEEKS RE-ORDERING OF PRIORITIES UNDER Y2019 BUDGET

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has requested the approval of the Lagos State House of Assembly to re-order a sum of N10.050Billon under Capital Expenditure of Y2019 budget.

Sanwo-Olu’s request was contained in a letter which was communicated to the lawmakers on the floor of the House by the Clerk, Mr. Azeez Sanni. The Governor noted that as at 31st August, 2019 the budget had a 71% overall performance which according to him is below the set target of 100%. He added that the budgetary provisions of both Recurrent and Capital Budget of Ministries, Departments and Agencies have been reviewed and would not likely be utilized before the end of Y2019 fiscal year, hence, the need for them to be re-ordered to other priority areas.

According to the letter, the present structure of the budget would have to be amended to specifically drive Capital Expenditure through the completion of various ongoing capital projects which was started by the previous administration that include completion of Lagos/Ibadan Express road, completion of Pen Cinema, Agege overhead bridge, provision of security and emergency equipment amongst others.

The letter also sought for the reversal of the clause of Y2019 Appropriation Law and return votes to the executing agencies.

The clause of Y2019 Appropriation law stipulates that the Commissioners for Economic Planning and Budget, Finance; and the Accountant General should seek and obtain the approval of the House before incurring any expenditure.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa thereafter committed the letter to joint Committee on Finance and Economic Planning and Budget for further actions. The Committees are to report back on Monday, 21st October, 2019.

LAGOS LAWMAKERS CAUTION LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ON EXCESSIVE ACTION TOWARDS MOTORISTS

Law enforcement agencies in Lagos State have been asked to adhere strictly to the extant laws while discharging their duties in relation to traffic offenders and commuters.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly made the appeal sequel to adoption of report presented by the Ad Hoc Committee on Judiciary, Public Petitions, Human Rights and LASIEC, Chaired by Hon. Tunde Braimoh on a petition titled “The request for redress of wrongful destruction of our property and financial burden imposed on our client”, at the Plenary on Tuesday.

Rt. Hon. Obasa opined that such personnel include Traffic Police, Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Task Force and others need to be enlightened on how to execute the traffic law in all cases while dealing with the public as contained in the petition presented.

According to Hon. Tunde Braimoh, it was observed in the report that the Task Force Officer unlawfully arrested the petitioner for parking on an illegal loading point that led to the forceful impoundment of the vehicle resulting in damages to another vehicle, whereas the petitioner was within appropriate parking space.

The Committee Chair further explained that the Committee was charged with the responsibility to determine the veracity of the allegations made and proffer solutions towards the issue as forwarded by the petitioner, which consequently led to the invitation of the bereaved parties.

He advised that the law enforcement personnel should employ utmost discretion in the interest of tranquility.

Members who spoke on the report commended the Committee who had resolved the matter amicably between the parties.

Commending the Committee for a job well-done, Hon. Rotimi Olowo remarked that the incident should serve as deterrence to other operatives adding that erring driver should be sanctioned.

He therefore urged security personnel to desist from the deadly act of driving offender’s vehicles rather such impounded vehicles should be towed and taken to their office to face wrath of the law.

In the same vein, Hon. Rotimi Abiru and Hon. Setonji David in their contribution warned uniformed men to desist from dragging vehicles from motorists without recourse to the law.

They also expressed their concerns about personnel who act as if they are above the law once in uniform, advising that such officers must be dealt with.

Hon. Bisi Yusuff who was once a Chairman Committee on Transportation of the House explained that while some officers could be unruly, some motorists are also defiant when apprehended for contravening the traffic law. He further stated that the public should submit themselves to the law enforcement agents when apprehended.

After much deliberations, recommendations of the report were adopted as a resolution of the House while Mr. Sanni Azeez, the Clerk of the House was directed by the Speaker to communicate position of the House to all necessary agencies.

Lagos Assembly Constitutes 36 Standing Committees

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa on Monday reeled out the standing committees of the House.

The ninth Assembly had been operating with Ad-Hoc committees since its inauguration on June 7.

The Selection Committee Chairman was headed by the Speaker himself and the Chief Whip, Hon Rotimi Abiru would chair the Ethics and privileges Committee.

Other committees include, House Service, Hon. Tijani Olatunji, Public Accounts (local), Hon. Fatai Mojeed, Agric, Hon. Kehinde Joseph, Economic Planning and Budget, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Special Duties and intergovernmental Relations, Hon. Kazeem Raheem, and Education, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu,

Other committees are, Science and Technology, Hon. Olanrewaju Afini, Environment, Hon. Desmond Elliot, Energy and Mineral Resources, Hon. Hon. Folajimi Mohammed, Waterfront Infrastructures, Hon. Ibrahim Layode, Physical Plaaning and Urban Development, Hon. Nurudeen Akinsanya Procurement, Hon. Lukman Olumoh and Transportation, Hon. Temitope Adewale.

The rest are, Commerce and Industry, Hon. Sanni Okanlawon, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Mojisola Meranda, Works and Infrastructure, Abiodun Tobun, Wealth Creation, Hon. Jude Idimogu, CBD, Hon. Mojisola Alli- Macualy, Health Services, Hon Akeem Shokunle, Establishment, Pension and Training, Hon. Rasheed Makinde, Interparliamentary, Hon. Fatai Oluwa and Finance, Hon. Rotimi Olowo.

Others are Committees on Tourism, Hon. Saka Solaja, Youth and Sports, Hon. Owolabii Ajani, Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Hon. Victor Akande, Lands, Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu, Housing, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, Information and Strategy, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, Local Government Administration, Hon. Olayiwola Sobur, Legislative Compliance, Hon. Rauf Age-Sulaiman, Overseas and Investment, Hon. Sylvester Ogunkelu and Public Private Partnership, Hon. Noheem Adams.

