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Agege Community Endorses Obasa, Ogundimu; Purchases APC Nomination Forms For Duo

Agege Community comprising of Agege Local Government and Orile Agege Local Council Development Area on Friday endorsed the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; and his colleague in the House representing Agege Constituency 2, Hon Oluyinka Ogundimu for another term in office.

To back up their endorsement, the community also purchased the nomination forms for state Assembly election for the two lawmakers who are members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The move, which was a ‘coup’ for the lawmakers, was spearheaded by the Chairman of Agege Local Government, Alhaji Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi. Hon Ogundimu had gone to the APC secretariat at Acme Road to collect nomination forms for him and the Speaker only to be informed that the forms have been collected on their behalf by the community.

The APC chieftain in Agege, Chief Safari Adaranijo stated that the community decided to collect the forms for the lawmakers in appreciation of their immense contributions to the development of Agege.

“The development is unprecedented in the history of the community. Roads, bridges, employment for youths and empowerment programmes for women. They have performed well. So we are doing this not only to show appreciation but also to give them the chance to serve us more and bring more development,” Chief Adaranijo said.

His views were corroborated by the Alaige of Orile Agege, His Royal Majesty Ambaliu Agbedeyi who stated that the two lawmakers are worthy ambassadors of Agege community.

“We are happy with their performance and we will support them for another term. We are sending them back to bring more development and growth to Agege community. They are worthy ambassadors,” he said.

The member representing Agege Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Honourable Taofeek Abiodun Adaranijo also poured encomiums on both the Speaker and Hon Ogundimu. “The two of them have represented the community well. We can only show appreciation by endorsing them for another term. We have shown our intention by purchasing their nomination forms and I know they will not rest on their oars,” the Rep member said.

Accepting the forms on behalf of the Speaker and himself, Hon Ogundimu expressed appreciation to the community for the honour.

“This is a great honour, the first in the history of this community and I am assuring you on behalf of Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, that this is a call for more service. We will not relent and we will not rest on our oars. We remain committed to the development and growth of Agege community,” Hon Ogundimu, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, said.

The forms were presented to Hon Ogundimu by stakeholders in the community led by Chief Safari Adaranijo.

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Eid-el-Kabir: Lagos Speaker Obasa Preaches Godliness, Perseverance, Tolerance

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudsashiru Obasa, has enjoined Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to imbibe spirits of Godliness, tolerance, perseverance and sacrifice as perquisite for peaceful co-existence in the country.

Rt. Hon. Obasa stated this in his Sallah message to Nigerians in celebration of this year’s Eid-il-Kabir festival. The message was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker, who is also Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, asked Nigerians to imbibe the spirit of Godliness, perseverance and tolerance displayed by Prophet Ibrahim, his son, Ismail and wife, Hajarat in their joint decision to sacrifice Ismail to keep the convenant the Prophet had with God while looking for child.

“We should imbibe the spirit of Godliness, perseverance and tolerance displayed by Prophet Ibrahim, his son, Ismail and wife, Hajarat. They did not waiver in their belief in God. They persevered in the face of the difficulty posed by the decision to sacrifice their only child. The son on his part was tolerant enough to present himself for sacrifice. These are the qualities we needed to engender peaceful co-existence in Nigeria: Godliness, perseverance and tolerance,” Rt. Hon Obasa said.

“Our strength as a country is in our diversity. We are group of people with varying tribal and religious backgrounds but we are committed to achieving a common purpose which is excellence. Therefore we must eradicate every form of rancor and discord among us.

“We must understand and repsect our differences and we must tolerate one another in order to maintain peace and security of life and properties, ’’ he said

He urged Nigerians, particularly Muslims, to be thankful for life, as it is the biggest gift anyone can have.

“Let us remain thankful to Allah for good health and well being. When there is life, there is hope for a brighter future. Our challenges are surmountable and our problems have solutions.

Rt. Hon. Obasa, who noted that the spirit of Eid-el-Kabir extols the virtue of sacrifice, also enjoined Nigerians to rededicate themselves to service, adding that it is only through dedication to national service that “we can build the desired nation”.

While commending the people for supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) at all levels of government, the Chairman of Conference of Speakers urged them to patiently await the fulfillment of of all the promises made to them.

“The government is committed to serving the people and ensuring that everyone enjoys the dividends of democracy. We are grateful for your support and cooperation so far but I urge you not to relent in supporting government at all levels,” he said.

