CORONAVIRUS: WHY LAGOSIANS DO NOT NEED TO FEAR, SPEAKER OBASA

Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Friday, called for calm among residents of the state following the detection of the first case of Coronavirus brought in by an Italian.

Obasa said the need by Lagos residents not to panic over the incident stems from the fact that the state government has always been proactive in relation to safety of lives.

According to the Speaker, prior to the confirmation of the first case of Coronavirus in Lagos, the state government had kept its antennae alert and had constantly enlightened the people concerning the health concern.

“Even though it is the most populous city in the country, Lagos state has always anticipated and taken steps ahead of events by equipping its medical facilities and making sure disease control centres are up-to-date with issues related to their field. This is why residents of the state should remain calm at this time.

“I can assure you that the executive arm of government is not relaxed and will continue with its concerted efforts to nip this concern in the bud.

“Be assured also that the legislative arm of the state government will do all within its powers to help the executive curtail the ailment since, as fortune would have it, we only have one recorded case,” Obasa said in a statement released by his media office.

The Speaker further noted that as had been stated by health experts and stressed by the federal and Lagos state governments, the ailment only causes mild illnesses that are easily treated and can only be severe if there are underlying chronic health challenges.

He urged the residents to support the state government to achieve its set goals by adhering to every instructions announced by the authorities “on how to take charge of our health, which is very important at this time.

“We are told to always wash our hands, stay a distance from those who are sneezing and coughing as well as other such simple instructions,” he said.

While calling for inspection to also commence at the nation’s sea ports, he urged residents to promptly report suspected cases adding that the Assembly would soon meet over the development.

He reminded Nigerians to call the federal government’s line: 0800-970000-10 and appealed to Lagosians call the state’s helplines: 08023169485 or 08033565529 or 08052817243 where cases are suspected.

GERMAN ENVOY EXPRESSES OPTIMISM IN AMOTEKUN BILL

The Deputy Majority Leader of the German Federal Parliament, Mr. Thorsten Frei, on Thursday expressed optimism in Amotekun, a security outfit established by governors from the South West zone to protect the region.

Frei, who is also the Deputy Chairman federal parliamentary group spoke about the security outfit when he paid a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.

He said his visit had to do with ‘Legislative Work at State Level’.

Frei, who is also a top functionary of the Christian Democratic Union, the Ruling Party in Germany, expressed his pleasure at the pace of development in Lagos.

Speaking with the team, Speaker Obasa expressed delight that Lagos is rated positively across the world.

The Speaker assured that there was nothing to fear about Lagos State and its safety.

Obasa, who is also the chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, described Lagos as a safe state and assured the foreign lawmakers and other prospective investors that that the state is calmer than many big cities of the world.

On the delegation to the Lagos State House of Assembly was Ms.Alexander Herr, the Deputy Consul General of the German Consulate in Lagos.

 

 

OVERSIGHT: LAGOS ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON WORKS INSPECTS PROJECTS

Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Infrastructure led by the Chairman, Hon. Tobun Abiodun inspected the Ongoing Multi Agency facility Buildings at Onikan; Coffee Buka and Kosoko Road at Ojodu Berger.

This is in line with its Statutory duties to oversee the activities of the Executive which includes its projects.

The Committee also inspected Ajoke Salako Street at Gbagada and Multi Agency Office Complex at Ojodu Berger.

Other Honourable Members present are; Hon. Akeem Sokunle, Hon. Mojisola Ali-Macaulay, Hon. Setonji David and Hon. Makinde.

The Committee will continue the tour on Friday.

Bukola Busari
Public Affairs Officer.

COMMITTEE ON HOUSING SUMMONS CONTRACTORS

Lagos State house of Assembly’s Committee on Housing has summoned Contractors responsible for poor performance of Sangotedo Housing Scheme, Chairman of the Committee Hon. Bisi Yusuf expressed displeasure over the insincerity of the site manager from the ministry of Housing supervising the projects.

