Lagos Speaker Obasa meets Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, on Wednesday evening met with Nigeria’s Ambassador to Spain, Chief Demola Seriki.

The Speaker’s visit to Seriki comes few days after the king of Spain, Felipe the sixth received a letter of credence from the ambassador.

A statement by Obasa’s media office quotes the Speaker as saying that the meeting with the ambassador was partly to congratulate him and to discuss issues that would be beneficial to Lagos and Nigeria.

“Ambassador Seriki is one person that can never be wished away in the scheme of the progress of Nigeria. He remains a team player and always ready to contribute to the advancement of Lagos and the country.

“Remember he is a respected political leader in Lagos State.

“His appointment as ambassador, therefore, did not come as a surprise to many of us and we are certain he will not let his country and State down. He has shown capacity and capability over time, his experience is always needed.

“Therefore, this visit is to congratulate him, assure him of our support at all times and further encourage him to continue to play his positive roles as we work for the progress of our country.”

Recall that Demola Seriki, the Otun Aare of Lagos and former Minister of State for Defence, was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari in January 2021.

He recently presented his letter of credence to the king in a ceremony that had the Spanish minister of foreign affairs and EU Cooperation in attendance.

It is noteworthy that Seriki is also a Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

We Will Assist NDLEA Tackle Drug Abuse In Lagos, Obasa promises

– Speaker explains why Lagos is ‘epicenter’ of drug abuse
– Says Lagos particular about security of lives and property
– Argues that fight against corruption cannot be left to FG alone

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, has promised that the state legislature will continue to support the fight against drug abuse and its effects on the youths and residents of the state.

Obasa made the promise when he played host to top officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) led by its state commander, Mr. Ralph Igwenagu, on Thursday evening.

The Speaker expressed hope that a collective fight against the societal challenge would help to further sustain a safe and well-protected Lagos.

He said he was not surprised that Lagos has been described as one of the epicentres of drug abuse in the country saying with an influx of people from other states, it should be expected.

“I am not disappointed that Lagos has been rated number one. Lagos has become an abode for everybody – the good and the bad – and this has become a challenge to the government.

“That is why it is difficult for the Lagos Government to project. When you project for a certain number of people this year, before you know it, more than three times your projection will enter the state.

“That is why we make efforts to support the Federal Government by equipping the Rapid Response Squad. We also set up the Security Trust Fund, the Neighbourhood Safety Corps, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and others to ensure that lives and property are protected,” he said adding that collaboration by stakeholders was important because the negative effects of drug abuse affects everybody since some engage in criminal activities.

The Speaker commended the NDLEA officials for attending a recent stakeholders’ meeting organised by the House to enlighten residents against drug abuse.

Earlier, Mr. Igwenagu thanked the House for organising the Stakeholders’ meeting saying it helped in reaching the grassroots of the state.

“We want to request that you sustain that exercise. We know that with you, it is possible because members of the House of Assembly are grassroots politicians and can reach out to the youths.

He said Lagos has a fair share of the challenges of drug abuse in Nigeria promising that the NDLEA would continue to work with the House to ensure continuous reduction in cases of drug abuse.

In a related development, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa has promised to collaborate with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in Lagos state.

The Speaker said this when Mrs. OK Popoola, State Director of the organisation, led other officials on a visit to the House.

Obasa said the House had always ensured that accountability and transparency in all its dealing adding that the need to tackle corruption had resulted in the passage of motions and resolutions.

He said the House recently passed a law against corruption adding that even though some people misinterpreted it, the lawmakers have a consciousness that fighting corruption should be the responsibility of everybody, not just the Federal Government.

Popoola earlier commended the lawmakers for their swift responses to their asset declaration obligations.
She also urged for collaboration between the House and the CCB.

BREAKING: Lagos Assembly Approves N1.25tn As Amended 2021 Budget

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved N1.25 trillion as an amendment to the 2021 budget.

This followed a request brought to the House by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu recently.

The approval was made through a voice vote of members at the sitting presided over by Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, Obasa, thereafter, ordered the Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, to pass a clean copy of the report to the Governor for his assent.

