Lagos State Transport Law gets an Overhaul for Effective Transport System – Lagos Assembly

The Lagos State House of Assembly, said over the weekend, that the proposed amendment to the State Transport Sector Reform Bill will ensure the removal all grey areas in the laws to suit daily needs of residents of the state.

At a three-day retreat organised by the House Committee on Transportation, held in Lagos, Acting Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Temitope Adewale said the need to amend the law became dire due to the growing population of the state.

While noting that harmonising the law would ensure effective practice among transportation agencies in the state, Adewale explained that amendment had gone through the first and second readings, as well as a public hearing.

According to him, ‘We saw the need for us to come together to iron out the little issues that arose from the public hearing and issues that came from the MDAs.

“We discovered that there is need to improve and amend the existing traffic laws to further ease the use of the roads and waterways. Therefore, the amendment captures articulated vehicles, use of covered number plate, use of tinted glasses, rider’s card permit and other transport facilities.

“We are working on having signage and road markings to further improve driving abilities. We are also working on the conflicting responsibilities of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) and the Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL), where one acts as regulator and the other is a service provider. The same thing with the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and the Lagos Ferry Services Company (LAGFERRY).

“The harmonised law will ease effective transport system within the state, for instance, the use of the waterways, lorries, containers and other road users within the State.

The state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Fredrick Oladehinde, while speaking with newsmen at the event, disclosed that there are certain sections of the extant law that are ambiguous and needed to be clarified for the understanding of the common man.

Oladehinde said the harmonisation of the law would help to fully implement the transport law, adding that it would also help citizens to know and understand what actions are transport offences.

He added that with the harmonised law, LBSL would operate effectively and that it operates differently from the previous LAGBUS.

2023: South-west speakers, top ex-lawmakers unite in Ibadan for Tinubu

Current and former Speakers of various legislative houses in the south-western part of Nigeria have agreed to unite in support of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting, which was organised by the BAT Foundation, held in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, late Wednesday with the participants concluding that they all need to collectively project Tinubu ahead of 2023.

Those in attendance at the meeting include: Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa of Lagos, his colleague in Ogun, Olawale Oluomo.

Others Speakers and former Speakers present at the meeting also include: former Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji (Lagos), Rt. Hon. Suraju Adekunbi (Ogun), Rt. Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo (Ogun), Rt. Hon. Asimiyu Alarape (Oyo), Rt. Hon. Prof Mojeed Alabi (Osun), Rt. Hon. Victor Olabimtan (Ondo), Rt. Hon. Kenneth Olawale (Ondo), and Rt. Hon. Kola Adefemi, pioneer Speaker of Ekiti state.

Others include: Rt. Hon. Taofiq Abdulsalam (Ondo), Rt. Hon. Oluwasegunota Bolarinwa (Ondo), Rt. Hon. Patrick Ajigbolamu (Ekiti), Rt. Hon. Adejare Bello (Osun), Rt. Hon. Jokotola Pelumi (Lagos), Rt. Hon. Gunju Ojo (Oyo), Rt. Hon. Titi Oseni (Ogun), Simeon Olufemi Popoola (Ondo Dep Speaker), and Wale Afolabi.

Speaking at the meeting, Speaker Obasa said there was need for the body of Speakers and former Speakers to begin the move aimed at projecting the political and humanitarian sides of Tinubu ahead of 2023.

“He has made a lot of people and brought up a lot of leaders politically. So, some of us agreed that outside politics, there should be something that is more humanitarian. That is why we came up with the idea of BAT Foundation,” he said.

The Speaker said the foundation is primarily created to touch lives, adding in the same vein that the BAT movement is aimed at supporting Tinubu politically.

While clarifying that Tinubu is not involved in the mobilisation, he noted that the motivation was that each of the attendees at the meeting had personal and beneficial relationships with the political leader.

“When you have a benefactor who is well known for his benevolence, it is a duty that you must act on his behalf in a way you feel you can compensate such a man for what he is still doing.

“So we are here to interact in respect of what you all believe is around the corner and that is the 2023 ticket to galvanise support in the south-west,” Speaker Obasa said adding that there are plans to replicate the movement in all states in the zone.

He said talks were also ongoing with leaders from the north-central and a meeting would soon hold in Abuja for further discussions.
Contributing, Titi Oseni, who was the only woman at the meeting, described Tinubu as a generous man. She recalled how Tinubu supported her when she aspired to contest an election for the Senate.

On his part, former Ogun Speaker, Bashorun Muyiwa Oladipo, said in politics, no level of support is disregarded.

