Adeniran-Ogunsanya: Lagos has lost a great woman, Speaker Obasa mourns

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described the death of former Secretary to the Lagos State Government, Princess Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya, as a major loss to the State.

Adeniran-Ogunsanya, who served the State during the first term of former Governor Babatunde Fashola between 2007 and 2011, died at 74 after a brief illness.

Dr. Obasa, in a statement by his media office, commiserated with the family and friends of the deceased saying her contributions as SSG to the progress of Lagos would remain indelible in the hearts of the residents of the State.

“She was always calm, filled with brilliant ideas and contributed immensely to the development of Lagos while she served as Secretary to the Lagos State Government,” Obasa said.

The Speaker added that the late Adeniran-Ogunsanya also played important roles in the politics of the State earning herself respect as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“On behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, I commiserate with the family, friends, leaders of our party and everyone affected by the demise of Princess Adenrele Adeniran-Ogunsanya.

I pray that God would grant her peace and give those she left behind the fortitude to bear this loss.


The Lagos State House of Assembly House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC commenced an inspection tour to courts in the State with the Lagos State Judicial Commission on Thursday.

The inspection tour is to supervise all on-going and recently completed court construction projects as well as visitations to all Customary courts in the State.

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. (Barr.) Victor Akande, representing Ojo Constituency I, stated that the Customary Court is the grassroot court that listens and solves the problems of the communities.

During the inspection, the Committee encouraged the Local Government and Igando Customary Court principal officers. He advised the Local Government to liaise with the Customary Court to bring in ideas on how to generate more revenue to the Local Government and the State.

The Committee visited Alakuko Customary Court, Alagbado Customary Court, Alimosho Customary Court, Egbe-Idimu Customary Court, Ejigbo Customary Court, Isolo Customary Court, Igando Customary Court, Oshodi Customary Court respectively.

In the same vein, the Committee continued the inspections to Samuel Ilori Court House Ogba, Agege Customary Court, Orile Agege Customary Court, Ifako Jaiye Customary Court, Ikeja Customary Court, Shomolu Customary Court, and Agboyi-ketu Customary Court.

Subsequently, at Samuel Ilori Court House, the Committee observed that the maintenance of the Magistrate Court was badly managed by the contractor.

Hon. Akande summoned the said contractor, who is to bring along necessary documents to the House of Assembly for proper perusal.

In his words, ” We need to know why this particular Court is in deplorable state, the Contractor incharge of the maintenance should come to Lagos State House of Assembly with all the necessary documents from the time the job was assigned to him till date”.

The Committee will continue its inspections of other courts in other parts of the State in coming days.

Honorable Members present with the Committee Chairman were, Hon. Jude Idimogu and Hon. Fatai Oluwa.

2023: Obasa hints on type of leader Nigeria deserves

– Says Tinubu laid foundation that makes Lagos a successful state
– Lists competence, knowledge and experience as characteristics of a good leader

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday said Nigeria desires a leader with an experience of success in previous assignments.

Dr. Obasa said this at the Anchor University’s first Distinguished Public Lecture of the faculty of Humanities in Lagos stressing that leaders can only succeed when they have the requisite capacities to meet the desires of their followers.

Noting that Nigerians currently yearn for more from their leaders in the face of daunting challenges, Obasa expressed hope that the country would meet the collective dream of the citizens soon.

“If you place our country side by side some countries and compare developments in the last 50 years, you would agree that we have challenges.

“However, we are all leaders in our various spheres. Leadership has to do with the roles you play in your various communities.

“Today, people choose to go to Dubai instead of some other countries. Look at their development in the last 50 years. We heard stories of how their leaders visited Ibadan for medical checkups.

“Now, what do we have? Nigerians visiting the country and others for medical reasons.

“Today, China is a super power because of its growth and development.

“That is why we have to talk about leadership and the most important thing for us now is to have a leader who understands and can handle our situation such that a man living in a corner in Ipaja, who does not have interest in who the leader is, enjoys what should be simple amenities of life,” he said.

The Speaker argued that fixing Nigeria requires good governance and that the country currently has an opportunity to get it right ahead of 2023.

“And as you are aware, if anyone applies for a job, the first things that are asked for are the person’s credentials and experience.

“So in chosing who would be our leader in 2023, we need to ask questions about who is competent enough and had done something similar to what we desire.

“We can still remember that not long ago, we had someone in Lagos State who laid a solid foundation, particularly in relation to revenue. We know that without revenue, there is hardly anything we can do.

“We had that person who used his intelligence to move the revenue from just N600 million to billions of naira and today, the State gets multi-billion naira revenue for development.

“See the infrastructural development in Lagos State now and you will agree that we need people who are experienced and highly exposed for leadership positions.

“Leadership is not about who is old or young. We have had some young governors who have no positive thing to show about the development of their states,” he stressed.

Obasa, who was honoured by the institution, promised a robust relationship between the university and the government. He also urged the management to assist the government by making suggestions that would help the State.

The guest lecturer at the event, Prof. Ayodeji Olukoju, corroborated the Speaker’s position emphasising that the right leadership is what Nigeria needs.

The Professor of History and Strategic Studies at the University of Lagos, also commended the Lagos State government for the giant strides recorded so far.

Why We’ll Miss Hon Adetoun Adediran, Lagos Speaker Mourns Ex-Lawmaker

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described the demise of Hon. Adetoun Adediran, a former Deputy Speaker of the State as shocking.

The late Adediran served as a member of the House representing Surulere Constituency 1 between 1999 and 2003.

In a tribute by his media office, Dr. Obasa expressed sadness at the former lawmaker’s demise saying the late Adediran died at a time her legislative and political experiences were still very important to Lagos and Nigeria.

Obasa described Adediran as a passionate woman who wanted the best for her society adding that to achieve this, she played major roles in the Fourth Assembly of Lagos State.

“Hon. Adetoun Adediran is leaving behind fond memories of her roles as a lawmaker in the emergence of a more modern Lagos.

“As a principal officer at the House, she was passionate and active making sure her voice was heard among her colleagues who were mostly men.

“It was this same passion for service that got her the position of Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos. She also later became the Chairman of the Lagos State Building and Investment Company.

“We mourn her demise as it came at a time her experience and wisdom were still desired for the progress of our state. We mourn because death has snatched one of our finest politicians.

“While I pray that God grant her a peaceful rest, I also pray that He strengthen those she left behind and give them the fortitude to bear this huge loss,” Obasa said.