#Endsars: Obasa reacts to Sowore’s malicious tweet

Our attention has again been drawn to a tweet by Omoyele Sowore, a failed serial blackmailer, indicating, carelessly, that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly sent thugs to disrupt a rather peaceful protest engaged in by our youths to drive home a campaign to #EndSARS.

It is really laughable that Sowore, knowing so well that he has failed in a bid to make himself relevant to the youth as fighting their course, has resorted, like a confused ram, to seek to for a safe passage with cooked-up falsehoods.
How can anyone in his right senses even believe that Obasa, who turned up late at the House of Assembly on Thursday, October 8, to identify with the protesters would now sponsor thugs to disrupt the decision of the masses part of whom he represents as a lawmaker?

For a person like Sowore, one would understand; his consistent blackmails have failed to yield a positive result, his plan for a revolution has constantly hit the rocks because the good people of Nigeria see beyond his greedy eyes, the ENDSARS campaign began without anyone reckoning with him or even seeing him as important enough. Thus, he must make himself relevant though any means.

Funny enough, while he tweeted that the Speaker was behind the sponsorship of the thugs, his medium, Sahara Reporters claimed it was the Lagos State Government and this was after photographs were shown to him of the Speaker, who out of town, is at a budget retreat.

Recall that Sowore had, over the last few days made moves paint some youths playing major roles in the protest in bad light. He has accused some of them of making billions from the EndSARS negotiation.

We are encouraged by the words of Reno Omokri, who, in reply to Sowore’s allegations against the youth heads, said Omoyele Sowore is just pained that RevolutionNow flopped and the current protest has become a success.
“Omoyele Sowore is a common blackmailer and I am sure a lot of you know this fact. He’s tried to blackmail me before, he’s blackmailed so many other people with his Sahara Reporters, they write lies…”

It is on record that the Speaker conveyed an emergency sitting of the members of the House of Assembly on Friday, October 9, after which a 7-point demand was made by the lawmakers, one of which was the disbandment of SARS. The House further called for investigation of the officers involved in the extra-judicial killings of some Nigerians.

The House and Speaker Obasa will continue to do whatever it legally takes to stand behind Nigerians at all times.

2021 BUDGET: SPEAKER OBASA TELLS LAGOSIANS WHAT TO EXPECT

The Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has urged residents of the state to be prepared for a better 2021 from the government.

Obasa said this at a 4-day retreat on Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) and budget process for the staff of the state House of Assembly.

Obasa, who lamented the effect of COVID-19 on the budget of the economy of Lagos in 2020, however commended the executive arm of the government led by Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu for being able to maintain a speed of development and growth for which the state is known.

He also said the House would take special focus on security of the state in the 2021 budget but added that this would in consideration with the governor’s focus and plans for the year ahead.

“It is visible to everyone in Lagos that the government of the state has continued, doggedly, to put smiles on the faces of our people.

“It simply means we have been able to gather all we can irrespective of the revenue challenge in the projection we had for 2020,” Obasa said.

He noted that Lagos has always taken a pride of place in relation to security of the state and that this would not be different in 2021. This is because, according to him, the state expends huge funds on security annually.

“You must give credit to the Lagos state government if you consider the security situation of the state in comparison with others and we will keep improving on what we have achieved.

“I am not saying we will increase the budget for the coming year for security, we are not going to do anything funny to allow insecurity to take charge of the state.

“So security will be a major consideration in the 2021 budget of the state but that is to be left for the governor to decide. As representatives of our people, we will look for that in the budget and ensure something good enough is considered for security in the coming year,” he said.

Concerning the expectations from the retreat, Obasa explained: “We are expecting the budget but before that, we have the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF).

“We have the responsibility of oversight functions and and you can only do this on what you know and have. That is what informed our gathering here, to take our colleagues through what MTEF is all about and what the Lagos would look like in the next three years.

“So we expect each committee to take this in and understand perfectly what would become of each sector in the next three years.”

He said he was optimistic that the retreat would add positively to the capacity of the lawmakers to collaborate effectively with the executive arm.

In his opening remarks, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, who represented the Speaker before the latter’s arrival, said the resource persons were highly knowledgeable in budget planning and budgeting and that the participants would enjoy every bit of the programme.

Eshinlokun-Sanni said a proper understanding of MTEF would aid lawmakers’ understanding of budgeting and budgeting process.

“At the end of the retreat, lawmakers would have been well educated on the essence of MTEF to effective planning and budget process and that the knowledge would help them in their oversight duties,” he said.

