LAGOS LAWMAKERS SEEK PROSECUTION OF INDISCRIMINATE REFUSE DUMPING OFFENDERS

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have called for the prosecution of perpetrators of indiscriminate refuse dumping across the State.

This resolution was made sequel to a motion moved by the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade during the Plenary Session on Monday.

Hon. Agunbiade who is the prime mover of the motion noted that despite the enlightenment campaigns by the Government and the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, residents have not desisted from dumping refuse at unauthorised places across the State, while some unscrupulous individuals continue to dump refuse indiscriminately.

He expressed his worries that funds and administrative efforts that could have been expended on other sectors are concentrated on the clearing of refuse dumped indiscriminately.

Hon. Agunbiade sighted sections 115(4) and 116 Part IV ; Environmental Sanitation, Statutory Nuisances and litters and section 81, part III; Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA of the Environmental Management and Protection Law, 2017 which prohibit dumping of refuse at undesignated places with specific sanctions in Lagos State

According to him, if perpetrators of this indiscriminate refuse dumping are arrested, prosecuted and sanctioned for offences provided in the relevant sections of the aforementioned laws, deterrence would be accomplished and sanity shall return to our streets.

Hon. Bisi Yusuf while commending the prime mover of the motion noted that “this is the right time to implement the environmental protection laws. He advised that apart from community sentencing, perpetrators should be given uniform while they serve in their locality.

Hon. Rasheed Makinde stated that it is very worrisome that in Lagos we are still having challenges on how to dispose our waste. He said people coming to Lagos everyday with different background do not understand how we live in the State to the extent that when it rains, you will see people pouring their waste into drainage, this in turn block the drainage and give way for water to flow on the road which causes potholes and bad roads.

He said Local Government and environmental officers must come out to monitor their domain and be able to arrest perpetrators.

Hon. Tobun said despite the money spent on waste the attitude of the people have not changed, people still drop waste in the median, drainage and road sides. He further stressed that who so ever is caught dumping refuse indiscriminately should be made to sweep publicly.

The House thereafter resolved to call on the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner for Ministry of Environment to ensure the enforcement of the relevant sections of Environmental Management and Protection law, 2017 and to ensure that perpetrators of unlawful refuse disposal are sanctioned with community sentencing directed at refuse clearing within the locality of the offence.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY DISSECTS Y2020 BUDGET DURING SECOND READING

Members of the Lagos Assembly, during plenary today dissected the Y2020 budget presented by Governor Babajide Sanwo Olu recently.

The Governor had presented and laid the Y2020 budget before the Assembly Members, for their consideration and approval.

The budget estimates cover a capital of ₦723,505,404,313 and recurrent of ₦445,056,479,673 bringing the total budget size to ₦1,168,561,893,991 for the year ending 31st December, 2020.

The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade had in a motion sought the approval of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, with the support of other Members to take the Y2020 budget for second reading and was obliged.

Meanwhile, in an overview of the budget, Members painstakingly discussed the provisions of the budget as presented by the Governor.

Hon. Rotimi Olowo, in his submission, highlighted that looking at the budget size and the reality of performance, there is discordance as the budget is predicated on revenue which therefore makes the budget over-ambitious.

“This budget is of great leap, not reawakening. Committee of Economic Budget and Planning should therefore scrutinise thoroughly; otherwise, there will be re-ordering before the end of Y2020, which is illegal”.

Hon. Rotimi Abiru, while advising that the Governor should work within what the administration can easily generate, noted that the budget of re-awakening speaks a lot about the direction Mr. Governor wants to lead his administration on.

He added that though the budget is ambitious, it puts high expectation on Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS). However, what is realistic in relation to revenue generated is important.

Hon. Jude Idimogwu, in his remarks, stated that the budget projection should be realistic, so that the gap would be achievable; as the performance of the Y2019 budget was not good enough, not with an increase of over 25% for Y2020.

