LAGOS ASSEMBLY TRAINS STAFF ON PUBLIC POLICY, CHANGE MANAGEMENT, OTHERS

The leadership of the Lagos State House of Assembly, led by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, has kicked-off a three-day capacity training for staff of the State’s legislative arm.

The training, in four batches, is aimed to prepare staff for public policy, change management and its sustainability among others.

In an address by the Clerk of the House, Barr. Olalekan Onafeko, read by Mrs. Kafayat Adesanya, Head, Learning and Development, the theme of the training ‘Public Policy, Change Management, Sustainability of Reforms, and Building Resilient Management and Staff for Impact’ will help staff meet the goals and objectives of the Assembly.

“Human capital development in the Lagos State House of Assembly is a continuous drive that has assisted it in achieving its set goals and objectives. Training and retraining of legislators and members of staff are sacrosanct as evidenced by productivity.

“The essence of the training includes: deepening participants’ understanding of essentials of public policy analysis and management rudiments; acknowledging and understanding the need for sustainability of reform of the Lagos State House of Assembly; enumerating the need for communication, relationship trust and team work in building resilient staff for impact; equipping participants with relevant skills that will improve their performances and efficiency,” the Clerk said.

Mr. Onafeko said he was confident of the consultant, Messers Hybitel Limited, adding that the firm would perform better than expected as it is reputable and has established itself with the Assembly.

He, however, implored staff to make use of the opportunity offered through the workshop and ensure full participation which should reflect positively in their work and relationship with other members of the organisation just as he wished them a successful and fulfilling workshop.

On her part, the Secretary to the Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission (LAHASCOM), Mrs. Folashade Latona, laid emphasis on the theme which she said was carefully selected considering the situation of public policies in the polity.

 

Kemi Nelson: We Have Lost A Very Bright Light, Obasa Mourns

With the passing of Chief Kemi Nelson, a member of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Lagos State has lost a very bright light, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has said.

Chief Nelson, a former South-West Women Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), died on Sunday at the age of 66 after a brief illness.

Dr. Obasa, in a statement on Monday by his Chief Press Secretary, Eromosele Ebhomele, described the death of the politician as a huge loss to Lagos state, the party she served with so much passion and enthusiasm, members of the party and Nigeria.

“The shock is indescribable. It is so huge and painful, one that will be difficult to heal for a long time. Indeed, we lost a very bright light that had always brought the desired radiance to our party.

“Chief Kemi Nelson was a coordinator of women and she carried out her tasks with so much ease, enthusiasm and effectiveness to the admiration of everyone of us.

“She never hid her passion for a better Lagos and Nigeria through democratic governance. She was dilligent and excelled in every position or committee she found herself.

“While I, like many others she held in high esteem, will personally miss her, I pray that God would strengthen every member of her family, her friends, associates, those she mentored, the GAC and our party,” Obasa prayed.

Chief Kemi Nelson, former Executive Director of Nigeria Social Insurance Trust Fund (NSITF) and influential politician, was a senatorial candidate in 1992. She lost the election to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, now presidential candidate of the APC ahead of the 2023 election.

In 1999, she pitched tents with the Alliance for Democracy (AD) and served in the administration of Asiwaju Tinubu as Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation.

Breaking: Tinubu meets with Obasa and other APC Speakers meet in Abuja

* Promises State Speakers more roles ahead of election
* Explains why he picked Shettima as running mate

The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Saturday met with Speakers of states of the federation governed by the party and promised them active roles in his campaigns ahead of 2023 general elections.

Speakers at the meeting which held in Abuja include Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa of Lagos, Olakunke Oluomo of Ogun, Idris Garba of Jigawa, Kennedy Ibeh of Imo, Eteng Williams of Cross River, Funminiyi Afuye of Ekiti, and Oleyelogun Bamidele of Ondo.