Welcoming the participants, the Acting Clerk of the House, Barrister Olalekan Onafeko, said Lagos, since its emergence as a democratic state in 1979, had been playing a role in the transformation of Nigeria’s economy and making it remain the nerve centre of ECOWAS with a Gross National Product (GNP) of any West Africa Country.

“Beyond its shores, Lagos is regarded as the nerve centre of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) with a Gross National Product (GNP) that is three times that of any West African country, thus making it the hub and the springboard for innovation and development in Nigeria and sub-Saharan Africa.

“With these critical facts in mind, it is highly instructive to note that managing a state like Lagos with such huge economy and massive population coupled with constant daily influx of citizens from other states across the nation is certainly by no means easy.

” It is said that if Lagos sate were to be a country, it would be the 5th largest economy in Africa. Thus, attaining this enviable stature has taken years of committed leadership, meticulous planning, sustainable development, collaborative efforts within the arms of government, and particularly with robust representation by the legislature,” he added.

He described the retreat as a proactive move by the House ahead of the budget presentation and passage.

LAGOS LAWMAKERS PASS CONFIDENCE VOTE ON OBASA, NAME COLLEAGUES CREATING CRISIS

Thirty-five members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday denied a reported plot to impeach their Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa. They also passed a vote of confidence on the Speaker.

The lawmakers, who praised the Speaker’s style of leadership, named a member, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, as the brain behind the false information and sometimes, outright fake stories about the House and its leadership.

The lawmakers passed the vote of confidence after their colleague representing Somolu Constituency 1, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, raised a motion eulogising the Speaker over the way he runs the affairs of the House.

Olowo thanked the Speaker for addressing the EndSARS protesters at the late hours of Thursday despite his tight schedule, saying it was rear for a leader to do such at that period of time.

“I raise this afternoon to appreciate you and the Deputy Speaker for the prompt attention and response to the EndSARS protest. On Thursday, my son in Canada told me he saw you and the Deputy Speaker addressing the youths at midnight.

“It shows that you are not just a leader but a brother whom blood runs in his vain. And we all know that the youths is the strength of this nation. There are youths who are doing negative things but we have many who are very hardworking.

“They have won many accolades and awards in and outside Nigeria. For you to have taken time to address the protesters, it shows you are more than a leader but a father and a builder.

“In addition, on Friday, you called an emergency plenary to address the issue of the EndSARS protesters; it shows you are a father and a leader. Aside that, you have done things that make me to appreciate you. The preservation of Yoruba language and culture by introducing the speaking of Yoruba language during plenary session on Thursdays.

“Before I will move vote of confidence in you, I want to say this, that you should allow members to raise their voice and as well their hands and allow them to speak because the mischievous people have started again with intention to destroy your person.

“On Saturday, I read on the social media that 26 members of the Lagos state House of Assembly have begun to sign for your impeachment. I don’t know the 26 the report was talking about because I know that you have the majority in this House. And I also know that we are more than 26 who are your followers in this House because you are a great man.

“We should know the 26 members that have signed for your impeachment today. So, I want to urge you, Mr Speaker to allow the members to talk and eulogise you because you are doing well”, said Olowo.

“In his comments, the lawmaker representing Surulere 1, Hon Desmond Elliot, said the issue of lawmakers signing impeachment notice against the speaker was becoming too much, saying that the leadership should invoke the suspension of erring members.

Also, Hon. Fatai Oluwa ( Ajeromi Ifelodun 2) clarified that he was part of the lawmakers who travelled to Turkey as against the earlier false story that the Speaker went alone.

“I was part of the lawmakers who travelled to Instabul in Turkey but to may surprise in the report I read online, Hon. Wahab Jimoh’s name was not mentioned as part of beneficiaries. This shows that he was the one who was divulging information about this House to the media,” he said.

The lawmaker representing Ifako/Ijaiye 1, Hon. Temitope Adewale, assured the Speaker of his loyalty, saying that before he was elected, he had known the House to be a peaceful Assembly.

Adewale also accused Hon. Wahab Jimoh of divulging unauthorised information of the House to the media, saying that he listened recently to a voice note where the alleged lawmaker told some people to search for Houses owned by the Speaker abroad and in Nigeria.

Also, Hon. Olusola Sokunle ( Oshodi-Isolo 1) said his loyalty to the Speaker remains unshakable, adding that those fingered in the act of divulging information of the House to the media should be suspended.

