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Month: <span>March 2022</span>

How Tinubu Helped Lagos Assembly Achieve Financial Autonomy – Obasa

– As Lagos Assembly Celebrates Tinubu At 70

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday described the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as a man of courage.

They also praised him for helping the parliament of the State achieve financial autonomy years before the mass clamour for it by other Houses of Assembly.

The lawmakers gave accolades at a special plenary session in honour of the astute politician to commemorate his 70th birthday, which holds on March 29, 2022.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, described Asiwaju Tinubu is a benefactor, adding that the presidential aspirant had done well as a leader.

“This is an opportunity for us to recognise all that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has done for us as a leader. In the face of opposition, he resolved and insisted on being on the opposition against against the Federal government.

“It is better to celebrate people that have contributed immensely to the development of the society.

“This Assembly has distinguished itself in all areas. This House has been running independently of the executive arm with financial autonomy through the help of Asiwaju. When he came in as the governor, he increased the IGR of the state,” Dr. Obasa said.

The Speaker added that the special plenary was to show respect and honour for a deserving Lagosian who had contributed immensely to the progress of the State.

Contributing, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, said Tinubu had done a lot for democracy since he joined politics.

“It was easy for him to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), but he refused and focused on building a progressive party. We call on him to continue his ambition to become the President of Nigeria,” he added.

On his part, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, who represents Eti-Osa 2, described Tinubu as a man with a large heart and one who easily forgives.

He said: “Beyond the intimidating credentials of Tinubu, he’s a forgiving man with a large heart. He’s extraordinary. I salute him. He is the Asiwaju of everything that is good. I wish him long live.”

Hon. Victor Akande, who represents Ojo1, used the opportunity to address the critics of Tinubu’s ambition.

He those threatening to leave the country if Tinubu becomes president to start gathering their things because he was optimistic that the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will lead the country.

He described Tinubu as a political colossus, political mathematician and doyen of modern day Nigeria.

Also speaking, Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe 1) described Asiwaju Tinubu as a respected politician, promise keeper, bridge builder and lover of Nigeria, adding that he would be l supported on his ambition to be the President of Nigeria in 2023.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, described Asiwaju Tinubu as a detribalised Nigerian, a leader of the people, and politician with a difference.

According to Hon. Rotimi Abiru (Shomolu 2), Tinubu “is a man of many parts, a true leader and the Mungo Park of our time. He laid the template for modern Lagos and he created agencies such as LASTMA, LAWMA, Office of Public Defender (OPD and others.”

Other lawmakers spoke glowingly about Asiwaju Tinubu, who they said had been able to build several leaders that have taken important positions in the country.

Meanwhile, the House also held a mini-lecture with the theme The Youth: Economic Challenges, Democracy and The Future with speakers including Adepeju Olukokun of Kokun Foundation, Shola Ladoja of Simply Green Limited, Eilen Sobanjo, and Iyinoluwa Aboyeji of Future Africa.

Others who spoke included AbdulGaniyu Obasa, Head of Performance Management and Strategy at Parallex Bank, Dr. Biola Eshinlokun, a medical doctor, Olusegun Osundairo, CEO of Arc-View Investments Limited, and the Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin, who was represented, Hon. Seyi Adisa.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY CONFIRMS SANWO-OLU’S NOMINEE

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday confirmed Mr. Salami Sikiru Adeniji, a nominee of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as the substantive Auditor-General of the State.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, announced the confirmation following a voice vote of members of the House during plenary.

Mr. Salami had earlier appeared before the lawmakers for screening.

In another development, the Lagos State anti-corruption and transparency commission (amendment) bill 2022 scaled second reading on the floor of the House after which Dr. Obasa committed it to the Committee on Judiciary for further action.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2) and Hon. Victor Akande, while contributing to the debate on the bill, commended their colleagues for acting responsively and responsibly.

The Committee on Judiciary is expected to present its report to the House in one week.

PROTEST: LAGOS ASSEMBLY RECEIVES ORIMEDU COMMUNITY OVER CHIEFTAIN RULING DISPUTE

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday received the residents of Orimedu Community in Ibeju-Lekki area of the State over events of chieftainship ruling dispute.

The spokesperson for the community, Mr. Tajudeen Okeleji, explained that the discord happening in the community was as a result of the illegal crowning of Mr. Toheeb Abidemi Yisa nee Oyedele despite the High Court Ruling of Monday 7th March, 2022.

He added that the Orimedu community has two chieftain ruling houses, “Eko and Ijebu quarters” as a way of rotating their chieftainship which was duly registered and recognised by the Lagos State Government.

He continued that, after the ruling of the immediate past monarch, Late Oba Hamzat Atiku from the Ijebu quarters, the turn of the Eko quarters whose nominee is to be Mr. Ibraheem Olayinka Akodu, was usurped by Alhaji Bode Oyedele.

The community therefore appealed for the intervention of the House to urgently and meticulously look into the matter with a view to giving it prompt justice and see that the ideal nominee is crowned.

