The Lagos State House of Assembly has charged the State’s Ministry of Information, relevant agencies and media outlets to ensure that adequate information about the activities of the government are properly disseminated to the public.

The charge was made by the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Hon. Setonji David, who led his colleagues on familiarisation visits to the Ministry of Information and other agencies of government as part of their oversight functions.

The agencies visited include the Lagos Television, Radio Lagos/Eko FM, Traffic Radio as well as Lagos State Printing Corporation.

At the Ministry of Information, Hon.Setonji, who was with other members including Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay and Hon. Okanlanwon Sanni, described Lagos as a metropolitan state that accommodates different peoples from various walks of life, adding that this makes it important for the Ministry to perform optimally by dishing out accurate information to the public so that the people would be aware of the activities and achievements of the government.

In his welcome address, the Commissioner for Information, Strategy and Security, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, stated that the Ministry is charged with the responsibility of disseminating information efficiently and effectively to all stakeholders. It is also mandated to excellently project the image of the State Government to the public.

The Commissioner, however, suggested the need to train Public Affairs Officials in the Ministry for career progression, suggesting that adequate Social Media software and stategies should be reviewed to avail the Ministry with relevant tools to perform optimally.


During the visit to the Lagos Television, Hon. Okanlawon Sanni expressed dissatisfaction with the state of the building which, it was learnt, has been in existence for over 40 years.

Hon. Okanlanwon urged the General Manager of the station, Mrs. Siju Alabi, to scale up efforts by going the extra mile to present the station’s challenges through the Commissioner of Information to the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for immediate action in order to boost the performance of the media house.

He added: “Career progression of the staff is very important and there’s need to create more cordial working relationships so as to encourage and boost the morale of the staff,” he advised.

At the Radio Lagos/Eko FM, Hon. Setonji commended the Station and advised that the public be constantly informed about the laws governing the State, adding that this could be achieved by disseminating the laws in clear terms to the people of the State.

Mrs. Ayo Shotomiwa, General Manager of the station, implored the House of Assembly to patronise the station in order to improve on its internally generated revenue.

She appealed to the government to place staff on Oracle, a programme through which salaries are paid, since the radio station struggles to meet such payments.

Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay, commended the General Manager for the progress of the radio station. She noted that the cordial interaction and commitment displayed by the staff of the institution was very noticeable.

At the Traffic Radio, the General Manager, Mr. Tayo Akanle, gave detailed explanations on the functions of the station which, he said, “serves relevant purposes and manages the reporting of traffic situations on our roads.”

Hon. Alli-Macaulay commended the loyalty and commitment displayed by the staff of the station, adding that several measures must, however, be put in place to ensure that the organisation is well kept.

She suggested that the station can delve into other areas of transportation like liaising with airline operators to help with flight schedules as this could help generate more revenue.

While at the Lagos State Printing Cooperation, the General Manager of the agency, Hon. Kolawole Peregrino, who took the Committee on a tour of the Agency’s facilities, pointed that the organisation is equipped with modern machines and staff driven with passion to benchmark the best international standards in printing.

Hon. Setonji noted that the facilities are a testimony of judicious utilisation of the funds dedicated to it. He also charged the agency to ensure the quality of its printing is top-notch so as to attract customers from within and outside government.

The Committee is expected to visit the Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau and the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Agency.

Odumakin stood for Nigeria, Yoruba people – Obasa

– Speaker wants late Odumakin’s legacies continued by colleagues
– Describes deceased as passionate about Nigeria and its people
– Urges Nigerians to ensure they are vaccinated against COVID-19

The late Yinka Odumakin, activist and spokesperson of the Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, fought endlessly for a great Nigeria and a greater Yoruba race, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, has said.

Obasa made the remark on Tuesday when he led a delegation of lawmakers from the state Assembly to the Omole Phase 1, Lagos home of the bereaved family.