“My loyalty to Speaker Obasa is unshakable. I don’t know why some people would be after pulling Mr Speaker down at all cost. We want the Majority Leader to speak out and make it clear where he belongs if he is for the majority or the minority.

“We have information at our disposal that Hon. Wahab Jimoh is searching around for Obasa’s properties in United States. If any information comes out to the media, I suggest that Hon. Wahab Jimoh should be suspended indefinitely. We should also investigate my dear brother, Hon. Moshood Oshun, if he is part of it. When we have peace we will call them back”, said Sokunle.

Hon. Lukmon Olumoh ( Ajeromi/Ifelodun 1) said: “I don’t know why some members will want to bring the Speaker down at all cost despite his wonderful contributions to the growth and development of State parliament in Nigeria and Lagos in particular. I want to assure Mr Speaker that I remain loyal to him and will stand with him till the end”.

Hon. Victor Akande ( Ojo 2), on his part, described Obasa as a listening leader who accommodates members’ views on issues, saying that the Speaker was instrumental to his re-election.

“I will want the Majority Leader to speak out on where he belongs on this House. We are majority in this House and he is our majority leader. The minority cannot rule over the majority”, said Akande.

While responding, the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, said he was embarrassed by the comments of those asking him to state where he belongs on the issue. He added that with the vote of confidence passed on the Speaker, those behind the purported impeachment plan have been disgraced.

“I know fully well that impeachment of the Speaker cannot be done on the social media and it takes a process,” said Agunbiade.

All lawmakers in attendance took turn to appreciate the legislative acumen and leadership of Speaker Obasa.

However, the Speaker of the House, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, said: “I don’t entertain any fear concerning the media reports. My becoming the Speaker was through the Almighty Allah. This House of Assembly is one and will remain one forever. The House is not divided.”

Obasa said that the media report that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has uncovered 40 duplexes and other properties linked to him was the handiwork of his political enemies.

“I strongly believe that my becoming Speaker was by divine intervention. It was not something planned. It happened through the will of Allah. Being here today as Speaker with you is still by the grace of Almighty Allah. So, if one believes this, he would have peace of mind,” he said.

The Speaker said the House is one and continue to remain one.

“This House will never be divided. If there is anybody that is not please let him adjust himself. Let us see this House as our responsibility.

“I have been here for a while, a Speaker had been removed, a Deputy Speaker had been removed. So, if anybody is removed, he should take it as part of the process of the House. Nobody, including me, can say that without him the House cannot progress. We should desist from that,” he said.

Obasa noted that everything that has happened since March concerning tuf Assembly is political.

“The interest is to get the Speaker out of way, not because of Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa. There have been allegations upon allegations and we challenged them to bring evidence of awarding contracts to family members, nobody has been able to bring any. We have challenged them to bring approvals that we have not implemented, nothing.

“They have taken me to EFCC. I have been invited and I have honoured their invitation. The invitation continues. So, it is nothing but desperation to get the Speaker out of the way. I just hope EFCC would not allow itself to be dragged into political matters.

“Let us continue to work together in the interest of our people. Those who are chasing shadows will get tired.

“Muyiwa Jimoh was calling America asking for Obasa’s house number. We have the evidence. We have many records and this is a colleague. We just ignored so many things.

“We thank God we are almost all members in the House today and we heard what every member said. It shows that the House is one and peaceful. We will continue to be so and not allow anybody to distract us from doing what we are here for.

“Once again, I pray that Almighty Allah will continue to support each one of us as you have always supported me in this assignment. Thank you.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LAGOS ASSEMBLY REACTS TO PROSCRIPTION OF F-SARS, SENDS MESSAGE TO BUHARI

The Lagos State House of Assembly has described the eventual proscription of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (F-SARS) as proof that democracy has come to stay.

The House also commended President Muhammadu Buhari for hearkening to the cries of the people and ensuring their immediate wish was met with the disbandment of the police unit.

A statement from the office of the Speaker of the House and Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, thanked those who took to the streets in Lagos State for their civility while the protests lasted.

Obasa said it was commendable that the protesters carried out their agitations with utmost respect for the authorities as well as government and residents’ property and assets.

Recall that the Lagos State House of Assembly had on Friday raised a seven-point resolution one of which was that F-SARS be scrapped.

The state lawmakers had called for the introduction of a better reformed unit of the police.