Others are Abdulkarim Lawan of Borno, Abdullahi Bawa Wuse of Niger, Ahmed Lawan Mirwa of Yobe, Musa Maigari of Katsina, and Siddi Buba, deputy speaker of Gombe.

Tinubu commended the Speakers for the earlier roles they played ahead of his emergence as the presidential flag bearer of the party.

He also used the opportunity to explain why he chose Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno State, to be his running mate.

The APC Speakers had visited Tinubu to congratulate him on his victory at the party’s reecent special convention where he was elected candidate. They also pledged to support him ahead of the general elections.

While appreciating the Speakers, Tinubu, who noted the tasks ahead of 2023, assured them of roles to play in the campaign.

According to him, Shettima was finally chosen as his running mate after wide consultations and some considerations. He described Shettima as a patriotic and passionate man with the capacity to serve.

Tinubu explained that since the APC chairman, Abubakar Adamu, is from the North Central, it was just right to look at another zone, especially the North East, for his running mate.

He praised the President, Muhammadu Buhari, for his magnanimity and understanding on the issue of the selection of Shettima as a running mate just as he appealed to Nigerians to see beyond religion in their quest to strengthen democracy and make Nigeria successful.

“I am a Muslim married to a Christian, a pastor,” he said noting his flexibility to spiritual ideologies.

Breaking: Lagos Assembly Service Commission Boss Sacked As Onafeko Is Appointed Clerk

In a unanimous decision on Thursday, the Lagos State House of Assembly voted for the sack of the chairman of the State House of Assembly Commission, LAHASCOM, Wale Mogaji.

Mogaji’s sack was approved after a voice vote by members of the House at plenary.

The lawmakers appointed Mrs. Folashade Raulat Latona as the new Secretary of the Commission.

Latona replaces Mrs. Esther Lambo, who retired recently.

The House also confirmed Barrister Olalekan Onafeko as the substantive Clerk of the House while it elevated three other senior staff to the position of Deputy Clerks.

Those elevated Deputy Clerks include Mr. Babs Animashaun, Mr. Taiwo Otun and Mrs. Adenike Oshinowo.

Onafeko was appointed Acting Clerk in 2020.

Earlier during the plenary, the House raised concerns over the recent boat mishap that led to the death of about 15 people on June 8 as well as the floods recorded in some parts of the State recently.

The lawmakers further said there was need by the Governor of the State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to work towards a solution to the flooding incidents.

He was always checking time, wife narrates how Lagos ex-Speaker died

– Obasa promises more support for bereaved family

Wife Narrates Ex-Speaker’s Last Moments As Obasa, Lawmakers Pay Condolence Visit (Photos)

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, led by Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday paid a condolence visit to the family of the late former Speaker of the State, Rt. Hon. Abayomi Kinyomi, with the deceased’s wife, Chief (Mrs) Oluyinka Abeni, revealing his last moment.

According to Mrs. Oluyinka, her husband, days before his passing, was constantly checking for time and saying he wanted to go home.

“He was always checking the time. He kept complaining that he wanted to go home. He would complain about the bed, but we didn’t understand.

“When the pressure on his health suddenly imcreased and we were taking him to the hospital, I looked at him in the car where I was with him and I knew he could hardly make it.

“When we got to the hospital, the doctor came to check him and told me we’ve lost him. I can’t forget that day,” she said.

She described her late husband as a loving and caring man who planned everything about him.

She also thanked Speaker Obasa and the leadership of the House for constantly supporting the family even while Pa Kinyomi was alive

Mrs. Adeola Kinyomi, a daughter-in-law to the family, described the late former Speaker as a man who was very passionate about the development of Lagos, especially in its pursuit to become a mega city.

Condoling the family, Dr. Obasa said the former Speaker played important roles for the development of Lagos.

“Even after leaving the House, he continued to assist with his wisdom. We consider him one of us because once a lawmaker, always a lawmaker.