Governor Sanwo-Olu had in September, 2021 requested the House to approve the amendment to this year’s Appropriation Law of N1.164 trillion passed by the lawmakers on December 29, 2020.

Obasa said the governor was requesting the House to authorise the reordering of N460.58 billion to N496.26 billion for the recurrent expenditure; and N702.93 billion to N759.59 billion for the capital expenditure.

During the deliberations leading to the passage of amended law, the Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, read the various sectoral allocations and announced the new appropriation law as N1,256,567,592,651 trillion.

According to Yishawu, a sum of N513,343,338,737 was approved for recurrent from the consolidated revenue fund.

He added that a sum of N743,224,253,914 from the Development Fund was approved for capital expenditure both for the year ending December 31, 2021.

Meanwhile, the members of the Lagos Assembly have agreed that law enforcement agents operating in the state needed to be trained always.

The lawmakers made their positions known as they read for a second time a bill for the creation of law enforcement training institute in the state.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, who presided over the sitting, described the bill as very important adding that the proposal should have the stipulations that would make it a good law.

He committed the bill to the House Committee on Judiciary to report in weeks.

Earlier during the debate on the bill, Hon. Victor Akande, chairman of the Committee on Judiciary and Public Petitions, said it was long overdue.

“Policing in Lagos State has a little lacuna. Thus we have to put up a centre for the training of our own to teach them the modern way of doing it,” he said.

On his part, Hon. Bisi Yusuff said the institute was necessary because “most of our law enforcement agents do not understand the job. When well implemented, the institute will help to remold the agents.”

In his contribution, Hon. Rotimi Olowo noted that Lagos, being a mega city and economic hub of the country, has some challenges in relation to security.

“There are certain criteria for recruitment. The training institute will be able to look at that area,” he said adding that the institute would help train enforcement agents on use of modern technology in intelligence gathering and prosecution.

“Some of our security personnel do not even know how to use the smart phones. So this bill is apt,” he added stressing that the institute would help agents treat people with dignity.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu also argued that having an institute to train and retrain law enforcement agents would help them keep abreast of modern ways of securing the society.

For Hon. David Setonji, the bill is the first of its kind among states of the federation.

OCEAN SURGE SWEEPING LAGOS COMMUNITIES AWAY, LAWMAKERS RAISE ALARM

– Say roads, other infrastructures already affected

– Urges Governors Sanwo-Olu to apply for ecological fund

– Pleads with relevant authorities to act fast

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday called on President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and relevant authorities to rescue shoreline communities in the state.

The House also called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to apply for the Ecology Fund created by the Federal Government for the protection of communities against environmental threats.

The challenge faced by the communities was raised on the floor of the House by the Deputy Leader, Hon. Noheem Adams, who urged his colleagues to support the motion.

Hon. Adams, who listed some of the affected communities, wondered why Lagos was not benefiting from the Ecological Fund released so some states by the Federal Government.

According to him, the affected communities are on the verge of extinction except something urgent is done to protect the shorelines.

He said ocean surge had claimed a size-able landmass of the communities leaving many families displaced.

Supporting the motion, his colleague, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, urged the State Government to also consider palliative work to protect the affected communities while the fund is sought from the federal government.

“My take is that either through collaboration or application to the federal government, let’s first put palliatives in place,” he said as he commiserated with the people of the affected areas.

Highlighting that illegal dredging in the areas were part of the causes of the challenge in the communities, Hon. Mojeed Fatai suggested that a task force be established to curb such activities.

On his part, Hon. Sanni Okanlawon said the House had a responsibility to ensure the protection of the communities and act to save the lives of the people on the coastal line.

The Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, suggested that the House Committee on Waterfront Infrastructure should embark on an oversight to the communities mentioned as it would help with eventual solutions.

He added that there should be a caution to residents of the state concerning waste disposal in line with the law.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Sani-Eshinlokun, who presided over the sitting, directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko to send a clean copy of the resolution of the House to Governor Sanwo-Olu.

Waterways transportation: We need more private investors, Lagos lawmakers declare

*Lagos lawmakers campaign for more investments in waterways transportation

*How we can boost Lagos waterways transportation, lawmakers say

More work is needed attract private investments to the Lagos waterways transportation sector, lawmakers at the State House of Assembly have said.

