Lagos Assembly Directs Environment Ministry To Free Okokomaiko of Traffic Congestion

Lagos State House of Assembly has called on the Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Babatunde Adejare to direct the state task-force and other relevant agencies under it to drive away traders from Okokomaiko and Volkwagen area along Mile 2/Badagry Expressway, saying that the traders were causing traffic snarls on the road.

This followed a motion moved by a member of the Assembly representing Ojo Constituency 1, Hon. Victor Akande, which was seconded by Hon. Gbolahan Yishau from Eti-Osa Constituency II to checkmate the unruly activities of traders in those areas.

Speaking on the activities of traders on Lagos/Badagry expressway precisely between Okokomaiko and Volkwagen Bus-stop, the lawmakers took turn to explain that if the situation was not urgently addressed, it would wreak more havoc on Lagos despite its megacity plan.

Akande disclosed that he had initially brought the issue to the floor of the House, adding that only the state government and taskforce could drive traders from the road.

Also, a member representing Ifako/Ijaiye II, Hon. Rasheed Makinde lamented that despite the huge resources spent to have a safer and cleaner Lagos, some people were still destroying it with their attitudes.

According to him, “some of these people are from Benin Republic. The taskforce should be stationed in that area for three months and in that way, the traders would be chased away from the road.

“We should be mindful of the security of Lagos. We need the support of agencies such as LASTMA, taskforce, RRS among others to checkmate the traders”, he said.

Another lawmaker, Hon. Olawale AbdulSobur, representing Mushin II said, “What we saw on our way to Badagry was an eyesore. Even some LASTMA officials are joining them to perpetrate evil. Buses are plying one way.”

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa lamented the ordeal witnessed by members on their way to Badagry during a recent official assignment.

Obasa disclosed that the road was blocked for hours which hindered smooth traffic operation.

“This is not what we want in Lagos and it is time for us to act fast. It is important for us to urge the commissioner for environment to as a matter of urgency direct the state task force and other agencies to drive these people out of the road.

“If we can bring sanity to Oshodi, I believe bringing sanity to that area would not be difficult,” he said.


Calabar Death: Lagos Assembly Calls For More Regulation On Soccer Viewing

Following the death of some football fans in Calabar, Cross River State, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has called on the executive arm of government in the state to come up with a regulation that would forestall such devastating occurrence in the future.

Obasa made the call while commiserating with the families of the deceased, including the demise of other political leaders in the country during plenary on Monday.

A high tension cable had fallen on the shop, where the football fans were watching a UEFA Europa league quarter-final match between Manchester United and Anderlecht thereby electrocuting some of them instantly.

In his comments over the incident, Obasa said that soccer viewing by football fans was a common practice across the globe, adding that such a sporting activity that brought a large number of people together should be regulated.

“The incident that happened in Calabar could happen even in Lagos. People go to viewing centres without regulation. It is for us to learn from it and those who are in-charge in Lagos State should do something so that we don’t witness such in the state,” the Speaker said.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Strategy, Publicity and Security, Hon.Tunde Braimoh had earlier called the attention of the House to the death of three political personalities who lost their lives in the last one week.

Braimoh recalled the deaths of a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Kosofe Local Government, Alhaji Abiodun Sunmola, a former Deputy Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly in the 5th Assembly, Hon. Farouk Adegboyega Oshodi and ex-Governor of Osun State who was a serving Senator, Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke.

Members took turns to appraise the contributions of the political figures during their lifetimes, saying that their deaths had left big vacuum in the political circle of the country.


Easter: Lagos Speaker Obasa Preaches Love, Tolerance, Peace

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has called on Nigerians, particularly Christians not to relent in sharing love, peace and tolerance across the length and breadth of the country.

The Speaker’s message was contained in his message greeting Nigerians particularly Christians on the celebration of this year’s Easter festival. The message was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak.

