Lagos Assembly Screens Six Governor’s Nominees For State Public Procurement Agency, TESCOM

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday screened six Governor’s nominees for both the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency and the State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM)
Nominated and screened for the position of General Manager, Lagos State Public Procurement Commission was Mr. Onafowote Fatai Idowu.
Onafowote was born on 16th January, 1957.
He attended University of Ibadan and studied agriculture, biochemistry and nutrition.
He started working at the Lagos State Agriculture Development Project. He later became Programme Secretary, State Food Security Programme
He also supported Lagos State Public Procurement as a Technical Adviser and he has been acting as General Manager of the commission since May 2016.
He is a certified procurement manager, who has worked under World Bank project in the sector.
He however, agreed that insurance bond is important for procurement, adding that the fund given to any contractor ought to be protected.
“They could get bond from banks or insurance companies. I support the ongoing reform in the House of Assembly on public procurement. “Initial payment for contracts could be between 20 and 40%. It could be low for projects that involved a lot of money. Financial capability is part of consideration. 20% could be low, but it should range between 20 and 40%,” he said.
He added that he started acting as the GM of the commission as a child of circumstance, when the immediate past General Manager resigned.
The House also screened nominees for the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM).
Nominated and screened for the position of the Chairman of the board of TESCOM was Mrs. Elizabeth Olabisi Ariyo.
Ariyo was born in 1956, and she attended United Missionary College and got Grade 2 Teachers Certificate, taught in Ilesha, Osun State. She also studied at the University of Lagos from 1982 to 1986 and studied English Language.
She started working with the Lagos State School of Basic Studies in 1986, and later worked as an inspector, planning officer and state Primary Education Board.
She became a Permanent Secretary in 2015 and retired in 2016.
On pension, she said that she will monitor payment of pension of teachers, adding that there is presently no central body. It
Also screened to be a member of the commission was Mr. Jacob Mahonu Ashaka.
Ashaka was born in 1958 in Topo, Badagry. In 1976, he proceeded to Government Teachers Training College, Badagry for Grade 2 Certificate and was employed as a teacher.
In 1981, he went to Lagos State College of Education and graduated in 1984. He went back to teaching in 1985 after his NYSC Programme.
He worked at Agboju Secondary School for nine years. He later gained admission to the Lagos State University for first degree and went back for Masters Degree programme in Education Science and Administration in 2001.
Another nominee screened for TESCOM was Mrs. Sidikat Titilayo Smith.
Smith was born in 1954 and attended the University of Lagos, where she studied Biology Education. She was also cleared by the House for the position.
Mr. Adeleke Oluwaseun Kara was also screened to be a member of TESCOM.
Kara went to the Federal College of Education, Okenne, and later taught at Teachers College, Ikorodu before going to the University of Ibadan to study Guidance and Counseling.
The fifth nominee screened for TESCOM was Mrs. Hadijat Hassan Kuburat. She was born in 1965 and attended Lagos State University, where she studied Political Science and later got masters degree and is undergoing Phd Programme at the University of Ilorin.
Meanwhile, a Bill for a Law to amend the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (2016) was read for the second time.
Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Public Petitions, and Human Rights, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh stated that the bill needs overhauling and that the citizens must be made to know the importance of security.
He said that the House has a responsibility to ensure that the agency works well and made to achieve its aim.
The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade also added his voice to the need to review the bill, which he said considered the issue of vigilante.
He said that members of the corps have power to conduct search or to arrest any erring member of the public.
Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu Constituency 1) and Hon. Yishawu Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) also spoke on the matter.
The bill was later committed to the House Committee on Information, Publicity and Strategy, headed by Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho and they are to report back to the House in two weeks.

Obasa Commiserates With OPC, Family Over Fasehun’s Death; Says Nigeria Will Miss Him

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has commiserated with the leadership of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) over the death of its national leader, Dr Frederick Fasehun.

A statement released on Sunday signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, Obasa also commiserated with the family of the deceased describing his death not only a loss to the OPC and his family, but also to the Nigerian nation.

“The late Dr Fasehun was a nationalist and his death is therefore not only a loss to his family and OPC but also to the entire Nigerian nation,” he said.

Rt. Hon Obasa described the late OPC leader as a dogged fighter who did not shy away from pursuing his belief to a logical conclusion. “He was a dogged fighter who will always pursue his belief to logical conclusion. Nigeria will surely miss his experience, knowledge and wisdom,” he said.