“To us, it is the celebration of a life well-lived. However, we will miss him,” Obasa said while promising that the House of Assembly will continue to support the family.

Kinyomi, who served as Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly between January 1992 and November 1993, died at 82 on Tuesday after a brief illness.

Obasa, Lawmakers Mourn As Ex-Lagos Speaker Dies At 82

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described the death of Abayomi Kinyomi, a former Speaker in the State, as a great loss.

Dr. Obasa said this in a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Eromosele Ebhomele, on Wednesday, adding that the former Speaker would be sorely missed for his contributions to the advancement of Lagos.

Rt. Hon. Kinyomi, who served as Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly between January 1992 and November 1993, died at 82 on Tuesday after a brief illness.

Obasa urged the deceased’s immediate family, his friends and associates to take solace in the fact that he lived a life of service to humanity which is one of the reasons for being alive.

According to Obasa, “Rt. Hon. Kinyomi lived a good life both privately and in public office in which he served Lagos diligently and passionately. His service and love for Lagos state can never be forgotten.

“We will sorely miss him, his wisdom and contributions to the growth and development of our dear state.

“On behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, I pray that Allah, the Most Beneficial, the Most Merciful, grant him eternal rest and give those he left behind the divine strength to carry on, Amin.”

Eid el Kabir: Lagos Remains Safe, Speaker Obasa Says

– Promises more laws to protect residents

– Preaches love, religious tolerance among Lagosians

Speaker Mudashiru Obasa of the Lagos State House of Assembly has described the State as the relatively safest part of Nigeria adding that this feat was recorded following conscious steps by successive governments since 1999.

Dr Obasa said this on Friday in a congratulatory message to Muslims as they mark this year’s Eid-el Kabir.

The Speaker noted that the celebration affords Muslims a conscious effort to show love, sacrifice for one another and ensure a peaceful environment that should continue even after the period.

According to the Speaker, the peace enjoyed by Lagos residents and investors is the result of the passion of those in government to make the state habitable at all times.

“In relation to safety of lives and property, Lagos remains a shinning light, a good example of a government that works for its people. With all the arms of governmeent working together, we have achieved great feats in the area of security.

“Your representatives at the House of Assembly have never shied away from the task of making our dear state attractive and better for its residents. We have made laws and passed resolutions that have helped in this regard.

“The creation of the Neighborhood Safety Corps and other related agencies, the anti-kidnapping and the anti-cultism laws which prescribe serious punishments as well as our review of the criminal justice law of the State are perfect examples of our resolve to always ensure pro-people activities at the House.

“We are encouraged by the feedbacks we constantly receive from both residents of our state and our colleagues in many parts of Africa. We will continue to make Lagos a success,” Obasa said in the statement released by Eromosele Ebhomele, his Chief Press Secretary.

Thanking the residents of the State for being tolerant of one another irrespective of individual religious beliefs, he urged them not to relent in spreading love.

Lagos Speaker, INEC Lament Poor PVC Collection, Voter Apathy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gbajabiamila is pride to Lagos, face of effective legislature – Lagos Assembly

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, and members of the House on Monday showered encomium on Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Speaker of the House of Representatives, who recently clocked 60.

The members of the House spoke during plenary describing Gbajabiamila as one who has brought pride to Lagos State.

Speaking about Gbajabiamila’s legislative acumen, Rt. Hon. Obasa described the Speaker of the House of Representatives as “a legislator who carries out his duty with passion and dedication. He has sacrificed his own personal interest in the interest of the people.

“You will recall during the reign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP); he was awarded a national honour, but because he had reservations the way and manner the country was being managed then, he rejected the offer.

“This shows that he has always been with the people and serves in the interest of the people. He has also contributed a lot to the development of legislative institutions in this country.”

The Speaker thereafter directed the Clerk Barr. Olalekan Onafeko to transmit a congratulatory letter to the celebrant.

The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, in his congratulatory message described Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila as an example of what a legislator should be .

