Lagos Speaker, INEC Lament Poor PVC Collection, Voter Apathy

Ahead of the 2023 general elections in Nigeria, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has appealed to qualified residents of the State not to only register, but ensure that they vote.

Dr. Obasa gave this advice on Thursday at the 8th Annual Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting held simultaneously by lawmakers across the State.

This was as Mr. Felix Daramola, head of electoral operations at the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), lamented what he described as very poor outings by voters in the State during elections.

Addressing stakeholders in his Agege Constituency 1, Speaker Obasa noted that the theme of the stakeholders’ meeting, ‘2023 General Elections: The Imperatives of Permanent Voters’ Cards’, was very apt as the nation matches towards the elections.

Commending the constituents for being responsive to matters affecting their communities and the State at all times, the Speaker lamented: “It is, however, quite worrisome that over 20 million Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) still remain uncollected across the nation according to a recent INEC report and out of this huge figure, one million are from Lagos State.

“This situation does not augur well for our progress, our democracy and the development of the State as it may create an opportunity for incompetent persons to be elected as our leaders and representatives and thus overturn our achievements.

“As you know, Lagos State has been so blessed with great and visionary leaders and representatives right from the Second Republic in 1979 when Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande came on board as the first civilian governor, supported by a vibrant House of Assembly, and most significantly from 1999 in the Fourth Republic with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu not just emerging as the governor of Lagos State but revered as the architect of modern day Lagos.

“All these were made possible due to citizens actively voting at elections to choose the right candidates.

“Consequently, the Lagos State House of Assembly under the able leadership of Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa wish to reiterate the need for everyone to obtain his or her PVC in order to vote in the coming general election. Your PVC is your power not just to continue building the State but the nation as well; it is your power for continuity, it is your power for the stability and sustainability of our enduring and cherished democracy, it is your power to secure a bright and promising future for our children, our State and the nation,” Obasa said.

Emphasising the need for mass participation in the elections, Daramola said Lagos now has 13,325 polling units. Of this figure, he said Agege now has 696 polling units, thus bringing voting centres closer to the electorate.

He also said with the introduction of BIVAS, it had become very difficult to rig elections since it allows for election results to be transferred electronically.

Warning against multiple voting, Daramola noted that in Lagos State, “a total of 640, 774 eligible voters had done online registration before it ended on May 30, 2022. But as at Monday, June 27, only 371, 760 had completed their online registration.”

Analysing online voter registration across states, he lamented: “Osun State has 708,968, Delta State, 641,174 while Lagos has 640,774. This is not acceptable with the population and megacity status of Lagos State.

“For completed registration, Delta leads again with 396, 900. This is followed by Kano with 380,582. Bayelsa with few local governments has 379,538. Rivers has 372,406. Lagos is in the fifth place with 371,760.”

“You can see that we all have a lot of job to do to make sure our people get registered.”

Democracy Day: Nigeria On Pathway To Greatness, Lagos Speaker Says

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described Nigeria as a country currently on a track to greatness just as he urged the citizens to play active roles for this to be fully achieved.

Dr. Obasa said this in a statement at the weekend to commemorate Nigeria’s Democracy Day which coincides with the 29th anniversary of the June 12, 1993 elections claimed to have been won by the late Chief Moshood Abiola.

According to the Speaker, Nigeria had, since 1999, experienced what could best be described as the teething stage of its democratic journey with the need for unity taking the centre-stage of public discourse.

“However, it is now very glaring that we are on the threshold of history with the forthcoming general elections that is now heralded by the smooth convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the emergence of our flagbearer, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

“The new story that we all anticipate, envisage and dream about for our country is achievable and right before us. Our hopes are rekindled. All that is required is our collectively resolve to be part of the ship of progress,” Obasa said in the statement by his media office.

Thanking Nigerian leaders, the civil society and citizens who joined in the struggle for the emancipation of the country from the military, Obasa added: “We remain steadfast in our resolve to make our democracy truly work for us all as Nigerians.

“History will forever be kind to those who made Nigeria’s democracy possible. They are our country’s real heroes.

“We are honoured to be the current bearers of the baton

of democracy and we look forward to upholding the labour of these heroes.”

Breaking: Speaker Obasa Wins APC Primary Election Without Opponent

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has been officially declared the candidate for the forthcoming election of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Agege Constituency 1 of the State House of Assembly.

Dr. Obasa was declared winner in the election on Friday after polling the entire 25 votes cast by the delegates at the Iloro, Agege Health Centre venue of the exercise, which was monitored by party and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officials.

The Speaker won the election without an opponent as an unknown aspirant who earlier appeared as cleared by the party neither showed up nor had his agent at the venue of the exercise.