The Speaker and his team were received by some civil society officials and Dr. Joe Okei-Odumakin, wife of the deceased, who passed on recently at the age of 59.

He described the late Odumakin as a man who never deviated from whatever path he believed should be taken.

“It is an opportunity to urge others, particularly the civil society, to continue from where he has stopped and to put more efforts beyond what he achieved.

“This is because it is not yet El Dorado. We have to put more strength, determination and commitment to get this nation to the position of our dreams.

“To the family, the truth is that life is created in such a way that we come and go and people will come and say one or two things about us.

It is only God that will remain,” the Speaker said noting that this is the reason every human being must strive to make impact and touch lives positively.

The Speaker further urged residents of Lagos to ensure that they are vaccinated against COVID-19 just as he advised them to continue to adhere strictly to the protocols against the pandemic.

“I want to appeal to everybody that if there is an opportunity to receive the vaccine, we should be quick to do that.

“At the same time, the protocols put in place by the government should be complied with. With this, we would have contributed our quota to ending the pandemic,” he said.

The delegation from the House included Hons. Rotimi Olowo, Adedamola Kasunmu, Adewale Temitope, Hakeem Sokunle, Olumuyiwa Jimoh, Mustaino Tobun, Setonji David, Saka Solaja, Victor Akande, Mojeed Fatai and Nureni Akinsanya.

Easter: We must not allow peace elude us – Obasa; Speaker calls for collective consciousness among residents; He commends various arms of Lagos government for efforts to make state habitable; Says government will continue to strive to make Lagos habitable

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, has asked Nigerians to be watchful and prayerful, especially at this critical time of the country’s journey.

The Speaker made this admonition in his Easter message to citizens of the country, noting that the current period calls for individual and collective resolve to be more security conscious, maintain peace, and support the government in its efforts to make Nigeria greater.

Obasa, in statement issued on Saturday by his media office in Lagos, commended the executive, legislative and judicial arms of the Lagos government for sustaining the peace enjoyed by residents of the State.

“It is obvious we are facing difficult times and these times call for drastic measures. We have to take a look at the various suggestions and reports available to us on how best to unify the country, engage the youth, reduce unemployment and boost the nation’s economy.

“We are aware that Nigeria’s economy was negatively affected by COVID-19 which hit the country in the first quarter of 2020 and forced citizens, government and businesses to adopt new ways of life part of which may have, among others, been a reason for the increased level of insecurity across the nation.

“In Lagos, however, the residents have remained poised to live in love and harmony. The state government has also continued with its determination to ensure a habitable environment for the people and for businesses to thrive and for this, we deserve commendation.

The Lagos State House of Assembly has also passed bills and motions geared towards a better society and youth engagements.

“We will never rest on our oars to make the people of our state always sleep with their eyes closed. To achieve this, we, as legislators, will continue to collaborate with the other arms of government and the people.

“While we posit that state policing is still the right way to go, I urged residents of our dear Lagos to maintain their resolution to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of religious divide.

“For the Christians, we should continue to remember the virtues of Jesus Christ and the sacrifice He paid for redemption. These virtues must never be lost in our day-to-day living beyond the celebration of His historical death and resurrection. Happy celebration,” Speaker Obasa urged.

2023: Obasa secures endorsement of northwest speakers for Tinubu – Northwest speakers, ex-lawmakers vow to push for Tinubu – Say Tinubu’s passion for Nigeria’s development unquantifiable – Commend APC’s national leader for supporting northern Nigeria in 2015 and 2019

Serving Speakers and their predecessors from the Northwest zone of Nigeria have declared their support for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the successor to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

Their declarations and promises are coming some weeks after a similar endorsement of Tinubu was carried out by their colleagues in the southwestern zone of Nigeria.

At a meeting held in Kano for the states in the northwestern zone on Friday, the senior lawmakers declared that Tinubu remains the right person for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at this time.

Some of them argued that with the challenges currently being faced by the country, Nigeria deserves a leader who is detribalised and has shown over time that he has the capacity to lead the country.