Contributing to the discussions, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, added that the budget may look large but the Sanwo-Olu Government is trying to be transparent, as in the past 5 years, this is the only budget that has captured debt servicing. “This is achievable if leakages can be blocked and more revenues generated”.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa expressed that the budget estimate is not out of place, if all efforts are being added to ensure the success of the budget. He therefore, committed the budget to the House Committees on Economic Planning and Budget and Finance to report back to the House in six weeks.

GOVERNOR BABAJIDE SANWO-OLU PRESENTS Y2020 BUDGET ON FRIDAY

Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, will be presenting Y2020 Budget to Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Friday 8th November, 2019 at 11:00am prompt.

The proposed Y2020 Budget would be Governor Sanwo-Olu’s inaugural budget presentation since assumption of Office in May 2019.

As the tradition, stakeholders from all walks of life that include the organised private sector, members of the diplomatic missions, political groups and other dignitaries in the State are expected to grace the occasion.

Meanwhile, only invited guests are expected at the event as maximum security will be provided.

The Leadership of the Assembly assures Lagosians of exemplary discharge of its Legislative duties that would transform the lives of all Lagosians.

Bose Lambo
Director, Public Affairs
Lagos State House of Assembly

WE HAVE LOST A TRAILBLAZER – RT. HON. MUDASHIRU OBASA

I express my sincere condolences to the Johnson family on the death of their father and patriarch, Brigadier – General, Mobolaji Johnson, who died on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 after a brief illness.

Your father was not only a gentleman and officer but trailblazer who left his footprint on the sand of time in Lagos State where he was the governor for 8 years (1967 – 1975).

His memory no doubt will linger with us for a very long time to come , when we remember his legacies, such as; Itoikin – Epe Road, Badagry Express road, Eko Bridge, the five Government Colleges, Oluwole Housing Estate, Ogba and many other monuments that he bequeathed to us when he was at the helm of affairs in the state.

You should also take solace in the fact that your father remained unblemished throughout his career in the military and as the military governor of the state.

I pray that, God in His infinite mercy will grant him eternal rest and you the family members he left behind the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss.

Once again, accept my sincere condolences on behalf of myself and members of the assembly.

Tolani Abati,

The Chief Press Secretary

Lagos Assembly Approves Sanwo-Olu’s Request For Budget Re-Ordering

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved the re-ordering of N93,742,530bn from the 2019 budget size.

The State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu had requested the reordering of 2019 budget size, saying there was shortfall in revenue.

In a letter read on the floor of the House, Sanwo-Olu had lamented lack of new revenue sources for the remaining months of the year, and requested for re-ordering of 2019 budget which stands at N873.532 billion.

He noted in the letter that budgetary provisions of both recurrent and capital budget of ministries, departments and agencies are not likely to be utilized before the end of the year and the sum of N34.050 billion can be re-ordered.

The breakdown, he said showed that the recurrent is N24 billion while the capital is N10.050 billion.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, in the letter noted that the 2019 budget had been partially implemented by the last administration before the tenure came to an end on 29th May, 2019.

The governor stressed that the present administration is confronted with the need to keep its electoral promises to the citizens and resolved to take advantage of clement weather condition in the later part of the year to complete various projects.

“The State shall be raising a total of N250 billion broken down into a fixed rate bond of N100 billion from the capital market and an internal loan of N150 billion.

The speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa had committed the governor’s request to the joint committees on Finance and Budget and Economic planning.

Presenting the report of the joint Committee on Tuesday, Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu stated that the 2019 budget size stood at 71 percent as at August.

According to him, the recurrent performance was 80 percent while the capital was 46 percent.

In the motion which was moved by Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the House approved the capital of N74, 824,648,162 and recurrent 18,918,059,368 to be reordered respectively.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said since “it is a unanimous decision. Let’s pass the re-order so that the Governor and his team will continue to do the good work for Lagos residents.”

Braimoh said, “We need to expeditiously consider the request of the Governor. The Committee had done justice, so let’s approve it so that the people of Lagos can feel our impact.”

