Lagos Assembly Probes Abandoned N7 Billion Cardio Renal Hospital Equipment

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday moved to probe the abandonment of N7billion Cardiac Renal Facility Centre in Gbagada General Hospital.

This is sequel to the report read by the Acting Chairman of the House Ad hoc Committee on Health, Hon. Akeem Sokunle.

Sokunle, in his report stated that members of his committee had embarked on a tour to ascertain health facilities across the state.

“We observed that there is shortage of manpower, non-functioning ambulances, insecurity, unequipped laboratories and more importantly abandonment of multi- billion naira cardiac renal facility,” he said.

According to him, most of the equipment in the hospital are not working and I got report that the cardio renal machines only worked for two weeks before the facility was locked up. Also, most of the sensitive equipment are obsolete.

In his contribution, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh (Kosofe 2) expressed his displeasure over the issue.

“It is heart disheartening that the investment of the State in the hospital is being abandoned. If these facilities are functioning, we would have saved many lives and reduce the constant medical tours to India,” he said.

He pleaded that the Committee be given authority to delve more into the matter from the point of supply of equipment and how they stopped functioning.

On his part, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) said that if equipment of such magnitude is cited in the state of excellence; it is for a purpose and that it must not be wasted.

He therefore moved that the suppliers of the equipment be invited for questioning and that the investigation must attract public participation.

Sokunle therefore moved that the House should give the committee the power to invite the Ministry of Health to appear before the Committee to give clarification on issues bothering on the N7 billion cardio-renal equipment facility in Gbagada General Hospital.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa directed the clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to write a letter to the Ministry of Health and invite necessary stakeholders on the issue.

However, it was reported that Lagos State Cardiac and Renal Centre, Gbagada, a multi-billion naira health facility, is presumed to be one of the signature legacies of the administration of former governor Babatunde Fashola, neglected by his successor, Akinwunmi Ambode.

But unlike others, the abandonment of this facility has come with a huge cost, especially with the rising statistics of Lagosians, and indeed Nigerians, who are battling with various cardiac and renal diseases.

The abandonment of this facility has come with a huge cost, especially with the rising statistics of Lagosians, and indeed Nigerians, who are battling with various cardiac and renal diseases.

Lagos Speaker meets Chinese envoy, urges more cooperation with Nigeria

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has called for more cooperation between Nigeria and the Chinese government.

Obasa made the call when he received the Chinese envoy led by the country’s Consular General in Lagos, Chu Maoming.

At the meeting which held at the speaker’s office at the Lagos state House of Assembly, Obasa commended the Chinese government for establishing and sustaining mutual cooperation between it and Nigeria.

He also urged China to further look at ways of further boosting investments Lagos state.

The speaker also commended China for supporting and standing by Nigeria’s thriving democracy.

“I know that having such cooperation between the Lagos state House of Assembly, Nigeria and the government of China and its parliament is something that would be mutually beneficial. It will particularly be beneficial to us in Lagos state,” speaker Obasa said.

He urged the Chinese government to take advantage of the many opportunities offered by Lagos for such mutually beneficial goals.

Speaking earlier, the Consular General commended the Lagos government for supporting and protecting the country’s businesses and nationals resident in the state.

He said: “I came to Lagos at the end of May, which is a very important time between the Chinese government and other countries.”

He recalled that in 2018, China held a symposium which was focused on what he described as the cooperating feature with other countries.

According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari was at the summit and had discussions with the Chinese president.

The Consular General said that at the meeting, the two presidents signed an important document focusing on strengthening business opportunities between both countries.

June 12: Lagos Speaker Commends Buhari, Greets Tinubu, Others For Their Commitment To Its Ideals

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for having the political will to declare June 12, Nigeria’s Democracy Day.

He also commended the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who during his reign initiated the idea of making June 12, the real Democracy Day; as well as other southwest governors, past and present who followed in his footsteps.

Rt Hon Obasa’s message was contained in a statement issued on Tuesday in commemoration of the new Democracy Day coming up on Wednesday 12 June.