He also noted that currently across the country, it is difficult to see anyone who can match Tinubu politically.

Speaking also, former Lagos Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, urged for more support for Tinubu and argued in favour of zoning.
According to him, the country is not ripe for to jettison power shifts.

A top official of the BAT movement and former ambassador, Aliyu Saulawa, said it was only just to support Tinubu the way the leader assisted to make the election of President Muhammadu Buhari successful in 2015 and 2019.

Converting Lagos Laws Into Local Languages Now Important – Obasa; – Lagos Speaker says every resident already protected by state laws; – Urges more enlightenment of residents on the laws

The Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has emphasised the need to convert the laws of the state into local languages for the benefit of every residents.

Speaking with officials of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, in the evening of Thursday, Obasa said every resident in the state was covered and protected by laws that have been passed by the House of Assembly.

The Speaker noted the need to reproduce the laws in native languages so that it would be easier for everyone to understand how he or she benefits from them.

“We have not left anyone behind in the laws we have passed,” the Speaker told the officials who were on a courtesy visit to the House.

“We have the child rights law which mandates every child to go to school. It also bans the idea of using children to hawk on the streets.

“The awareness that domestic violence exists in the state made us pass the Domestic Violence Prohibition Act  to protect women, men and children. There is the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.

“All these we are doing to ensure we are on a sound footing at all times and that our state would not look like a jungle,” he added.

Obasa, who said the House was ready to collaborate with any well-meaning individual or organisation for the education of Lagos residents in relation to the laws of the state, added: “We make laws in English, but look at the percentage of the educated people compared to the people who are not lettered.”

He urged the NHRC to also partner with other non-governmental organisations with interest in marital and domestic issues for the goal of peaceful co-existence among couples.

This, he said, is because violence and the use of force will never be solutions to domestic challenges faced by couples.

He also said the Assembly would look into the issues relating to alleged ill-treatment of Nigerian workers in some factories located in the state.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Lucas Koyejo, State Coordinator of the NHRC, commended the House is Assembly under Obasa for passing laws that protect the rights of citizens.

“Lagos State has been at the forefront of ground-breaking and pace-setting laws that other states and even the federal government have followed and this is what we want to continue.

“Domestic violence-prohibition law is one major law for which the NHRC is proud of the Lagos Assembly and is currently being emulated by other states,” he said.

Koyejo urged the House to look into issues of casualisation of staff and inhuman treatment allegedly perpetrated by foreign factory owners on their Nigerian employees.

He further said the NHRC would be happy if the House would always invite its officials to public hearings on bills.

Civil Defence, Journalists Important Stakehokders For Nigeria’s Progress – Obasa

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has named the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well as journalists as major Stakehokders in the development of the country.

Obasa made this position known on Tuesday when the two organisations paid him separate visits.

Speaking when he received the NSCDC officers led by the Commandant in Lagos, Ayeni Paul Kolawole, Obasa said the security agency is as important as the government that established it.

The Speaker urged the security body to remain dedicated in their service to Lagos state and the country.

He also tasked the personnel of the agency to constantly endear themselves to the residents of the state and the country while approaching their duties with human face.

“I urge you to keep looking out for our people, be more friendly to them; this way your job as a security agency will be easier,” Obasa said.

Earlier, Commandant Ayeni had pledged the agency’s commitment to the peace of the state adding that the Lagos government had been of immense assistance to the security organisation.

He, however, appealed that the body be considered in relation to the laws of Lagos.

Meanwhile, Obasa has described journalism as an integral part of a country’s success.

Receiving officials of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by its chairman in Lagos, Obasa noted the important roles placed on the shoulders of practitioners.

He, however, urged the body to conduct self-sanitisation so as to help the profession combat fake news and other forms of challenges the professional media practitioners now face at this time of the country’s journey.

Breaking: Lagos Assembly Swears In New Member Days After By-Election

Few weeks after he was declared winner of the Lagos by-election to fill the Kosofe Constituency 2, Hon. Saheed Wasiu Obafemi has become a member of the state House of Assembly.

Hon. Saheed was admitted into the hallowed chamber where he was administered an oath of office by the legal department and in the presence of members of the House, staff and few visitors during plenary.

Recall that Saheed was elected under the All Progressives Congress (APC) during a by-election held on Saturday 5th December, 2020.

The election followed the death of Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the lawmaker who represented the constituency, in July, 2020.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, congratulated the newly sworn-in lawmaker and urged him to collaborate and cooperate with other members of the House in the journey to sustain the greatness of Lagos.