Hon Jude Idimogu also said, “I appreciate the Committee. I urge my colleagues to look at the report and make sure that it is passed.

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Pix1 Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of Lagos House of Assembly with Prof Abisogun Leigh, Prof Olarenwaju Fagbohun and Hon Yinka Ogundimu at the book presentation,” Reflection on Dynamics of the Law,” in honour of Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun, VC LASU, today
Pix2. Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa with Hon Justice Wale Abiru (r) and a guest at the presentation of the book, “Reflection on Dynamics of the Law” in honour of Prof. Olarenwaju Fagbohun , VC, LASU , today at LASU, Ojo.

SANWO-OLU SEEKS RE-ORDERING OF PRIORITIES UNDER Y2019 BUDGET

Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State has requested the approval of the Lagos State House of Assembly to re-order a sum of N10.050Billon under Capital Expenditure of Y2019 budget.

Sanwo-Olu’s request was contained in a letter which was communicated to the lawmakers on the floor of the House by the Clerk, Mr. Azeez Sanni. The Governor noted that as at 31st August, 2019 the budget had a 71% overall performance which according to him is below the set target of 100%. He added that the budgetary provisions of both Recurrent and Capital Budget of Ministries, Departments and Agencies have been reviewed and would not likely be utilized before the end of Y2019 fiscal year, hence, the need for them to be re-ordered to other priority areas.

According to the letter, the present structure of the budget would have to be amended to specifically drive Capital Expenditure through the completion of various ongoing capital projects which was started by the previous administration that include completion of Lagos/Ibadan Express road, completion of Pen Cinema, Agege overhead bridge, provision of security and emergency equipment amongst others.

The letter also sought for the reversal of the clause of Y2019 Appropriation Law and return votes to the executing agencies.

The clause of Y2019 Appropriation law stipulates that the Commissioners for Economic Planning and Budget, Finance; and the Accountant General should seek and obtain the approval of the House before incurring any expenditure.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa thereafter committed the letter to joint Committee on Finance and Economic Planning and Budget for further actions. The Committees are to report back on Monday, 21st October, 2019.

LAGOS LAWMAKERS CAUTION LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ON EXCESSIVE ACTION TOWARDS MOTORISTS

Law enforcement agencies in Lagos State have been asked to adhere strictly to the extant laws while discharging their duties in relation to traffic offenders and commuters.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly made the appeal sequel to adoption of report presented by the Ad Hoc Committee on Judiciary, Public Petitions, Human Rights and LASIEC, Chaired by Hon. Tunde Braimoh on a petition titled “The request for redress of wrongful destruction of our property and financial burden imposed on our client”, at the Plenary on Tuesday.

Rt. Hon. Obasa opined that such personnel include Traffic Police, Lagos State Traffic Management Agency (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Task Force and others need to be enlightened on how to execute the traffic law in all cases while dealing with the public as contained in the petition presented.

According to Hon. Tunde Braimoh, it was observed in the report that the Task Force Officer unlawfully arrested the petitioner for parking on an illegal loading point that led to the forceful impoundment of the vehicle resulting in damages to another vehicle, whereas the petitioner was within appropriate parking space.

The Committee Chair further explained that the Committee was charged with the responsibility to determine the veracity of the allegations made and proffer solutions towards the issue as forwarded by the petitioner, which consequently led to the invitation of the bereaved parties.

He advised that the law enforcement personnel should employ utmost discretion in the interest of tranquility.

Members who spoke on the report commended the Committee who had resolved the matter amicably between the parties.

Commending the Committee for a job well-done, Hon. Rotimi Olowo remarked that the incident should serve as deterrence to other operatives adding that erring driver should be sanctioned.

He therefore urged security personnel to desist from the deadly act of driving offender’s vehicles rather such impounded vehicles should be towed and taken to their office to face wrath of the law.

In the same vein, Hon. Rotimi Abiru and Hon. Setonji David in their contribution warned uniformed men to desist from dragging vehicles from motorists without recourse to the law.

