Agege-Pen Cinema flyover resulted from collaboration between executive, legislature – Obasa

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, has described the just opened 1.4km Agege-Pen Cinema flyover as the result of the robust relationship that exists between the executive and the legislative arms of government.

The bridge was opened by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu at an event attended by the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, leaders of the party and top government officials.

Speaking at the event, Obasa recalled how he first moved motion on the floor of the House and later reintroduced it during the 8th Assembly.

He said following the reintroduction of the motion, the project was supported by the executive arm and added in the budget.

Speaking about the project, Obasa who said he was excited, added: “This shows collaboration and strong relationship between the executive and legislature in Lagos state.

“We recognise the doctrine of separation of power but it is not the end if there is no collaboration among the arms of government.

“We enjoy the cordial relationship between the House and the executive and this has brought employment and development to the state.”

Citing how the state has further benefited from relationship between the arms of government, he noted: “The initiative of Neighborhood Watch is an arrangement between the Assembly and the executive and today the security outfit has employed thousands of people.

“This shows that collaboration between the two arms of government can create employment.

“This relationship among us will continue because any motion that fails to get the support of the executive ends there,” he said.

The Speaker appreciated Governor Sanwo-Olu and the members of the Assembly for the roles they played which resulted in the completion of the project.

He also thanked Asiwaju Tinubu for laying the foundation for the sustenance of the growth, development and progress of Lagos State.

Obasa described the project as a dividend of true governance as well as the desire of the APC to meet the yearnings of the people.

He also urged the governor to continue to do more for the people of Agege as there is more to be done in the area.

To make Lagos greater in the coming days, elected officers must unite – Obasa

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, on Friday urged all elected and appointed officials of the state to unite for Lagos to be greater.

Speaker Obasa said this at the ongoing 16th executive-legislative parley holding in the state with the theme: A Consensus Agenda for Rebuilding Lagos.

“You will all agree with me that the necessity and significance of this parley is explicit enough. More than ever before, the elected and appointed public office holders of Lagos State at all levels must bond together and work in the best interest of the state with a common vision, a common mission and, of course, a common passion.

“This has become imperative if we are to effectively meet the immense responsibilities that lie on our shoulders as leaders of a global mega city like ours,” the Speaker said.

While recalling how the protest ended in wanton destruction of properties in Lagos, which overtime has become the economic hub of Nigeria, Obasa noted that it affected lives and livelihood. He added that government facilities were not spared.

“I remember visiting some parts of Lagos then such as the Lagos High Court, BRT Oyingbo Terminal, Fagba, Isokoko and Pen Cinema Police Stations, Oba Akiolu Palace, City Hall and Public Works Corporation, in company of members of the Lagos House of Assembly. The level of ruins in all these places mentioned was beyond imagination.

“As we are all aware of the fact that Lagos State is the economic powerhouse of the country, there is the need to do everything possible in rebuilding it after the unprecedent carnage.

“I know that efforts have been in top gear to address the issue of rebuilding Lagos state since last year. But this is the very first time both the legislative and executive arms of government in the state will be coming together to address this issue.
“In the light of this, harmonious working relationship among the three arms of government in a state like Lagos is the only factor that will create the enabling environment and momentum needed for this APC-controlled state to live up to its promise of moving Lagos State to the next level of growth and development,” the Speaker added.

Obasa further urged the participants to be aware that rebuilding Lagos requires a holistic collaboration among all the arms of government in the state.

“We need to remind ourselves that the period of brooding over the devastation suffered by our state in the violence that trailed the hijack of #ENDSARS protests is now in the past. All hands must be on deck to fully recover our dear state and take it back to its place in terms of infrastructure, and repair the fortress of commerce battered by the destruction.

“As such, it is gratifying to note that the focus of our discussion for the 16th Legislative-Executive parley is on the right track towards a greater Lagos. We cannot agree less on this because it is on the record that one of the most positive signals from Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration is that he has not allowed the wheels of governance grind to a halt. And this has kept the state stable and peaceful and kept people wondering what the magic has been since his assumption of office,” the Speaker said.

GOODWILL MESSAGE DELIVERED BY RT. HON. (DR) MUDASHIRU OBASA, SPEAKER, LAGOS HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY AT THE 16th LEGISLATIVE-EXECUTIVE PARLEY, HOLDING AT EKO HOTELS, VICTORIA ISLAND, LAGOS, ON THURS, FEB 26, 2021

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Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, I am greatly delighted to welcome you all to this Executive/Legislative parley designed to fashion out a collective consensus agenda for rebuilding our dear Lagos State.