They had also called on the National Assembly to immediately commence a probe into the allegation of inhuman treatments meted out to innocent Nigerians by the personnel of the police in the unit.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, on Sunday, finally announced an end to F-SARS and added that other reforms would be announced soon.

“It is a win-win for the country and a proof that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is prepared to listen to the yearnings of the people where it they matter.

“A special commendation goes to Nigerians who expressed their grievances peacefully for days.

“As the country awaits more police reforms as announced by the IGP, we plead with the masses to remain calm, go about their activities peacefully and continue to be good citizens of the country,” the statement said.

BREAKING: PROSCRIBE F-SARS, SECURE PROTESTERS – LAGOS ASSEMBLY ISSUES 7 DEMANDS IN SUPPORT OF #ENDSARS

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Friday demanded the proscription of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery and the introduction of a new and well-structured security outfit in its place.

The House also called on the Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, to provide protection for the protesters while they express their grievances.

The call was made at an emergency sitting presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, to add a voice to the current call across the nation for an end to the widely reported alleged inhuman activities of the body.

Late Thursday, Obasa and some lawmakers had addressed some residents of Lagos who protested to the House of Assembly demanding for an end to F-SARS with some of them alleging that innocent people had become the major victims of the body.

Among the seven-point resolution passed after an extensive deliberation was also that the Senate and the House of Representatives should carry out a probe of the allegations against F-SARS including killing, maiming and dehumanising of Nigerians.

Below is the list of demands made by the House of Assembly:

RESOLUTION ON END SARS PROTEST
The House Resolved as Follows,that:

1. The Commissioner of Police Lagos State should protect End-SARS Protesters in the state and ensure that they are not molested

2. The Commissioner of Police should stop unwarranted molestation of our youths by the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad otherwise known as F-SARS and its counterparts in the State.

3. The Senate President and the Speaker of National Assembly should institute public enquiry on the extra judicial activities, killings,maiming and dehumanization of our youths by the Anti- Robbery Squad ; ensure that the victims are duly compensated while erring officers sanctioned appropriately.

4. SARS be proscribed and a new security outfit which will be more efficient with clearly spelt out code of conduct and rule of engagements be established while sanction is imposed for misdemeanor.

5. Mr President to ensure that culpable officials of SARS receive the punishment as prescribed by the National Assembly.

6. Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions liaise with the Commissioner of Police and Attorney General of the State to fashion out ways and means to address allegations of ruthlessness and extra judicial killings contained in the petition against SARS in the state.

7. The Governor of Lagos State Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu engage relevant institutions to protect lives and property in the state such that phones, laptops and other means of communication belonging to youths are not confiscated indiscriminately without warrant.

 

 

 

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WHY I WAS AT EFCC OFFICE – SPEAKER OBASA

Claims by some news media that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, was detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), may not be true as the latter has since returned home.

Obasa, chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, appeared before the EFCC on Thursday, October 8 as the agency continued with the investigation of some allegations against his office.

Obasa was at the EFCC office in honour of an invitation sent him by the agency.

“As a good citizen of Nigeria, a public officer and lawmaker, it was just justified that I honour an invitation by an agency trying to find out some answers relating to some questions.

“It is normal for the EFCC to invite whoever it deems should be invited. Honoring the invitation simply shows patriotism,” Obasa said in a statement released by his media office.

The Speaker added that he had returned home and was never detained by the EFCC as was already being speculated.

OVERSIGHT VISIT: LAGOS ASSEMBLY MEDIATES IN IKORODU BOUNDARY DISPUTES; URGES FOR SYNERGY AMONG COUNCIL CHAIRMEN

Lagos Assembly House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC began talks with Council Chairmen over boundary dispute.

The Committee during oversight visit to Ikorodu Local Government of the State, assembled all Ikorodu Council Chairmen in a bid to resolve the boundary disputes emanating from the area.

Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Victor Akande, urged the Council members to forge a synergy amongst them for the advancement and development of Ikorodu Councils and Lagos State at large. He advised that representatives from each of Ikorodu Local Government and Local Council Development Area, LCDA participate in the general oversight of the boundaries, “We will need representatives from each of your wards to show us around the area in question and we want you to be rest assured that we will resolve this issue without creating favoritism nor create further misconceptions.” Akande maintained.

Earlier, a petition signed by the Chairman of Ijede LCDA, Hon. Fatiu Salisu was brought to the House of Assembly, alleging that his colleague in Ikorodu Central, Hon. Wasiu Adeshina collects the dues meant for Ijede LCDA.