They also expressed their concerns about personnel who act as if they are above the law once in uniform, advising that such officers must be dealt with.

Hon. Bisi Yusuff who was once a Chairman Committee on Transportation of the House explained that while some officers could be unruly, some motorists are also defiant when apprehended for contravening the traffic law. He further stated that the public should submit themselves to the law enforcement agents when apprehended.

After much deliberations, recommendations of the report were adopted as a resolution of the House while Mr. Sanni Azeez, the Clerk of the House was directed by the Speaker to communicate position of the House to all necessary agencies.

Lagos Assembly Constitutes 36 Standing Committees

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa on Monday reeled out the standing committees of the House.

The ninth Assembly had been operating with Ad-Hoc committees since its inauguration on June 7.

The Selection Committee Chairman was headed by the Speaker himself and the Chief Whip, Hon Rotimi Abiru would chair the Ethics and privileges Committee.

Other committees include, House Service, Hon. Tijani Olatunji, Public Accounts (local), Hon. Fatai Mojeed, Agric, Hon. Kehinde Joseph, Economic Planning and Budget, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Special Duties and intergovernmental Relations, Hon. Kazeem Raheem, and Education, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu,

Other committees are, Science and Technology, Hon. Olanrewaju Afini, Environment, Hon. Desmond Elliot, Energy and Mineral Resources, Hon. Hon. Folajimi Mohammed, Waterfront Infrastructures, Hon. Ibrahim Layode, Physical Plaaning and Urban Development, Hon. Nurudeen Akinsanya Procurement, Hon. Lukman Olumoh and Transportation, Hon. Temitope Adewale.

The rest are, Commerce and Industry, Hon. Sanni Okanlawon, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Mojisola Meranda, Works and Infrastructure, Abiodun Tobun, Wealth Creation, Hon. Jude Idimogu, CBD, Hon. Mojisola Alli- Macualy, Health Services, Hon Akeem Shokunle, Establishment, Pension and Training, Hon. Rasheed Makinde, Interparliamentary, Hon. Fatai Oluwa and Finance, Hon. Rotimi Olowo.

Others are Committees on Tourism, Hon. Saka Solaja, Youth and Sports, Hon. Owolabii Ajani, Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Hon. Victor Akande, Lands, Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu, Housing, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, Information and Strategy, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, Local Government Administration, Hon. Olayiwola Sobur, Legislative Compliance, Hon. Rauf Age-Sulaiman, Overseas and Investment, Hon. Sylvester Ogunkelu and Public Private Partnership, Hon. Noheem Adams.

LSHA APPROVES 2BN CAPITAL EXPENDITURE FOR LASIAMA

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved the sum of N2.Bn to be utilized for facility management under the Capital Expenditure of the Lagos State Infrastructure Asset Management Agency (LASIAMA) .

This is sequel to the recommendations of the report of a 5-man Ad Hoc Committee on the utilization of LASIAMA fund in the special expenditure vote of the Y2019 appropriation law chaired by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu.

It would be recalled that the House had received a letter from the Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget requesting the approval of the House for the utilization of the sum of N2.Bn Capital Expenditure of LASIAMA.

According to Hon. Yishawu, “The Committee held meetings with the Ministries of Economic Planning and Budget, Finance, State Treasury Office STO, Lagos Internal Revenue Service LIRS and other agencies for bilateral discussions to shed light on the requests and confirm the availability of its funding”.

After deliberations with the necessary agencies, the Committee’s proposed sum is expected to take care of the various needs of expenditure in the state which include renovation/minor works, facility management, and health facilities each with allocated funds.

However, Members observed that the amount budgeted for some projects may not be enough and why some money was increased in the report.

In response, Hon. Yishawu stated that the health facilities projects are to be done in batches and the amount allocated now is for the first quarter.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa thereafter directed Mr. Azeez Sanni, Clerk of the House to forward the approval of the request to Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Governor of the State.