The Committee recommended that the site engineer who compromises on quality of the project should stay off site and be redeployed back to the ministry, this is in a bid to curb poor quality of the project, the Chairman of the Committee reiterated that all contractors are expected to deliver their units as at when due.

Some contractors were also sent back as they appear not to be knowledgeable about their work module.

Some of the Contractors summoned are Palmyra LTD, Hinveir LTD, Biorem Nig LTD, OJ Krystal Ace LTD, Laranod ventures, Hazelbury LTD Alybak company, Neesarm ventures Nig LTD, Bomis LTD.

The Committee gave an ultimatum of April 29 for submission of keys by all Contractors involved.
Some members of the Committee present at the meeting were Hon Tobun and Hon Nureni.

Lagos State House Committee on Commerce, Industry and Cooperative

Lagos State House Committee on Commerce, Industry and Cooperative led by the Chairman, Hon Sanni Okanlawon paid a visit to Lekki trade zone. This is in line with its Statutory duties to oversee the activities of the Free Trade Zone and other industries.

The Committee also visited Alaro City in Epe.

Other members present are Hon. Akinsanya Nureni and Hon Sylvester Ogunkelu.

 

LAGOS ASSEMBLY HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING ON LAGOS AMOTEKUN CORPS

Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday held a day Stakeholders’ Forum on, “A bill for a Law to amend the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency Law 2019 to establish Lagos Amotekun Corps”.

It would be recalled that the House during the last Plenary Session on Thursday committed the Bill to the House Committee on Information, Strategy & Security chaired by Hon. Tunde Braimoh for a Public Hearing.

The Bill which is titled, “A House of Assembly Bill No. 5, Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps LNSC Amendment Bill 2020 and for Connected Purposes” is meant to energize and strengthen the security of Lagos State based on the challenges in the State and South West.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh representing Kosofe II in his Welcome Address, affirmed that Section 14 1(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as variously altered; declares the primary purpose of government as the Security and Welfare of the people and the House of Assembly’s usual manifestation of its unwavering mission which is to be a State House of Assembly poised to make laws for the good governance of Lagos State representing the interest of the people while ensuring judicious use of State resources for the maximum benefit of Lagosians in pursuit of excellence.

“While talking of Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law, it would be most unconscionable and uncharitable not to give credit to the progenitor and chief promoter, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly who industriously led the business of thinking out that Bill which today is popularly enthused reference-point legislature.” He said.

He added that the whole essence of the forum is to stimulate and engender robust contributions that will make the proposed Law popularly acceptable and impactful.
Speaker of the House while appreciating the honor granted by the Leaders and eminent personalities that graced the Forum, noted that the bill Lagos Amotekun Corps has generated a lot of argument both in support and against, however, the constitution is so glaring about the issue of security that the lives and properties of people must be protected by every form of government.

“The Lagos State House of Assembly in its own wisdom in 2016 came up with Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency Law to support the Nigerian Police Force and other security organisations to ensure that we do not fail in our responsibilities.”

“We have come to look at the Bill, which will be amended and incorporated into Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency Law and this Bill talks about our borders, forests, and farms around us in Lagos State. This bill has its own peculiarities, especially concerning our challenges and in that wisdom we will look at this Bill and make sure that justice is done. The most important thing is; Amotekun has come to stay and we need to give it the full support.” He said.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade representing Ikorodu I during his presentation of the General Overview of the Bill summarized the amendments incorporated into the Law which consists of 6 critical sections.

Hon.  Agunbiade described the Amotekun symbol as an animal which is brave, strong, that inhabits land and water. “The Lagos State Amotekun Corps subject to approval of the Inspector General of Police has the power to bear licensed arms and Amotekun will not infringe on anybody’s fundamental human rights.”

In his contribution, Hon. Babatunde Balogun, All Progressive Congress APC Chairman while commending the State Assembly noted that Amotekun is a concept which will protect the interest of each State.

Aare Onakakanfo, Otunba Gani Adams also lauded the House for the idea of incorporating Amotekun into the LNSC Law.