Addressing jubilant party faithful, loyalists and supporters after the exercise, Obasa described the victory as proof of acceptance by his constituents.

He said he won the primary election because of the belief they have in him as their true and passionate representative.

The Speaker, while thanking the constituents for the trust they have in him, expressed confidence that he would win in the main election so he can continue with the dividends of democracy he had attracted to Agege.

He also expressed hope that the party’s primary election to pick a presidential candidate would favour Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, a leading aspirant for the party’s ticket.

Eid-el-Fitr: Obasa Congratulates Muslims, Expresses Hope For A Better Nigeria

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has sent warm wishes to Nigerian Muslims as they mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr, being the celebration that comes after the Ramadan, a very important part of the Islamic faith.

Dr. Obasa, also congratulated the Nigerian Muslim faithful for having the special grace of Almighty Allah to partake in the Ramadan just as he thanked them for using the period to seek the face of Allah in the efforts to make the country a better place.

In a message issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Eromosele Ebhomele, on Sunday, the Speaker urged Nigerians to have faith that the country would soon witness the type of greatness desired by citizens.

He, however, advised Nigerians to remain steadfast, united, love one another and always play positive roles while the country’s leaders work for its progress.

“With the enormous human and other resources that we have, Nigeria has great potentials. These potentials can be tapped by looking inwards, making the right choices, working to achieve them and, above all, seeking Allah’s direction and guidance.

“We are currently encouraged that the successes so far recorded by Lagos through a synergy between the State House of Assembly and the other arms of government have become reference points for development. We are not there yet, but we are constantly on the right path knowing that the best is achievable.

“As we mark this year’s Eid-el-Fitr, therefore, we should further resolve not to deviate from the lessons of Ramadan, the virtues of Islam and the commandments of Allah. If we do these, we are sure that we have played some of the roles expected of us as citizens for a greater Nigeria.

“As we celebrate, I want to urge us all to continue to pray for our country and its leaders. In Lagos, we will continue to strive for the general happiness of the residents and we will always do this through our usual pro-people laws, motions and resolutions.

“On behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish all our Muslim brothers and sisters a happy celebration,” Obasa said.

Lagos Assembly Invites Ministries, Others 2020 Over Auditor-General’s Report

A committee on Public Accounts (State) of the Lagos House of Assembly on Wednesday commenced the consideration of the Auditor-General’s report on the accounts of the State for the year 2020 with its chairman, Hon. Saka Solaja, promising that it is not a witch-hunt exercise.

Solaja, however, said the committee would invite indicted Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for questioning in relation to its oversight function concerning the report.

Speaking just before the committee questioned the Lagos State Infrastructure Maintenance and Regulatory Agency led by Engr. Bisoye Coker Odusote, Solaja noted that the exercise was empowered by Section 125(2) and Section 129(1c) of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

“The aim of the committee is to invite all heads of the indicted MDAs and to seek
clarifications regarding the queries raised in the Auditor-General’s report to
enhance service delivery in the State.

“The exercise will also ascertain the completion, accuracy and reliability of the
financial transactions within the sectors and confirm the level of compliance with
financial regulations, relevant legislations and accounting standards and reflect on
each sector’s financial performance and position.

“In addition, the committee
would confirm the revenue and budget performances of all MDAs, reconciliation of the financial records with the Oracle
System of the of MDAs and ascertain the project management and control systems of MDAs in Lagos State.

“I urge you to bear in mind that public expectation is high on this administration, as we have been acknowledged as the reference point in probity and accountability in governance by other States in the Federation.

“The House of Assembly under the leadership of the Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi
Obasa cannot afford to disappoint the electorate as the present administration is
positioned to build and improve on previous foundations laid for the development
of the State.

“This exercise is not to witch-hunt any MDAs but to ensure that the committee’s
statutory oversight is used as antidote for financial recklessness by Ministries,
Departments and Agencies in the State.

“Let me assure you that reports of findings
and recommendations would be compiled and forwarded to the House for
deliberations after the exercise,” Solaja said.

Eid-el-Kabir: Let Peace Reign In Nigeria, Speaker Obasa Pleads

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has urged Nigerians to see peace as one of the major ingredients for democracy to thrive.

Obasa made this known in his Eid-el-Kabir message to Nigerians including residents of Lagos and politicians in the state, which is preparing for local government elections.

The Speaker, who noted that the yearnings of many well-meaning Nigerians were justified, however, added that going about such demands and requests through violent means would not help the citizens and the country.

“We complain about a dwindling economy today, but the truth is that restiveness, banditry, terrorism, kidnappings and general insecurity are some of the major causes.

“It is not difficult to know that no nation can thrive or succeed when it is violence-ridden.

