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HOUSE COMMITTEE PARTNERS RTEAN TO BOOST TOURISM AHEAD OF LAGOS AT 50 CELEBRATION

Lagos State House of Assembly Lawmaker and Chairman, House Committee on Tourism, Art and Culture, Hon. Desmond Elliot has partnered Road Transport Employers’ of Nigeria (RTEAN), Lagos State Branch to boost tourism ahead of “Lagos at 50″ celebration.

Hon. Elliot made this known during a courtesy visit to RTEAN Lagos State Secretariat with Members of his Committee as part of their oversight function to Badagry, Epe and Akodo Resort Centre recently.

The Lawmaker established that “Transportation is key to tourism because tourists need to be transported from one point to the other”. He said the Committee decided to acknowledge the importance of RTEAN in the State, especially now that “’Lagos at 50′ celebration is nearer”.

Welcoming the Committee, Alhaji Musa Muhammed, the State Chairman of RTEAN applauded the Committee saying, “this is the first time any arm of government or its agencies has deemed it fit to visit our Secretariat”.

“We have never been recognised except during election because we have 20,000 members that are eligible voters in Lagos State”, he lamented.

He added that RTEAN is ready in any way possible to support the Government and its policies but was quick to complain that they were officially given 52 garages in 6 Local Government Areas and Local Council Development Areas in the State but none is operational.

A Member of the Committee and the House Chairman on Central Business District (CBD), Hon. Victor Akande confirmed that “Transportation cuts across other Committees, so we need your assistance and collaboration. We will in turn come together to assist you”.

Other Members present, Hon. Solaja-Saka Nurudeen, House Committee Chairman on Science and Technology, Hon. Fatai Oluwa and Hon. Jude Idimogu commended Lagos RTEAN leadership for being so organised and coordinated.

Hon. Elliot promised that they would inform the House Leadership who will assist to communicate their plight to the appropriate quarters for earnest solution of the garage challenges.”

The Committee Chairman, in his closing remark, reiterated that Lagos Branch of RTEAN contributions to the development of the State are not in doubt.

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Lagos State Safety Commissions DG Vows To Insure All Lagos Buildings

Newly appointed Director General of the Lagos State Safety Commission (LSSC), Hakeem Dickson has vowed to ensure that every building in the state has an insurance cover to mitigate the devastating effects of disasters.
Dickson gave this assurance while addressing members of the Lagos State House of Assembly during plenary as part of the exercise to approve his nomination as the head of the commission.
The House had in the recent past directed Dickson to vacate his headship of the commission for failure to get clearance from the House.
The DG who tendered unreserved apology for assuming the office before House’s confirmation, stated that, “it was an oversight that occurred, that would never repeat itself in any other assignment in the future.”
Hakeem, who is a former councilor from Surulere Local Government Area of the State, promised to execute to the letter the provisions in the law that established the Safety Commission.
According to him, “I’m such a person that ruminates a lot on any assigned role. Although, I’m not a mayor but DG – I’m ready to implement the provisions of the law that set up LSSC.
“Each house in the state must have to comply with the provision of having 5-6 Kg fire extinguisher to combat fire when it occurs in their houses. Also, every building must comply with the provision on insurance to mitigate effects of disasters,” Hakeem said.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who presided over the plenary told the DG to address the problems posed by articulated vehicles in the state.
Obasa noted that there were situations where the articulated vehicles would fall off on the highways, saying in such instances death occurs and others get varying degrees of injuries.
The Speaker added that the tasks before the new DG were enormous, which according to him must be thoroughly addressed to achieve the desired results.

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Obasa Restates Assembly’s Commitment To Promoting Yoruba Culture; Ooni Commends Lawmakers For Initiative

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has restated the commitment of the Assembly to the promotion of Yoruba language and the culture of the Yoruba people.

Rt. Hon. Obasa spoke on Thursday at the plenary session of the Assembly where the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja ll) was a special guest.

At the sitting, Obasa assured the foremost Yoruba monarch that he and his colleagues in the Assembly will continue to work to promote the Yoruba language and culture.

“We’ve started conducting our Thursday plenary sessions in Yoruba. We’ve gone ahead to organised the Yoruba Stakeholders’ Summit and we will ensure that the teaching of Yoruba language becomes compulsory in Lagos State. We will not relent and we will continue to do more so that our dear language will not go into extinction,” he said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker urged Yoruba wherever they are to make the language the tool of communication with their children at home. “The era of using other people”a language as tool of communication with our children should be rejected and should be done away with,” he said.