“We have to commend President Muhammadu Buhari for having the political will to right the wrong and for going ahead to sign the Bill passed by the National Assembly on the matter into Law. It shows the courage and commitment of a man who is hell bent on correcting the ills of the past.

“Going forward, we should also not fail to recognize and commend the pioneering efforts of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who was the first Governor to declare June 12 Democracy Day in the history of Nigeria. After his historic declaration, other southwest governors followed in his footsteps. We should therefore salute and commend their courage,” he said.

Rt Hon Obasa also commented on those who lost their lives and properties during the struggle for the actualisation of the June 12 mandate describing them as Demcracy Heroes. “We should also spare our thought for the Matyrs of Nigerian Democracy: Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale Abiola and his wife, Kudirat who lost their lives during the struggle,”he said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker however stated that the ideal of June 12 lies not only in declaring it Democracy Day but the lesson learnt therein. “That election was a historic one: where millions of Nigerians voted in a peaceful atmosphere for one man. The struggle to actualise the election results and mandate was a clear indication that the Nigerian people will always fight for their right and struggle to defend what is right,” Rt Hon Obasa noted.

He stated further that, “on behalf of my colleagues in the Lagos State House of Assembly, I salute Nigerians on this historic celebration and wish them more of such”.

Eid-l-Fitri: Don’t Relent In Sharing Love, Eschew Violence, Lagos Speaker Advises Nigerians

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa has advised Nigerians not to relent in sharing love as part of the lessons derived from the just ended fasting period.
He also advised them to eschew violence and avoid utterances and actions that can cause breach of peace in the society.
“Ramadhan is a period we share love and I want to implore Nigerians not to relent in being their brother’s keeper as part of the lessons derived from the just ended fasting period,” he said.
Rt Hon Obasa’s advice was contained in his Sallah message to Nigerians to celebrate the Eid-l-Fitri festival to commemorate the end of the fasting period. The message was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.
“The Ramadan period was a time for sober reflection and a time we all move closer to Almighty Allah. It is also the period we share love among ourselves and my advice is that even after the fasting period, we should not stop being good to one another,” he said.
The Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria also advised Nigerians to eschew violence as well as actions and utterances that can breach public peace. “These are very critical periods as government at all levels move to consolidate on the gains of our democratic rule, hence there is need for us to be vigilant at all times. We should eschew violence and avoid actions and utterances that breach public peace. We should also assist security agencies in promoting peace and one way we can do this is by reporting suspicious individuals, groups and actions to relevant security agents on time,” Rt Hon Obasa said.
“On behalf of my colleagues in the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish you all a blissful and rewarding Eid-l-Fitri celebration,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

Assembly Urges Lagos CP To Curtail Cultism In Ikorodu, Writes Congratulatory Letter To Sanwoolu

The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged the Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr. Zubairu Muazu to curtail the activities of cultist members in Ikorodu Area of the state.
The House also agreed to write a congratulatory letter to the new Governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu.
The issues surrounding gang war in Ikorodu followed an Urgent Matter of Public Importance raised by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade during plenary on Monday 3rd June, 2019.
Agunbiade had informed the House that the gang war by cultists in Ikorodu Constituency 1 of the state was affecting the peace of the area.
He stated that the gang war among rival cults members in Ikorodu has made life unbearable for the people of the area, saying that it had led to several deaths in the area.
The Majority Leader added that the rampaging cult members have turned Ikorodu to a theatre of war.
“Once it is 6 pm, people in Ikorodu Constituency 1 comprising Ikorodu North and Central areas of the state would be afraid of going about their normal businesses.
“I want the House to call on the Commissioner of Police in the state to intervene in the violence going on in Ikorodu and control the activities of the cultists so that peace could return to the area,” he said.
In his response, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, stated that it was not out of place to call on the Commissioner of Police to arrest the situation in Ikorodu area and return normalcy to the area.
Obasa then ordered the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to write the Commissioner of Police to curtail the activities of the cult members in Ikorodu Area, and this was supported by all the members, who adopted it as the resolution of the House through a voice vote.
The Speaker further sought the support of the members of the House to write a congratulatory letter to Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwoolu to formally welcome him to the state.
He added that it was necessary for the House to welcome the Governor to the state since he had just resumed duty and wish him a successful tenure of office.