This assemblage, no doubt, is targeted at deliberating on matters of paramount interest to this state and by extension, Nigeria as a whole. Hinged on this, I bring you all goodwill message from the entire Lagos State House of Assembly.

You will all agree with me that the necessity and significance of this parley is explicit enough. More than ever before, the elected and appointed public office holders of Lagos State at all levels must bond together and work in the best interest of the state with a common vision, a common mission and, of course, a common passion. This has become imperative if we are to effectively meet the immense responsibilities that lie on our shoulders as leaders of a global Mega City like ours.

The theme of this retreat, as we are all aware is: A Consensus Agenda for Rebuilding Lagos, and, as you will all agree with me, this discussion is very apt considering the current situation of our dear state vis-à-vis the mayhem unleashed on it last year.

Ladies and gentlemen, the events that overtook our state and by extension Nigeria towards the end of last year regarding the END SARS protests and its aftermath are such that dealt a big blow on us, which brought about wanton destruction of both private and government property, enterprises, and its attendant arson and looting. Every aspect of life and livelihood in Lagos was affected – government buildings, offices, public infrastructure, public monuments and historical archives and very sadly too, private property and investments.

I remember visiting some parts of Lagos then such as the Lagos High Court, BRT Oyingbo Terminal, Fagba, Isokoko and Pen Cinema Police Stations, Oba Akiolu Palace, City Hall and Public Works Corporation, in company of members of the Lagos House of Assembly. The level of ruins in all these places mentioned was beyond imagination.

As we are all aware of the fact that Lagos State is the economic powerhouse of the country, there is the need to do everything possible in rebuilding it after the unprecedent carnage.

I know that efforts have been in top gear to address the issue of rebuilding Lagos State since last year. But this is the very first time both the legislative and executive arms of government in the state will be coming together to address this issue.

In the light of this, harmonious working relationship among the three arms of government in a state like Lagos is the only factor that will create the enabling environment and momentum needed for this APC-controlled state to live up to its promise of moving Lagos State to the next level of growth and development.

Distinguished guests, rebuilding Lagos requires a holistic collaboration among all the arms of government in the state, as each arm must carry out the functions assigned to it by the Constitution effectively and within the limits of its power and confines of the Constitution.

We need to remind ourselves that the period of brooding over the devastation suffered by our state in the violence that trailed the hijack of #ENDSARS protests is now in the past. All hands must be on deck to fully recover our dear state and take it back to its place in terms of infrastructure, and repair the fortress of commerce battered by the destruction.

As such, it is gratifying to note that the focus of our discussion for the 16th Legislative-Executive parley is on the right track towards a greater Lagos. We cannot agree less on this because it is on the record that one of the most positive signals from Governor Sanwo-Olu’s administration is that he has not allowed the wheels of governance grind to a halt. And this has kept the state stable and peaceful and kept people wondering what the magic has been since his assumption of office.

Overall, ladies and gentlemen, the call for rebuilding Lagos is a continuous one as this act will definitely take a longer time to achieve. It is indeed a journey. But we will not relent in our efforts to have back a better, greater and resilient Lagos State.

This, I believe, will be thoroughly deliberated upon in the course of this 3-day event.

I wish us all a fruitful deliberation. Thanks for listening.
Rt Hon (Dr) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa
Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly

 

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STATE SECURITY: LAGOS ASSEMBLY HOSTS BAUCHI LAWMAKERS; RECOMMENDS SECURITY LAW REFORMS

The Lagos State House of Assembly through its Committee on Finance enlightened the Bauchi State Assembly during their visitation to the Assembly Complex on the need to reform and review some of its Security Laws to further expand and upgrade the level of security in their State.

During the briefing with the Bauchi State Lawmakers, Speaker of the Lagos Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa ably represented by Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Chairman, Committee on Finance acquiesced to the request of the Lawmakers for a draft of the Lagos State Security Trust Fund Law in hopes of an adaptation to further their goal of State security.

Establishing the importance of Law in regard to security; Hon. Olowo explained to the 6-man delegation, that the population figure of Lagos has always been shifty due to the influx of people from all parts of Nigeria which emphasised the need for the Lagos Security Trust Fund Law to curb insecurity that may arise.

He further said that the Lagos State House of Assembly reviews laws as time goes by ” we review our Laws periodically as the society adjusts. We therefore enjoin you to engage in Public participation especially during your Hearings.”

Hon. Olowo also made note of importance, the necessity for cooperation between the private sector through their Corporate Social Responsibility, CSR and the State’s budget for security.

