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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LAGOS LAWMAKERS CAUTION LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES ON EXCESSIVE ACTION TOWARDS MOTORISTS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lagos Assembly Constitutes 36 Standing Committees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

LSHA APPROVES 2BN CAPITAL EXPENDITURE FOR LASIAMA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Water pollution: Lagos Assembly directs Ministry of Environment, LASEPA to investigate

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on the Ministry of The Environment and the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) to investigate the pollution of the water in Shomolu area of the State.

It was alleged that the pollution was as a result of underground leakage caused by a filling station in the area.

The resolution of the House followed the motion moved by Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Shomolu I, saying leaking of the underground tanks in a filling station at Saint Finbarr, Akoka has polluted the water.

The lawmaker reiterated that drinking of such water is unhygienic which could affect the health of the residents.

While butressing on the need to urgently intervene on the issue, Hon. Hakeem Shokunle, Oshodi-Isolo I, said, “drinking water with carbonmonoxide is like drinking poison.”

Shokunle added, “The water containing fuel meant for drinking has irreversible effects on the body which can alter the DNA.”

Hon. Desmond Elliot from Surulere I, advised “I think we need to nip it in the bud. This is a situation that must be averted because of the general wellbeings of the people.”

On his part, Hon. Tunde Braimoh Kosofe II said, “the issue is very germane because it borders on the people. Where people’s lives are being sacrificed on the altar of business, we should act. The earlier the better before people resort to self-help.”

The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade however cautioned his colleagues for mentioning a particular filling station, saying it would be too early to jump into conclusion.

“I am not too comfortable with menrioning of a particular filling station,” adding that there should be a thorough investigation to ascertain the truth.”

The Chief Whip, Hon. Rotimi Abiru hinted that the issue in contention happened in his constituency, saying the ministry of the enviroment had already conducted investigation on the matter.

In his ruling, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that the House would still come up with a committee to do its independent investigation.

Obasa added that the ministry would be required to submit it report to the House, “if indeed they have the report.”

Lagos Lawmakers Pass Vote of Confidence on Speaker Obasa

Lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed a vote of confidence on the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa.

This was sequel to an Urgent Matter of Public Importance raised by Hon. Tunde Braimoh representing Kosofe Constituency 2 during plenary.

Braimoh noted in his submission that the Speaker had done well since he assumed office with his leadership style and people oriented Motions and Bills that have changed the lives of the people of the state.

The lawmaker went ahead to commend the Speaker for doing a good job.

“I, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, representing the good people of Kosofe Constituency 2 hereby move and propose that a vote of total confidence be passed on the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa,” he said.

This was supported by Hon. Rasheed Makinde, representing Ifako/Ijaiye Constituency 2 and it was then adopted as the decision of the whole lawmakers in the House through a voice vote.

Commenting on the matter, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege 2) stated that Speaker Obasa had been a blessing to the Assembly and that he had done a lot as the Speaker of the House.

Also speaking, Hon. Fatai Mojeed (Ibeju Lekki 1) recalled that few weeks ago, the people of Lagos State celebrated the achievements of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, adding that this was made possible because of the activities of the House.

He added that Speaker Mudashiru Obasa initiated Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Commission (LNSC), which he said made the state safe.

In his view, Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe 1) reiterated that the Lagos State House of Assembly and Speaker Obasa stand above a common standard of excellence.

“You are bold, and courageous. You were insistence that the parliament must go beyond the common standard of excellence.

“You cannot buy experience, you have got this over the years, and no one can buy it in the market.

“We are behind you as you have been elected by us and sovereignty belongs to the people. On behalf of the people of Epe Constituency 1, I would say that we are behind you,” he said.

In his view, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) described Speaker Obasa as a role model, and a trail blaizer.

Yishawu stressed that Obasa had taken the Assembly high and that his depth of knowledge is high, while stressing that his understanding of the economy of Lagos State as former chairman of the House Committee on Budget was second to none.