He also urged him to ensure effective representation of his constituents.
The swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by Senator Tokunbo Abiru who recently became a member of the red chamber of the National Assembly.

Why We Must Appreciate God For 2020 – Speaker Obasa

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has promised that he and his colleagues would continue to do their job of lawmaking and providing good governance for the people of the state.

Obasa added that Year 2020 had been a year of challenges for the country, state and the Assembly and that this warrants those that are alive to appreciate God Almighty.

The Speaker made the comment on Friday during the Year 2020 annual thanksgiving of the Assembly Chapel with the theme; “All Round Expansion.”

Obasa, who said that the day marked an opportunity to appreciate the goodness of God, added: “In every sense, the year 2020 has been a unique year with its attendant challenges. But the good book, the Holy Bible, admonishes us to faint not but be fervent in the spirit and that if we fail not, then surely, we will be counted among the victorious.

“As such, I declare each and every one of us under this canopy including everyone under the sound of my voice as victorious because we are alive.

“We are alive to see today and alive to move on despite the challenges we all faced this year. The book of Psalm, 147 verse 1 says: ‘Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God’.

“I, particularly, will sing praises to God because the Almighty God has done wondrous things in our midst this year. I will sing praises because, together with my colleagues and the inestimable members of staff of this assembly, we scaled through a lot in the year 2020, unscathed.”

The Speaker, who intermittently sang praises to God, said the year’s theme was carefully selected bearing in mind some of the challenges that were faced in the year.

“Our thematic text for this thanksgiving is taken from Genesis 1:28, which reads: ‘God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground’.”

The Speaker said the word ‘expansion’ in this context speaks to the state of the nation presently.

“But it is our belief that the incoming year 2021 will be for our prosperity in all ramifications.

“Since we are created in God’s image, we are to be fruitful, or creative. God brought into being a flawless creation, an ideal platform, and then created humanity to continue the creation project,” he said while also quoting the Bible to back up his speech.

“You will all agree with me that the coronavirus pandemic experienced this year has reset the ‘norms of life’ button. The term new normal has become mainstream, as societies grapple with social adjustments and survival economies, so to speak.

“As such, concentrated efforts are being made to build resilience at various levels including healthcare, governance, socio-economic support, educational continuity, and togetherness management.

“Above all the efforts put into claiming our lives back as people, we are reassured in the word of God in Psalm 126 verses 1 and 2 that, ‘When the LORD restored the captives of Zion, we were like dreamers. Then our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with shouts of joy’. In the coming year, we will always have reasons to rejoice,” he prayed.

The Speaker said further that the Guest Minister, Apostle Wole Oladiyun of Christ LivingSpring Apostolic Ministry (CLAM) was at the Assembly last year and that he was invited to be in the programme this year based on his prophetic messages last year.

“I asked the committee that they must bring Apostle Wole Oladiyun back for the event this year. He told us that what happened this year would happen, but that we will survive it and we survived it.

“For a man to prophesy that something would happen and it happened it shows that he is a man of God,” he said while thanking the clergyman for his constant prayers.

Apostle Wole Oladiyun, who spoke extensively on the theme of the programme and thanksgiving, used the opportunity to pray for the nation, the state, the Assembly and for all those, who attended the programme.

Lagos Assembly calls for intense awareness campaign against Covid 19.

Lagos State House of Assembly has called on the state Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to direct the Commissioner for Information, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, to intensify public enlightenment campaigns in a bid to curtail the spread of fast rising cases of Covid 19 among Lagosians.

The House made this call following the ravaging effect of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic

Speaker of the House, Rt.Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who presented the matter during plenary on Tuesday, said it was important for the House to invite the Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, to brief the House on the state government’s efforts and preparedness to prevent the 2nd wave of the disease in the state.

He stressed that there is an urgent need to ensure that all the COVID-19 protocols are strictly observed, e he further urged the government to ensure that enforcement was total as prevention is the most reliable precautions against the scourge for now.

“The Governor is down with mild symptoms of COVID-19 and I want to urge all the lawmakers in the House to observe the protocols of the pandemic.

“The Clerk of the House should also ensure that the staff of the House and visitors observe the protocols.

“We should sustain the campaign against the spread of the disease in the state. We all know that the disease is on the rise again in the United States of America and in other countries.

“The Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, should come and brief the House on the efforts being made to prevent the spread of the disease in the state,” Obasa said.

Commenting on the matter, a member of the House Committee on Health Services, Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1), lamented that people no longer take precaution against the disease as many don’t even believe that it exists.

He stressed that the state could not afford another lockdown, warning that the only way out was for people to observe the new normal, which is to observe the protocol.