Also lending his voice, Hon. Lukman Olumoh, Chairman, Committee on Public Private Partnership, PPP, who was also present at the meet, supported that the delegation involve the private sector in funding their State security due to its vast cost implication.

Appreciating their generous host for their advancement in State Legislature, Hon. Danjuma Bello, the Bauchi State Assembly Chairman, Committee on Finance buttressed that the delegates’ mission was to expand their views on Security and benchmark their Lagos Assembly colleagues on their exemplary expertise; as well as grasp the know-how on the Laws of Lagos State who are known as pace setters.

The host after the briefing availed the Bauchi State Assembly drafts of the “Lagos State Security Trust Fund, Internal Revenue Law, Revenue Administration Law, Procurement Agency Law, Public Private Partnership Law and the Debt Management Law”.

Members of the delegates were; The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Danladi Ahmed Kawule, Hon. Danjuma Bello, Finance Committee Chairman and other members of the Bauchi State Assembly Finance Committee.

Obasa urges Nigerian government to prioritise education

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa of the Lagos State House of Assembly has called on state and federal governments to consider prioritising education in the country.

 

Obasa, who, for many years has distributed free examination forms to those in his constituency, made the plea in Badagry when he commissioned a block of six classrooms built by a member of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Setonji David.

The blocks of classrooms were built at Ajara Comprehensive Senior High School Badagry.

The Speaker noted that education is light which must attract people. He also commended Setonji, representative of Badagry constituency 2, saying the latter’s gesture to the people of the area shows that he values education.

“We should learn from this and contribute our own quota to educational development, it doesn’t matter how little.

“Let us support our representatives. It is not his duty to do it, but he said that he went round and decided to do this to help the people of the constituency,” Obasa said.

The Speaker commended members of the House and used the opportunity to enlighten guests at the event on the need to allow lawmakers serve and gain more experience on the job.

“All the lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly are good representatives. Sending back your representative is an advantage.

“This is my fifth term in the Assembly and I became a Speaker in the fourth term. I want you to continue to support the people representing Badagry in the Lagos State House of Assembly,” he said.

Referring to the perceived presidential ambition of the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Obasa said that anyone who performed successfully as a chief executive in Lagos State could perform as the President of Nigeria.

“Let us support our own and be vocal with it, so we support Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, we will continue to support our leader and we must continue to support our Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu because we have no doubt that he will continue to deliver,” he said.

Speaking earlier, Hon. Setonji David appreciated the people of the constituency for giving him the opportunity to serve.

He recalled how he donated various items to the schools in his constituency in 2018

“During my visits, I discovered that many of the schools in the constituency had inadequate classrooms, which was why I decided to provide these six classrooms for this school.

“I have facilitated many projects to the constituency, which include provision of boreholes, construction of roads and I gave out GCE forms and provided employment opportunities for some youths in Badagry. These new building is hereby named Amos David blocks after my father,” he said.

Commending Setonji, his colleague, Hon. Ibrahim Layode, representing Badagry Constituency 1, urged well-meaning Nigerians to support educational initiatives.

“We want to urge corporate bodies to get involved in things that have to do with education. We are happy that the Speaker of the House of Assembly is here.

“We spoke as we were coming and we want the Federal Government to help us repair our road for development to come to Badagry,” he said.

Breaking: Lagos Assembly reconstitutes chairmen of House committees

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, on Monday announced the chairman of the reconstituted committees of the House.

At a sitting where the amendment to two bills were also passed, the Speaker urged the new chairmen to act in ways to make the House truly seen as carrying out its oversight functions in the best interests of the people.