While lending his voice to the matter, Hon. Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho Constituency 1) stated that Speaker Obasa was courageous and that he believed in the cause of Lagos State House of Assembly and in that of Lagos State.

“You can be very stubborn, but it is always for a cause. The House is above an individual or anybody. Out of the three arms of government only the legislature was not regarded, but you have raised the bar, so you can continue to be stubborn,” he said.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun, who also spoke on the matter, said that he aligned with all the accolades being showered on the Speaker.

Eshinlokun attested that the Lagos State House of Assembly was doing very well in the 9th Assembly, adding that this rubbed off on the Speaker of the House.

While wishing the Speaker well, Eshinlokun said that this was just the beginning and that they expected that the lawmakers would blaize so many trails in the 9th Assembly.

Also speaking, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) said that for an executive to accomplish good things it must have good legislature.

Agunbiade added that the legislature could not be successful without good leaders, which he said is headed by the Speaker.

He said that it was unanimous that Speaker Obasa, who he called the symbol of the Lagos State House of Assembly had been very impressive.

“Since the tenure is not ending today it means you still need to do more works. I pray that God will give you more wisdom and more grace to do the work,” he said.

In his comments, Hon. Noheem Adams (Eti Osa 1) said that if people were showering accolades on the Speaker, he deserved it, and that it was not a falacy.

He said: “Your bill on LNSC that became law, anti-kidnapping law, Cancer Institute Law as well as the promotion of Yoruba Language Law have become very important.

“You were given several awards and you were made the Chairman of Conference of Speakers as part of your good deeds,” he said.

In his submission, Hon. Ibrahim Layode (Badagry 1) recalled that the House was inaugurated 40 years ago and that the whole world was watching the proceedings.

Layode stressed that “they would see that we are celebrating one of us.

“I want to plead that you should continue to do what you have been doing, which made people to praise you.

“I don’t want you to be carried away by the accolades despite all that our people have said.

“The reward for hardwork is more work. Look at the direction of where you have not been doing well. We can still discuss on some of these areas, where you have not done well later.”

In his view, the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Rotimi Abiru
said that irrespective of the differences that the lawmakers might had, they all stood firm behind the Speaker on his leadership.

The Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh commended the Speaker for the anti-kidnapping law, LNSC Law and the Yoruba Compulsion law.

Jimoh stated that Obasa had done well as a lawmaker and Speaker, and that “I join my colleagues to pass a vote of confidence on you.”

In his comment, Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu (Ikeja 2) described Speaker Obasa as a renowned politician with a good sense of equity and good judgment.

Kasunmu emphasised that the Speaker was one of the masters of the game, and that the Speaker of Uganda made reference to his achievements as a performing Speaker.

“All the way to the United States of America and other parts of Africa you are recognized because you understand the workings of the legislature.

“You do this in conjunction with the executive and judiciary.
You are one of the best Speakers of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

“A lot of resolutions and laws have been passed under your tenure. I want to also join others to support your leadership,” he said.

Hon. David Setonji (Badagry 2) reiterated the creation of LSNC was based the initiative of Obasa, which he said had reinforced the security of Lagos State as he said that they work with other security agencies in the state.

He also made reference to the stakeholders meeting held annually by the House, adding that this had never happened in the country and that others have copied it.

“Whatever happens outside does not concern us because you are doing well. We are solidly behind you, we pray that you will end your tenure well,” he said.

This was corroborated by Hon. Nurein Akinsanya, (Mushin 1), who described Obasa as a boss, who he said could not be compared with any other lawmaker in the Assembly.

He urged him to continue to rule the House “because you are treating us well. You are not money conscious. I will like to support the motion that you should go on with your good works.”

Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo 1) said that he was a living witness to the leadership style and wisdom of the Speaker.

“When we came here in the 8th Assembly, seven out of eight PDP lawmakers joined you because of your style.

“For being an embodiment of knowledge, I say thank you. During the primaries, you called all of us individually as a good leader and father.

“You are a selfless leader and a man of unflinching dexterity.

