Obasa, Others Storm Pen Cinema Bridge, Work Commences On Failed Portion

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, on Wednesday led top government officials to the failed portion of the Pen Cinema Bridge which had, for days, caused motorists harrowing experiences.

Incessant flooding of the Okekoto end of the bridge had resulted in a gully further exacerbated by poor drainage system in the area.

Obasa who arrived at the failed portion of the bridge with members of the House Committee on Works led by Hon. Abiodun Tobun, expressed concern over the daily experiences faced by commuters on the bridge.

While noting government’s efforts to continue to develop Lagos and meet the yearnings of the residents, he tasked the agencies in charge of drainages and road maintenance to immediately commence work to alleviate the suffering faced by those who ply the bridge.

In a related message to the people of Agege, Obasa said: “Bothered by the latest experiences faced by motorists plying the Pen Cinema bridge, I was at the bad spot today with members of the House Committee on Works, leaders from the area and government officials whose offices are saddled with the tasks of road maintenance and drainages.

“I am happy to note that work has commenced immediately. Machinery has been deployed to the place and the drains are already being cleared.

“I want to implore residents of the affected area and the entire Agege to help maintain all government infrastructure, discourage themselves and others from clogging the drains with wastes.”

Those who joined the Speaker on the inspection tour include Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege II), Hon. Rasheed Makinde (Ifako-ijaiye II), Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay (Amuwo-Odofin I).

Others are Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, Special Adviser on Works and Infrastructures; Ganiyu Egunjobi, Chairman Agege Local Government Council; and Johnson Babatunde, his counterpart in Orile-Agege LCDA.O

LAGOS ASSEMBLY CHARGES COMMISSIONER FOR TOURISM TO ENSURE CONTINUOUS IMPLEMENTATION OF TOURISM LAW

  • LAGOS ASSEMBLY WANTS FULL IMPLEMENTATION OF TOURISM LAW

Lawmakers of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf to ensure continuous awareness relating to tourism.

They also urged the Governor to ensure the full implementation of the Tourism Law including the creation of a Tourism Agency as stipulated in a bill passed by the House since 2018.

The lawmakers debated the motion in commemoration of World Tourism Day 2022 at a sitting presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.

The Chairman of the Committee on Tourism Arts and Culture, Hon. Fatai Oluwa, who raised the motion, stated that the purpose of this year celebration themed ‘Rethinking Tourism’ is to focus on reviewing and redeveloping tourism after Coronavirus Pandemic.

He said Lagos State, being the Centre of Excellence, hopes to ensure that tourism potentials are explored in every area of the State.

“The House of Assembly passed the Lagos State Tourism Agency Law 2018 in order to develop and promote the State tourism investment, which aims to enhance revenue generation for the State. Unfortunately, this law is yet to be implemented,” he said.

He added that if this agency is established, it would encourage provision, improvement and marketing of tourism facilities in the State locally and Internationally.

In his contribution, the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Noheem Adams said the main objective of the World Tourism Day is to celebrate and sensitise the world on the long term planning and development of tourism.

Globally, he said, tourism has been found to be lucrative and impact positively on the lives of the residents and users of tourist destination.

He urged the government to pay more attention to tourism in the State.

Also speaking, Hon. Adewale Temitope noted that Lagos State has lots of tourist sites.

He said these sites are tools for Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and that most countries see tourism as sources of financing government.

“Since the House has passed a law to enhance tourism in the State, it is on point to call on the commissioner and all other agencies that are attached to tourism board with immediate effect to implement the law,” he said.

On his part, Hon. Victor Akande added that tourism helps create jobs and income generation.

He further noted that through tourism, foreign investors can be attracted thus creating economic value for the State.

Hon. Desmond Elliot, who also contributed, commended Lagos for currently building a Film Village.

He, however, noted that the State had more to do in relation to the sector.

The House adjourned to Monday, October 3, 2022 after a voice vote by members present.