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2019: Obasa Urges Electorate To Obtain PVCs; Says It’s Their Only Access To Vote For Credible Leaders

2019: Obasa Urges Electorate To Obtain PVCs; Says It’s Their Only Access To Vote For Credible Leaders

The Lagos House of Assembly Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudshiru Obasa has appealed to the people of Agege to obtain their Permanent Voters’ Card(PVC) as it is their only access towards voting credible leaders in the 2019 general elections.

Rt. Hon. Obasa, at a stakeholders’ meeting where he gave account of his stewardship to his constituency, said PVC confers power on the electorate as a key stakeholder in the development of democracy.

“The only way to make impactful contribution to the development of democracy is for us all to obtain our PVC. If you have not registered, you still have a few weeks to do so. We have held series of meeting with the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Agege to give them support on how to ensure a seamless registration process,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker who is also the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, noted.

He appealed to traditional rulers, community leaders and religious leaders to mobilize as many people as possible to collect their PVCs for them to participate in the electoral process.

Speaking on the theme: “Towards a Peaceful and Credible Election,’’ Rt. Hon. Obasa enjoined political leaders and party supporters to conduct themselves in ways that would promote peace and unity during and after the elections.

“We also urge religious leaders and parents to contribute to the success of the elections by preaching against violence of any form.

“The electoral process is one of the most important features of democracy with voters as the major stakeholders. The electorate must have confidence in the electoral process for them to participate ,’’ he said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker also called for a community-based security trust fund for people to donate voluntarily to support the government in ensuring security of lives and properties.

According to him, security should be a collective responsibility of everyone in Lagos State.

“It is work for us all; paying attention to happenings around us, reporting strange activities and not shielding criminals helps to ensure everyone is safe. Let’s not keep quiet,” he said.

He called on various Community Development Associations to monitor the works of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps in order to measure their performance.

“LNSC was not created to work in collaboration with the police by gathering intelligence on criminals within neighbourhoods and reporting them for arrest and prosecution. The thieves stealing parts of parked vehicles live in our communities.’’ Obasa said.

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NASS Invasion: Speakers’ Conference Chairman Commends Osinbajo’s Timely Action

NASS Invasion: Speakers’ Conference Chairman Commends Osinbajo’s Timely Action

The Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has commended the acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, for his timely action on the invasion of the National Assembly by the men of the Department of State Security (DSS) on Tuesday.

Men of the DSS invaded the National Assembly and prevented staff and lawmakers from going into the complex early Tuesday morning.

But Professor Osinbajo in a swift reaction ordered the sack of the DSS Director General, Lawal Daura for what the Presidency described as unathorised action.

Rt. Hon. Obasa who is also the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly described Professor Osinbajo’s action as very timely which has not only succeeded in cooling the already heated polity but has also brought credibility to the Federal Government both at home and abroad.

“The acting President has acted timely and this has confirmed that the Presidency has no hand in the invasion of the National Assembly. This has brought credibility to the government and show its sincere commitment to rule of law and justice,” the Chairman of Conference Speakers said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa condemned the invasion describing it as a desecration on the sanctity of the Parliament. “The action of the DSS is condemnable because it’s a desceration on the sanctity of the Parliament. But the acting President has restored the pride of the Parliament through his timely action,” he said.

The Chairman of the Speakers Conference further reiterated that he and his colleagues had warned in the communique issued at the end of their meeting in Lagos which ended in Lagos at the weekend that the Nigeria Police and in essence other security agencies should be more professional and apolitical in the discharge of their constitutional responsibilities by desisting from invading and occupying legislative houses in the country.

“This invasion, coming barely 48 hours after our meeting, is sacrligeous and inimical to the growth of democratic values and ideals because the Parliament is the anchor on which Democracy stands. Any attempt to desecrate it, will have negative lasting impact on Democracy,” he said.

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THE ACCEPTANCE SPEECH AFTER MY ELECTION AS THE NEW CHAIRMAN OF CONFERENCE OF SPEAKERS OF STATE LEGISLATURES IN NIGERIA ON SUNDAY, 5TH AUGUST, 2018 AT IKEJA .

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Distinguished colleagues, I feel honoured and privileged to stand here today to address you as the new Chairman of the Conference of
Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria.

It is a great honour bestowed on me in particular and the Lagos State House of Assembly in general. We are indeed humbled. This mandate
is a sacred one and I intend to do everything within my power to protect its sanctity.

It’s a mandate which brings about a burden – the burden to serve not only you my colleagues, but also the entire people of Nigeria who have honoured us all with their votes at our respective constituencies to promote and protect their interest and welfare.