Procurement: Lagos Assembly Increases Advance Payment Fee To 40%

The Lagos State House of Assembly has said that 20 per cent advance payment for public procurement activities is outdated and that this has affected delivery of projects in the state.

This was disclosed by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa at the Public Hearing for a Bill for A Law to Amend the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency Law organised by the House on Thursday at Lateef Jakande Hall, Assembly Complex, .

The stakeholders meeting was organised by the House Committee on Finance, led by Hon. Yinka Ogundimu representing Agege Constituency II.

Obasa stated that the review was aimed at making the law more functional and ensure that people-oriented projects were delivered speedily in good quality.

The speaker, who was represented by his deputy, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni said that the procurement was all about accountability, probity as well as reduction of corruption.

He said that the house wanted to work for the people of Lagos by having a procurement law that with serve the people and ensure speedy delivery of infrastructural projects.

“There are projects that require speedy completion. The delivery of government projects within reasonable time is key to the house.

“Our people desire services as earlier as possible. There are projects the government wants to finish in time, 20 percent (advance payment) cannot work again, the law has to be dynamic.

“We will ensure increase in the mobilisation fee for projects. The job cannot be completed in time with 20 per cent mobilisation. We cannot forget that our people need to do jobs and their capacity is limited.

“Government money should be accounted for and should also be used for what it is meant for. We want procurement in Lagos to be seamless and work for the people,” he said.

Reviewing the bill, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the House has identified 10 laws of the state to be reviewed to give Lagosians a cleaner and more functional laws for the benefit of the people.

He said, while reviewing the Bill, that the amendment affected section 4, which affected appointment of the Board by the Governor subject to the confirmation of the House to have best hands.

He added that the amendment also included a new section 5 which states that:”The Chairman and members of the board shall hold office for a term of three years and may be reappointed for a further term of three years only “.

The proposed amendment also affected section 18, 19, 31, 32, 33 and 63 of the Principal Law which deleted 20 per cent of advanced payment and replaced by 40 per cent considering the present reality.

In his words, the Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Akinyemi Ashade Lagos State described the proposed amendment as progressive and proactive.

According to him, the Board of the Procurement Agency has also considered an amendment to the law to aid performance in terms of transparency and speedy implementation of projects.

Ashade said that the public procurement, apart from ensuring accountability and probity, ensures value for money and speedy delivery of projects.

The stakeholders took turns to commend the House for the proposed amendment, saying it would enhance better performance of procurement processes in the state.

A project engineer, Dr. John Ekundayo, who hailed the lawmakers, added that even with 40 per cent proposed advance payment, there were still some hiccups the affect projects delivery due to the nature of payment.

Ekundayo said: “40 per cent is good but there are some key projects the required even more. Some projects are key and need more to ensure quick delivery. I suggest 70 per cent.”

Deputy Director, Procurement in the state Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Dr. Bunmi Oladipupo said there was a need to change of the head of the agency Director General or Permanent Secretary as against General Manager.

Mt Fatai Idowu of the Public Procurement Agency, however, urged the house to make 40 per cent mobilisation fees maximum because of numerous projects that might be begging attention.

“Let 40 per cent be maximum but it could be less so as not to affect other projects. When we evaluate, we must consider financial capacity,” he said.

Mr. Mumuni Eshinlokun from the Local Government Commission called for domestication of the law for local government to work more efficiently.

Responding to the call for domestication of the Public Procurement Law at the local government level, Obasa said that the house would consider it, urging stakeholders to submit their memoranda.

Earlier in his address, Ogundimu, who noted that the House was looking at the some laws of the state to make them better, said the procurement law was very important to have a better state because of its links to the infrastructural projects in the state.

“For us not to have continue abandoned projects, we need to consider this law, we need your full contributions. It is part of our duties to amend our laws to weigh the impact of every law and review them whenever necessary.

“One of this is advance payment in the award of contracts for projects from 20% to 40%. That is one of the major amendment. We are here to listen to the stakeholders and we will weigh the importance of their inputs.

“We want procurement to go on without hindrance. One of the main ingredients of the economy is the government as the biggest spenders,” he added.

Meanwhile, the Public Hearing on a Bill for a Law to Establish the Lagos State Public Private Partnership Law, 2018 and for Connected Purpose was shifted by one week following the request by stakeholders over short notice.

They urged the House to give them more time to study the proposed amendment.

