LAGOS ASSEMBLY CALLS FOR RENAMING OF SITES, MONUMENTS NAMED AFTER COLONIAL MASTERS.

The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture to liaise with the Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice to look at the listed sites (Prevention) Law, 2015 with a view to removing all vestiges of slave trade and colonialism.

This motion was moved by the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Noheem Adams representing Eti-Osa constituency 01 at the plenary session on Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

In the Motion, the lawmaker recalled the gruesome killing of George Floyd, an American who was killed on Monday 25th May, 2020 at Minneapolis, Minnesota United States of America by a white man named Derek Chauvin.

“The Assembly further noted that this brutal and callous murder of Floyd triggered worldwide condemnations, demonstrations, and protests against the continue police violence and racism of blacks in US and Europe without provocation”.

“The House is aware that these protests further drew attention to the reality of systematic racism, oppression and domination of blacks by whites in spite of abolition of vexatious slave trade and related activities since the 18th century”.

“This House is further aware that the demonstration brought about the pulling down of status of Edward Colston, a notable slave trader into a river in Bristol, London, while the British authorities removed from her museum status of another prominent slave master and promised a review of history pertaining to slave trade monument and sites,” he said.

In his comment, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that the intendment of the Motion was not about history, and that history could not be changed.

Obasa added that statues are not our history, and that Africans all over the world should give backing to the blacks that are fighting for the rights of blacks.

He added that the kind of treatments meted to George Floyd must be stopped and that we should support those who are protesting against such an act.

“South Africa got her independence much later than the rest African countries and they are not talking about ‘Black Lives Matters’ campaign.

“We must protect the interest of our people all over the world. So many statues in London and other places are being brought down. We should change the names of some of these buildings. We cannot bring down the buildings because they were once used by colonial masters.

“We can change the names of some of these buildings and streets. Some of the names remind us of these people that enslaved our people.”

“We need to change the names, but it does not affect our history. We should look at the history,” he said.

The Speaker further asked why anybody would ascribe the discovery of River Niger to Mungo Park and Richard Landers brothers.
“Does that mean people were not living there before the arrivals of the foreigners”? He asked.
Obasa went further to say that even the name Nigeria was given to us by our the colonial masters.

“It is what you believe that says who and what you are. It is about what you believe and what you can do on your own.

“You need to exhibit your own beliefs and culture. Most times, we speak like foreigners and some of our children cannot speak our mother tongues”.

“We are saying that our own language is inferior to their own language. We should let our children know that we are superior.

“The motion is about us, about Africans. We have to tell the world about our own civilization. The resolve is not broad enough. It is not about Lagos State alone. We have to tell African Union about reparation which was started by the late Chief M.K.O Abiola.”

“The President can issue an Executive Order that all over Nigeria we should change the names of streets named after beneficiaries of slave trade.

“Those who dehumanized Africans should not be celebrated. Our people who collaborated with the colonial masters should be made to apologise to us,” he said.

In his submission, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa constituency II, who supported the motion said that history that makes the blacks to feel inferior to the whites should be changed.

“This is a right step in a right direction and we need to change our psyche and history that will not make to feel as human being. We need to change the narrative that connotes superiority in our history. I want my colleagues to support the motion,” he said.

LAGOS LAWMAKERS FROWNS AGAINST RAPE, DEFILEMENT OF MINORS, OTHERS. ***APPROPRIATION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020 SCALES THROUGH SECOND READING.

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly during Plenary on Monday frowned at the alarming rate of domestic violence, rape, defilement of minor and other sexual abuses in the State; And therefore call on Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, the Executive Governor of Lagos State to direct the Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Command to ensure that offenders of domestic violence, including rape and defilement of minors are made to face the full weight of the law while the Judiciary should accelerate any rape or sexual assault cases against any gender.

The House also called on the Governor to direct the Commissioner for Information and Strategy to intensify efforts on the campaign against sexual abuses and sensitize members of the public to report any form of sexual assault to the appropriate authority in the State, and the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to manage rape and sexual assault cases/victims.
The Speaker of the House Rt.hon.Mudashiru Obasa while condemning rape and its vices, urged parents to pay more attention to their minors to compliment the effort of the state which has provided laws to punish rapist and other sexual offenders.

Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay, the prime mover of the motion expressed the need to curb incidences of rape, defilement of minors and other sexual abuses in the State, adding that some victims of sexual assault who were either minors, adult or aged female are left to the trauma and stigmatization of their fate in the society while the culprits move freely without fear of being apprehended and prosecuted.

She further stated that the weak enforcement of related laws, lack of education on how victims of the heinous act can seek redress, mistreatment of rape cases among others have created an environment where sexual abuse is perpetrated with impunity.

Hon.Macauley further said that only few offenders out of many reported cases were prosecuted and culprits convicted.

The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun speaking on this, said that “the rampancy of rape in the country is unnerving and there is need to recalibrate what rape is and what consent is”. He added that the mode of self defence should be taught in home, schools, and places of worship. Adding that there is a need to educate both genders on how to prevent oneself from being raped while victims should be encouraged to report and not be stigmatized.

Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader of the House emphasized the need to have a remedy through justice for rape victims thereby ensuring that the accused when proven guilty is publicly shamed and serve community sentencing with rapist logo boldly written on their uniform for some time before serving jail term. This will serve as a means of deterring future occurrences. He added that Lagos Assembly has amended the laws to make rape perpetrators serve a life sentence a long time ago but proper enforcement and quick prosecution is needed.

In his contribution, Hon. Adedamola Kasumu said that “it is only a man that is suffering from mental illness that would rape. So, it will not be out of place to call on the National Assembly to review the criminal code while Lagos State law reform should come up with stringent penalties for the perpetrators of the menace.”

In another development, a bill for a law to amend the Appropriation Law, 2020 has scaled through the second reading.

The amendment is to revise the budget size of ₦1,168,561,893,990 (One Trillion, One Hundred and Sixty-Eight Billion, Five Hundred and Sixty-One Million, Eight Hundred and Ninety-Three Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety Naira) to be revised to ₦920,469,343,216 (Nine Hundred and Twenty Billion, Four Hundred and Sixty-Nine Million, Three Hundred and Forty-Three Thousand, Two Hundred and Sixteen Naira) for the year ending 31st December, 2020.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa thereafter committed the bill to the joint Committee on Economic Planning and budget; and Finance committee.

HE IS A SHINNING STAR: LAGOS SPEAKER OBASA CONGRATULATES GBAJABIAMILA @58

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday described the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, as a shining star, whose positive impact on Nigeria is being felt across nations.

Obasa, in a congratulatory statement to celebrate Gbajabiamila, who clocked 58, said there could not have been a better time for the Speaker of the House of Representatives to serve Nigeria other than now when his experience in legislative practice has put the country in the right stead.

Thanking him for his support and roles in the advancement of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Obasa noted that Gbajabiamila’s political journey is a perfect example of what loyalty should be.

“On many fronts, Gbajabiamila has proven to be in tune with the challenges facing Nigeria. He seems to have solutions and ideas at the tip of his finger.

“Despite being the fourth citizen of the country, Gbajabiamila has never forgotten his roots. He constantly reaches out to his constituents and gives them feedbacks on government policies and steps,” Obasa, who chairs the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, said.

He also noted that under Gbajabiamila’s leadership of the House, activities of the lower legislative chamber have been more open to Nigerians.

“On behalf of all the Speakers of state Houses of Assembly in Nigeria, I congratulate you on your birthday just as I thank you too for your role in ensuring that the legislative arm of the Federal Government remains thick.

“I also join every Lagosian, your constituents and our party in wishing you all the best in the days ahead. Continue to walk with your head high,” Obasa said.

LAGOS SPEAKER OBASA CONGRATULATES SANWO-OLU AT 55.

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, has felicitated with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on his 55th birthday saying the Governor has shown true leadership in his administration’s efforts to implement policies that put the state ahead in terms of growth and development.

Speaker Obasa, in a statement released by his media office on Thursday, noted that Governor Sanwo-Olu’s passion for the success of Lagos has reflected in the way the government works round the clock daily trying to tackle various challenges and sustain the tempo of progress in the state.

Obasa, who is the chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, specifically commended the Governor for ensuring a sustained cordial relationship between the executive and the legislative arms of the state government.

“With joy in my heart, I join other Lagosians, our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and Nigerians in celebrating you on this day.