Lagos Assembly Calls For Restructuring of Office of Disability Affairs, Awareness Campaign On White Cane.

The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to restructure the State Office of Disability Affairs for more effective discharge of its duties and responsibilities.

The House also called on the Governor to direct the Ministry of Information and Strategy to embark on awareness campaign to educate Lagosians on the significance of white cane used by the blind and visually impaired through the state owned media.

Hon. Rotimi Abiru, representing Somolu 02 moved the motion on the need to ensure the safety of the blind and visually impaired in Lagos during plenary on Monday.

The Lawmakers called for awareness campaign on the issue at the local governments level.

The prime mover of the motion, Abiru further noted that there were over four million people in Nigeria living with visual impairment according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which he said necessitated the need to accord special privileges to this group of people.

Abiru, who is the Chief Whip of the House, observed that white cane is a symbol of mobility for the blind or visually impaired to enable them scan their environment for obstacles or marks, afford them the right of way when crossing the road alone and help other road users to identify them.

Abiru lamented the low awareness amongst Lagosians on the symbolic meaning of white cane, which he said had led to various road accidents and incidents, causing further physical harm or deaths to the visually impaired.

According to him, the Law has no provision for ensuring the safety of white cane users on the road nor is there any penalty for defaulters and; the spate of harassment and accidents against the blind and visually impaired will continue to increase without the much needed advocacy and awareness on the use and symbol of white cane.

In his contribution, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa constituency 02 said that there was need for the government to do more on road construction, saying that this would aid the movement of blind and physical impaired people.

“This motion is about the safety and freedom of visually impaired people. The white cane is a tool of freedom and their independence,” he said.

Hon. Desmond Elliot representing Surulere 01 said that it was heart rendering that there was no data to work with on on the blind.

“I have not seen people with white cane before, and this is the motion we have to take seriously and privately owned media should be involved in the campaign,” he said.

On his part, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, representing Kosofe 02 stressed that said that there was need to call on the ministry of education to include white cane awareness in schools curriculum.

The House noted that section 23(2) of the Lagos State Special People’s Law, 2015 states that ‘Wheelchairs, crutches, guide canes(for the blind), braces and any other mobility aids; and appliances or assisting devices used by passengers living with disability shall not be subjected to charges, provided that they are not carried in commercial quantities and for commercial purposes.”

Alleged corruption: Ex-governor Ambode faces arrest as Lagos lawmakers meet.

A former governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, and four others who served in his government could be up for arrest if the threat by the state House of Assembly takes effect.

The lawmakers took this decision after two preliminary reports presented by different ad-hoc committees set up by the House to investigate the 820 buses purchased by the former governor and to appraise the 2019 mid year budget.
Those that could be affected by the arrest include Kazeem Adeniji (attorney general and commissioner for Justice), Olusegun Banjo (commissioner for budget), Akinyemi Ashade (commissioner for finance) and Wale Oluwo (commissioner for energy and mineral resources).

The chairman of one of the sub-committee, Hon. Fatai Mojeed, who presented his team’s preliminary report on probe of the 820 buses purchased by Ambode’s government, said that it was discovered that due process was not followed. Mojeed added that the former governor used the refund of the Paris Club for the purchase of the busses without the approval of the House.

“He did not inform the House before commencing the purchase of the buses. “Over N48 billion was spent for the purchase of the buses and N22 Billion were spent on import duties. 520 of the buses are still at the seaport,” Mojeed said.

He said further that the Accountant General of the state told the committee that she depended on the approval Ambode for the purchase of the buses and that no payment voucher was made available to the committee. The lawmaker added that they also demanded for the budget instrument used for the purchase, but that there was no budgetary provision for the purchases.

“They could not produce any newspaper where the purchase of the buses were advertised. “The committee invited 20 stakeholders, 16 of them complied, while four of them refused against the constitutional provision,” he added. On his part, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Chairman adhoc on mid-year budget review, alleged that the above mentioned commissioners were invited by his committee but refused to appear without giving any excuses for their absence. Yishawu also claimed that the former governor gave some directives on spending’s without the approval of the lawmakers.

While reacting to the matter, some members of the House suggested that since the ex-governor and those officials who worked with him had been invited by the two committees and refused to show up, warrant of arrest should be issued on them.

Hon. Bisi Yusuf, the member representing Alimosho Constituency 1, told his colleagues that the House is empowered by the constitution to issue a warrant of arrest on the concerned individuals for their refusal to appear before the committees. While expressing a contrary view, member representing Badagry Constituency 1, Hon. Ibrahim Layode urged his colleagues to tread with caution.

He advised that the concerned individuals should be invited through newspaper advertisements, stating that the ex-officials are likely to come across the publications. Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said, “I want to observe that if they have been invited and refuse to show up, we should summon them and if they still refuse, then a warrant of arrest can be issued. Now they’ve been invited, we should summon them by using the dailies before going to the extent of issuing arrest warrant.”

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, noted that the issue was beyond issue of arrest warrant, “because when this house invite people and they refused to show up, it’s like setting a bad precedence for others coming behind.

“The clerk should write them including the ex-governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and if they refused, we will do newspaper publications and after that we will issue a warrant of arrest,” Obasa added.

The lawmakers had earlier passed a vote of confidence on the Obasa. According to the lawmakers at the sitting presided by the speaker, the unanimous decision to declare their support for Obasa follows their claim that the state legislature is now more on the global map.