Ooni Ogunwusi commended the Lagos lawmakers for being in the forefront of the struggle to promote the Yoruba language and culture. “I’m very happy to be here and I want to commend the members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for being in the forefront of the struggle for he promotion of Yoruba language and culture,” Oba Ogunwusi said.

The monarch stated further that he was particularly pleased with the Yoruba plenary sitting.of the House saying that he had to push forward his visit to the House by 24 hours because he wanted to witness the Yoruba plenary session of the lawmakers.

“I’m highly impressed and indeed with what you have done, the Lagos State House of Assembly has become role model for others in the country in the area of culture promotion,” Ooni Ogunwusi said.

The programme was concluded with exchange of gifts between the Speaker and his visitor.

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Protesters Storm Lagos Assembly Over Planned Demolition of Ojodu Retail Market

Not a few market women and men stormed the premises of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday over an alleged plan of the state government to demolish Ojodu Retail Market.

The distraught marketers chanted several solidarity songs, and passionately appealed to the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa to use his office to help them stop the state government from implementing the policy.

Leader of the protesters and Treasurer of the Market Men and Women, Ojodu Retail Market Branch, Alhaja Fadeke Bello disclosed that the marketers were surprised when some officials of the state government gave them only one day notice for the demolition.

Bello said in an interview that she stood in for the Iyaloja of the market, Alhaja A.A Adegbola, who she said went for a weekly meeting of the Iyalojas in the state.

“We are here on behalf of the people of Ojodu Retail market. We heard that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode ordered the demolition of parts of the market, which we did not agree to because the notice was short.

“They called us for an emergency meeting yesterday that they were coming today to demolish the market and we told them that we could not accept that because of the short notice.

“This was why we decided to come and inform the Governor, Speaker of the Assembly and our Iyaloja General, Alhaja Folashade Tinubu-Ojo.

“We are going to her office to see her now. They told us they would only demolish part of the market, but we don’t know what they would do. They gave us a short notice,” she said.

The woman revealed that the market belongs to Ikeja Local Government and that it was established 32 years ago by the Marketing Board.

She stated that they were later told that there were issues with the owners of the land, while appealing to the government not to send them away from the market.

According to her, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is trying his best for the beautification of Ojodu Local Government, adding that they also want to enjoy the gesture of the government.

“The Governor should not send us away from where we earn our daily bread. We depend on the market for survival. We don’t know their plans about the market, but we want them to help us,” she stated.

Addressing the protesters later, Speaker Mudashiru Obasa urged them to be peaceful with their protests, promising to get across to the Executive on the matter and report to the leaders of the protesters in due course.

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Lagos Assembly: Bill on Ibile Holding Corporation Passes Through Second Reading

The Lagos State House of Assembly has committed a Bill For A Law To Provide For Ibile Holding Corporation into its Committee on Finance after passing through second reading during plenary on Monday.

While committing the Bill into the Committee, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa faulted the arguments of some lawmakers who felt that the Bill should not be debated since the Attorney General of the state was yet to brief the House about it.

According to him, the Bill seeks to legitimise Ibile Holding that is already existing, adding that it had to be debated by the House so that it could be committed to the necessary committee.

He stated that even if the Attorney General appeared before the House, he would only brief the lawmakers on what had been written in the Bill.

“We have ample time to invite the executive to brief us on the Bill. But we cannot hold on to it because it has become belated; so this is an opportunity to correct the error that had been made.

“The essence of the Bill is to set an investment vehicle in motion for the state and it would be controlled and regulated by the state government,” he said.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu had suggested that the Bill should not pass through second reading, saying that the House ought to be properly briefed about the Bill by the Executive.

This was supported by the Deputy Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh and Hon. Olufunmilayo Tejuosho, who emphasised that the executive ought to brief the House about the Bill.

Also, Hon. Sikiru Oshinowo said that the House would be setting a bad precedent if it did not wait for briefing by the Executive before allowing the Bill to pass through the second state.

He added that the due process must be followed in working on the Bill since, according to him, this was an agreement reached by the whole House.

The Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Rotimi Abi rules, however, stated that government is about service delivery and that the Bill must go through second reading despite the fact that the Executive was yet to brief the House about it.