According to Rt. Hon. Obasa, “Jesus Christ, throughout his lifetime, preached peace, love among the people and he was tolerance personified. Indeed if we are to imbibe the teachings of Christ, then we must love one another, live in peace and learn to tolerate each other”,

The Lagos Assembly commended Nigerians in general and Lagosians in particular for their support,.cooperation and prayers for the All Progressives Congress (APC) administrations at both state and national levels assuring that both the Lagos State Government and the Federal Government will not relent in putting in place measures and programmes that will improve the standard of living of Nigerians as well as enhance their welfare.

“We will always seek for your understanding and patience as government at all levels strive to make live better for us all,” he said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa called on Nigerians particularly Lagosians to eschew violence and avoid any act that can cause breach of peace and tranquility in the country. “In essence, we.must be vigilant at all times and ensure that we report anyone,.group or event that can cause breach of peace in our.communities to security agents. The task to secure our environment is a collective responsibility hence all hands must be on deck in our.colective resolve to wipe out criminals and criminal activities from our society,” he.said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker while congratulating Nigerians, particularly Christians on the celebration of the Easter festival, urged them not to relent in praying for the country. “I wish you all a happy Easter celebration,” he concluded.


Shanties Against Lagos Megacity Plan – Setonji

A lawmaker in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Setonji David has declared that shanties are against the megacity plan of the state government.

The lawmaker, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, said in an interview that no responsible government would allow a few people to abuse its environment.

He added that the state government is mindful of the accompanying disaster in shanties, which he said could lead to death.

“We don’t want disaster in Lagos State and a lot of people live in shanties in the state.

“Shanties degrade our environment, they affect our environment generally, they are in lowland areas along water bodies and when there is down pour they block canals.

“Our plan in Lagos State is that we should have a conducive environment in the state. These are illegal structures, a responsible government cannot allow illegal structures to continue to spring up,” he said.

According to Setonji, who is representing Badagry Constituency 2, the state government wants the people to live in a healthy and conducive environment, while advising the people to build their houses in a proper way.

He said: “Go to the lands bureau to verify the authenticity of the land, go to the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to get the necessary permission and see if it is free.

“Follow the law, the government cannot close its eyes to illegality. If the government does otherwise you would blame the government. Safety of lives of the people is important to the government, which is why we wére elected. So, shanties cannot be allowed to remain in the state any longer.

“The less number of people that visit the hospital the better. So, health is also important,” he stated.


Obasa Seeks Better Relationship Between Lagos And Israel

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has canvassed for exchange of programmes between the State House of Assembly and its counterpart in Israel to foster better relationship.

Obasa stated this while playing host to the Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Guy Feldman who was accompanied by the Senior Economic Officer at the Embassy, Florence Osuji and Managing Director Emi Systems, Eyal Mesika.

The Speaker, who recalled the long standing relationship between Nigeria and Israel, noted that Lagos Assembly and Israeli parliament would be better off through exchange of programmes.

According to him, “We have thrown our hands open to embrace your ideas to develop and interact mostly here in Lagos where we have the heartbeat of the nation. We can as well exchange programmes in terms of parliamentary activities.

“It is truly a great opportunity for us to partner with Israel. We have had relationship in the past and I am sure Nigerians benefitted from this relationship.

“We have had many of your experts in Nigeria, our people have benefitted in terms of education, egneering and some other things you have been doing. And we still have lots of your companies in Nigeria working which are beneficial to us.

He added, “Your coming here today is an attestation to the good job Lagos is doing. Our population here is more than 18 million and the economy of Lagos is 5th in the West Africa coast for now. We are sure that we will move to 2nd in africa. We are ready to embrace you and do things that will improve on our economy and well beings of our people in Lagos,” Obasa said.

Earlier, the Ambassador, Feldman explained that Israel with a population of 8.5 million, 20 percent muslims and the remaining percentage for the Jews, said that the country had witnessed a lot of challenges but had to learn and forge ahead.

According to him, “We had so many challenges in the past but that had given us a lot of ideas,” Feldman said.

The Ambassador said Nigeria is blessed with a lot of resources, saying the country has “huge land, wonderful people; we can cooperate on that.”