“Your exemplary qualities, wisdom, prowess and love for Lagos state reflect daily in the bond we share. We are now more of brothers bound together by the need to keep Lagos, not just running, but flying, and you have constantly shown the zeal to achieve this.

“Your loyalty to a common course has seen infrastructural rejuvenation, security and peace enjoyed by Lagosians in the last one year.

“Backed by the state legislature, the way Lagos has handled the COVID-19 pandemic has become a reference in the fight against its spread,” the Speaker noted.

While urging the Governor to continue with the pace of progress in the state, Speaker Obasa promised that the House of Assembly, though a separate arm of government, will continue to support positive steps to place Lagos above the “Common Standards of Excellence.”

LAGOS SPEAKER, LAWMAKERS HOLD VALEDICTORY SESSION FOR LATE SENATOR SIKIRU ADEBAYO OSINOWO – SANWO-OLU, GBAJABIAMILA SPEAK.

What we know about late Senator Bayo Osinowo – Sanwo-Olu, Speaker Obasa

What we will miss about Senator Osinowo – Sanwo-Olu, Obasa

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa have declared that the late Senator Sikiru Bayo Osinowo lived an exemplary life.

Sanwo-Olu and Obasa spoke during Special Parliamentary Session held in honour of Osinowo at the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday.

Senator Osinowo reportedly died of COVID-19 on Monday, June 15, in Lagos.

Sanwo-Olu, who noted that Osinowo meant different things to different people, added that the State Executive Council held special session for the late Senator on Monday because of his level of contributions to the development of the state and that they prayed for God to grant him eternal rest.

“How do we want to be remembered, when we are gone. If we missed him, we must learn something from him. Let us know that our time will come and what will people say about us.

“On behalf of the people and government of Lagos State, I thank the House of Assembly for the session. I thank you and I want us to know that our time on earth is limited,” he said.

While eulogising the late lawmaker, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa said that no one wanted to die, including those who wanted to go to heaven.

Obasa stressed that the late Osinowo was a major general in the corridor of Nigerian politics.

“We are gathered here to honour Senator Bayo Osinowo, a power broker who assisted many politicians to realise their dreams. I met him before we got to the state house of Assembly, when we were strategising about who would be the Speaker of the 5th Lagos Assembly.

“Osinowo was an astute and grassroots politician and a super benefactor to many.

“My emergence as Speaker of the 8th Assembly was through him and he contributed to the success of our elections in the South West.

“He fought to liberate Nigeria from military dictators. He was a parliamentarian par excellence and he was a great democrat,” he said.

The Speaker described Osinowo as a friend, a colleague, and a teacher adding that the late Senator was ebullient, lively and full of humour.

“He was a political leader with charisma. He was in tune with everybody. His death has created a vacuum that would be difficult to fill and he would be greatly missed by everybody.

“I am sure that Senator Sikiru Osinowo never knew he would be departing so soon, when he gave a speech about death on the floor of the Senate. While I pray that Almighty Allah grant him eternal rest, I urge all of us to learn from his death,” he said.

Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, who spoke virtually, commiserated with the lawmakers adding that Osinowo “would be remembered with fond memories. Let us remember those good times we had with him, his jovial ways, and anecdotes. He was a welder who welded different forces together. He was close to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, I know you would miss him. May his soul rest in peace.”

A former speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, in his contributions, said that he never knew that after five years and three weeks of leaving the House, the time he would speak in the chamber again would be a valedictory service for Senator Bayo Osinowo

Other lawmakers in the Assembly paid glowing tributes to the late Osinowo, describing him as a mentor and a political leader.

LAGOS SPEAKER, MEMBERS PAY CONDOLENCE VISIT TO SENATOR OSINOWO’S FAMILY

The Speaker of Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, and members of the Assembly paid a condolence visit to the immediate family of late Bayo Osinowo at their Molipa, Ijebu-Ode residence, today, Sunday, June 21, 2020.

Late Bayo Osinowo, who died on Monday, June 15, 2020, after a brief illness, was a member of Lagos House of Assembly for 16 consecutive years before moving to the senate.

Speaking with the family, Obasa extolled the sterling qualities and contributions of late Osinowo to the growth of the Lagos House of Assembly in his 16 years as a member.

He prayed to Almighty Allah to forgive him all his sins and grant him aljannah firdaus.