My dear colleagues, we as leaders of state parliaments in Nigeria must come together to work for the protection of the sanctity of the
Parliament. Parliament is the bastion of democracy; hence it is our collective duty to ensure that its sanctity is not denigrated or
assaulted.

In recent times, Parliament, particularly at the state level, has come under heavy attacks which most often have been misplaced by many
who are ignorant of the duties and functions of lawmakers.

As the new Chairman of this great organization, I will work assiduously with my colleagues in the Executive Council to build on the achievements recorded by my predecessors. I will work for the
protection and promotion of the rights of the Legislative arm of government.

Inasmuch as we will cooperate with the other arms of government to put in place measures and programmes for the growth and development of the country, I assure you that we will not
keep quiet, fold our arms and watch our rights being trampled upon.

We will be gentle but firm in our demands for our right, resolute but not deliberately antagonistic.
As sated earlier dear colleagues, the Parliament is the last bastion of democracy and it’s our duty to protect it for the survival of democrat values and ideas.

Distinguished colleagues, on behalf of all Lagosians, I want to express deep appreciation to you all for creating time to attend this
conference. I wish you all journey mercies back to your respective states. And once again, thank you for giving Lagos State the mandate
to lead this organisation.

May I also use this medium to thank our governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, his wife, Mrs Bolanle, our national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, our royal father, His Majesty, Oba Rilwan Akiolu, my darling wife and all the honorable members of Lagos State House of Assembly as well as management staff.

I thank you for your listening pleasure.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa
Chairman,
Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures

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COMMUNIQUE REACHED AT THE END OF THE SECOND QUARTER GENERAL MEETING OF CONFERENCE OF SPEAKERS OF STATE LEGISLATURES IN NIGERIA WHICH TOOK PLACE AT THE RADISSON BLU HOTEL, GRA, IKEJA, LAGOS BETWEEN FRIDAY, 3 AUGUST AND SUNDAY, 5 AUGUST, 2018. Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria held her second quarter general meeting in Lagos from the 3rd to 5th August, 2018. 

Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria held her second quarter general meeting in Lagos from the 3rd to 5th August, 2018. 

Among other things, the Conference reviewed and adopted the Reports of the Technical Committee set up to facilitate an efficient and effective implementation of the Financial Autonomy Law for the state legislature and judiciary. 

The Conference also deliberated on a wide range of topical national issues. 

The Conference equally elected a new Executive Committee of the Conference at the meeting, and the Committee is headed by the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt Hon Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa.

The Conference further resolved as follows: 

1. The Conference calls on the Federal Government to direct relevant government agencies to ensure prompt implementation of the new constitutional provision granting financial autonomy to the Judiciary and state legislature in Nigeria;

2. The Conference calls on the State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria to ensure meaningful engagements with the executive arms in their respective States in order to have a seamless implementation of the new Law with a view to strengthening state legislatures and entrenching democracy in Nigeria;

3. The Conference calls on the National Assembly to expedite actions on the proposed constitution amendment to establish state police in Nigeria with a view to complementing the efforts of Nigeria Police and ultimately ensuring adequate security of the lives and properties of the citizenry;

4. The Conference calls on the political leaders in the country  to put national interest above any other interests and urge them to be more cautious in their utterances and actions lest we derail our hard earned democracy; 

5. The Conference calls on Nigeria Police to be more professional and apolitical in the discharge of its constitutional responsibilities by desisting from invading and occupying legislative houses in the country;

6. The Conference commiserates with the people and government of Zamfara State and other States in Nigeria that have been gruesomely attacked by the bandit and insurgents in the country.

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Speaker, Niger State House of Assembly &

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2019:Akiolu Endorses Buhari, Ambode, Obasa

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The Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty Rilwan Osuolale Akiolu has called on Nigerians particularly Lagosians to ensure the return of President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and Hon Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni in the 2019 general elections.

The quartet  are: the President of Nigeria, Governor of Lagos State, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and the Deputy Speaker of same Assembly respectively.

The Lagos monarch made this statement on Saturday in his palace when Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures paid him a courtesy visit in the course of their quarterly meeting in Lagos.

Oba Akiolu described the quartet as having performed excellently well in their course of duty.

“They have done well. And going by their performances during the few years that they have been saddled with the leadership positions, they have shown to all and sundry that they can do more if given the opportunity again,” he said.