Lagos Speaker Obasa Greets Tinubu At 65, Says He’s Architect Of Modern Lagos

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has saluted the courage, determination, commitment and the will to succeed despite all odds of the former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.

Rt. Hon. Obasa stated this in his message to celebrate the 65th birthday anniversary of the former Governor. The statement was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak.

Describing Tinubu as the architect of modern Lagos, Obasa stated that the ingenuity of the former Governor has turned the state once regarded as the dirtiest in the country to not only the cleanest but that has also achieved a mega city status.

“He’s not only the architect of modern Lagos, he’s also a great leader of men whose unrivalled ability to discover talent has led to the discovery of great leaders who have turned out to become reference point in great leadership and good governance in the present democratic dispensation in the country,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

Obasa stated further that Asiwaju Tinubu will continue to remain relevant and the main reference point in Nigerian politics forever because of his selfless and humane nature which centre on the development of man in particular and the nation in general.

“His love for the common man knows no bound and his passion for the development and growth of this great country makes him arguably Nigeria’s greatest politician of the present political dispensation,” he said.

He concluded saying, “on behalf of other members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, I greet our leader and wish him more years of celebration in good health and wisdom”.


Lagos Lawmakers Eulogise Asiwaju Bola Tinubu @ 65

Some lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly have described the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as a true leader and an enigma as he clocks 65 years of age on Wednesday, March 29.

According to the lawmaker who represents Eti/Osa Constituency 2 in the Assembly, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Asiwaju Tinubu is a father, a visionary leader and a mentor.

Yishawu added that it is a thing of joy that Tinubu has turned 65, saying that through him, God has blessed Nigeria and that he is a leading light of Nigerian modern politics.

“He is the pillar of Nigerian modern democracy. He is a tenacious man, his upbeat spirit has helped him to carve a niche for himself in the society. His policy is to liberate the people from oppression.

“Today, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has become a household name because of his passion for the grassroots. He is a man with dignity and vision. He is a leader, he is a divine leader, and a spiritualist.

“He is a kingmaker, a courageous, and fearless leader, a patriot and a motivator, a builder of men and women, a strategic thinker, a trailblazer. I don’t need to dwell much on what he has done because people are aware of these. He is a humanist, those of us that are close to him know that he never wants to see anybody suffer or leave anybody behind,” he said.

The lawmaker, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Waterfront Infrastructure maintained that Tinubu is a crusader of change, which he said was what brought President Muhammadu Buhari into office.

The lawmaker said further that Tinubu is a crusader of progress, good governance and development, adding that as a lover of the grassroots, he believes that it is good governance that can bring development to the people.

He said: “He is a great apostle of power. He once said that power is not served a la carte. But he uses power to benefit mankind, Nigerians and the people of Lagos. He doesn’t use power for self aggrandizement, he doesn’t acquire power for the sake of power, he acquires power for the progress of our society.

“I want to wish him a happy birthday and we hope to benefit from his fountain of knowledge for long by the grace of God. We draw inspiration from him; we wish him prosperity; we know he has prospered, but he will not go down by the grace of God.”

In his comment, Hon. Abdulsobur Olayiwola Olawale from Mushin Constituency 2 described Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as an icon, a political juggernaut, and that his political power is not limited to Nigeria.

“He is a democrat, he has gone through a lot politically, but he is not weary. He has always been overcoming all the bottlenecks before him. He is an enigma. Asiwaju that I know, who I served as Special Assistant, is very courageous,” he added.

Olawale disagreed with those, who accuse Tinubu of imposition of candidates during election, and made reference to the primary election of the APC in the state that produced Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who he said emerged as the winner through a democratic process.

Also speaking, the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Strategy and Publicity, Hon. Tunde Braimoh stated that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a democrat, and that he changed the political and economic landscape of Lagos.

“He has been a colossus; he has made an indelible mark in Lagos. When the history of Lagos would be written, it would not be complete without a mention of this charismatic enigma.

