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Obasa Directs Education Committee To Present Bill For Compulsory Teaching, Learning Of Yoruba Language In Lagos Schools

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has mandated the House Committee on Education to propose a bill for a law to make the teaching and learning of Yoruba Language compulsory in all schools in Lagos state.

This, according to him, stems out of the need to preserve the cultural norms, values and tradition of the Yoruba people, part of which is the language which he said must not be allowed to go into extinction.

Basking in the euphoria of the encomiums, accolades and awards (local and international) received by the house of assembly under his resourceful leadership, owing to the Yoruba Language Stakeholders’ Forum organised by the House recently with prominent and eminent traditional rulers in the south west, governors, speakers and prolific Yoruba scholars, in attendance, Rt.Hon Obasa said from nursery through tertiary education, the language must be taught and learnt.

Other feature that the Speaker has proposed in the bill is the use of Yoruba language as a means of communication for transactions and in workplaces throughout the state without any form of discrimination against its users.

Yoruba language is also to be a subject of important consideration for admissions into tertiary institutions in the state.

It would be recalled that Obasa’s ingenuity has brought about the passage of pro-people bills such as: anti-kidnapping, anti-land grabbing and neighbourhood safety such laws which have received much acceptability throughout the state and has since been assented to by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who also applauded the Speaker’s resourcefulness.

Speaking on the issue, the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, commended Rt. Hon. Obasa for his doggedness in putting in place measures that will promote the Yoruba language and prevent it from going into extinction.

“Rt. Hon. Obasa deserve commendation for this bold initiative and I’m assuring you that the committee has already commenced work on the bill,” Hon Ogunyemi said.

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LG Polls: Assembly’s Committee On LASIEC Visits To Confirm Commission’s Readiness

In a bid to know the level of preparedness towards the forthcoming election by the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Chairman, Lagos State Committee on Judiciary, Public Petition, Human Rights and LASIEC, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso has led members of the Committee to the Office of the Chairman of the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission, Rtd. Mrs. Ayotunde Philips on oversight function.
Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso stated that the purpose of their visit to the Commission was to know the level of preparedness towards the forthcoming election and needed to have a briefing on what has transpired and logistics needed by the Commission to make the election a success as efforts are in top gear to conduct a free, fair and credible poll by the Commission.
While responding, Mrs. Ayotunde Philips said that, “We are very ready for the coming election. We have started sensitizing the people and the Lagos State Government has disbursed funds to make it a success. ”
She further stated that several meetings have been held with people in Badagry, Ikorodu, Epe, the market men and women. “We are also hoping to have an evaluation after the election to know how the people feel because we want to make it a legacy,” she added.
Ayotunde also lamented the state at which LGs/LCDAs LASIEC offices are and advised that they should be upgraded .
A member of the Committee, Hon. Adekanye Oladele representing Lagos Mainland I Constituency, commended Mrs. Ayotunde Philips, stating that her pedigree had spoken for her. “Since she has been here for the past few months, she has been thriving that total excellence is attained in the Commission”.

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Lagos Speaker, Obasa Tasks Nigerians On Patriotism

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has tasked every Nigerian to imbibe the spirit of National patriotism and do away with every immoral attitude.

The Speaker gave this reaction while reacting to the recent discovery by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), in which the commission recovered a staggering sum of $9.8 million and another sum of £74,000 from property belonging to a former Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Dr. Andrew Yakubu in Kaduna.

Obasa, while lamenting the level of corruption that occurred under the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan, wondered why an individual will amass such huge amount of money to himself.

“It is very unfortunate and disheartening to hear this kind of news. I am beginning to wonder what has happened to our morality. Nigerians can now see that a lot of corruption happened under the watch of Jonathan especially in NNPC,” he said

Speaking tthrough his Special Adviser on Political and Legislative Matters, Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe, the Speaker, in a statement in Lagos, commended the Federal Government for introducing the whistle blowing policy, which helped in the recovery of the money allegedly stolen by Yakubu.

Speaking further, Obasa stated that “if a state like Lagos could be making huge amount of money through its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and the state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode is investing this money in the development of infrastructure so as to bolster the state economy; it shows that he is patriotic.

“Governor Ambode initiated the Lagos Marathon race; he also initiated the One Lagos Fiesta and these initiatives are booming the economy of the state. One cannot also do without talking about the proposed Fourth Mainland Bridge and some other infrastructural developments going on across every part of the state.

“This is what everyone of us should emulate as individuals, government workers or politicians. We shouldn’t see this position as an opportunity to accumulate ungodly and illegal wealth. We should allow National Patriotism to be our watchword.

“We in the Lagos State House of Assembly believe in this and that is why we have been patriotic enough to come up private members bills, some of which have already been passed and signed into law. Private member bills are proposed laws initiated and sponsored by members from the House of Assembly.

“Lagosians would attest to the fact that some of these bills, which include the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency law, Kidnapping law, Property Protection law and few others, are already yielding good fruits. We came up with these laws to show our patriotism to the state and those that elected us,” the statement read in part.

While calling on the Federal Government to strengthen the whistle blowing policy, the Speaker explained that there is the need to re-introduce and Civic and Moral Education in schools right from primary to tertiary institutions.

He also advised the government to ensure that those who may be willing to refund stolen or looted fund, should be handled in a subtle manner, noting that this will surely encourage looters to refund what they have stolen.

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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”.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.