“Yoruba is one of the organized race in the world, having this Stakeholders’ Forum will have all individuals draw up their memorandum for the House and at the end of the day, Lagos State will have one of the best Laws for Amotekun. The issue of Amotekun will bring the unity we have been praying for in Yoruba Land, even though there have been various antagonisms concerning it. Security does not discriminate in crimes and all interest of the South-West is protected with Amotekun.” He stressed.

Solicitor General, representing Attorney-General of Lagos State, Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bey said that the sections amended must be critically looked into and the Ministry of Justice has submitted a letter to the House notifying them of further amendments to the Bill.

Also contributing, Hon. Seye Oladejo drew the attention of the House to the Board Members on the Amotekun bill as it is a step ahead of present image regarding Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps.

He added that security checks must be done on the recruitment for the Amotekun outfit as they must have the local knowledge of the terrain, either land and water in order to combat Local, State and National threat.

Some of the Stakeholders’ Mr. Seriki Ibrahim, Mr. Gbenga Alowonle, Mr. Lekan Otukoya, Abdul-Ganiu Olatokunbo, Mr. Babatunde Odunlami, Com. Rasaq Olokooba amongst others who contributed their various opinions during the comments and response section noted that those who protect the communities and environs should be incorporated as recruits, including the Amotekun Court and Justice, as well as the recruiters be given adequate training to combat threats.

It was also observed by Stakeholders’ that nepotism and partisan must be shunned off as well as checks and balances to ensure that the Amotekun Board Members’ do not exercise veto powers and also enjoin that religious bodies representatives’ be included in the Board of Trustees.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Mr. Sunday Olaifa affirmed that PDP is in full support of Amotekun as it depicts the Yoruba tradition; as well as the representative of Christian Association of Nigeria.

Representative Lagos Central Mosque, Noheem Olusola Saheed also opined that Amotekun is undisputedly laudable and it is a complimentary effort of the Lagos Assembly.

In response to their comments, contributions and observation, the Chairman House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Hon. Tunde Braimoh appreciated the Stakeholders for being virtual, vocal and brave with their contributions.

He thereafter implored Stakeholders to submit their memorandum to the Secretary of the Committee on or before 2nd of March, 2020.

The Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni subsequently in his Votes of Thanks commended everyone for their contributions and assured them that their contributions would be considered and looked into by the House of Assembly.

LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY INVITES ALL TO A-DAY STAKE HOLDERS’ FORUM

The general public is hereby informed that the Lagos State House of Assembly shall hold a public hearing on the bill for a law to amend the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps Law 2019 to establish the Lagos Amotekun Corps.

This important Legislative procedure shall hold at the Assembly Pavilion on Monday 24th February2020 by 12 noon prompt.

The event is put together by the House of Asembly in furtherance of it’s extant and traditional practice of involving the citizen’s especially critical stakeholders in its legislative activities for robust results.

While personal invitations have been extended to some individuals and organizations considered directly relevant to the state security architecture, this notice also serves as invitation to any member of the public or organizations who might have any contributions to make or memoranda to submit.

Security is a common concern and it begins with each individual.
Together we shall attain a greater Lagos.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Thanks.

Hon Tunde Braimoh
Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy.

RT. Hon Speaker

LAGOS ASSEMBLY ACCEPTS AMOTEKUN BILL, SET FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON MONDAY

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday accepted the bill in favour of the South West Security outfit, Amotekun, and has fixed a public hearing on the outfit for Monday 24th February, 2020.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, at a sitting of the House, subsequently committed the bill to the House Committee on Information, Publicity, Security and Strategy, headed by Hon. Tunde Braimoh, for public hearing.

The Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni, had informed the lawmakers that he received a letter from the state’s Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, on Wednesday 19th February, 2020 on the amendment of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC).

Sanni was subsequently ordered to read the bill entitled House of Assembly Bill No. 5 Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) Amendment Bill 2020 And for Connected Purposes for the first and second times.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1), said that the bill is an executive bill, but that it is predicated on the private member bill that established LNSC, which he said has been working well.

According to Agunbiade, the bill incorporates the concept of a more dynamic and more strengthened security platform than what they had in Lagos State.

