plenary

Lagos Assembly Passes Environment Bill into Law

Lagos state House of Assembly has passed a bill to harmonise and merge eight environment laws in the state into one after taking the third reading.

The bill is titled, ‘A Bill for a Law to Consolidate all Laws relating to the Environment for the Management, Protection and Sustainable Development of the Environment in Lagos State and for Connected Purposes.’

Speaker Mudashiru Obasa directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to send a clean copy of the bill to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his signature.

Immediately the governor assents to the bill which originated from the executive, an executive bill, it will become a law.

The House had two weeks ago cut short its six weeks recess to attend to the bill and it immediately took the first and second readings of the Bill and held a public hearing on the bill the same week.

Last week, the report of the committee on the environment chaired by Hon. Saka Fafunmi was presented for debate and the bill passed through the third reading and subsequently passed by the House on Monday 20 February.

The apprehension and opposition of waste managers to the bill had necessitated their protest to the House twice in one week a fortnight ago and strong position expressed at the public hearing as they claimed that the new law will negatively affect their business. Nevertheless, the House had last week allayed their fears.

While presenting the committee report last week, Fafunmi stated that the intention of the government was not to take away the job of waste managers and give it to foreign investors, but that it is a legal framework where both local and foreign investors would be accommodated in the process.

According to Fafunmi, the bill intends to create a level ground for both local and international investors and that it indeed favours local investors more.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa insisted then on ensuring the need to protect the local investors, saying that “we should do it in a way that they will be accommodated”.

pdp defectors

Six Lagos Assembly PDP Lawmakers Defect To APC

Six out of eight PDP lawmakers at the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday officially announced their defection to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) citing outstanding performance of Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode among others as their motivation for the decision.

The defection was announced through a letter addressed to the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa titled “Letter of Defection from PDP To APC” and dated 16th February, 2017 and signed by the defectors excluding the Minority Leader, who announced his defection on the floor of the House.

It had been reported in some sections of the media on February 7 that six out of the eight PDP lawmakers in the assembly were set to defect to the ruling APC.

The lawmakers who defected are the Minority Leader, Hon. Akeem Bello (Amuwo Odofin the Minority II), The Minority Whip, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara (Surulere II), and Hon. Olusola Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo I).

Others are: Hon. Jude Idimogu (Oshodi/Isolo II), Hon. Dayo Famakinwa (Ajeromi Ifelodun II) and Hon. Oluwa Fatai (Ajeromi/Ifelodun I).

The two lawmakers left in the opposition are Hon. Victor Akande ( Ojo I) and Hon. Oladipo Olorunrinu (Amuwo-Odofin I).

Blazing the trail, Famakinwa said: “My reason to jettison the PDP was borne out of the monumental achievements of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state.”

Also announcing his defection, Oluwa said: “My reason for joining APC is due to the fracas between Senator Ali-Modu Sheriff faction and Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP.

“I admire the leadership style of the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and Governor Ambode.”

Idimogu said: “I appreciate the kind of relationship that we have here. I must confess that I am in love with Governor Ambode. The Governor has been kind to me and my constituents despite the fact that I was formerly in the opposition.

“APC is better. I don’t know how to appreciate him (Ambode) than to join his party to move the state forward.”

According to Sokunle, the decision to align with the ruling party was borne out of the desire to move the state, especially his constituency forward.

The only female lawmaker among the defectors, Hon. Sangodara, said that she took the step so as to serve her constituents better, saying ‘we are all aware of what is happening in PDP.’

While welcoming the defectors, Obasa said: “For the fact that these people have joined us, let us welcome the defectors. There is a pleasure in dumping PDP.”

The other lawmakers took turn to welcome the defectors into the APC and exchanged pleasantries with them.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said in his contributions that “No reasonable man will continue to live in a house that has given signs of collapse. The defection is a welcome development.

“As the majority of leader of the House, I welcome you. This has increased the strength of the ruling party and deflated the strength of minority.”

According to Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi, the Chairman, House Committee on Education, the defecting lawmakers deserve commendation for their courage to stand up for what is right.

Hon. Yinka Ogundimu said: “The decision is noble and historic and it is a welcome development. It shows that the head of the assembly has led well. It means there is a good manager at the helms of affairs.”

The Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, said that the speaker’s dutifulness, responsibility, solidarity and fraternity made the defection possible.