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Lagos Assembly Passes Lagos Sports Trust Fund, Sports Commission Bills Into Law

The Lagos State Assembly on Monday passed the Lagos State Sport Commission and Lagos State Sport Trust Fund Bills into law for the growth and developing of sports in the state.

The House passed a Bill for a Law to Provide for Establishment of Lagos State Sports Commission and for Connected Purposes and a Bill for a Law for Establishment of Lagos State Trust Fund and for Connected Purposes.

The bills were given accelerated passage after the House adopted the recommendations of its House Committee on Sports led by Hon. Adedamola Kasumu as its resolutions.

The two bills, thereafter were read for the third time and passed after the Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa conducted voice votes on each section of the bill.

Obasa directed the Acting Clerk of the House to forward clean copies of each bill to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for assent.

Speaking after the plenary, Kasumu said that the two bills would help to take sports to greater heights in the state.

“The board of the commission will be properly constituted for the development of sports in the state. The commission will replace ministry of sport as it were. It will enhance participation and trainings in sports.

“The bills seek to promote young talents in sports to grow. Sports Trust Fund is saddled with the responsibility for looking for donations and grants to encourage sporting activities in the state.

“Lagos has been doing well in sports, the bills will make the state giant in sports, not only in Nigeria but also in Africa. We will stop at nothing to make sure we take sports to greater heights, ” he said.

According to him, with the two bills, sports will be taken to the people at the grassroots, adding that the bill will encourage the Ministry of Education to develop school sports further.

He said that while the sports commission would help to ensure proper management of sporting activities through regulation of policies in sports, the Sports Trust Fund would help to generate fund to develop sports.

The chairman said that with the Trust Fund, the labour of sports’ heroes would not be forgotten as it would help to recognise and reward those who had contributed to sports development.

He said that it would help to help to identify and sponsor young and upcoming sports talents for development to attain the height of their career.

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Online Verification of Number Plate’ll Curb Criminality in Lagos – Obasa

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described the introduction of a website, through which motorists and law enforcement agencies can verify the authenticity of vehicles number plates, as a welcome development.
The Speaker, while commending the Smart City initiative by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the Lagos State Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA), noted that this initiative is a right step in the right direction, as it will no doubt curtail all forms of criminal activities in the state.
The General Manager, MVAA, Mr. Lateef Lawal recently announced the existence of the website, which he said became necessary in order to eradicate the unnecessary harassment of motorists by officials of the Nigerian Police, Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) and other Security Agencies.
In a statement issued from the office of his Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Matters, Obasa, while noting that this will go beyond eradicating harassment by law enforcement agencies, stated that “personally, I believe that the introduction of this website will do more than eradication of harassment by officers of the law. It will also help reduce crime rate in the state.
“Let us imagine a situation where a vehicle with a particular registration number plate is used to perpetrate a crime in place and the number is captured, once that number is entered on website, it will reveal every detail about the car including the name of its owner, vehicle model, colour of the car and so on.
“With that, once the security agencies can immediately be alerted, they can go through this website and use the number on the plate to search for other details of the car and they can communicate with police in every part of the state and eventually, such a car can be tracked.
“A case where some people will use a vehicle to either rob or kidnap and think they can escape, all that is needed is the number on that plate. If the number is genuine, then it is certain that the vehicle will be located with the help of the security agencies,” Obasa stated.
He, however, advised the state government to improve on the system in such a way that it would be able to track a stolen vehicle. He also advised the general public particularly motorists, FRSC and other Security Agencies to visit the MVAA’s website to verify the authenticity and genuineness of number plates issued by the MVAA.
SIGNED:
Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe
Special Adviser to Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa
Political and Legislative Matters

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Lagos Assembly Approves Death Sentence For Kidnappers

The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed a Bill for a Law to Provide for the Prohibition of the Act of Kidnapping and for Other Connected Purposes into law.

The bill provided death sentence for kidnappers, whose victims die in their custody and life sentence for kidnappers whose victims do not die in their custody.

The passage was subsequent to the earlier adoption of a report presented by Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, the Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Petitions, Human Rights and Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC).

The bill, aimed at ensuring zero tolerance for kidnapping, was finally passed after the third reading by the House.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who read the 20-section bill one after the other for members’ approval, conducted a voice vote at the end before passage.

Obasa directed the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, to forward a clean copy of the bill to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for assent.