While Speaking at the meeting with the Committee, Hon. Olusesan Daini, Igbogbo Bayeku Chairman, recounted that Lagos State House of Assembly in 2004 passed the Law to establish 37 LCDAs during the regime of former Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Ikorodu Local Government was given 6 divisions namely: Imota, Igbogbo/Bayeku, Ijede, Ikorodu North, Ikorodu West and Ikorodu Central.

“There was a document issued by Lagos State Governement called “Know Your Ward” as a gazette in 1989 which listed all areas and location in every ward of the State. Former Governor Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu gave Ikorodu locations to go ahead and make a memorandum of understanding to propose how the LCDAs should be created and it was suggested to the House the delineations and boundaries to take.” He argued.

“This memorandum of agreement to create divisions in Ikorodu which was submitted to House of Assembly was signed by all the Paramount Rulers, Late Kabiyesi Oyefusi, Oba Fatola of Igbogbo/Bayeku, Agoro of Imota, Oba Oresanya of Ijede, Members of the House during the period and 19 Councillors of Ikorodu division at the time.

The map proposed that Ikorodu be divided into 8 but in the wisdom of the House and Asiwaju, 6 was apportioned. The map stated that the area in contention belongs to Igbogbo/Bayeku as well as a gazette of Western Region printed in 1950 and in 1980 supported that the areas are of Igbogbo/Bayeku and as at January, 24 2008, Justice Abdulfatai Afolabi Adeyinka rtd, Chairman of LASIEC issued a document called “To guide polling unit collation centre in Lagos State” to conduct election by LASIEC in Lagos and all the areas in contention belonged to Igbogbo/Bayeku.” He narrated.

Hon. Olusesan Daini therefore promised to furnish all necessary documents to back up his claims and assist the Committee to critically access the boundaries. He further asked that the Committee be fair in their resolution.

Speaking from the electoral polling unit angle, Mr. Adedotun Olabode, Electoral Officer in charge of Ikorodu LG and LCDA represented LASIEC Chairman, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Philips rtd. stated that LASIEC is been guided by three Laws in the 1999 Federal Republic of Nigeria constitution as amended, Electoral Acts and Local Government Administration Law which created the LCDA and LG as well as the LASIEC Law.

He said, “LASIEC is not interested in boundary disputes, but will shed light to the Committee on the divisions of wards in terms of elections.” There are 19 Registration Areas, RA. Ikorodu Local Government has 5 RAs which LASIEC divided into 7, Ikorodu West LCDA has 1RA which is Ipakodo. Ikorodu Local Government in INEC has Isele1, Isele2, Isele3, Agoijumu, Agbura Ipomi, Apagura which are under dispute. Ikorodu North LCDA has 5 RAs from INEC, Igbogbo/Bayeku has 4RAs which are Igbogbo1, Igbogbo2, Bayeku, and Oreta. Under Imota, the RAs are Imota1, Imota2 under INEC but LASIEC divided it into 4 wards and also Ijede LCDA which is also in contention which is divided into 4 wards including Ijede1 and Ijede2.”

He disclosed that LASIEC uses INEC Poll guide and a lot of documents which predates 1999 constitutions. LASIEC did not for any reason change the Wards or Registration Areas as contained in INEC Poll guide and Igbogbo1 under INEC has 11 Polling Units, PUs, Igbogbo 2 has 19 PUs, Bayeku Oreta has 11 PUs, Ibeche has 8 PUs.”

Hon. Agunbiade Sanai, the Majority Leader of Lagos Assembly, who was also present at the meeting, implored the Chairmen that Ikorodu division should maintain one voice in terms of development in the area.

“I want to appeal to all the Chairmen of Ikorodu Local Government to settle this issue amicably, there should be a bond that will bring us together because we are brothers. This boundary should not cause misunderstanding or rift. We need to look at the fundamental issues with one voice and resolve the matter in such a way that will not further deepen unnecessary insinuation.”

“These boundaries you are contending does not have any mineral resources and the more land and population you clamor for, the more your problem. Ikorodu receives little allocation from the federal government as it is and we need to make use of the little amount of money to develop infrastructures, so that the constituents can enjoy dividends of your leadership.” He asserted.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY SET TO CRIMINALISE ILLEGAL INVASION ON LASU LANDS

Lagos State House of Assembly has directed the leadership of the Lagos State University, LASU, to come up with a legislation that will Criminalize anybody or group of people that encroach the land of the institution.