Lagos Assembly Set To Approve Regulations, Law To Stop Building Collapse

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Wednesday held stakeholders meeting on the laws and regulations that would end building collapse in the metropolitan state.

It will be recalled that the state recently witnessed some building collapse in parts of the state, especially at Lagos Island.

The stakeholders meeting held at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium in the Assembly premises and it was organized by the House Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development under the chairmanship of Hon. David Setonji.

Present at the Public Hearing were members of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, Nigerian Institute of Engineers, builders, academics, consultants, civil servants and concerned individuals.

The meeting discussed Urban and Regional Planning and Development Amendment Bill,2015, Lagos State Building Control Regulations, 2018 and Building Construction and Development Regulation 2018.

In his opening remark, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni said that the amendment to the existing regulations were important.

Obasa, who recalled the recent cases of building collapse in Lagos Island, where school children lost their lives, said that such a tragedy was preventable if every stakeholder had been careful.

“All these stories of collapsed building with loss of human lives that touch our hearts, and I believe they are preventable.

“If all officials adhere strictly to rules and regulations, some of the losses would have been avoided. We all have duties, your imputs matter for these regulations to strengthen our laws.

Overviewing the regulations, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, said that the amendment would further standandise and enhance building and planning in the state “to make all ugly incidents of building collapse a thing of the past.”

Agunbiade said that the stakehokder’s meeting was in respect of the Building Control Regulations, 2018 and Planning Permit Regulations to awaken consciousness of everybody as regards building development.

According to him, the Building Control Regulations had three parts, which addressed notice of intention, authorisation and building stages certification, which he said were meant to enhance the capacity of the state.

In his contribution, Mr Lukman Oshodi, the Vice Chairman, Nigerian Institute of Town Planners, NITP, said that the ranking of Lagos as city is relatively low with respect to building regulations.

Oshodi, who pointed to the implementation and enforcement of regulations, said that the group canvassed for accredited certifiers.

Professor Martins Dada, a building expert, called for adequate planning and proper supervision of buildings in the state.

Dada, who noted that Lagos State should exceed the minimum requirements in building control, said that the regulations being considered did not meet the minimum requirements.

He said that registered builders should supervise buildings and not the regulatory agencies.

The state Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr Rotimi Ogunleye said that the executive bill was transmitted to the House in 2017, adding that”when we have a substantive law, there must be regulations to implement it.

Ogunleye said that professionals must give their inputs so that there would be compliance.

The Chairman of SON Committee on Standardisation, Professor Joseph said that the laws of the state house of assembly must not violate the act of the Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria, COREN.

He added that the Act gives COREN the power to regulate engineers, proposing that COREN should go to sites and perform their statutory duties.

Some other stakeholders called for submission of topography survey of the land, saying “it should be mandatory to have civil/structural engineers are on sites.”,,

Also, an official of the Council of Registered Builders of Nigeria (CORBON), Kunle Awogbebi, who said that he was part of the team that worked on 2010 Physical Planning Law, said that professional builders should be engaged in building demolition to avoid injuries.

He explained that the major cause of building collapse was that “what goes on site does not correspond to what is approved and unqualified people are usually on site.”

“The building collapse issue is of more paramount. Many building were being demolished without compliance to safety specification,” he said.

He called for understanding of demolition process, saying most officials engaging in this are not knowledgeable and get injured in the process.

Mr Tunji Odunlami, a retired Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development commended the government for responding to the challenges

He said that the regulations should not be limited to Building Control , Physical Planning Permit Authority, but that they should be extended to Lagos State Urban Renewal Authority.

Prof. Leke Oduwoye, a town planner, and architect said that development control is a course in the university, and that many so called professionals were not knowledgeable and well trained.

He said that there was confusion on the field as people going to sites were not well trained.