“When Asiwaju Tinubu became the Governor of Lagos State in 1999, the state was at par with other states in the country. It was just there, but Asiwaju Tinubu raised Lagos to another pedestal. He made it to be distinct. It now became a state, whose Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) is now said to be equal to that of about 30 States in Nigeria.

“As at the time Asiwaju Tinubu became the Governor of Lagos State, the IGR of the state was just about N600 million, it became N7 billion monthly before he left in 2007. This is the progression, it became through a pragmatic, a well tailored and well implemented policies of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” he said.

Braimoh, representing Kosofe Constituency 2 in the House, stressed that he has had encounters with Tinubu and that he has been very close to him, and declared that he is a good listener, and somebody God has endowed with so many things.

According to him, Tinubu is very witty and gifted with spontaneous response to issues, adding that he is someone he adores a lot, who he said God created specially.

“He has empathy, he believes in welfarism, live and let live. To his wife, he is one of the best husbands, you see a passionate leader in him. He knows what you are going through once he sees you. You don’t need to talk once you get to him.

“When I go to see him, I don’t talk before he addresses my issues unless someone sends me to him. He is gifted with this intuition about human beings. He can read you like a book and he is a good listener. Atimes I lay some claim to brilliance, but I bow when I see him,” he said.

The lawmaker also condemned those who accuse Tinubu of imposing candidates during elections as he said that “such people that have benefited immensely from the so-called imposition turn around to accuse him.”

He said that Tinubu knows what is good for everybody and that he could read people easily.

“He can move you from one position to another, but some people believe that they are the best for everything. People just want to be anything just like that, he would tell you to wait for your time. It is not undemocratic to select. Those who insisted that they would contest primaries against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode did and they know where they are today.

“He begged them to agree with him and take something else, but they refused, some of them are still in debt till today. I waited for 13 years before I got here in 2015. Look at him, he forfeited the office of the Vice President to Professor Yemi Osibajo to avoid Muslim Muslim ticket. He did not mind to do that for the sake of the country,” he stated.

On the cabals in presidency that are reportedly gangging up against Tinubu, he said that Governor El Rufai of Kaduna State spoke against them recently and that they are the ones causing problem for the country.

He described them as selfish people, while advising them to desist from their actions.

“The president should not reject the people God has given him, people that are just coming to him now, they are beret of progressive political ideas. If Asiwaju were to be other mortals, he would have over-hit the polity, which would have caused crisis.

“I want to advice the cabals that are taking advantage of their closeness to the president to advice him wrongly to desist from doing so. Asiwaju has proven himself, God has given him many gifts, he rarely speak.

“They should stop circulating spurious and unsubstantiable rumours that anybody wants to push the president away, when they did not push him away to push him up. The wife of the President, Aisha Buhari once spoken about this cabal around the President,” he stated.


Olulade Urges Depressed Persons to Speak Out

The Chairman, Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Health
Services, Hon. Segun Olulade, has commiserated with the families of
the late Dr. Allwell Orji, who recently committed suicide in Lagos due
to alleged depression.
Olulade, who represents Epe Constituency II in the House of
Assembly, sympathized with the families of the late Medical Doctor
over the loss, just as he prayed that God would console them and grant

them the strength to bear the irreparable loss.
Reacting to the Orji’s untimely death, the lawmaker expressed
disbelief, wondering what could have prompted the young Medical Doctor
to take his own life.
He explained that depression, which was said to have been responsible
for the Orji’s death should not be taken with levity. “People should
know that depression is more than just a low mood. It’s a serious
condition that affects your physical and mental health.
“Depression is intense feelings of sadness and other symptoms, like
losing interest in things you enjoy, may last for a while. Depression
is a medical illness because it affects how you feel about yourself
and makes life more difficult to manage from day to day.
“Depression can be due to a number of factors including stresses which
can range from mild to severe, combined with vulnerability or
predisposition to depression that can result from biological, genetic
or psychological factors.
“Not going out anymore; not getting things done at work/school; not
doing usual enjoyable activities; relying on alcohol and sedatives;
unable to concentrate; withdrawing from close family and friends are
some of the symptoms of depression. So people should try and speak out
when they are depressed instead of allowing it to lead them to taking
their lives.
“Also, our religious leaders both in churches and mosques should start
educating people about how important life is. Teachings shouldn’t be
all about making riches and wealth. Religious leaders should preach
how people can survive even during this period that the country is
Experiencing recession,” he added.