“It is meant to energise and strengthen the security that we have in Lagos State based on the challenges in the state and in the South West.

“It tries to create a unit out of the LNSC to be referred to as Amotekun Corps to take charge of security in certain areas such as in the forest, highway and other places to protect us against hoodlums, cattle rustling and others.

“It will have a commander and Amotekun corps would bear harms with the permission of the police. They will cooperate with other security platforms in Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti and Osun states,” he said.

He stressed that LNSC has a clause that will provide for Amotekun.

In his contribution, Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu, (Agege 2), supported the bill and commended the foresight of the Lagos State House of Assembly on the security of the state.

Ogundimu stated that the law covers wider areas and made internal security a priority.

The lawmaker called for local content in the bill, adding that they needed people with native intelligence, and that whoever would be appointed as the Head of the unit should be approved by the House.

On his part, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, (Apapa 2) said that there is a problem of nomenclature in the bill.

Jimoh stated that the Nigerian Police had been existing before independence and that the people had been talking about their reforms.

“The colonialists formed the Nigerian Police for us in 1930 and we have not made efforts to form our own security force.

“The population of men of the Nigerian Police is small. We should encourage men of Amotekun to be armed and to be able to arrest and prosecute.

“South Africans have their own native police that checkmate other security forces. We can have the military wing of Amotekun in Lagos,” he said.

Also speaking on the bill, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, (Shomolu 1) said that Amotekun started in Lagos with LNSC, and that the federal police lacked character as their structure has not helped to suppress crime.

“Security is local and it should be localized. The issue of kidnapping and others give credence to the need for community police.

“They should be allowed to use guns. They can reduce armed robbery attack, kidnapping and others. We should allow more money into the system.

“The recruitment of Amotekun should be localized. They should work in their neighbourhood so that they could apprehend criminals in their areas,” he said. Hon. Rasheed Makinde, Ifako/Ijaiye 2 stated that security is local and that the country was getting close to having state police.

“We are setting a pace for other political regions in Nigeria. They can assist when there is any accident on our highways. There would be a collaboration amongst the six western states and beyond,” he said.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh (Kosofe 2), who chairs the committee to look into the bill, said that governance is about giving meaning to the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

Braimoh stressed that what the people of the South West wanted now is security.

“People keep talking about Amotekun because that is what they want now. Amotekun emanated from the House with the LNSC, which has now transformed to Amotekun. Section 14 (2B) of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 emphasizes security. There are issues in the bill but they would be looked into later,” he said.

The matter was also supported by all the lawmakers, who spoke on the matter including Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo 1), Hon. Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1), Adedamola Richard Kasunmu (Ikeja 2) and Hon. David Setonji (Badagry 2).

To Curb Incessant Fire Outbreak, Get Central Generator. Obasa Advises Traders

Rt. Hon. ( Dr ) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly and Chairman of State Legislatures in Nigeria has advised traders in the state to come together and have a common power supply for their market rather than having individual generating sets that usually lead to incessant fire outbreak in the market.

Obasa made this statement while responding to requests of members of Market Leaders And Traders Association of Nigeria Lagos Chapter led by their president, Comrade Christopher Okpala, who paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

Obasa said having a common source of power supply to serve the whole market will go a long way to curb incessant fire outbreak in our markets which has been of a huge loss to the traders themselves.
He also advised the traders to constantly liaise with the Local Government Councils and Neighborhood Safety Corps in their areas of operation to stop the problem of blocked drainage and insecurity particularly those caused by hoodlums.

He further implored them to also help the government by paying their taxes as at when due.
The President of Market Leaders And Traders Association of Nigeria Lagos Chapter, Comrade Christopher Okpala in his opening address said they have come to pay the speaker a courtesy visit and present to him an award of Extra-Ordinary Ambassador of Commerce.

The traders also said they have named their 2020 edition of their football competition Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa Traders Cup.

Also present at the occasion are Hon. Olawale S. Olayiwola (Mushin 2), Hon. Sanni Okanlawon (Kosofe 1), Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Hon. Saka Fafunmi and others.