The lawmakers, who belong to the House Committee on Transportation, made the position known during a recent visit to the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and the Lagos State Ferry Services (LAGFERRY).

Led by its chairman, Hon. Temitope Adewale, the committee agreed that the government had to improve the environment that would enable such business thrive.

Hon. Adewale noted the interest of the House of Assembly in the success of waterways transportation as an alternative to the ever-growing traffic challenges faced by residents of the state.

To this end, the lawmaker urged LASWA to ensure the security of the state’s waterways through effective collaboration with security agencies.

Adewale expressed belief that securing the waterways would help increase public confidence and boost chances of Public Private Partnership (PPP).

Commending the agency for the success so far recorded, the committee chairman appealed for more efficiency while advising that the waterways must not become escape routes for criminals.

He, therefore, urged for more patrol boats to monitor waterways in the state.

Describing LAGFERRY as one of the agencies that had added value to the governance of the state and the transportation sector, Adewale pleaded for more activities that would help attract investors.

He also promised that the House would continue to assist in areas that would ease the job of the agency and help it meet its goals.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Oluwadmilola Emmanuel, General Manager of LASWA, enumerated the achievements of the agency to include the creation of a control room to monitor the various routes on the waterways.

According to him, this strategy has helped to keep the waterways safe and secured just as he added that the agency currently has two patrol boats for the patrol of waterways to avoid criminal activities on the waterways.

He said the agency had provided 294 life jackets and was expecting 845 more.

The agency, Emmanuel said, also collaborates with security agencies for the protection of the waterways.

He, however, said the Marine Police can be equipped further for effective enforcement.

On his part, the Managing Director of LAGFERRY, Hon. Ladi Balogun, said his agency with a mandate to provide ferry services to ease pressure on road transportation, currently has a fleet of 20 boats.

He noted that at least, 480,000 waterways users routinely patronise the boats.

While explaining that the agency was already setting standards for other operators in the industry, he lamented that recurrent expenditure appropriated for it was not enough as the price of fuel affects business.

Our economy needs to be salvaged, Speaker Obasa

– Canvasses for true federalism with states managing their resources

– Says Lagos Assembly remains youth-friendly with its bills, motions

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday re-emphasised the need for Nigeria to think in the direction of true federalism saying it is one of the major solutions to the county’s many challenges.

Obasa made the call at the 13th annual Hijrah Lecture 1443 A.H (2021) organised by the House with the topic: The Role Of The Youths In The Emerging Socio-Economic And Political Realities.

According to the Speaker, it is very obvious that citizens and leaders in the country intensify efforts to salvage the economy, especially as it relates to the increasing poverty rate, the need to make the country secure and peaceful as well as the dwindling fortunes of the Nigerian currency as against the dollar.

The Speaker, who noted the topic of the event as very important at this time of the country’s journey, further urged the federal government to see the current situation as an opportunity to address the issue of the collection of Value Added Tax (VAT) in favour of the states.

He said if Nigeria was to make progress, the country should follow the steps of the United States of America and China which relies on the provinces.

“The topic of this event is very important. What is the situation of our country? What is the situation with the youth? How do we live our lives? What is the health and educational situation of the country?

“We talk about youth unemployment, but what is the state of education and qualifications?

“The topic is important, especially with the argument that the economy has become seriously challenged.

“The standard of living and the rate of poverty are biting. Months ago, the dollar rate was still welcoming at a little above N300 but today, it is more than N500.

“This current situation of the country is an opportunity for the federal government to address the issue of VAT.

“China today relies on the provinces of the country. USA practises true federalism. If we are practising federalism, we should be consistent. We should operate in a way that Osun State would explore its resources and Zamfara would do same,” Obasa said while expressing hope that Nigerians would be proud of the country which marks its 61st independence anniversary.

He noted that Lagos State House of Assembly has always been youth-friendly in relation to bills passed by the House.

He named some of the bills as the Neighbourhood Safety Corps, the Child Right Bill, the Employment Trust Fund which provides loans to youths ready to make progress and the Sports Commission bill amended by the House.

The Speaker said Hijrah affords Muslims the opportunity to thank Allah and continue to have faith in Him.