The immediate past president of the Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers, Mr. Oreoluwa Fadayomi called for restructuring of LABCA.

Fadayomi said that there is a difference between planning permit and development permit, saying that bringing the two under physical planning was where the state got it wrong.

Moses Ogunleye, another stakeholder said that whatever the House would do on the regulations should not be harmful to the developers, and that it should rather enhance their business.

Lagos Assembly Intervenes In Lagos Polytechnic Crisis

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday resolved to wade into the crisis rocking the State Polytechnic over the disagreement between the management and staff of the institution.

The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade who moved the motion which was seconded by Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu aka ARK, stated that the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) had been embroiled in crisis which had paralyzed academic activities in the institution.

Speaking during plenary, Agunbiade said, “I wish to present to this House the crisis in the only polytechnic in the state which is within my constituency.

The lawmaker, representing Ikorodu Constituency I, explained that the issue had remained unresolved for the past five months, adding “it now degenerates to assault resulting to arrest where staff take laws into their hands.”

He recalled that similar crisis came up in Lagos State University (LASU) in the past which the House was able to intervene and got resolved.

While giving credence to the Majority Leader’s submission, the Chairman House committee on Education, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi disclosed that his committee had initiàted move to resolve the issue but it failed.

He explained that the state government took the Union to industrial court but the issue remained unresolved as the court gave a ruling for status quo to remain.

In his comments, Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Hon. Tunde Braimoh stated that his committee had received two petitions over the crisis.

According to him, the Union alleged that the school management used executive fiat to arrest its members and that students who are already graduates do not get their certificates due to the crisis.

In his ruling, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa directed the House committees on Education and Judiciary to work together on the need to resolve the crisis and report back in two weeks.

Meanwhile, four Bills scaled through second readings and were committed to their relevant committees that were directed to report to the House within one week.

The Bills are Lagos State Public Finance Management, 2011, Urban and Regional Planning Amendment Bill, 2018, Lagos State Employment Bill, 2018 and Electric Power Sector Reform Bill, 2018.

Ramadhan: Pray For Peace, Love To Reign In Nigeria, Lagos Speaker Admonishes Muslims

 

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to use the Ramadhan period to pray for peace and love to continue to reign in Nigeria.

“The Ramadhan period calls for sober reflection for all of us. It is a period that calls for us to move closer to God and we should not relent in our prayers for peace and love to reign in Nigeria,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker, who is also Chairman of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa gave this advice in his message greeting Muslims for the commencement of the Ramadhan (fasting) released on Monday. The message was contained in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

“It is a period for us to be tolerant of each other. Ramadhan goes beyond abstinence from food, drinks and sexual intercourse alone. It is also the period for us to be reinvigorate and reinvest ourselves spiritually. We should continue to pray continued peace and love in the country,” he said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa urged Nigerians to remain security conscious by being vigilant at all time. “We have to assist security agencies in combating crimes by being vigilant at all time. We should refrain from utterances and actions that can cause breach of peace in the society. We should also endeavor to be watchful of our environment by promptly any suspicious action, person or group of people,” he said.

“On behalf of my colleagues in the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish all Nigerian Muslims a fulfilling and rewarding Ramadhan. I pray that Almighty Allah accept it as an act of ‘Ibadah from all of us,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

Lagos Assembly passes 2019 Budget

 

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed the state’s 2019 Appropriation Bill of N873. 532 billion into law for the year ending Dec. 31, 2019.


The passage followed the adoption of the report and recommendations of the House Committee on Appropriation headed by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu

The House approved N393, 841, 387, 020 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for Recurrent Expenditure and N479, 691, 073, 705 from Development Revenue Fund for Capital Expenditure.

The budget size thereby totalled N873, 532, 460, 725 which is N21.216 billion higher than the budget size presented by Ambode.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa commended Yishawu and members of the committee for thorough scrutiny of the budget.

Obasa said: “That a bill for a law to authorised the issue and appropriation of N393,841,387,020 from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for Recurrent Expenditure.

