Lagos Assembly Passes Legislative Research Institute Bill

… Screens Governor Sanwo-Olu’s nominees for Office of Auditor-General

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday passed a bill to establish the State Legislative and Research Institute.

The Private Member Bill was sponsored by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, and aims to help build legislative capacity, ensure effective sharing of knowledge and promote efficient and legislative activities in the State.

After the passage of the bill, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, who presided over the plenary, directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, to send a clean copy to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his assent.

In another development, the lawmakers screened Governor Sanwo-Olu’s nominees; Mr. Sikiru Adeniyi Salami, for the position of Permanent Secretary, State Auditor-General, and Mr. Obafemi Musa Ogunlana for the position of the Permanent Secretary, Auditor-General for Unified Local Government Service in the State.

They are yet to be confirmed.

Prof Tunde Samuel: Lagos Speaker Mourns GAC Member, Says APC Lost A Titan

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described Professor Tunde Samuel, a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), as a titan whose positive roles in Lagos cannot be forgotten in a hurry.

Professor Samuel, a chieftain and founding member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), died on Wednesday night at the age of 73.

Prof. Samuel is reckoned as one of the founding fathers of the Lagos State University (LASU) where he was both a member of the Implementation Committee and two-time member of the Provisional Government Council.

Dr. Obasa, who paid a visit to the home of the deceased on Thursday, said: “Prof. Samuel’s demise is a blow, a pain that would take long for us to bear both as people of Agege, the APC as a family, the GAC and the entire Lagos State.

“His importance to Lagos State can never be under-emphasised. He was a passionate Lagosian whose thoughts, actions and activities were all geared towards strengthening democracy in Nigeria and the creation of an egalitarian state where individuals would live their lives in peace.

“As an academic, he helped Lagos to establish a firm foundation for educational growth and progress with his imprint in our own Lagos State University, the Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED), Noforija, Epe, where he was Pioneer Provost and as Special Adviser on Education to Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, when the latter was Governor of Lagos State.

“It is worthy to note that his activities in government brought Lagos many laurels and further helped to put the State in a favourable position in the country.”

A retired Professor of Political Economics of Education, he was a former Chairman of the Governing Council of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Otto-Ijanikin.

“Like a star with brightness that cannot be dimmed, Prof. Samuel’s success extended beyond the boundaries of Lagos as he served as Chairman of the Governing Councils for the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti and the Federal University, Otuoke, Bayelsa, respectively. He was also an International Consultant for UNESCO and UNICEF.

“We will continue to miss his wisdom, knowledge and understanding of how Lagos and Nigeria should be run for the utmost good of the people. We will miss his advice and productive efforts to keep a united APC in Lagos.

“I, on behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, pray that God grant him peace and give his immediate family, friends and associates the fortitude to bear this huge loss, amen,” Obasa prayed in a statement released by his media office.

Rail Line Projects: Lagos Assembly Applauds Sanwo-Olu

* Tasks Governor to ensure completion of project

* Expresses optimism on reduction of gridlocks across state

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, and his colleagues on Tuesday commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his efforts to complete the State’s rail projects.

The lawmakers also praised the governor for also expanding transportation through the waterways.

According to them, the completion of the projects would ensure a substantial reduction in gridlocks across the state.

Speaker Obasa, who presided over the sitting, said the governor deserved commendation just as he expressed optimism that the rail projects would be completed by the administration.

“Traffic has become something else and people complain always. The projects are, thus, aimed at relieving people of the harrowing experiences they face on the roads.

“The governor, therefore, deserves commendation,” the Speaker said while further noting the importance of Opebi-Ojota bridge project that is to be embarked upon by the government.

“This is what our people deserve and we are encouraging the governor to do more, particularly on this rail line issue.

“We have been on this matter since the Jakande era. We wish he (Governor Sanwo-Olu) becomes the ‘lucky boy’ that would see to the completion of the rail projects,” Obasa added.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, the lawmaker representing Eti-Osa Constituency 2, while earlier presenting a report on the Governor’s recent inspection of some trains in the United States of America, urged that the House continue to do all it takes including approving the necessary funds for the government to complete the Blue and Red Lines of the rail projects.

Yishawu noted that on the average, people in the state spend up to five hours on the roads as a result of gridlocks. He added that the completion of the Red Line would reduce this challenge.

“It is only a responsible government that would ensure that such wasted hours are reduced to the nearest minimum,” he said.

Supporting Yishawu, his colleague, Hon. Abiodun Tobun, commended the Governor for considering more jetties to expand the waterways transportation.

On his part, Hon. Desmond Elliot, representative of Surulere Constituency 1, described the projects as pointers to the success of Lagos since 1999.

He also commended the Speaker and his colleagues for supporting the executive arm to make things happen for the progress of the state.

In his contribution, Hon. Lukman Olumoh representing Ajeromi-Ifelodun Constituency 1, thanked the House for passing the transportation reform sector law adding that it was currently helping the traffic situation of the state.