Obasa recalled how COVID-19 had affected the world and caused fears and deaths just as he remembered Nigerians who became victims of the pandemic.

In his lecture, Shaykh Muhyideen Ajani Bello, Chief Imam and Missioner, Ansar ud Deen Society of Nigeria, Northern States Council, urged the youth to know that they would one day lead the country just as he slammed leaders for relegating the youth for too long.

He also advocated for women to be given more important roles in governance of the country.

On his part, Dr. Sa’eid Ahmad, Consultant General Surgeon and Imam, also spoke about moral decadence in the society, the rot in the education and other sectors of the economy.

He said the youth must be diligent and hardworking even in the face of the country’s challenges.

Addressing the guests after the lecture, Mr. Tayo Ayinde, Chief of Staff to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the points raised by the lecturers would be considered and their suggestions implemented.

He described the topic of the event as thought-provoking.

Lagos Assembly frowns at contractors, govt ministry over shoddy projects

A Committee of the Lagos State House of Assembly, which has begun an oversight visit to sites of ongoing housing projects in the State, has raised concerns over delay in the completion of some of the jobs.

The Committee on Housing chaired by Hon. Rasheed Makinde is on a two-week inspection tour of ongoing projects under the Ministry of Housing and the Lagos State Development and Property Corporation (LSDPC).

While commending the LSDPC and its officials for meeting expectations and delivering good jobs in the projects they handled, Hon. Makinde, who led other members of committee on the visit, queried the Ministry of Housing for what he described as poor monitoring of the projects being handled by the contractors.

The committee further expressed displeasure at the pace of work done on some of the projects.

At Odo Ona Ayandelu in Agbowa Ikorodu, the committee queried a number of contractors over some lapses discovered in various sections of the buildings and other projects they were handling.

Expressing dismay over what the committee met on ground, Hon. Makinde asked for a critical review of the contract award.

“We are not impressed with the level of work done here. We want the contractors to furnish us with a holistic and detailed information of contracts and the problems encountered.

“With the funds you have received, you should have gone beyond average performance,” Hon. Makinde lamented, while thanking the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, for giving the committee the opportunity to embark on the oversight of the projects under the supervision of ministry of Housing and LSDPC in other to have first hand information on each Housing projects across the state.

Hon. Makinde and members of the committee questioned the competence of supervising officials of the Ministry in charge of the projects just as it was noted that at the Agbowa resettlement site, the finished work was below the expected standard.

Addressing a contractor at the Gbagada LagosHom 11B project, a member of the committee, Hon Abiodun Tobun, complained over the pace of work done even as he noted that the contractor had been paid above 70% of the contract sum.

Hon. Tobun, who is also the Chairman of the House Committee on Works and Infrastructure, asked: “With the contract procedure in Lagos State, if 70% of the contract sum is paid the project is supposed to be completed and delivered. What is causing delay in the completion of this project?”

Responding, one of the contractors said he and his team were chased out of site by unknown men who were armed with a supposed court ruling.

“The dispute was later resolved between the family of Adebayo and the State Government,” the contractor said.

The committee, however, resolved that all the contractors should submit a detailed brief of the projects they handle.

The sites visited by the committee are LAGOSHOMS Odo Ona, Agbowa resettlement scheme, LAGOSHOMS Ibeshe, Gbagada 11B, and the Sura Mogaji terraces.

Members of the Committee on the inspection tour included Hon. Nureni Akinsaya, Hon. Kehinde Joseph, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, and Hon. Desmond Elliot.

Implement Transportation Law, Lagos Assembly charges MDAs

The Lagos State House of Assembly has charged the Ministry of Transportation, related departments and agencies to ensure effective enforcement of the State’s transportation laws, especially as it relates to commercial motorcycle riders.

The call was made by the House Committee On Transportation which is currently on its oversight to the various agencies.

During a visit to the Ministry, the Motor Vechicle Adminnistration Agency (MVAA) and the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transportation Agency (LAMATA) on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Temitope Adewale, said that effective enforcement of the laws would save residents and discourage the plying of major roads by Okada riders.

He said such enforcement would also help to stop the use of one-way by drivers.