The Speaker said the family should take solace in the fact that the late senator was loved by many because his benevolence and sacrifice.

He also informed the family that the House of Assembly will be holding a special parliamentary session in honour of Senator Osinowo on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.

He urged the family to choose a representative that would speak on behalf of the family at the session.

Dr. Tunde Osinowo, the first son of the deceased, who spoke on behalf of the family, thanked Obasa and the members for the visit to the family.

Dr. Osinowo said their father had prepared them for his demise through his talks and deeds while he was alive but that it was hard for them to cope with the reality of his sudden death.

The Speaker and the members thereafter prayed for the deceased, who until his death, was the Senator representing Lagos East.

 

SENATOR OSINOWO: WE HAVE LOST A POLITICAL STABILIZER – OBASA

The death of Senator Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo, the representative of Lagos East at the Senate, has come as a rude shock that many of us in the Lagos House of Assembly are yet to recover from.

We were about to begin the plenary session of the day when the news of his demise filtered in and threw the whole Assembly into disarray and mourning.

Not many could believe that the ebullient and ever smiling Pepperito, like a candle in the wind, had been blown out.

Even with the evidence that death has done its worst, it is still difficult to come to terms that a political pillar and peace maker is gone.

For the 16 years ( 2003- 2019) he was in the Lagos State House of Assembly representing the good people of Kosofe Constituency 1, many loved him for the stabilising role he played at every point in the period.

Throughout his stay in the House, many ran to him for solutions to their socio-political problems because of the sagacity and wisdom he applied to issues.

The Muslim community of the Lagos House of Assembly will forever be grateful to him for his fatherly role and financial commitment to their course particularly in the building of the ultra-modern mosque within the Assembly complex.

As a senator and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Industries, Osinowo gave us reasons to be very proud of him as he carried on as a true ambassador.

The entire Lagos Assembly, its members and staff will remain burdened by his demise, but consistently pray that God should strengthen all those he left behind.

We also pray that the Almighty Allah will grant him Aljanah Firdaus.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa
Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures.

WE NEED A UNITED FRONT MORE THAN EVER BEFORE – OBASA ON JUNE 12 DEMOCRACY DAY.

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has said Nigerians need a united front more than ever before at this crucial period of our evolution as a Nation .

According to Obasa, Nigeria can hardly achieve anything positive without the unity of purpose of its citizens.

Obasa, Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, said this in commemoration of this year’s celebration of the June 12, 1993 election, popularly acclaimed to have been won by the late Bashorun Moshood Abiola.

The Speaker noted that June 12, 1993 would remain in the hearts of Nigerians as the day the country’s citizens took their destinies in their hands with hope of a better future even though their collective decision was truncated by the military.

“There is no arguing the fact that the collective hope we all have today has its foundation on the June 12, 1993 election and the struggles that followed its annulment.

“As we commemorate that day again, we must remember the Nigerians who became victims just for democracy to be born in 1999. Many students lost their lives, senior Nigerians and leaders died. Many were maimed. Others have continued to bear the heartbreaks that came with the debacle . They remain our heroes.

“For the sake of these many, including Late MKO Abiola, the winner of the presidential election, his wife, Late Kudirat Olayinka Abiola, and several human rights activists, who went just to see us survive till this time, we all need to constantly remain conscious of our actions, love ourselves and our country and do only those things that would sustain our historical and democratic existence.

“June 12 was a manifestation of unity, an election during which Nigerians jettisoned the primordial sentiments of ethnocentrism and religious bigotry,” the Speaker said.

Obasa also commended notable leaders in the country including the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for their sacrifices, steadfastness and passion for the sustained growth and development of the country as well as for jealously protecting the democracy being enjoyed in the country today.

He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for finally recognizing June 12 as the real democracy day as a reminder that Abiola sacrificed his life for the country.

LAWMA SEEKS GOOD LEGISLATION FROM LAGOS ASSEMBLY.

Lagos State House of Assembly

The Management of Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA on Tuesday, paid a visit to Lagos State House of Assembly’s Committee on Environment to intimate them on the synopsis of the agency and canvass for their legislative support.

Hon. Desmond Elliot, the House Committee Chairman, commended LAWMA for their thoughtful and timely visit as it sets the right track for the Committee.