Below is a list of the committees and their chairmen:
1. Sanai Agunbiade – Business Rules and Standing Order
2. Mojisola Meranda – Ethics, Protocols and Privileges
3. Sarajudeen Tijani – House Services
4. Saka Solaja – Public Accounts (State)
5. Mojeed Fatai – Public Account (Local)
6. Kehinde Joseph – Agriculture
7. Gbolahan Yishawu – Economic Planning and Budget
8. Okanlawon Sanni – Education (Ministry)
9. Ajani Owolabi – Tertiary Institutions
10. Olanrewaju Afinni – Science and Technology
11. Rotimi Abiru – Environment
12. Desmond Elliot – Ministry/Parastatals
13. Yinka Ogundimu – Establishment, Training and Pension
14. Folajimi Mohammed – Energy and Mineral Resources
15. Wahab Jimoh – Waterfront Infrastructure
16. Nureni Akinsanya – Physical Planning and Urban Development
17. Adewale Temitope – Transportation
18. Bisi Yusuff – Commerce, Industry and Cooperative
19. Mojisola Ali-Macaulay – Women Affairs, Poverty Alleviation and Job Creation
20 Tobun Abiodun – Works and Infrastructure
21. Jude Idimogu – Wealth Creation and Employment
22. Rotimi Olowo – Finance
23. Hakeem Sokunle – Health
24. Ibrahim Layode – Home Affairs
25 Olatunji Oluwa – Torusim, Arts and Culture
26. Moshood Oshun – Youth and Social Development
27. Akande Judiciary, Lasiec and Public Petitions
28. Adedamola Kasunmu – Lands
29. Rasheed Makinde – Housing
30. Setonji David – Information and Strategy
31. Femi Saheed – Central Business District
32. Raheem Kazeem – Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Relations
33. Olayiwola Olawale – Local Government and Community Relations
34. Noheem Adams – Legislative Compliance
35. Rauf Age Suleiman – Procurement
36. Mosunmola Sangodara – Inter-parliamentary Relations
37 Saad Olumo Lukeman – Public-Private Partnerships
38. Sylvester Ogunkelu – Oversea Investments and SDG

Meanwhile, the Lagos State House of Assembly also confirmed the nominees of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for some commissions.

For the Health Service Commission, the House confirmed Dr. Onayiga Atinuke as chairman while the members are: Mrs. Kemi Ogunyemi, Dr. Mobolaji Olukoya, and Dr. Olumuyiwa Solanke.

For the Procurement Agency Board, the House confirmed Foluso Olayinka Onabowale, Mr. Folorunso Hakeem Mustafa, and Mr. Olusola Lanre as members.

For the Ibile Oil and Gas Corporation Governing Board, the House confirmed Goke Adeniyi, Omolara Abike Alakija, as members and

For the Judicial Service Commission, the lawmakers confirmed Mr. Supo Ati-John, Mrs. Bamidele Akinyemi, Mr. Seyinde Kareem and Mahmud Daudu as members.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY PASSES PUBLIC PROCUREMENT AGENCY (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2020 and; LAGOS SPORTS COMMISSION (AMENDMENT) BILL, 2021 INTO LAW

Lagos State House of Assembly during Plenary on Thursday passed a Bill for a Law to establish the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency (Amendment) Bill 2020 into Law.

The Law which was read a third time is set to strengthen the Agency and the Procurement sector, thereby warns any person(s), company or authority that receives mobilization fee for a proposed service/works and absconds or does not carry out the services/works commensurate with the fee received, commits an offence and therefore outrightly becomes liable on conviction to two years imprisonment or a fine equivalent to the fee received or both.

Also today, after its third reading; the House passed the Lagos State Sports Commission (Amendment) Bill, 2021, a Bill for a Law to amend the Lagos State Sports Commission Law, 2017 and to promote Youths and Sports Development in Lagos State.

This law is set to maximize the sporting capabilities in the State in order to provide opportunities for youths who are eager to realize their potential through sporting activities at the grassroots level.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Barr. Olalekan Onafeko to send clean copies of the passed bills to Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu for assent.

 

Obasa, Lagos lawmakers mourn, eulogise late ex-Governor Jakande

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday observed a one-minute silence in honour of a former governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, who passed away in the early hours of the day.

At a plenary session presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the members also resolved to write a letter of condolence to the family of the deceased.

The House further urged the Federal Government to look into the proposed Metro Line by the Jakande administration which was stopped by the military regime of that period.

Speaker Obasa, who described Jakande’s achievements as inexhaustible, noted that the Lagos State Univeristy, which the former governor established, has produced a lot of successful people in the society.

He also recalled Jakande’s free education and free book policies as well as his success in the infrastructure sector in the state.

“He crowned his achievements with free education and free books,” Obasa said.

“We can only imagine how many people have become successful after passing through LASU. God gave him the wisdom,” Obasa added.

The representative of Mushin Constituency 1, Nureni Akinsanya, who earlier raised issue on the floor of the House, described the late Jakande as one who achieved a lot for the state.

His position was supported by Hon. Abdulsubur Olayiwola (Mushin 2).

On his part, Hon. Richard Kasunmu (Ikeja 2) said that the deceased scored grade ‘A’ in mentorship and was very visionary.

Kasunmu added that the younger generations are witnesses to the deceased’s infrastructural development adding that this was highly commendable.

“Baba scores ‘A’ in mentorship. He is visionary. We thank the Lord that the younger generations are able to see the infrastructural development done by the late ex-governor. I wish we give a standing ovation for the departed soul.” Kasunmu said.