“You are the only man that allows live streaming of the proceedings of the House. You have my support,” he said.

In his comments, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu 1) said that he could attest to Speaker Obasa’s administrative acumen, and that he had done a lot to make the lawmakers feasible in their constituencies.

Olowo added that Obasa had made them relevant among their people through the stakeholders meeting.

“The training you exposed us to have also improved us as members of the House.

“The movement of Lagos State to the next level has also shown your good leadership style.

“You always want to ensure that Lagos State is not enmeshed in debts.

“You have sponsored bills and motions through proxies in the House.

“You are a selfless man as you ensure that you defended the autonomy of both the legislature and the judiciary.

“You even discussed this with President Muhammadu Buhari. You are a self made man, you are a selfless man and a great man,” he stated.

Other lawmakers also spoke on the matter and eulogised Speaker Obasa for his leadership style.

Responding, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa thanked the members for their comments.

Obasa stressed that all what the lawmakers had said would not have been possible without their support.

“You have been able to sustain the House as being above common standard of excellence.

“In the past, people used to come to the Assembly once, but now people have been coming twice, three times, four times and even five times.

“It means we have all been doing well which is why people have been returning us.

“We have contributed a lot to the the development of democracy. I want to urge you all to continue to do your best for the state,” he said.

The Speaker thanked all those that had been pointing his attention to areas of importance including the staff of the Assembly, and promised to continue to protect the interest of the lawmakers and that of the Assembly generally.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY COMMISERATES WITH ONIRU FAMILY, APPEALS TO NASS OVER ELECTRICITY EXTORTION

Lagos State House of Assembly Lawmakers commiserated with the Oniru family over the transition of Oba Idowu Oniru of Iru land.

Lawmaker representing Eti-Osa Constituency I, Hon. Noheem Adams notified the House on the passage of the Oba, at the age of 82. He thereby moved that a condolence letter be sent to the deceased family and one minute silence be held in his honour.

Speaking, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa Constituency II joined his colleague to commiserate with the family.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa directed Mr. Azeez Sanni, the Clerk of the House to write a condolence letter to the Oniru family.

Hon. Obasa thereafter appointed a delegation to be led by Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshilokun the Deputy Speaker, to pay a condolence visit to the family on behalf of the Assembly.

In another development, the Lagos State House of Assembly has called on the National Assembly to expedite actions over the estimated electricity bill.

Hon. Rotimi Olowo who raised the issue Under Matters of Urgent Public Importance expressed dismay over the way EKO and IKEJA electricity companies have been extorting lagosians with exorbitant estimated bills.

Hon. Sanai Agunbiade who contributed, added that sequel to the deliberations of House of Representatives on the issue, it was observed that the distribution companies went haywire and intensified efforts in disconnecting the power supply of more residents which may result in a violent reaction from communities.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh said that there was a problem in the chain of power distribution as they generate megawatts without the adequate ability to distribute them.

The House concluded that in view of the extortion and lack of commitment of the distribution companies, the National Assembly should expedite action on the estimated bill decision and the Electric Commission should scrutinise the activities of the DISCO & IKEJA over the extortion.

Lagos Assembly Calls For Ban of “Sokundaye,” Others

The Lagos State House of Assembly has called for the ban and sales of consumption of “Sokundaye” and other hazardous liquid substance in the state.

The Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said that generally, even in the United States of America, they had not stopped the use of drugs.

“But the law has to be stronger when it comes to selling to children.

“We should not allow children and teenagers to have access to it. What the products are being used for is different from what the producers intend them for.

“We have to stop primary school children from abusing the drugs.

“We should reach out to the necessary departments in the state Ministry of Health.

“The Ministries of Information, Health and Education should embark on awareness campaign on these products.

“We also call on market women and men as well as transport workers to embark on campaign against these products,” he said.

Hon. Akeem Shokunle, who moved the Motion during plenary on Tuesday, said that ‘Sokundaye was not a product, and that it is chemical.