Hon. Elliot alerted the waste management agency of the need to step up their games especially during this rainy season, stating that the mutual familiarisation will aide laudable amendments where necessary for the growth and development of the agency and for the benefit of the State at large.

He commended the efforts of the Agency’s contractors and sweepers in keeping Lagos State clean.

A member of the Committee, Hon. Ajani Owolabi in his view, noted that the welfare of LAWMA employees’ should remain paramount as they work diligently in ensuring that the streets of Lagos stay clean and aligned to the goals of a smart city.

In his response on the issue of the sweepers’ welfare and salaries, the Ag. Managing Director, Mr. Odumboni who led the LAWMA team stressed that the agency is working on ensuring that delayed salaries becomes matters of the past, while salary payment for the month of April has been approved. He said the payment of backlog salaries owed have been submitted to the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for approval.

“There has been an 100 percent increase in the amount paid to contractors of companies handling sweepers as the contractors are paid by the government to pay their staff salaries. We also have teams monitoring the sweepers on the field to certify that they are working in earnest in keeping Lagos State clean.” He revealed.

He added that the support of the House and especially the Committee on Environment would be deeply appreciated by the Agency.

Accordingly, Hon. Desmond Elliot announced that the Committee will be engaging on a site inspection of all dump sites in the State to monitor their activities.

Mr. Odumboni reaffirmed that the courtesy visit is to familiarise themselves with the House Committee and to disclose challenges faced by the agency as well as ensure an affable relationship moving forward.

Other Members at this meeting are: Hon.(Engr.) David Setonji, Hon. Ajani Owolabi, Hon. Folajimi Mohammed, Hon. Olawale Olayiwola, Hon. Richard Adedamola Kasumu and Hon. Ibrahim Layode.

LAGOS LAWMAKERS DISMISS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST OBASA; PASSES VOTE OF CONFIDENCE ON SPEAKER, DEPUTY, OTHERS.

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have dismissed the allegations leveled against the House and the Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, deeming it as frivolous and baseless in its entirety as it cannot be substantiated with evidence.

As part of the recommendations of the report of the 9-Man Fact-Finding Ad Hoc Committee; The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade who presided over Plenary today alongside other members of the House unanimously passed a Vote of Confidence on the Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni and others, to disprove all allegations leveled against them by Sahara Reporters and other petitioners.

 

Hon. Victor Akande, Chairman of the Committee in his submission, pertinently noted that the Committee was constituted by the House to investigate the allegations in order to verify the claims of the petitioners and publishers; and also to advise the House on the appropriate course of action.

He submitted that the Committee in order to conduct an open investigation invited: The petitioners and publishers of the allegations to present evidence to prove their claims; The Speaker and other parties from the Assembly to explain the allegations; and the Banks mentioned in the allegations for clarification.

Hon. Akande added that based on documents provided as evidence and oral testimonies from invitees that were present, the Committee found that all accusations were deliberate misinformation to tarnish the image of the Speaker and the House.

“The House has recently been on social media on alleged financial improprieties portraying the House negatively. This is a cause of concern for every Member of this noble House of Assembly.” Hon. Makinde Rasheed said.

“I want to thank the Committee for judiciously investigating the allegations presented by Sahara Reporters and co-petitioners. I also salute Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa for handling these allegations with maturity and I commend every Member of the House for our patients.” He added.

Hon. Olanrewaju Afinni while commending the Committee for a well detailed job, said, “In the course of my experience as a Microsoft Certified Professional, there is no way a person can be associated with 64 bank accounts. The concept of primary key identifier is given for inter-bank database exchange and no Bank Verification Number, BVN can be attached to two or more different accounts and when information is updated, it will affect every other data attached to it such as multiple names.”

“This shows that all these accusations are frivolous and targeted at the image of the Speaker, the House, the Government at large and also our great Party, APC. As at today, we have forty Members under one umbrella.” He added.

Hon. Akinsanya Nureni noted that with the report of the Committee, the accused have been exonerated of all false allegations.

Hon. Abiodun Tobun highlighted the fact that the petitioners were absent. This implies that the allegations are untrue and malicious. However, he noted that with the available evidence before the House, it is enough to exonerate and uphold the towering image and integrity of the House.

He also implored the media to avoid distracting the House from important matters affecting the development of the State.

The House adopted the recommendations of the Committee as its resolution.