Addressing the protesters, Hon. Okanlawon Sanni on behalf of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa responded that on issues such as this, “It is expected that as civil people who approach their parliament for intervention to announce their grievances; I assure you that the House of Assembly which is an unbiased parliament will dispassionately look into your petition.”

He added that the House will invite the appropriate bodies to hear from the community and ensure that justice is served.

Other Honourable Members present at the protest include: Hon. Tijani Surajudeen and Hon. Ogunkelu Sylvester.

NURTW Crisis: Lagos Assembly States Position

The Lagos State House of Assembly has said there should not be any contention over the steps being taken by the State Government following the crisis currently rocking the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).

Hon. Temitope Adewale, Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation, who made the position of the Assembly known, said the legislative arm had been very proactive as it already has a law creating the Lagos State Parking Authority, which should now oversee activities at all the parks in the State.

According to Hon. Adewale, the House is fully aware of developments in the transportation union and now that the crisis has resulted in the banning of NURTW activities in Lagos, “it is clear to state that all parks, garrages and parking activities would be under the Lagos State Parking Authority as stipulated by law.”

The House said at the stage the NURTW has found itself, the State has to take charge of the situation to avoid a breakdown of law and order.

The House said, by law, the state’s Parking Authority has a General Manager, approved for appointment by lawmakers and on whose shoulders the responsibility now falls to manage the parks at the moment.

“The Law approves a General Manager for the Parking Authority.

“Lagosians should be calm. The situation is under control as the government takes necessary actions,” he said.

The Lagos State Government had, late Thursday, announced the suspension of all NURTW activities in the State.

The Government has also denied appointing suspended chairman of the NURTW, Musiliu Akinsanya, alias MC Oluomo, as General Manager of Lagos Transport Parks and Garages Committee.

Bamise Ayanwole: Justice Must Be Done, Speaker Obasa, Lawmakers

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Tuesday promised that the legislative arm of the State Government must ensure justice in the case of the alleged murder of Bamise Ayanwole.

Obasa said this while addressing some protesters who stormed the House to urge the lawmakers to act on the case of the victim.

The 22-year-old was reportedly killed inside a Bus Rapid Transit vehicle on her way from the Lekki area of the State recently.

The protesters, who came to the Assembly with the immediate elder sister of the deceased, said it was painful that such an incident happened. They also called for more efforts by the government to ensure the security of lives and property.

Obasa, who said he and his colleagues were very concerned about the incident, sympathised with the family and friends of the victim.

While urging Nigerians not to preempt the police which is investigating the case, he said the House would continue to follow up to ensure justice is served appropriately.

“The erroneous belief that it would be swept under the carpet it unnecessary. The driver has been arrested and is in custody.

“We are watching and must ensure justice is done on the case. The Governor has spoken about it and I just want to appeal that we work together to get justice.

“We will do everything to make sure that justice is served. Justice must be served. And everybody in Lagos must be protected,” he told the protesters.

 

Earlier during plenary, the Speaker urged Nigeria, its citizens and leaders to use the opportunity of the International Women’s Day to address whatever is lacking in the push for equity for women.

Commending women for their resilience and importance, Obasa, however expressed sadness that the women have become victims of heinous crimes.

“As a government, we must look inward to see the areas that are beneficial to the women. Women have become victims of violence and other crimes. What have we done for the emancipation of our women? How much of our women have we lost during child birth?

“We must encourage our women to be successful and live better,” he said.

He charged all the committees of the House to work for the benefit of women in the State.

Lagos Safe For Your Investments, Speaker Obasa Tells Qatari Government

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described the State as one that guarantees safety of investors and their businesses since the government takes seriously the protection of lives and property.

Dr. Obasa said this at the Qatar-Nigeria Business Matchmaking Event which had officials of the govermment of the two countries on Wednesday. The event also had businessmen and prospective investors in attendance.

The meeting, it was learnt, is aimed at deepening trade between the two countries in manufacturing, construction, oil and gas, technology and other related areas.

Represented by Hon. Adewale Temitope, Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Transportation, the Speaker noted that the growth and advancement of Lagos in various areas of the economy are the result of true leadership.

He added that for investors in Lagos, it has always been a symbiotic relationship since the State has the needed human capital and the market while they have the resources.

“It is, therefore, going to be a symbiotic relationship between Qatar and Nigeria,” he said while urging prospective investors to also consider the transportation and health sectors of the State in view of government’s successful effort to create an enabling environment.

Speaking at the event, Ali Ghanem Al-Hajri, ambassador of the State of Qatar to Nigeria, said the meeting would further strengthen bilateral relations between Nigeria and his country.

“We think this meeting to deepen bilateral relations to build an economic bridge between the two markets.

“Nigeria is the biggest market in West Africa, and there are lots of potentials and opportunities to deal with the Qatari market. I can see a huge economic bridge between the two countries,” he said.

Qatar Development Bank (QDB), which organised the business matchmaking event, used the opportunity to engaged with Nigerian businesses on strengthening investment ties across diverse sectors.