Also, the Cooperative Societies Bill 2020, which is titled, “A Bill for a law to provide for the registration of Cooperative Societies in Lagos State and for connected matters,” was read for the second time.

Members agreed that the bill seeks to address all the inadequacies bedeviling the existing law on cooperative societies in the state and called for speedy passage of the bill.

After exhaustive deliberations, the Speaker committed the bill to the House Committee on Commerce and Industry, to report back to the House in two weeks.

Still at plenary, Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Victor Akande presented a report on Unlawful Societies and Cultism (Prohibition) Bill 2020, titled: “A Bill for a law to provide for the prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism in Lagos State and for other connected purposes,” the committee was asked to go and make some amendments before it would be read for the third time.

The Speaker then urged the standing committees of the House to conclude work on the Bills before them, while the joint Committees on Budget and Economic Planning and Finance were equally asked to complete work on the 2021 Budget proposal of the state before the end of the year.

The House later adjourned sitting to Monday, December 28, 2020 at 12 noon.

Lagos Assembly Passes Public Complaints, Anti-Corruption Bill For Gov’s Assent

The Lagos State House of Assembly has passed into law a bill to establish the Lagos State Public Complaints and Anti-Corruption Commission and for connected purposes.

The bill was passed into law on Tuesday after the third reading of the bill by the house and a consequent voice vote.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa then directed the Clerk, Barrister Olalekan Onafeko to forward a clean copy of the bill to Mr Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his assent.

Earlier a bill for a law to regulate real estate transactions in Lagos State and for other connected purposes, sailed through second reading as the Speaker committed it to the House Committee on Housing to report back in two weeks.

The lawmakers took turns to contribute to the matter. Blazing the trail, Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu, Ikeja 2 noted that the bill will redress the anomalies cited in the real estate business.

This bill seeks to redress the anomalies of real estate and consultancy services amongst other issues that ought to be looked into in the real estate business.

It will also see to the valuation of real estate assets, prevent the breakdown of law observed among the realtors, real estate manager and others.

It makes recommendation of policies that influence better deal in the lands bureau, New Town Development Authority NTDA and others, it will also enhance the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.

Hon. Kehinde Joseph, Alimosho 2 in his contribution noted that the bill would help streamline the activities of the real estate agents.

He also cited the likely conflict that might arise with the job specification of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Housing.

Hon. Ibraheem Layorde, Badagry 1 however, hinted that most of the agencies collecting fees are not making returns to government coffers.

He added that the bill when assented to, will aid speedy dispensation of justice on issues that arise in the real estate business.

Hon Bisi Yusuff, Alimosho 1, who chairs the House Committee on Housing, who also lent a voice to the matter, affirmed that the bill was long overdue owing to the prevalence of anomalies in the real estate transactions.

“There are quack agents collecting rent for owners, yet make no returns nor commit money to those they claim to represent.

“The Dubai experience and data base that affirms the genuineness of transaction is in view,” he said.

He however, pleaded for a review of the proviso in section 2 of the bill that deals with the establishment and composition of the board, citing the need to reduce to 10 years the 15 years cognate experience requirement for the chairman of the board.

Hon. David Setonji, Badagry 2 was more concerned about the involvement of professional engineers, especially the registered Civil Engineers as he said that the matter deals with housing and certified engineers, who he said must hold the sanctity of the professional body they belong with fear.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, in his contribution opined that on perceived abandoned buildings or uncompleted ones, the owners needed to be contacted before action is taken.

“I am of the opinion that certain buildings are not really abandoned, the period need be stated, the penal section need be put in proper perspective.

Speaker Obasa however, stated that he had no doubt that the bill was a very good one.

“It stands to cure the challenges faced by our people in Lagos.

“It also gives an opportunity to attract foreign investors and having proper regulation makes it attractive, and safe for business.

“This bill is hereby committed to the committee on housing to report back in two weeks,” he said.

The House then adjourned sitting to Tuesday 15th December at noon.

By-elections: Obasa celebrates APC’s victory, says party sure of more successes

Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has declared that the victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just-held senatorial by-election is proof that the party has many more victories ahead.

It is believed that the by-elections held to fill vacant senatorial and House of Assembly seats in the state is a test of the party’s strength ahead of future elections.

Obasa said the victory had proven that the party in Lagos remains strong, united and has members and chieftains who continuously key into its goals and manifesto.

He commended the National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, members of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and chieftains of the party for making the right choices at all times.

The Speaker, who had recently declared that Asiwaju Tinubu’s political empire remains solid, intact and victorious, also commended the electorate for ensuring the victory of the party in the two by-elections.