“Just as citizens must begin to live in peace and neighbourliness, we, as leaders, must also not nap, we must not sleep on ideas to make the country great.

“We must show perfect examples of love for country and sacrifice to humanity as Islam teaches.

“In Lagos, we have remained a good example of a working democracy thanks to our hardworking leaders and faithful residents.

“Like I said earlier ahead of the local government council elections, it is very important that all parties shun violence. We must eschew violence; it is not going to do any of us any good and it is not going to do any party any good also.

“We must allow people of the state to decide and choose leaders that will serve their interests for the next four years. So, we must all come together to condemn anything that has to do with violence.

“We must do that, it is important because anything can become the outcome of violent actions. We don’t want that to happen,” the speaker said as he congratulated Muslims in the country for witnessing another holy celebration.

Obasa To School Kids: Never Get Discouraged, I Grew Up Like You

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has admonished children never to give up on their dreams no matter their background.

Obasa, gave the advice when he visited his alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas School, in the Mushin area of Lagos where he celebrated his 48th birthday with the pupils.

“I started off like you all and you are indeed the future we rely on. Do not let anything deter you.

“I am of a humble background; I struggled through life and today, I am the Speaker of Lagos State.

“You can be a governor, a Speaker, a doctor a lawyer, an engineer, a great footballer or anything you want to be in life,” he said while urging them not to allow anything discourage them.

The Speaker, who took a tour around the school, promised to assist in renovating the parts that I need facelift. He also promised to equip the school with the necessary furniture.

He thanked the teachers for their efforts in bringing up kids in the school despite the various challenges they face in the course of their jobs.

Obasa also visited the State Primary School in the Oyewole area of Agege, Lagos where he told the pupils parts of his story.

“When I was in this school as a child, I never had the opportunity of meeting a dignitary or had anyone from government visit us.

“Today, I chose to visit you so you will have your priority set right, and your dreams aligned.

“You all can be great. You all can be successful beyond my achievements as the Speaker of Lagos State,” he said.

IT IS TIME TO HAVE STATE POLICE – LAGOS ASSEMBLY TELLS BUHARI, NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OVER ENDSARS VIOLENCE; SETS UP COMMITTEE TO MEET VICTIMS, REVIEW SITUATION; COMMISERATES WITH GOVERNOR SANWO-OLU, OTHERS

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday renewed its clamour for the establishment of a state policing system in the aftermath of the carnage visited on the state recently.

The members, during a special sitting to review the violence that resulted in the attack on government infrastructure, the palace of the Oba of Lagos, HRM Rilwan Akiolu, and private establishments in the state, resolved to call on President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to give a nod to this demand.

The lawmakers also set up an ad-hoc committee chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, to relate with the victims of the attacks as they promised to work with the executive arm in rebuilding the state.

In his address to his colleagues, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, urged the government to empower and strengthen the Neighbourhood Safety Corps with all the paraphernalia of security outfits.
“I think if there is any time for our agitation for state police to be given utmost attention, it is now,” Obasa said.

He lamented how the protest, which started peacefully, later took a life of its own even when the House and the governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, were working tirelessly on the demands raised by the aggrieved youths.

“It is regrettable, however, to learn that the peaceful protest was not only hijacked by unpatriotic elements who don’t mean well for the populace, but also brutally ended with the use of force that took place at Lekki Toll Gate on October 20,” he said.

The Speaker also mentioned some of the areas visited by him and a team of lawmakers adding: “The level of ruins in all these places mentioned is beyond imagination.

“Let me use this medium to remind us that Lagos state, being a mini-Nigeria, has always maintained a very respected place in the country as well in Africa. Lagos is a state that harbours everyone notwithstanding their nativity, political or religious affiliation.

“May I let us know that it will not do us any good to continue in this act of careless destruction and bringing hardship on everyone around us. In fact, looting government and private properties will lead to more hardships for us.”

He appealed to the residents to support the move for a better Lagos and urged the government to fish out those involved in the arson and looting of businesses.

He also pleaded with residents to limit the influence of social media on their lives and activities as he asked them to verify every information that comes to them in the light of fake news.

Obasa commiserated with the families of those who lost loved ones during the period, sympathized with the judiciary and law enforcement officers and expressed pain at the way the palace of Oba Akiolu was vandalized.

“I will like to bring it to our notice that a committee has already been set up that will review cases of those who lost their belongings and wares with a view to supporting them by the government. I assure you all that this Assembly will join with the Executive in working out compensation modality for all victims,” he said.

Other lawmakers who spoke during the sitting recalled how the Speaker met with the protesters at midnight and made promises to them.

They also recalled how the Assembly held a special sitting a day after the meeting and made demands to the federal government.