Lagos Assembly Commences Audit Reports Of Over 200 MDAs Oversight

The Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Public Accounts (State) on Monday commenced investigation into audit reports of over 200 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for probity and accountability.

The Committee’s Chairman, Hon. Moshoood Oshun, who spoke with newsmen after the committee interrogated the Physical Planning Permit Authority, said that the exercise was legal to ensure public funds were judiciously expended.

According to him, the exercise is an annual ritual for House Committee whenever the Auditor-General finishes auditing all the MDAs in Lagos State.

“This is expected by the law. We are going to treat every MDAs.

Lagosians stand to know how their money is being expended. The

exercise will ensure that public funds are spent in the right way.

“ There are processes that must be followed. Lagos residents voted

for us to protect their interests, protect their money and protect the

state. This is one way of doing that.

“We want to make sure that all tax-payers money is judiciously spent.

We want to make sure that the right thing is done, we want to make

sure that what has been appropriated for is done.

“Lagosians gain a lot from this kind of exercise.

On the challenges facing some of the MDAs in meeting their

expectations, Oshun said that committee would consider them and find solutions to ensure their optimal performance.

According to him, the Physical Planning Permit Authority has done very well in terms of revenue generation and achievements, though there is a room for improvement.

He urged the revenue agencies to work more in generating funds to

finance state budgets.

“MDAs should know they are out to serve the people of Lagos State to make sure residents feel safe and secured as well as to ensure that their money was not wasted of frivolities.

“I want to implore the MDAs to make sure their books are up to date,

to make sure that all loopholes are blocked and to make sure that tax

payers money are judicious spent.

Oshun, said that the committee was not in a rush in the investigation

but committee to do a thorough job as prescribed by the law.

“We have been elected to do this job, we have been paid to do it.

What is important to the House is to make sure that a good job is

done. We will investiagete well.

“We want to make sure that someone who has not done anything bad is not punished and to make sure that somebody who has done something bad is punished.

The Committee Chairman urged the MDAs to work with the House in law reviews, where necessary in order to ensure they match test of time for optimum performance.

Osun Gov’s Inauguration: Obasa Congratulates APC, Oyetola, Aregbesola

Ahead the official inauguration of Alhaji Isiaka Adegboyega Oyetola as the new Governor of Osun State on Tuesday, 27 November, 2018, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has sent a message of congratulation to the incomingGovernor, his predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola and the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the victory at the polls.

A statement by Obasa’s Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, on Monday stated that the Lagos Speaker also congratulated the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu not only for the victory at the Osun governorship poll, but also the recent electoral victories recorded at the various bye-elections that took place in the country.

APC won at the bye-elections that took place at Irepodun/Isin/Okeero/Ekiti Federal Constituency of Kwara State; Kankia/Kusada/Ingawa/ Constituency of Katsina State; and Toro Federal Constituency of Bauchi State.

“I want to congratulate the leadership and members of our party at all levels. Not only on the Osun governorship election and subsequent inauguration of the new Governor but also on the recent victories recorded at the bye-elections in Kwara, Katsina and Bauchi States.

“These victories are clear indication of the fact that Nigerians still love our party and support our development programmes and projects at all levels,” Obasa said.

In congratulating Oyetola, the Lagos Assembly Speaker stated that the incoming Governor is in better position to work and improve on the great achievements recorded by Ogbeni Aregbesola. “He (Oyetola) worked closely with Ogbeni for eight years. He is an experienced administrator, well equipped to do the job and I have no doubt in my mind that he will succeed,” he said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa also rejoiced with Ogbeni Aregbesola on a successful tenure in office. “He has performed extremely well in Osun and I know history will judge him positively,” he said.

On Asiwaju Tinubu, Obasa said, “he is our Leader and for any achievement recorded in governance, he deserves the accolades because he has taught us well”.

Obasa assured Nigerians that the APC administration at all levels will not relent in putting in place programmes and measures that will enhance their welfare and improve their standard of living. “We cherish your support and prayers hence we will continue to seek for your support and prayers all the time,” he said.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY CONDEMNS KILLINGS OF CITIZENS BY CUSTOM OFFICERS

Lagos State House of Assembly has condemned alleged killings of innocent citizens by men of the Nigerian Custom Service across the State.

Hon. David Setonji, representing Badagry Constituency II, moved the motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance. He stated that there was the need to call the officers to order as their conduct within the State was becoming weary and unfortunate.