The bill states that any person, who kidnaps, abducts, detains, captures or takes another person by any means or tricks with intent to demand ransom or do anything against his/her will, commits an offence, and liable on conviction to death sentence.

The bill, which criminalises attempt to kidnap, also stipulates life imprisonment for anyone who makes attempt to kidnap another person.

Also, the bill is against false representation to release a kidnapped or abducted person. This attracts seven years imprisonment.

The lawmakers at the same time approved 25 years imprisonment to whoever threatens to kidnap another person through phone call, e-mail, text message or any other means of communication.

The bill provides that any person, who knowingly or wilfully allows or permits his premises, building or a place or belonging to which he has control of, to be used for the purposes of keeping a person kidnapped is guilty of an offence under the law and liable to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine.

The House also adopted the recommendations of its Committee on Youths and Sports on a Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of the Lagos State Sports Commission and for Connected Purpose after debates as resolution of the House.

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LRC DUTIES NOT CONFLICTING WITH OUR FUNCTIONS – LAGOS ASSEMBLY

Lagos State House of Assembly has debunked the allegation that there is an overlap between Law Reform Commission (LRC) and the state assembly.
Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso representing Mushin Constituency I, who brought the matter to the floor of the House, stated that there have been rumours that the LRC is performing the Assembly’s duties This insinuation emanated shortly after the presentation of Y2017 budget presentation.

In her submission at today’s plenary, the lawmaker said that there is need to clarify the duties of the LRC, which do not include lawmaking. Therefore, there is need to implore members of the public to be careful of misguided statements that could lead to dispute or misinformation.

Contributing to this matter, Hon. Segun Olulade suggested that there was need to sensitize the public by enlightening them on the roles, duties and functions of both the Legislature and the Executive because members of the public are being misinformed about those duties.

Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, in a remark, gave the clarification, stating that the Law Reform Commission does not make laws but reviews and works on laws passed by the Assembly. “It’s surprising to see that it’s trending on social media that the Lagos Assembly is giving its duties to the LRC.”
He further highlighted the functions of the legislature to include among others Lawmaking; Oversight functions; Passing of bills while the duty of the LRC is solely to review old laws that were passed by the House”. He enjoined the public to note and demarcate the duties of the institution.

In another development, the Members passed a motion for an urgent re-constitution of dissolved boards of parastatals and Agencies of Government in the State.

Hon. Moshood Oshun who moved the motion noted that the State Government circular Ref. No. CIR/HOS/15/VOL.1061 dated 17th June, 2015 informed the approval of Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode on the dissolution of Boards of some Parastatals and Agencies of Government with immediate effect.

The House, according to him, further noted that since their dissolution in 2015, new Boards have not been re-constituted for the Agencies to replace the dissolved ones, which has affected the functions of the Agencies as stipulated in the extant laws establishing these bodies.

To this end, the House resolved to call on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to, as a matter of urgency, consider re-constitution of the Boards of affected Parastatals and Agencies in conformity to the extant Laws of the State.

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2017: Obasa Assures On Positive Changes, Advises Nigerians To Be Steadfast, Prayerful, Vigilant

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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has assured Nigerians of a positive changes in their socio-economic life in 2017.

Obasa also charged Nigerians to remain steadfast in prayers and avoid activities or utterances that can cause breach of peace in the society.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker stated this in his New Year message to Nigerians particularly the people of Lagos State. The message which was released in Lagos on Saturday, December 31, 2016 was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak.

“It is a critical period in our political history but we thank God that progress has been made no matter how little it may be. The coming year is bringing in lots of hope and I assurr you that we will all have cause to rejoice in Year 2017,” Obasa said.

He stated further that, “government at all levels is determined to put in place and execute projects and programmes that will not only enhance and improve the welfare and standard of living of our people but which will also ensure that they enjoy dividends of democracy even at their doorsteps.

“However, we cannot achieve all these without your prayers, cooperation and support, hence I want to urge you not to relent in your prayers and support for us while avoiding activities and utterances that can cause breach of peace”.

The Lagos Assembly also urged Nigerians to remain vigilant and ensured that they report any strange person or activities to security agents so that crimes can be nipped in the bud. “Maintaining security is a collective duty for all of us and we must not shy away from playing our roles,” he said.

While wishing all Nigerians a prosperous New year, he advised them to be modest in celebration and avoid over celebration which can cause chaos and confusion.