Praising Asiwaju Tinubu for being able to unite the southwest under one umbrella, they noted that his leadership qualities are mostly scarce in some other zones of the country declaring this as an advantage for the entire country.

At the Kano meeting where the speakers and former speakers received the visiting Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, who led a team from the southwest, participants further promised to commence grassroots mobilisation ahead of electioneering.

Rt. Hon. Yau Abdullahi Yanshana, a former speaker from Kano, described Tinubu as a worthy leader, who he believes would take Nigeria to better heights while one of his colleagues from the state, said at the meeting that Tinubu would have no problems securing votes from Kano and other states in the zone.

“We should now be thinking beyond him being the flagbearer of the APC and concentrate on securing victory for him in the actual election.

“We know that 90 percent of the structure of the party is built by Tinubu,” he said assuring that 95 percent of the votes from Kano will be in favour of the national leader of the APC.

On his part, Abu Dauda, a former deputy speaker in Jigawa, noted the contributions of Tinubu to the success of the APC and the growth and progress of Nigeria.

According to him, Tinubu becoming president would mean consolidating on his passion to make Nigeria great.

“If not him, then who? If not now, then when?” Dauda asked.

Addressing journalists concerning the meeting in Kano, the host Speaker, Rt. Hon. Hamisu Ibrahim Cidari, said with 2023 approaching, there was a need to source for a flagbearer “who can stand on his feet and effectively direct people.”

He said Tinubu already has their support and promised that he would win in Kano during the 2023 presidential election.

Speaker Obasa said he and his team made of serving lawmakers, including Hons. Victor Akande and Temitope Adewale, as well as two former speakers of Ogun and Oyo respectively, were in the zones to interact with their colleagues on how to move the nation forward.

“2023 is by the corner and the first thing is to look within us for the person that is capable, that has all it takes – the knowledge and capability – to deliver. To achieve that, there is need for us to come together and talk and extend the discussion beyond our boundary to every part of the country to make it easier for us in Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the man that we believe can deliver,” Speaker Obasa said.

An elated Obasa commended his colleagues in the zone for honouring the meeting in their numbers.

“What we met is even beyond our expectations. This is an encouragement and success because our brothers here have assured us that they are on it and that we should concentrate on others beyond them because they are already in support of what we have come to preach to them,” he said.

Ambassador Aliyu Lawal Saulawa, national coordinator of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu (BAT) Movement, said the organisation is formed to garner the support of Nigerians for Tinubu ahead of 2023.

He argued that in 2015 and 2019, the north got a lot of support from Tinubu and others from the southwest adding that it was just to reciprocate the support.

He noted that Speakers, deputy speakers and lawmakers have major roles to play in this regard being representatives of communities and constituencies across Nigeria.

“We have held an initial meeting in Ibadan in the southwest where past and current speakers agreed to support the movement. We are now here,” he said.

He said the next meeting for the south-south zone would hold in Bayelsa.

Some top lawmakers who attended the meeting included Hon. Abdu A. Dauda from Jigawa, Hon. Moh’d W. G. from Sokoto, Hon. Aliyu Auwal from Kaduna, Rt. Hon. Aliyu Sabiu Muduru from Katsina.

Among the others are: Hon. Ahmad Garba from Jigawa, Isa Idris from Jigawa, Rt. Hon. Shehu Dalhatu from Katsina, Rt. Hon. Yusuf Ata from Kano, Rt. Hon. Aliko Shuaibu from Kano, Rt. Hon. Abdul’Azeez GG from Kano, Rt. Hon. Bal’arabe Gani from Kano, Hon. Abdullahi MB, and Rt. Hon. Kabiru Alhassan.


Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday through its House Committee on Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives at the inspection visit to Dangote Refinery; commended the level of work attained by the conglomerate since the commencement of the project.

Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Bisi Yusuff reiterating the satisfaction of the Committee, stated “It is an extremely laudable project and we are delighted that this is situated in Lagos State, we will give all necessary legislative backing to support your legal activities.” He maintained.

Looking at the multiplier effect, Hon. Yusuff stated that the project is a pride that will boost the economy of Lagos State and the entire nation.

However, the Committee also spoke on issues bordering with the indigenes and host communities whose lands are affected through the construction of the facility and further enjoined the Dangote to help by providing employment to alleviate the standard of living of the host communities.

Also speaking at the tour of the refinery, Hon. Desmond Elliot raised questions on the possible environmental issues that could arise from the refinery; he inquired on waste management, recycling, greenhouse and the effect on climate change.

The Chief Operations Officer, Mr. Giuseppe Surace revealed that the project has overwhelming capacity to cater for local consumption in Nigeria, “We have adopted the best practices as the basis of our design to ensure capability.”

Adding that the project will transform the country in all its sector, Mr.Surace stated that units in the refinery will produce gasoline, ethanol amongst many other production.

Mr. Surace while assuaging the cogent points raised by the Committee stated “In terms of job creation, there is no Nigerian that will not directly or indirectly benefit as we have structures in place to meet the needs of the host communities thru employment and other measures’ he also assured a robust interaction with other arms outside the circumference of the host communities.”

The Committee, at the end of the tour requested that the House be availed, the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed with the Federal Government to ascertain the level of involvement of the Lagos State Government.

Members of the Committee who took part in the tour include Hon. Kehinde Joseph, Hon. Kazeem Raheem, Hon. Victor Akande, Hon. Folajimi Mohammed, Hon. Desmond Elliot and Hon. Mojeed Fatai.


Lagos Assembly Approves Sanwo-Olu’s Request To Purchase Cars For MDAs

The Lagos State House of Assembly has approved a request made to its lawmakers by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for the purchase of 355 vehicles for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in the state.

The number of cars is out of the 916 needed for various officials of the government.

The approval was carried out through a voice vote at the sitting on Thursday presided over by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa.

The Acting Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, had on Monday March 22 announced during plenary that the Assembly received a letter from the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget seeking approval to expend from the special expenditure to procure vehicles for official use by officials of the MDAs to aid effective and efficient service.

Speaker Obasa had subsequently committed the request to the House Committee on Economic Planning and Budget headed by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2).

The committee was asked to report to the House on Thursday.

Presenting the report during plenary on Thursday, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu explained that the Committee invited the state’s Head of Service (HOS), Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, and the Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Mrs. Abiola Liadi amongst others to defend the request.

He noted that the three requests to expend from the special expenditure votes included the sum of N464, 375,000 Million, N1, 395, 300 billion and N2,567,535,000 Billion totalling N4,427,210 Billion.

The money, he said, is to be financed from the Special Expenditure Votes of the 2021 Appropriation Law.

According to Yishawu, the Committee urged the officials of the state government to include the purchase of vehicles for government officials in subsequent budgets rather than requesting for purchase of vehicles from special expenditure votes.

The lawmaker revealed that the state government actually needed about 1,006 for its officials as discovered by the Committee, but that the Governor approved only 355 due to shortage of fund.

The House also passed the Bill for A Law to Consolidate All Laws Relating to The Transport Sector 2021.

The House later adjourned sitting to Monday 12th April, 2021.


Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Tertiary Institutions pursuant to its recent creation by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa in ways for the House to further carry out its oversight functions extensively in the best interests of the people commenced with an inaugural meeting with the tertiary institutions leaders under its purview on Wednesday at the Assembly Complex.

The Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Ajani Owolabi, opened the floor of discussion, stating that the essence of the meeting is to understand the status of ongoing projects in the institutions based on the observant view on the input of the Budget for Y2021.
“It is important that we understand each other and also for the institutions to carry the Committee along in working towards improving the institutions in Lagos State. This meeting is not to chastise or witch-hunt anyone but to really be on top of situations and issues that needs to be addressed.” He said.