Hon Rotimi Olowo, Chairman House Committee on Finance and a member of Public Account Committee, enjoined the Vice Chancellor of the school, Professor Fagbohun who appeared before the Public Accounts Committee for 2019 Auditor General’s report to hastily reclaim all incursions on the lands belonging to the institution.

Olowo advised that invaders should be kept at bay because Lagos State University is on the way for greater deeds and will be needing the lands for infrastructural growth. He said ” With your strides, it is only a matter of time before LASU will become massive, lagos State will continue to invest on LASU, do not let land become a limitation to your structural growth”.

The Chairman, Public Account Committee, Hon. Saka Solaja commended the Vice-Chancellor for the laudable achievements in the institution, he said ” you are an astute gentleman and your tenure is filled with numerous success stories, you turned the crisis-ridden school into the 2nd best University in Nigeria, 11th in Africa and 548th in the world as ranked by Times Higher Education(THE) 2021, we commend your service to Lagos State”.

Responding, Professor. Olanrewaju Fagbohun expressed his gratitude to the legislators, he said the Lagos State Assembly played a role in making Lasu what it is today.

On the incursions on LASU lands, Prof.Fagbohun said that some residents of Epe community have trespassed on the land of the university, there is indeed a need to act fast, “if we do not nib that land issue in the bud, it will come back to hunt the school” he said.

He further narrated ” we have a situation where the Military who ceded the land to us originally are coming back to make incursions on the land, and we do not want anything to trigger crisis between the military and students.” He however said that the Governor, Mr.Babajide Sanwolu has set up a joint taskforce of both representatives to delimit the incursions. Prof Fagbohun said ‘ we are trying to stop the kind of trespass we encountered in Ojo where over 70% of our land was encroached upon.”

The VC thanked the lawmakers for their support, he reiterated that the success and achievements of LASU is based on the strong support and backing of Lagos State House of Assembly in ensuring that the school maintained discipline and followed the rule of law.

LAGOS HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY APPROVES N153 BILLION FOR SANWO-OLU TO CONSTRUCT LAGOS RAIL MASS TRANSIT

The Lagos House of Assembly has approved the sum of N153 billion sought by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to construct the Lagos Rail Mass Transit( LRMT) also known as the Red Line and the Blue Line.

The House unanimously approved the amount after adopting the report of the House Committee on Finance as submitted by its Chairman, Hon Rotimi Olowo.

Governor Sanwo-Olu had on Monday, September 14, 2020, sought the approval of the assembly for the amount to enable the government finance the construction of the Lagos Rail Mass Transit( LRMT), from Marina to Agbado ( Red Line) and from Mile 2 through Alaba, Iganmu to Marina( Blue Line).

While N93 billion of the sum would be sourced through Differentiated Cash Reserve Requirement (DCRR) Central Bank of Nigeria( CBN) Intervention Facility from First Bank of Nigeria(FBN), United Bank for Africa( UBA), and Zenith Bank for the Red Line the N60 billion would be sourced from DCRR CBN Intervention loan funds for the Blue Line.

NIGERIA@60: LET THE UNITY OF NIGERIA REMAIN IN OUR DNA – SPEAKER OBASA

The chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described the unity of Nigeria as a major factor in the continued growth, development of the country.

In a statement by his media office in commemoration of the 60th Independence anniversary of Nigeria, Obasa, who is also the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, argued that the respect the country gets in the comity of nations is as a result of unity.

The speaker urged all those currently agitating to reconsider the axiom that that there is strength in unity, a term he said the country’s founding fathers held tenaciously in the quest to make Nigeria a better place.

“Nigeria sure has much ahead of it and I am sure its leaders are not relenting in relation to how best they can steer the ship to that enviable height.

“We must, however, appreciate the fact that the country has remained together 60 years after independence whereas some others that were colonized with it have broken up or fragmented,” Obasa said.

While thanking the citizens for constantly standing by the country’s democracy, Obasa noted that as representatives of the people, he and his colleague speakers have achieved major steps to strengthen democracy.

“Our efforts recently resulted in the granting of autonomy to the legislative and judicial arms of state governments.

“We want to, again, thank President Muhammadu Buhari for listening to us and acting in this regard.

“We also thank all Nigerian leaders, especially those who battled for the country’s current democracy. The likes of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and others made sacrifices when the country was on the verge.

“The least we can all do is to ensure that the country remains standing united,” Obasa said.