Simple reason why suicide will continue in Nigeria – Speaker Obasa

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has warned that suicide rates in Nigeria will continue until the citizens learn to be mature concerning every situation they find themselves.

Lagos state recently witnessed the death of a medical doctor, whose name was given as Allwell Orji. He was said to have jumped into the lagoon with his body retrieved days after.

At the Maza-maza end of the state, a woman was reportedly rescued as she wanted to jump into the lagoon.

Obasa argued suicide rates in Nigeria is not just because times are hard.

“Suicide rates will multiply in Nigeria not because times are hard. Times were hard during the Biafran war,” he argued.

“The problem now is that adults are increasingly immature. The society is increasingly frivolous.

“People have no true friends and friends now see themselves more as rivals,” he added.

The Speaker lamented that the society has now grown to a level where the pursuit for success is now measured by wealth rather than hardwork, integrity and self-restraint.

“The race is measured by wealth and nothing else. Set backs are mourned as wasted life by those who should give love and genuine support.

“So a troubled man becomes the butt of jokes by those in whom he has reposed his trust,” Obasa lamented.

Obasa argued further: “Calamities befall men and their friends shed tears in the morning and run them down at night. Adults are now children. A man can’t even tell his wife serious issues because he is sure she won’t understand. He has seen her divulge little details to her family. He has heard her eulogise wealth and curse setbacks as abomination. She has a little merry heart.

“The pastor can’t be trusted because he is given to flashy cars and worldly ambitions. He rates men by their earthly successes and wealth. He can’t be trusted because wealth, he says, is the ultimate blessing from God. Everyday he celebrates only the rich

“So the troubled man walks around with his troubles in his heart, smiles at all the children masquerading as adults around him. One day, he would weigh it all over again and say: ‘No! It’s enough’.”

The Speaker lamented that true mature friends are now very scarce bringing society to the need to be real and citizens to be trusted friends, especially when the need arises.


Obasa Directs Education Committee To Present Bill For Compulsory Teaching, Learning Of Yoruba Language In Lagos Schools

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has mandated the House Committee on Education to propose a bill for a law to make the teaching and learning of Yoruba Language compulsory in all schools in Lagos state.

This, according to him, stems out of the need to preserve the cultural norms, values and tradition of the Yoruba people, part of which is the language which he said must not be allowed to go into extinction.

Basking in the euphoria of the encomiums, accolades and awards (local and international) received by the house of assembly under his resourceful leadership, owing to the Yoruba Language Stakeholders’ Forum organised by the House recently with prominent and eminent traditional rulers in the south west, governors, speakers and prolific Yoruba scholars, in attendance, Rt.Hon Obasa said from nursery through tertiary education, the language must be taught and learnt.

Other feature that the Speaker has proposed in the bill is the use of Yoruba language as a means of communication for transactions and in workplaces throughout the state without any form of discrimination against its users.

Yoruba language is also to be a subject of important consideration for admissions into tertiary institutions in the state.

It would be recalled that Obasa’s ingenuity has brought about the passage of pro-people bills such as: anti-kidnapping, anti-land grabbing and neighbourhood safety such laws which have received much acceptability throughout the state and has since been assented to by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who also applauded the Speaker’s resourcefulness.

Speaking on the issue, the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, commended Rt. Hon. Obasa for his doggedness in putting in place measures that will promote the Yoruba language and prevent it from going into extinction.

“Rt. Hon. Obasa deserve commendation for this bold initiative and I’m assuring you that the committee has already commenced work on the bill,” Hon Ogunyemi said.