Calling the institutions attention to the resolution of a recent strike action in Lagos State University, LASU by his intervention to the Special Adviser on Education; Hon. Ajani maintained that it is when the Committee and the House is availed with information that could assist in advocating for effective government policies that will enable the sector to grow for the benefit of the students in the institutions and its administration.

“I am very much available as the Chairman of this Committee, especially coming from an academic background in line of lecturing. I am in a good position to understand the plight and yearnings of the institutions on issues that may come up or arise which will enable the House to make laws and regulations that will address the issues of the institutions, moving forward.” He added.

Provost, Lagos State College of Health Technology, Mr. Moyo Kasim congratulating the Chairman on his new appointment, gave an overview of the College programs and administration. He also appreciated the government’s efforts on the success and achievements recorded between the short period the College was established.

Hon. Ajani assured that saddled with the responsibility of reporting to the House on the state of affairs in the institutions; the Committee will commence on an all-encompassing visitation as an oversight function to the State owned tertiary institutions very soon.

Institutions present at the inaugural meeting include; Lagos State University, LASU, Lagos State Polytechnic, LASPOTECH; Lagos State College of Nursing, Midwifery & Public Health Nursing, Igando, and Lagos State University of College of Medicine.

Other Hon. Members of the Committee who attended the meeting with Hon. Owolabi Ajani are Hon. Desmond Elliot, Hon. Olawale Olayiwola, Hon. Setonji David, Hon. Bisi Yusuff and Hon. Akinsanya Nureini.


Alleged unscrupulous activities: Lagos Speaker Obasa sets up committee to probe 2 council chairmen

The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, on Monday constituted a joint committee of the House to probe allegations brought against two local government council chairmen in the state.

The joint committees on Public Account Committee (Local) and Local Government Administration and Community Affairs are to investigate allegations of unscrupulous activities against the chairmen of Isolo LCDA and Ikosi-Isheri LCDA respectively.
They were accused of incursion into legislative activities in their respective councils and undermining the functionality of the legislative arms of the councils.

Speaker Obasa, while constituting the joint committees, said: “Beyond the issue of the budget, there is need to address the victimisation and threats against councilors by council chairmen.

“The introduction of thugs into the Local Government chambers to beat up councilors is something we must not allow and wherever it happens we must assert appropriate sanctions; we must ensure that such chairman does not escape the consequence of such act.”
The allegations were detailed in the petitions titled: ‘Petition against our House Leader, Councilor Remi Shittu’, and ‘Fraudulent Misappropriation of Public Funds accruable to Ikosi-Isheri LCDA by the Executive Chairman, Princess Samiat Abolanle Bada and abuse of Office’ respectively.

The two petitions written and signed by aggrieved councillors from Isolo LCDA and Ikosi Isheri Local Council Development Area (LCDA) respectively, were read on the floor of the House by the Acting Clerk, Barrister Olalekan Onafeko.

In one of them, Remi Shittu, Isolo LCDA Council Leader was alleged to have summarily suspended four councillors over absence at sitting just before the council chairman, Shamsideen Olaleye presented a budget.

According to the petition, with the four suspended, only three councillors witnessed the budget presentation and expressly passed it within 24 hours.

In Ikosi-Isheri LCDA, Akanni Ajibola Usman, Leader of the council claimed there was a frosty relation between the councillors and the council chairman, Mayoress Semiat Bada.

According to Usman, Semiat allegedly misappropriated public funds and instigated some councillors to boycott sittings.

Discussing the issue on the floor of the House, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, a member of the House, urged that the petitions be looked into and that adequate actions be taken.

On his part, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, another lawmaker, noted that the development is one too many.

“It is a breach of procedures. I suggest that an ad-hoc committee be constituted to nib it in the bud,” Olowo added.

In his contribution, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, said: “It is very unfortunate. The budget is a very crucial process that cannot be achieved in 24 hours.” He supported the suggestion that a committee be set up to investigate the allegations.