“It is unarguable that his resilience, love for democracy, passion to see his foot-soldiers grow and belief in discipline cannot be measured,” he said.

He added that the exercise by the electorate was a vote of confidence on the APC ahead of other parties.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Mr. Tokunbo Abiru as winner of the senatorial by-election for Lagos East after he polled 89,204 votes to defeat his closest rival, Babatunde Gbadamosi, candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who got 11,257 votes.

On the other hand, Obafemi Saheed of the APC for the Kosofe constituency 11 scored 12, 494 votes to beat Sikiru Alebiosu of the PDP who polled 2,068.

“The victory is a vote of confidence on APC in Lagos. It shows there is something we are doing that we must not only sustain but continue to build on.

“The APC in Lagos has always been a united body geared towards the attainment of a general goal – making life better for the residents of the state and this we have done over the years.

“The people of Lagos state appreciate us as a party and this is evident in the landslide victory of the two candidates in the election,” Obasa said.

He challenged Abiru and Saheed to see their victory as opportunities to bring government closer to their people and play strong roles in the advancement of Lagos state.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY MOVES TO ERADICATE DOMESTIC & SEXUAL VIOLENCE; BILL SCALES THROUGH SECOND READING

The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, at Plenary on Monday addressed the recent increase of domestic and sexual violence cases of all gender in the State.

Speaking at the second reading of “A Bill for a Law to provide for the Lagos State Domestic & Sexual Violence Agency, the Establishment of Sex Offenders Register and for other connected purposes.” He stated that victimization and stigmatization of victims of all forms of domestic and sexual assault is a matter that needs to be tackled by putting all necessary efforts, particularly the Law in curbing its widespread.

“This Bill is to examine the causes of violence and proffer lasting solutions; therefore we need to set all the laws to avoid repetition from the existing ones as well as ensure that the magistrate committee of the response team who are assigned in other duties does not affect the effectiveness of the agency when it is created.”

“Also, We already have Laws on domestic violence, child rights law etc, therefore, we will not be hasty in establishing new agencies to avoid increase in expenditure on the State government, but if the purpose of this bill demands creation of an agency then we will” The Speaker said.

 

Giving an overview of the Bill, Hon. Victor Akande expressed the timeliness and germane position of the Bill as it guarantees protection of rights and victims against sexual and gender based violence.

According to him, the Bill establishes provisions for victims to have rights to medical and legal counseling which is very paramount, conduction of preliminary investigations against offenders, partnership with public and private sectors, protection of victims against stigmatisation as well as the creation of avenue for database entry for sexual and violence offenders, whereby the offenders will be recorded into a sexual offence register.

Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, who also contributed, noted that the Bill attempts to eradicate the impunity of violence that has penetrated into the society, he said this will serve as another point scored by the Lagos Government in the fight against sexual and domestic violence.

He added that the creation of life imprisonment for perpetrators of rape gave legal backings to various reforms made by the State in response to other legislations.

“The Judiciary is well represented in the proposed Committee as well as top tier representative of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, WAPA, Health, Education, and Youth in order to ensure that they are able to discharge responsibilities assigned to them by the Law.”

Agunbiade explained that the amendment of the Bill will further reduce domestic and gender based sexual abuse.

Hon. Rotimi Olowo positioned that the Bill will ensure that justice is served, medical assistance is provided to the victims as well as provision of funds and the perpetrators are psychoanalysed.

Stating the advantages of the Bill, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu suggested that with the formation of the new agency, there will be database capturing of offenders and the incorporation of the Ministry of Justice response team.

Chairman, House Committee on Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Mojisola Alli-Macaulay also threw her weight behind the passing of the Bill, stating that the Bill is sacrosanct as the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence agency will be able to perform optimally.

“It will create a one-stop centre for victims of sexual and gender based violence through the establishment of the agency, as it will also ensure that victims of violence will have access to medical, legal assistance and ensure justice is served; thereby protecting the victims from victimisation and stigmatisation. I support this Bill as it will reinstate sanity to our society.” She said.

The Speaker thereafter committed the Bill to House Committee on Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation to report in a week time.

Earlier, the Speaker received grassroots organisation and women’s rights defenders consisting of 200 women from different organisations who held a peaceful protest and awareness walk to Lagos State House of Assembly to present a joint statement in commemoration of the 2020 16-days of activism, themed “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect”.

The Group expressed their concern about the prevalence of violence against women and girls in Lagos State thereby hoping that the oversight role of the State Assembly can help to support the eradication of any form of violence against women and girls.