Adewale, who commended the management of MVAA over its revenue generation, advised the agency to device means within the laws to actualise its mandate inspite of the challenges facing it.

According to the lawmaker, based on the revenue generated so far by the agency, it shows that Lagos is a prosperous State despite the country’s economic downturn.

At LAMATA, the commiittee chairman commended the agency for ensuring effective mass transit, adding that the state would continue to witness infrastructural development in the transportation sector.

Adewale also urged the agency to quickly complete ongoing projects so that new ones should commence before the weather becomes unfriendly.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Fredrick Oladeinde, said the ministry would continue to work with the House of Assembly to ensure the effective delivery of dividends of democracy.

Oladeinde said the ministry would further ensure that people are able to drive seamlessly from one point to the other without fear as he said the State has a transport masterplan which would address the challenges facing the sector.

On his part, Mr Oluwatoyin Fayinka, Special Adviser on Transportation to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, canvassed for budget line to enhance the productivity of his office.

Also, the General Manager of MVAA, Mrs Lape Kilanko, pointed out the challenges facing the agency as he sought the assistance of the House in addressing them.

Kilanko lamented that local governments and Local Council Development Authorities, LCDAs, were collecting the revenue that the agency was saddled to collect and that this had affected the revenue drive of the agency.

She said the agency has accommodation problem which is affecting its productivity.

Members of the committee present at the oversight were; Hon. Ganiyu Okanlawon, Hon. Sylvester Ogunkelu and Hon. Tijani Surajudeen.

Speaker Obasa celebrates Oluremi Tinubu at 61

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, has congratulated Senator Oluremi Tinubu, representative of Lagos Central District at the National Assembly as she clocked 61 on Tuesday.

Obasa in a statement by his media office described Senator Tinubu as a blessing to Lagos and Nigeria with the roles she had played to better the state and the federation.

According to Obasa, Oluremi Tinubu has never shied away from standing for Lagos and fighting to make the State attain a special status.

He added that the Senator had also stood in for Lagos in many other capacities that make State proud of her.

The Speaker further noted the efforts of the Senator to promote the girl-child, women and widows through her various empowerment schemes.

“To say you have been a blessing to Lagos State and our country is simply saying the obvious. Your philanthropic gestures have helped to build hope, encouraged some people and motivated others.

“You have also remained an example of what a representative should be. Thank you for the roles you have played to make Lagos and Nigeria great.

“On behalf of myself, family and colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, we wish you a happy birthday and pray for God’s continued love and protection for you and your household, amen.”

Obasa, Lagos Assembly mourn late Hon Risikat Adegeye

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday mourned the passing of a former member, Hon. Risikat Adegeye.

This was as the Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, described her demise as the “fall of a shining star.”

Adegeye, wife of respected musician, King Sunny Ade, was said to have died in the early hours of Tuesday after battling a brief illness.

The Speaker, in a statement by his media office, said her death was shocking and that the incident had thrown him and his colleagues into mourning.

According to Obasa, Mrs. Adegeye, a philanthropist, died at a period she was still very relevant to the progress of Lagos.

“As a member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, she had a very robust relationship with her colleagues.

“Madam Adegeye bonded with staff and management of the Assembly. She was always jovial and loved everyone irrespective of status. She touched lives. She truly did.

“She also played very vital roles to the growth and development of Lagos.

“Even after leaving office as lawmaker, we could not just allow her wisdom to lay fallow. She was appointed as Commissioner in the Lagos State House of Assembly Commission where she again brought her experience to bear in the scheme of progress in the legislature and governance of our dear State.

“To say we are shocked is an understatement. The feeling her demise has brought us is beyond description. It is a huge loss to us and to the State. Indeed, a shining star has fallen, a wisdom-filled person has left us.

“As we continue to mourn her demise in the days ahead, we take solace in the fact that she touched lives positively, she served Lagos with passion and was very dedicated to her constituency.

“We at the Lagos State House of Assembly pray for divine strength for her husband, her children, her beneficiaries and all those who are affected by this loss.

“May God grant her a special place in His kingdom, amen.”

While at the House of Assembly, Hon. Adegeye, a loyal member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), represented Amuwo-Odofin Constituency 1.