“The Nigerian custom officers were chasing smugglers in resident of Badagry and they were shooting sporadically thereby killing an innocent woman, Mrs. Patience Oni and also injured a man that has no business with the smugglers.” he added.

Contributing, Hon. Rasheed Makinde, representing Ifako-Ijaiye Constituency II, also explained that it was high time they limited their operations to the borders and not to extend same to residential areas.

He said, “It is now becoming a routine for the Nigerian Customs to chase smugglers into the resident and kill innocent citizens. This same matter was brought to the floor of the House around last year whereby custom killed a vulcanizer in my constituency yet they are coming into the street to kill innocent citizens.”

Hon. Tunde Braimoh, representing Kosofe Constituency II, added that there was the need to call the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to call them to order because they are unleashing terror on the citizenry.

The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade opined that the family of the deceased should take this case up and demand a compensation from the formation even though there is no amount of money that can be compared to life, noting that if the custom officers know the price to pay for committing these unlawful atrocities, they would surely desist and behave themselves.

The House while commiserating with the family of Mrs. Patience Oni, thereafter called on the Comptroller General of Nigeria Customs Service, NCS, Col. Hameed Ali (rtd), to direct his men to be more civil in their conduct.

The House also called on the State Commissioner for Police, Imohimi Edgal to investigate the matter and ensure that the arrested custom officers are charged to court.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, observed that the custom have been so inefficient in managing the control of the border.

He then directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to write the presidency to inform him about the incidents.

Obasa: Devolution Of Powers, Essential Tool For National Development

The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon, Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has described Devolution of Powers a major way to bring about rapid development and growth in the country.

Obasa made this known on Friday, in his opening address at the ongoing consultative meeting on the Review and Harmonisation of the Standing Orders and Rules of Business of the State Houses of Assembly in the South West Region holding at Park Inn Hotel, Abeokuta.

In his words, “while the oneness of Nigeria is non-negotiable, one thing we will need to speedily work on is the issue of devolution of power vis-à-vis fiscal federalism. Nigeria is made up of diverse ethnic groups which have similar goal of moving Nigeria to the Next Level but at times have different ideas on how to achieve it. No doubt, centralization of power at the Federal level as it exists currently in Nigeria is not the most ideal approach to accomplish genuinely necessary rapid development. Devolution of power from federal government to state and local governments is the way to go.”

While baring his mind on the need for the federal government to address the issue of Devolution of Powers as a matter of urgency, Obasa opined that the distance between federal government and the people at the grassroots is way too far to bring about a holistic development to every nook and cranny of the country.

“It is obvious to all and sundry that Federal government is simply too far away from the masses and cannot cover the whole country in an effective manner.  There is an in-built limitation on what a government so far away from the people can achieve. People in each locale know their area far much better than a federal minister or president located in Abuja.”

Obasa went on further to state that speedy solution to some of our problems as a nation is the embracing of restructuring. “The only panacea to some of our present economic challenges as a nation is through restructuring where every state will look inward to generate revenues to take care of their individual needs. 

“For instance, if individual states are constitutionally empowered to generate and distribute power, it will aid massive industrialisation, which is a catalyst for technological advancement and economic development.”

He also used the medium to enunciate his strong belief in having state police in the country. “The present Nigeria Police system is inadequate to address our enormous security challenges in the country. Hence, it becomes imperative to have community policing, which is the hallmark of state police.

Maolud Nabiyy: Obasa Wants Nigerians To Imbibe Prophet Muhammad’s Tolerance, Selflessness, Courage

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa has called on Nigerians to imbibe Prophet Muhammad’s tolerance, selflessness and courage to accelerate the growth and development of the country.

Rt. Hon. Obasa’s advice was contained in his message to Nigerians in celebration of the birthday of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (SAW). The message, which was released on Monday, was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

According to him, “Prophet Muhammad was tolerant and selfless as a leader and was courageous in implementing programmes which enhanced and ensured improvement of lives of the citizens during his tenure as an administrator. When he was head of government in Madinah, he related well with everyone irrespective of race, religion or creed. That was tolerance! His welfare programmes cater for all, while he was courageous in promoting programmes that enhanced the welfare of the people. These are the qualities we should imbibe”.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker stated further that the life of the Prophet is a compendium to learn from to ensure the growth of the country, “and as we celebrate his birthday, I urge us to learn and imbibe such sterling qualities that not only made him the great religious leader but also one of the greatest administrators the world has ever seen”.