The two lawmakers left in the opposition, Hon. Akande and Hon. Olorunrinu also commended the performance of Governor Ambode and leadership style of Obasa, while wishing the defectors well in their new party.

pdp defectors

Photo News: Six PDP Lawmakers Defect To APC

Honourable Jude Idimogu, Oshodi Isolo Constituency 2; Honourable Hakeem Olushola Shokumle, Oshodi Isolo Constituency 1; Honourable (Mrs.) Mosunmola Sangodara, Surulere Constituency 2; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Honourable Adedayo Famakinwa, Ajeromi Ifelodun Constituency 2; and Honourable Fatai Oluwa, Ajeromi Ifelodun Constituency 1 when five lawmakers from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ikeja

plenary

Lagos Assembly Urges Osinbajo To Intervene In Ondo Assembly Crisis

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the leadership of the National Assembly to urgently reopen the Ondo State House of Assembly.

The House also cautioned the outgoing Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko to ensure smooth legislative activities, saying that the existence of a Governor lies with having a parliament in place.

The resolution followed a motion moved by a member of the House, Hon. Bisi Yusuff during Matters of Urgent Public Importance.

Yusuff said, “Ondo Assembly has been under lock and key; this is not right; it is condemnable. It is never known in this country where the office of executive or judiciary is locked.

“It is not acceptable; there should be a lasting solution to what is happening to the very important aspect of legislative arm,” Yusuff said.

While supporting Yusuff’s motion, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa who presided over the plenary explained that, “whatever happens to either the eye or nose, the other suffers. We are one! It has become common practice in the country where the parliament is made to suffer.

“If the police insists on shutting down the House, let them also shut down the executive so that we know there is no civil rule in Ondo State,” Obasa said.

Moshood Oshun said, “what holds democracy is the legislative arm, the other two arms of government do exist during military. I have never seen where the office of a governor is locked.”

The Chief Whip, Hon. Rotimi Abiru observed that ” this is happening when the state should be transiting. I want to appeal to the Nigeria police that the act is a bad signal to democracy.”

Also speaking, Hon. Segun Olulade stated that the development in Ondo State could be seen as planning a coup against the people of the State.

On his part, Olanrewaju Ogunyemi believes, “what is nauseating aspect of the issue is that it was ordered by the Inspector General of police, adding that he should know his constitutional responsibility.

Hon. Jude Idimogu however urged his colleagues not to allow the executive arm to disrupt the activities of the Houses of Assembly, saying that members should learn from Ondo Assembly.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Muyiwa Jimoh said that instead of calling for the reopening of the State Assembly, the House should write ‘an independent opinion’ condemning the act.

Jimoh argued that Lagos Assembly has no locust standing to reverse the decision of the federal government.

new chamber

Lagos Assembly Debates Bill On Harmonisation of Environmental Laws

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have expressed reservations over some provisions of a proposed law that would harmonize all existing environmental laws in the state.

The Executive Bill, which has 251 sections is titled, “A Bill for a Law to Provide for the Management, Protection and Sustainable Development of the Environment in Lagos State and for other Connected Purposes.”

The House, which cut short its recess to deliberate on the Bill, took the first and second readings of the Bill simultaneously and has also slated the Public Hearing on the Bill for Thursday 9 February, 2017.

The Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Musbau Razaq, had earlier hinted in a press release that several laws which regularised various aspects of environmental matters and protection in the state would be harmonized.

The laws, according to Rasaq are: Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) law; the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Law; the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) law; the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA); and the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LSOGA) law.

At the plenary, which was presided over by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, majority of the members faulted the over concentration of power to the Commissioner of the Environment, saying that this would weaken the powers of the agencies saddled with the responsibilities of managing the environment.

Also, some of the lawmakers believe that some sections of the Bill contravene the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.

In his address, the Chairman House Committee on the Environment, Hon. Saka Fafunmi told his colleagues that the Bill should be given accelerated passage because of its importance.

Fafunmi, however, noted that there were areas that would be tinkered with at the committee stage.

“The Bill seeks to harmarnise all the existing laws on the environment. It will create jobs for our people. It also seeks to have environmental sanitation corps.

It will establish tribunal for resolution in terms of disputes.

“You will agree that if any law is being implemented, there is bound to be disputes, the Bill proposes access to court. The only disadvantage I can see is that of the over concentration of power to the ministry of the Environment,” the chairman said.

In his opinion, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, the Chairman, House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, who noted that the intention of the bill was good, said that it gave too much powers to the commissioner.

Olowo said: “The powers to borrow that is put in the hand of the commissioner can be abuse, it should be subjected to the approval of the House.

“The bill, though, seeks to ensure that the state has a sustainable environment, our environment is very important to our existence. It is good and we should allow it to go to the committee stage.”

Hon. Segun Olulade, the Chairman, House Committee of Health Services, who called for the involvement of the local government in enforcement said that the commissioner would have too much powers.

Olulade said:”It (bill) is good on paper, but we should look at the implementation. The Trust Funds should include key stakeholders. Great power is given to the commissioner.”

The Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Muyiwa Jimoh said: ” The bill has so many benefits but contains so many inconsistencies and conflicts with Federal laws. The powers of the commissioner is too much, compressing about eight laws of the state into one will make him more powerful.”

Also speaking, Hon. Bisi Yusuf, the Chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts (Local) noted that the bill was “nice”, adding “This bill makes the commissioner to be higher than all the institutions under him. The commissioner has the power to hire and fire.”

In his comments, the Speaker said that the intendiment of the Bill is to have a written law under one umbrella to guide the implementation and urged that every agency should be independent.

“The composition of the Trust Fund is not acceptable. There is no way you would manage the environment without the involvement of the local governments. In a situation local governments are not performing, the state would have come in,” Obasa said.

IMG_20170201_161609

LAWMAKERS LAUD LEKKI FREE TRADE ZONE PROJECT

Chairman Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Commerce and Industry Hon. Oladele Adekanye has commended the effort of the State Government in ensuring that Lagos State becomes a mega city, especially with the creation of Lekki free trade zone where investors would converge to embark on business activities in the state.
Adekanye gave the commendation when the Committee paid a visit to the multi­-billion naira Lekki free trade zone in Lekki area of the state.
He praised Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu’s administration that conceived the lofty initiative to promote investment and improve revenue of the state through commerce and trade.

IMG_20170202_112706IMG_20170201_160732
He said, “The wisdom of Asiwaju Tinubu who brought about this vision would not be allowed to die as the House of Assembly would work in hand with the executive arm of government to realize this laudable project.”
“The Committee has come here today as part of oversight function to assess the level of the project.”
The Committee, however, observed some of the challenges facing the project which include among others the absence of good quality; infrastructure, such as roads; electricity and promised that he would ensure that necessary action is taken by the supervising Ministry.
Contributing, member of the Committee, Hon Alimi Kazeem said when the project is completed, it would replicate Dubai master plan in Nigeria.

The General Manager Lekki Free Zone Development Company, Mr. Rotimi Ibrahim who took the Committee round the various industries location stated that the Lekki free zone is owned jointly by the Lagos State and Chinese company. He explained that the Lekki Free Zone is located on the top of Lekki peninsula, the South East of Lagos State and borders Lekki lagoon in the North while it faces the Atlantic ocean in the South with the beautiful coastline of about 5km stretch making it the fastest growing area in Nigeria. According to him, Lekki area will soon be developed into a modern industrial mega city in the Lagos metropolis.

IMG_20170202_094513IMG_20170201_161609
At the Lekki port visited by the Committee, the Executive director Tolarem Port, Mr. John Mastorondes who received the committee said, “The port would be the biggest in West Africa upon completion as huge employment would be created from the port operation. He said approximately 20 billion US dollars will be invested on employee’s salaries.”
The Committee also visited Dangote refinery, Dangote dredging site, Lekki Free Zone, and Lekki worldwide investment limited.

Member, Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA), Hon. Rotimi Olowo; Nollywood filmmaker/producer, Mr Tunde Kelani; Speaker, LAHA, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; members LAHA, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi; and Hon. Desmond Elliott Olusola during Kelani's visit to the Speaker in Lagos on Friday.

PHOTO NEWS

Member, Lagos State House of Assembly (LAHA), Hon. Rotimi Olowo; Nollywood filmmaker/producer, Mr Tunde Kelani; Speaker, LAHA, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; members LAHA, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi; and Hon. Desmond Elliott Olusola during Kelani’s visit to the Speaker in Lagos on Friday.

7a4a5977

Lagos Lawmakers Cut Short Recess To Sit, Work On Harmonised Environmental Law On Monday

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly will cut short their break and reconvene on Monday to deliberate on the Harmonised Environmental Bill sent to the Assembly by the Executive.

The lawmakers are supposed to resume from their six-week break on February 28th but are compelled to return to work because of the importance of the bill and it’s attendant contribution to good governance in the state.

The Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Hon. Tunde Buraimo, the lawmakers are cutting short their break because of the urgency of the bill and thor commitment to ensuring good governance for the populace.

“We are all committed to ensuring good governance and this bill which is aimed at improving the lives of our people deserves our attention hence we have no choice than to cut short our break and do the job,” Hon. Buraimo said.

The bill seeks to create a single control body for all environmental agencies in the state for the purpose of resolving areas of conflict and vest in the state Ministry of the Environment, the overall management and supervision of all the agencies as well as encourage synergy and cooperation among the agencies.

Hitherto, the state has several laws which regularize various aspects of environmental matters and protection in the state.

The laws are: the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) law; the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation Law; the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) law; the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA); and the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LSOGA) law.

IMG-20170122-WA0008

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.

7a4a5977

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.