The Lagos monarch stated further advised politicians to work for the interest and welfare of Nigerians. “Politicians can only do this by settling their differences amicably. Politics is characterised by allignment and re-allignment of personnel but in doing this, politicians should not take actions or make utterances that can heat up the polity. 

“We should ensure that we live in peace and harmony and that’s when the country can grow and develop. Through this, Nigerians will enjoy real dividends of democracy,” Oba Akiolu said.

The Speaker of the Kebbi State House of Assembly and Chairman of the Conference I Speakers, Rt. Hon. Ismaila Kamba described Oba Akiolu as a man of honour and integrity. “As a policeman, I know you as an upright man and as a traditional ruler, you are still on the path of truth and the Rule of Law. I admire your courage and I thank you for taking time to host us,” he said.

The host Speaker, Rt. Hon. Obasa described Oba Akiolu as a supporter of truth and an agitator for justice. “He has been a pillar of support for us. He has always stand by us and we have been drinking positively from his fountain of knowedge and wisdom,” Rt. Hon Obasa said.

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Lagos Plays Host To Conference Of State Assemblies’ Speakers

Speakers of the 36 state Houses of Assembly will converge in Lagos between Friday, 3 August, and Sunday, 5 August, 2018 to deliberate on national issues especially those that have to do with the Legislative arm of Government.

The meeting, according to a release signed by Hon. (Princess) Adefunmilayo Tejuoso, Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security; is a three day event which will take place at the Radison Blue Hotel, Isaac John Street, Ikeja.

According to Hon Tejuoso, apart from their deliberation anchored on presentation of papers, the visiting Speakers, who will be hosted by the host Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, will attend a dinner on Friday organised by the host Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.

The event proper takes place on Saturday where papers will be presented. In between presentation of papers on Saturday, the Speakers will visit the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty Rilwan Osuolale Akiolu. The Speakers will later present their resolutions through a communique after the meeting.

The Speakers will depart Lagos for their various states on Sunday.

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Lagos Assembly Reconstitutes Committees -Hosts South West and Speakers from 36 States In August

Months after the dissolution of its standing committees, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has announced the reconstitution of the committees of the House.

Announcing the new committees during plenary on Tuesday, Obasa revealed that while he would head the Selection Committee, the Chief Whip of the House, Hon. Rotimi Abiru would be the Chairman of the Business Rules and Ethics Committee.

Other committee chairmen are Agriculture, Hon. Rasheed Makinde, Health Services, Hon. Akeem Shokunle, House Services, Hon. Fatai Oluwa, Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, Environment, Hon. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi and Works and Infrastructure, Hon. Abiodun Tobun.

Also announced were, Public Accounts (Local), Hon. Bisi Yusuff, Public Accounts (State), Hon. Moshood Oshun, Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Information and Strategy, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho, Judiciary, LASIEC, Human Rights and Petition, Hon. Tunde Braimoh and Water Front Infrastructure, Hon. Dayo Famakinwa.

The rest are Establishment and Training, Hon. Mojisola Miranda, Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara, Commerce and Industry, Hon. Jude Idimogu, Central Business District, Hon. Oladele Adekanye, Education, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi, Wealth Creation, Hon. Raheem Kazeem , Tourism and Culture, Hon. Noheem Adams, and Housing, Hon. Ibrahim Layode.

Meanwhile, the Assembly has adjourned sitting to September, 17, 2018 as it went on annual recess, while it would host Conference of South West Speakers and Conference of Speakers of Nigeria in the first week of August, 2018.

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LAGOS LAWMAKERS PASS LAGOS STATE AWARD SCHEME BILL, LAGOS STATE PENSION REFORM AMENDMENT BILL

Lawmakers of the Lagos State House of Assembly at Tuesday plenary have passed the Lagos State Award Scheme Bill, 2017 into law.

The bill was passed shortly after the Ad Hoc Committee Chairman on Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Hon. Sokunle Olusola resumed deliberation on the report of the bill.

The bill which scaled through its second and third reading is meant to serve as a form of motivation to individuals who have served the State meritoriously in different capacities. Its benefits will confer on recipients the privilege of using the award to being qualified for certificates and medals as well as such other privileges.

It would be recalled that the bill at the last plenary during the presentation of report was recommended for amendments for another allotted date in order to ensure proper scrutiny.

Also, the Lagos State Pension Reform (Amendment) Bill 2007 has been passed into law.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa while lending his weight behind the bill, stated that it is apt. He thereafter directed the Clerk Mr. Azeez Sanni to forward clean copies of the bills to the Governor of the State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode for his assent.