Fight Against Corruption: Lagos Assembly moves to tinker with Public Procurement Law

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday read for the second time a Bill for a Law to Amend the Lagos State Public Procurement Agency Law to enhance transparency and fight against corruption.
The House said that the need to amend law became imperative to also enhance performance and effectiveness of procurements in the state.
The lawmakers, who took turns to deliberate on the bill, said that the composition, initial deposit to contractors and fund assessment should be looked into.
Speaking, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu said that the tenure of principal officers of the board and the advanced payment to contractors should be looked into in the amendment.
According to him, the 20 per cent initial payment to contractors stipulated by the existing law was too small and had occasioned the increase in the number of abandoned projects.
Ogundimu said that the review would enhance performance and delivery of standard work by contractors.

Also speaking, Prince Bisi Yusuff (APC-Alimosho I) said that the amendment would foster independence and transparency in the operations of the board for the benefit of Lagos residents.

Hon. Setonji David (APC- Badagry II) said that the committee handling the amendment should look at issues that had made the implementation of the existing law difficult.
In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said the Public Procurement Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2018 had become necessary to deal with corruption in the state procurement operations.
Obasa said, “The essence of this amendment is to banish corruption and to encourage transparency and probity in the award of contracts”.
The Speaker urged the House committee to look into the board composition, first payment to contractors as well as language of carrying out procurement activities.
He said that there should be an increment in the initial deposit to contractors to 40 per cent as well as inclusion of the use of indigenous language in carrying out procurement processes to encourage local contractors.
Obasa, who said that there was the need to ensure that Lagosians were given only qualitative and durable projects, committed the amendment bill to the House Committee on Finance.
He directed the committee to report back to the House in three weeks.
Meanwhile, the House also read for the second time, Private Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2018 as well as the Lagos State House of Assembly Commission (Amendment ) Bill, 2018.

Invasion of State Houses of Assembly: Lagos Assembly Charges Buhari To Caution Nigerian Police

Worried by the spates of interference by the Nigeria Police in the activities of State Houses of Assembly, the Lagos State House of Assembly has urged the President, Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to call his men to order.
The House also commended the Chief Judge of Benue State, Justice Aondover Ka’kaan for having the courage to give a landmark judgement on the sanctity of the legislative body.
The resolution followed a motion moved by the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, who spoke under Matters of Urgent Public Importance, lamented the “desecration of the legislature by the police and executive arm across the country.”
According to Abiru, “Some people are interfering with the proceedings of the Houses of Assemblies. It is clear in the constitution that the the three arms of governments are interdependent.
“We see the involvement of security forces. What happened in Benue is commendable. The Speaker was impeached but there was crisis but the Chief Judge of the state has ruled that the judiciary has no power to interfere in the business of legislature.
“The role of the Nigerian police is to maintain peace and not to shut down the parliament. The police are very quick in taking sides,” Abiru submitted.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated, “I also join you to commend the Chief Judge, who made the pronouncement. Since 1999, we have seen shutting down of parliaments. We should remind the police that no arm of government is above the other. The police have no power to close down parliament.
“The developed world had also passed through such process, but they had the citizens that rose to defend the parliaments. When any House is being shut down, we should have people in such states that would sue the commissioners,” Obasa said.
The Speaker however cautioned his colleagues in taking legislative business very serious, saying “though anyone could emerge the Speaker among members but it should be in accordance to the rule.”
While also commending the Benue Chief Judge, Hon. Segun Olulade reiterated that “it is wrong for any arm of government to impede on the other. When you shut down legislature, you have shut down the people. Members of parliaments should be allowed to resolve their differences.”
Hon. Rotimi Olowo pointed out that “what is happening in Benue and Anambra States is executive recklessness. We are not in military autocracy. When you shut down an arm of government, it is ultra vires. We need to write the IG to put a stop to this.”
On his part, Hon. Abiodun Tobun maintained that sovereignty belongs to the people, adding that “the people have willingly surrendered their sovereignty to the lawmakers, but what we have witnessed is that they try to intimidate the parliamentarians. When police are coming into the chambers, that is the work of the fifth columnists.”
Hon. Funmilayo Tejuoso stated that the legislature is the voice of the people, saying that the police and the executive must be careful in jumping to other people’s jurisdiction.