Shokunle stated that they took the product to the laboratory, and that the instruction on the bottle stated that it should not be inhaled.

“The chemical is used for embalment. They would mix it with water, it would not make you high, they only say that it would clear your chest.

“It is not a regulated product and it is not being approved. It should be banned from the system,” he said.

The House then called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the state, Director General of Lagos State Safety Commission, Ministry of Health and Education and NURTW to campaign against the use of the drugs.

“We also call on the Ministry of Education to embark on sensitization of the people of the state,” Shokunle said.

Shokunle explained that ‘Sokundaye’ affects the central nervous system when consumed.

According to him, the sales of harmful substance that weakens the body and poses threat to the health of consumers is increasing in the state.

He added that many consumers of the substance do not know the content of the substance.

“Sokundaye is from chlorophyll. It has the capacity to destroy the central nervous system that destroys the kidney.

“It might be the cause of constant kidney problem in the state. The product should be banned”, he added.

The lawmakers who contributed to the matter, said that they were aware of the continous sales of the product and others.

“We should call on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to call on the Lagos State Safety Commission to stop the production of Sokundaye and other dangerous substances”, the House resolved.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh representing Kosofe 2 in his submission said that 65% of the Nigerian population is made up of active youths and that the nation neededto protect them.

He continued, “When the youth consume this kind of product we will have an unhealthy workforce. We should just ban the product if it destroys the nervous system. The state Ministry of Health should empirically analyse the product.

Hon. Desmond Elliot, in his comments, said that Sokundaye was just one of the many substances being abused in Lagos State.

He posited that banning the product was not the solution, and that if it was banned others would come up and that this would not solve the problem.

“We should orientate the masses on the danger in these products”, said Desmond.

Hon. Rotimi Olowo representing Somolu 1, in his comments, stressed that the future of Nigeria was at risk.

He opined that youth are hooked on tramadol on a daily basis, saying that there was need to look at the convergence of the youths that consume these products.

“We need to get the necessary agencies to see how this could be stopped.

Also speaking, Hon. Rasheed Makinde stated that the country was going through recession and that this had affected her economy, and social background.

“We see our youths engaging in illicit activities such as 419 and others.

“When they make money they spend on these products. The family should do more for their children.

“The communal responsibilities of those days are no longer there.

“The National Agency For Food And Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and National Standard Organization (NSO) should investigate these products. Even our law enforcement agents take these drinks,” he said.

Also speaking, on. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay said that the state needed to address the orientation of the people.

He stated that the state should look at the orientation of the young people in the state, which she said was bad.

“The way they behave encourages Immorality.

“The law enforcement agents are also culpable. We need an agency that can re-orientate these young people.

“The issue of banning may not work, we should just change the orientation of the people,” she said.

Lagos Assembly Begins Probe Of Ambode Over Purchase Of Buses Worth N45 Billion

The Lagos State House Assembly on Tuesday during plenary set-up a committee to investigate the purchase of 820 buses by the administration of former governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state.

The House stated that it was important to investigate the purchase of the 820 buses out of the 5,000 buses proposed by former governor Akinwunmi Ambode for mass transit in the state, but which was purchased despite objection by the House of Assembly.

In a motion titled; Lagos State House of Assembly Motion Number 2, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2), explained that the House noted that at the Executive/ Legislative parley held at Golden Tulip in FESTAC in September 2017, Ambode informed the lawmakers that 5,000 buses would be bought by the state government.

He stated that the executive proposed to spend N17 billion to purchase the buses in the 2017 budget, but that this was not approved by the Assembly.

“In the 2018 and 2019 budgets, the state government proposed N24 Billion and N7 Billion respectively, but these were not approved.

“The state government still went ahead to import 820 buses at N7 Billion, and out of them 520 are still awaiting clearance at the ports,” he said.

He added that the House was worried that 520 buses were still awaiting clearance from the bonded warehouse and the Port, waiting to be cleared, and that they were purchased with taxpayers’ money without approval.