“And N479, 691,073,705 from Development Fund for Capital Expenditure thereby totalling a budget size of N873,532,460,725 for the Year ending 31st December, 2019 be passed into law

The House passed the bill after Obasa conducted a voice vote on each of the sectoral allocations for ministries , departments and agencies.

Obasa directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, to send a copy of the bill to Ambode for his assent.

It would be recalled that Governor Ambode had on Feb. 5 presented the 2019 budget proposal of N852. 316 billion to the Lagos Assembly.

The 2019 budget is N 287. 68 billion lesser than that of 2018 which stood at N 1.04 trillion .

The budget has a Capital Expenditure of N462 .757 billion and a Recurrent Expenditure of N389.560 billion.

The capital to recurrent ratio of the budget stood at 54: 46.

At Last, Olorunrinu joins APC

The only Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) member in the Lagos State House, Hon. Dipo Olorunrinu representing Amuwo-Odofin Constituency I on Monday defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Olorunrinu lost his reelection bid to APC candidate, Mrs Mojisola Alli-Macaulay in March 9 House of Assembly election with just 278 votes and vowed not to challenge the result at the election tribunal.

The lawmaker informed the House of his defection at plenary through a letter titled: “Letter of Defection from PDP to APC” which he addressed to the Speaker, Mr Mudashiru Obasa and read by the Clerk of the Assembly, Mr Azeez Sanni.

The letter read in part: “I have been a young progressive-minded person and I have decided to realign with All Progressives Congress (APC) based on moving trend and party to reckon with in taking Lagos State to the next level.

“I will like to appreciate Mr Speaker for his continuous act of service to my constituency. This explains the magnanimity of Mr Speaker.” He further explained that “In 2015, we were eight and seven of us have defected but in all sincerity I made bold to say here that, I have never had any regret of still finding myself in the midst of this great administration.

“Sincerely, I said to myself that continuity as a young man in politics is a necessity. I said to myself that I must join the progressives party, which is the APC.

“Permit me to say this in this hallowed chamber that the Peoples Democratic Party have been discovered by my humble self, as a party that is not to be reckoned with.

“Not to be reckon with because, it is a party that lacks structure, it is a party that lacks visions for Nigeria of tomorrow.

“That’s the more reason why I said to myself that we must start from here ans preach the good news of APC. I want to say a very big thank you to Mr Speaker for accepting me,” Olorunrinu said.

He apologised to the Speaker for his late decision.

According to Olorunrinu, he has spoken with his constituents, stakeholders of different calibres on the decision ” to join the moving train”.

The Speaker welcomed Olorunrinu to the ruling party and commended him for his decision while other APC lawmakers also received the defector into the party.

“I thank you for making the decision at last. We welcome you into our midst as members of APC in the House of Assembly.

“You have always been part of us save the fact that you refused to dump the leaking umbrella but today you have decided, I welcome you on behalf of our party.

“I want to thank you for lending your voice to what have been our position from quite sometime that the best party in Nigeria today is APC and there is nothing to gain from PDP. For realising this, I congratulate you.

“Distinguished colleagues, we now 40 members who are members of APC. Thank you for joining us,” Obasa said.
It would be recalled that eight lawmakers were elected into the 40-member Lagos Assembly in 2015 general elections but seven defected into the ruling party in 2017.

The seven lawmakers that defected from the PDP earlier included the Minority Leader, Hon. Akeem Bello (Amuwo Odofin II), Minority Whip, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara (Surulere II), and Hon. Olusola Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo I).

Others were Hon. Jude Idimogu (Oshodi/Isolo II), Hon. Dayo Famakinwa (Ajeromi Ifelodun II) Hon. Fatai Oluwa (Ajeromi/Ifelodun I) and Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo I).

While six of the lawmakers defected on Feb.16, 2017 the seventh, Akande moved on July 10 same year all citing the achievements of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode and the leadership quality of Obasa.

The candidates of APC won the entire 40 seats in the House of Assembly during the 2019 poll, unlike in 2015 general elections when PDP clinched eight seats.