Speaking also, Hon. Abdulsobur Olawale reflected on his experience across the councils visited recently in an oversight function.
The joint committees have been given till Thursday, March 25, to report back to the House.

Meanwhile, the House received a letter from the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget seeking approval to expend from the special expenditure for the procurement of vehicles for official use by various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
According to the letter, the purchase of the vehicles is to aid effective and efficient service.

In response, the Speaker committed the request to the House Committee on Economic Planning and Budget which is to report to the House on Thursday.


The Lagos State House of Assembly duly represented by the Chairman, House Committee on Tourism, Arts and Culture, Hon. Fatai Oluwa at the official commissioning of the restored Glover Memorial Hall on Wednesday saluted Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration over the major tourism development features in Lagos.

Also, ably representing the Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Speaker of the House; Hon. Fatai while delivering his goodwill message stated that the Hall will serve as a multi-functional purpose with rich contents that will be culturally, traditionally, and historically beneficial to Lagos State, Nigeria and globally.

“Aside its entertainment and tourism significance, the Hall is maximally utilised towards achieving its full potential, as a space dedicated to arts, culture and society as well as have huge potential to contribute significantly to the State’s revenue.” He said.

Adding that it is in the goodwill of the government to continue to strive towards a better Lagos; Hon. Fatai Oluwa coined the words of the Rt. Hon. Speaker of the House that, “the call for rebuilding Lagos is a continuous journey which must not be relented in order to have a better, greater and resilient Lagos State.”

Following other goodwill speeches from His Royal Highness, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos, various dignitaries; Mr. Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu stated in his keynote address that the remodelling of Glover Memorial Hall reflects the determination of his administration to rebuild Lagos as well as promote the entertainment and tourism sector.

He further assured that his administration will not neglect the real identity of Lagos, “The completion and formal commissioning of the remodelled Glover Memorial Hall reflects our determination to rebuild Lagos, revamp our historic and public assets.”

“Today’s event signals a gradual return of activities within the tourism and entertainment sector. It is a testament to a splendid past and an indicator of a more glorious future in which Lagosians have the jobs and opportunities that they require to flourish.” He maintained.

The Commissioning was attended by many dignitaries including, Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu; Hon. Olanrewaju Afinni, Member, Lagos State House of Assembly; State Executive Council; Commissioner for Ministry of Tourism, Pharm. (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf; Honourable Commissioners; Body of Permanent Secretaries.


In continuation of the Ad Hoc Committee’s visitation to all the tourist attraction sites in all divisions of Lagos State, the Committee visited the sites in and around Lagos Island such as King Ado Circle, Mega Pipe, JK Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, Glover Memorial Hall, Tinubu Square, Lagos House, Tafawa Balewa Square and others.

On Thursday, the Committee converged at the King Ado Circle which was discovered to currently undergo construction by Central Business District, CBD with the purpose of constructing a water fountain with the aid to further beautify the monumental site.

Occupying the precise location at Onikan is the JK Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, an ongoing construction also visited by the Committee where they met with the contractor in charge, Constructions KAISER Limited.

Hon. Nurudeen Solaja-Saka remonstrated that the project ought to be in its final stage of completion as it has been awarded almost 5 years ago as copious amount of fund has been disbursed for the purpose of its completion.

“This project has been handled lightly, we should be at its completion stage by now. The Committee needs to be availed with information on the project status.” He said.

In response, Engr. Jayesimi Idris, Site Contractor in charge, disclosed that the slowdown of the project has majorly been due to the pandemic lockdown and the stalling of funds from the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning which was promised for the purchase of materials.

The Committee therefore invited the contractor for a sit down on Wednesday with documents and pictorial evidence on project status, contractual agreement and project template to juxtapose the level of work done so far.

Also discovering the need for renovations, total rehabilitation of major monuments and sites discovered in Lagos Island; the Committee will further their inspections to other divisions in the State.