“He has shown that the older the wine, the better the legislature,” he said.

Majority Leader of the House, Hon Sanai Agunbiade, described Gbajabiamila is a man that is charismatic of the office he occupies.

“He is calm, composed and each time you watch him preside, you would know an experienced legislator is presiding,” he said.

The Deputy Whip of the House, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara, described Rt. Hon. Gbajabiamila as a great leader who has brought developmental projects to Surulere constituency.

“He is a very outstanding man. His success cannot be far-fetched as this trait can be seen in his mother who was once a Local Government chairperson and performed very well during her time,” she said.

In his contribution, Hon. Temitope Adewale from Ifako-Ijaye said Speaker Gbajabiamila had shown to the world that there is credence in legislature .

“We are celebrating a man from Lagos who has rose from the ranks to become the ‘number four citizen’ in the country,” he said.

While lending his voice to the debate, Hon. Sa’ad Olumo opined that “Gbajabiamila had done everything in terms of quality representation. He has great impact on us in his capacity and representation.”

2023: A New Nigeria Beckons With Tinubu As President, Says Lagos Assembly

– Lawmakers to write Buhari, Northern APC governors, others
– Commend Obasa for championing the cause for Tinubu’s victory
– Describe Tinubu as a political warlord whose time has come

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly resumed plenary on Monday with a resolution to write commendation letters to Northern governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for their collective decision that resulted in the victory of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu during the party’s recent convention.

President Muhammadu Buhari, Southern governors on the platform of the APC, the Conference of Speakers and the National Assembly are to also receive letters of appreciation from the Assembly.

The House, which also resolved to send a congratulatory message to Tinubu, who the lawmakers called a ‘golden fish’, thanked the presidential aspirants who stepped down from the race and supported the former governor of Lagos state to victory.

This is as the members of the House further took turns to eulogise the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who is known to have commenced the mobilisation for Tinubu long before the latter officially declared his intention.

Recall that Speaker Obasa, since 2020, had visited many states of Nigeria canvassing for support for the emergence of Tinubu as APC flag bearer.

In his contribution, Obasa said the outcome of the primary election was worth celebrating, especially in relation to the number of people who supported and played various roles to ensure Tinubu’s victory.

According to him, the action of the Northern governors has further deepened democracy and unity.
Ahead of the convention, the APC governors in the North had resolved to support a Southern aspirant. They also made their decision public.

“That singular action of the Northern governors is proof and testimony that Nigeria’s democracy has come to stay and that Nigeria will continue to exist as one. It goes beyond giving Asiwaju support and shows that in togetherness, we can take this country forward.

“The emergence of Asiwaju gives hope that there are better days ahead where we would have an egalitarian society.
“We have absolute confidence that just like he did it before, he can do it again,” the Speaker said as he recalled the various achievements recorded by Tinubu as governor of Lagos state.

He tasked stakeholders and party leaders to intensify their support for Tinubu ahead of the general election.
On his part, a lawmaker, Abdulsubur Olayiwola, described Tinubu as a political warlord just as he argued that the presidential candidate’s Abeokuta declaration helped his victory.

He also noted that Speaker Obasa started reaching out to Nigerians from other parts of the country even before it became public knowledge that Tinubu would run for the position.

While another lawmaker, Hon. Tobun Abiodun, confirmed that Obasa started the move even “things were still sketchy”, his colleague, Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu, said: “Nigeria as a nation just got lucky because by 2023, we are going to have a President who has the grace to move this country to greater heights. “With a true democrat in the person of Asiwaju, a new Nigeria beckons.”

He described Obasa as a man with foresight for championing Tinubu’s cause.
Also contributing, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, described Tinubu as a man whose time to lead the country has come.

While commending Obasa, Agunbiade added: “We must go back to our constituencies and ensure that those who would vote for Asiwaju get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).

For Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Tinubu reaped what he had sowed for many years with his victory at the convention.