For Hon. Femi Saheed (Kosofe 2), the deceased was a lover of the poor and he attended to issues with wisdom.

Femi said that Jakande turned around the state with hardwork, adding: “If you look at waste management-incinerating plants in the state are all credited to Lateef Jakande.

“These are things that have made Lagos to be known for what it is today. The ferry service of today can be credited to Baba Jakande.”

Hon. Fatai Oluwa (Ajeromi Ifelodun 2) recalled how the late Jakande wrote a book in honour of Pa Obafemi Awolowo.

He urged the House to send a delegation team to Jakande’s house for condolences.

“He was a journalist. He wrote The Trial of Obafemi Awolowo in 1966. We have all spoken well about the late former governor.

“We are able to see what he had done. I want to implore us all to delegate some members to visit the house of Baba Jakande,” Oluwa said.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) eulogised the late Jakande for developing Lagos.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, also praised the late Jakande adding: “If we could have the opportunity not to die in this world, we could have said the late former governor should not die.

“Papa had done a lot for the state; hence, I express my condolences to the Family, House and the people of lagos state.”

Speaker Obasa commends LASUBEB for positive impact in Lagos educational sector

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has thanked the members of the Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB) for the successes they have recorded so far.

Speaker Obasa further tasked them not to relent as whatever they do now would be a reference point for the coming generations in Lagos and Nigeria.

Obasa gave the commendation and advice when the members of the board led by its chairman, Hon. Wahab Alawiye-King, paid him a courtesy visit on Thursday.

Alawiye-King had told the Speaker that the visit was to further secure the blessing and advice of the Speaker as they carry on with the tasks handed them by the state government.

Obasa, who told the board members that the House of Assembly had always followed their activities, rated them positive, while noting that LASUBEB remains very important to the lawmakers and the state because of the role the organization has to play in their lives of school children.

Informing the team that the House earlier discussed the death of former Governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, with more emphasis on his achievements in the educational sector of the state, he further urged the board members to continue to cooperate and succeed.

“Let me commend you for the job you have done so far. Thank you for the seriousness you have attached to your assignments and your desire to see to the development of the educational sector in terms of infrastructure.

“I have no doubt in my mind that the members of the team will perform, especially since the chairman of the board was the chairman of the House committee on education while he was here as a legislator.

“This, I think, has given him the leverage to see the nitty-gritty of education in the state and how he can take advantage of the situation to excel,” the Speaker said.

He advised the members of the board to be their best in their assignments just as he admonished them not to focus on the benefits of the job since what is more important is the opportunity to serve and “write our names in gold.

“Everything, no matter how long, must come to an end. And when it happens, it is our children and those we leave behind that would speak about our works.”

While praying for the team to be successful, he noted that the board has started well.

Lagos Assembly moves to stop unwholesome sales of COVID-19 drugs

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday frowned at what it called the unwholesome and illegal sales of supposed drugs for COVID-19.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, directed the acting chairman of the House committee on health, Hon. Hakeem Shokunle, to have further discussions with the executive arm in relation to a bill on COVID-19 that had been passed months ago by the Assembly.

Speaker Obasa, who presided over the sitting, said the state needs to act, monitor and regulate activities around the sales and use of the drugs so as not to make it free-for-all for drug peddlers.

Shokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1) had raised the motion on the floor of the House and complained that some Nigerians were taking advantage of the COVID-19 situation in the state to sell various drugs.

While noting the dangers in such illegal action, Shokunle urged the House to revisit the bill on COVID-19 which the House had passed and which was awaiting Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s assent.

He said an amendment of the bill would allow the executive arm of the state government to work maximally in its efforts to combat the pandemic.

In his contribution, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2), supported Shokunle adding that it was lamentable the way people are bringing vaccines into the country.

He advised that there should be a way to regualate the importation of such drugs as well as their sales, especially as the virus comes with different variants.

He noted that the House already has a bill and all that is required is a recall of the bill for the purpose of amending it to cover the sales and distribution of related drugs.

On his part, Hon. Temitope Adewale (Ifako Ijaiye 1), said while COVID-19 is known to be ravaging the world and affecting the state, there is danger in self-medication or administration of drugs that are not regulated or approved.

Supporting that the bill be recalled, he warned that the state faced the danger of people suffering adverse effects from the use of some of these drugs.

The motion was further supported by Hon. Tobun Abiodun (Epe 1) and Hon. Ajani Owolabi (Mainland 1).