Hon. Yishawu then submitted that the House should set up an adhoc committee to investigate all the issues relating to the purchase of the buses.

He also stated that the House should investigate the cost of the purchase of the buses and other issues surrounding the purchase to prevent a re-occurence.

“The state government requested waivers for the importation of the buses and it was not granted.

‘The value of the buses were overrated. Some of the buses are still in the ports and they are attracting demurrage.

“N45 Billion would be spent on the total purchase of the buses and we need to prevent such an occurrence in the future,” he added.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said in his submission that the House needed to prevent waste because the expenditure had been done.

According to him, “the vehicles are in the ports and they have been there for almost a year.

“The state will continue to suffer if we allow the buses to stay in the ports.

“We should be the regulators of transporters, the state should not operate the buses.

“How much are we giving the buses out should be addressed. We should get the buses to the roads and safe the state from further wastes,” he said.

The House subsequently set up a committee headed by Hon. Fatal Mojeed (Ibeju Lekki 1) to look into the matter and report to the House in due course.

Members of the committee, according to the Speaker included Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Hon. Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1), Hon. Olanrewaju Afinni (Lagos Island 2), Hon. Rasheed Makinde (Ifako Ijaiye 2), Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege 2), Hon. Mojisola Miranda (Apapa 1) and others.

The Speaker directed the committee to invite the Accountant General of the state, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transport, and others that were involved in the purchase to state what they knew about the purchase.

He also told them to invite the current Commissioner for Finance, the Managing Director of LAMATA and others.

In his contribution, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege 2) stated that the House needed to investigate every transaction that had to do with the procurement of the buses.

He added that It would become a bad precedent if the House didn’t do anything about the matter.

“A huge amount of money still needed to be paid on the purchase of these buses. Whoever has erred should be brought to book,” he said.

Also speaking, Hon. Rasheed Makinde stated that it was obvious that the last administration did a lot of misdeed in awarding contracts.

Makinde stressed that some of these included Vision Scape and the proposed fourth mainland bridge.

“The House rejected the proposal on the buses, yet they went on to spend N45 Billion on the project.

“Since we did not approve the contract expenditure is null and void, so the money should be refunded.

“The Account General of the State, Procurement Officer and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Transportation must be called to speak on the matter,” he said.

In his view, Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu 1) stressed that the provision of the 1999 Constitution in Section 120 has been flouted with the purchase.

“They told us that they wanted to start a pilot project, yet they went ahead with the project.

“Can we still wait for the vehicles to be in the port and attract demur-rage.

“The incumbent Governor of the state should ask for waivers from the Federal Government so that we could retrieve the vehicles from the ports,” he said.

The House subsequently went on a break until further notice as the members would be embarking on a lot of programmes such as training programmes outside the country, while it would town Hall meetings across the 40 constituencies on September 10, 2019 amongst others.

Lagos Assembly Confirms Alogba As Chief Judge

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday confirmed Hon. (Justice) Kazeem Olanrewaju Alogba as the Chief Judge of the state.

Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, stated that the Chief Judge had proven to be capable of the office and that it was a mere formality for him to appear before the lawmakers for confirmation.

It will be recalled that Alogba had been serving as the Acting Chief Judge of the state for some months.

Speaker Obasa subsequently asked Justice Alogba to explain why the Executive always defeat the legislature whenever there was any court case between them.

Justice Alogba however replied that it should not be the norm for a particular party to always win in the court, but that it depended on the facts being presented and who is marshalling the case.

The House subsequently confirmed Alogba as the Chief Judge of the state through a voice vote supervised by the Speaker.

Alogba, who was born in 1960, attended Holy Trinity Primary School and spent four years in the school before proceeding to Ikorodu High School.

He later proceeded to Baptist Academy for HSC and then went to the University of Lagos, where he read law and graduated in 1981.

He started working at the Federal Ministry of Justice in 1982 before he left for private service and worked in law firms as a lawyer before joining the service of the Lagos State Government as a judge.

The House later adjourned sitting to Monday 26th August, 2019 at 12 noon.