The lawmakers endorsed the call for state police.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING TO HARMONIZE ALL GAMING LAWS.

Lagos Assembly holds public hearing to regulate and control all lottery, pools and betting activities in Lagos State and pegs minimum share capital by operators to N20 million before license is considered.

This was disclosed during a Public Hearing held on Friday by the House Committee on Finance to regulate and control all their activities.

The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun who represented the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa expressed that there was need to address the emerging trends in the gaming industry.

“Lagos State through the pro-activeness of this House has timelessly promulgated laws to address the needy areas of Lagosians. It is our view that the 2008 Lotteries Law is in need of re-calibration to soothe the needs of the present and address future questions”.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, Hon. Rotimi Olowo explained that the public hearing was to create an avenue for stakeholders’ involved in the lotteries and gaming industries to address their concerns of the bill in other to create a better working environment in the industry.

“Lagos State through the pro-activeness of this house has timelessly promulgated laws to address the needy areas of Lagosians.

Hon Sanai Agunbiade while on the overview presentation of the bill, disclosed that the various sections of the bill spelt out the importance of the lotteries and gaming authorities which is saddled with the responsibility of coordinating what the bill is meant to achieve and repeal certain laws.

Dr. Rabiu Olowo, the Commissioner for Finance who also lent his voice to the deliberation expressed that the bill’s emergence is timely as a lot has changed in the Nigerian lottery and gaming industry and is expanding everyday while he enjoined all stakeholders present to take valuable essence of the public hearing by making their contributions.

Mr. Adebangbo Nojeem, a representative of the Association of Lagos State Promoters expressed that the composition of the Board is of great concern to them. He said there was no input of registered associations who are active actors in the gaming industry.

He added that the minimum share capital of N20m before license should be reconsidered and given special consideration to; as the pool, betting participants are senior citizens and the industry operate once a week; pleading that penalties should be reduced from N2.5m fine and 3years imprisonment to N1m and noncustodial punishment.

Mr. Tokunbo Akande of the Lagos State Internal Revenue of the State and Mr. Niyi Adekunle from Grand Lotto were of the opinion that the liberal use of ‘tax’ should be ejected and replaced with licensing or royalty fees as it affects the multiple interface use of taxes. It was also added that the financial requirement stated to secure a license was kind of expensive considering the fact that the requirement were just for one form of lottery.

In response to the stakeholder’s contributions, Hon. Wasiu Sanni- Eshinlokun, assured them that all comments will be taken into the review by the House Committee on Finance. He reiterated that the acceptance of Memoranda has been extended till Wednesday, 19th of August, 2020.

OBASA, STATE SPEAKERS CONDEMN OBASEKI OVER SIEGE ON STATE ASSEMBLY.

Obasa, State Speakers Condemn Obaseki Over Siege On State Assembly

The chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has condemned the recent siege on the Edo State House of Assembly by men suspected to be loyal to governor of the State, Mr. Godwin Obaseki.

In a statement he personally signed on behalf of the Conference of Speakers, Obasa said the removal of the roofs of the hallowed Assembly is an injury to Nigeria’s democracy and must be condemned by all well-meaning Nigerians.

According to the statement, the Speaker and his colleagues in the country described the brazen manner the suspected political thugs took over the Assembly, removed the roof and broke the symbolic mace, which were all captured in a recorded video, as sheer recklessness.

The Conference accused the state government headed by Obaseki as autocratic and dictatorial in this regard adding that whatever defence the latter has for the action does not ‘hold any water’.

“It is sheer recklessness and a proof of dictatorship for a governor who is supposed to be the head of the executive arm of government to decide to take charge of another arm through questionable means like it happened in Edo.

“There were reports linking the removal of the roof and the offloading of gravel at the complex to purported plans by the government to renovate the Assembly but we think this is an afterthought,” the Speakers declared.

The Conference wondered how the idea of renovating the Assembly suddenly came up just weeks to the governorship election in the state and in such manner creating a mockery of the electioneering process and democracy.

“Why is the government just realising the need to renovate the complex at the twilight of the administration?

“What happens to the building if the governor does not return? What happens if the next administration does not take that direction?

Obasa’s statement on behalf of his colleagues further questioned the role played the Commissioner of Police in the state in the entire drama.

The statement accused the police commissioner of allowing himself to be used as a tool to perpetrate an attack on democracy in the way the drama panned out at the Assembly complex in the state.

While strongly warning the governor and those participating in the electoral process in the state to desist from doing anything that would affect the smooth running of the Edo House of Assembly, the Speakers reminded Obaseki that the removal of the Assembly roof does not stop the lawmakers from sitting as the constitution of the country does not limit plenaries to the hallowed chamber alone.