The Lagos State House of Assembly has dissolved all its standing committees.
Announcing the dissolution of the committees shortly before the House adjourned plenary on Monday 16th October, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that the Chairmen of the Committees would henceforth be working in acting capacity.

“May I announce to you all that all the standing committees of the House are hereby dissolved, while the Chairman of the Committees would be working in acting capacity.

“This will continue until new committee chairmen and members are constituted,” the Speaker said, adding that the committee chairmen must get permission from him before taking any major decision since they are still acting.

However, the Speaker did not give any reason for the dissolution.

It will be recalled that committees of the state assembly were dissolved and reconstituted during the fifth and sixth houses of assembly headed by former speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji.

A source in the Assembly revealed that former speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji dissolved the standing committees of the House after he became Speaker in December, 2005 after former speaker Jokotola Pelumi was impeached.

It was gathered that the committees were not reconstituted then until several months later.

Standing committees of the Houses of Assembly are usually in-charge of oversighting the various ministries in the state.

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Stakeholders Meeting: Lagos Speaker Tasks Elites On Participation In Governance

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has urged the elites in the state to be part of governance by participating in stakeholders meetings rather than criticising the activities of the government.
It will be recalled that the Assembly organised its third Stakeholders Meeting on Friday 6th October tagged; “True Representation and Accountability,” across the 40 constituencies in the state.
Commenting on the meeting before the collated reports from the constituencies were passed to the state government for inclusion in the 2018 budget during plenary on Tuesday, Obasa said that the meeting was a necessity.
“I appreciate you all for the success of the stakeholders meeting. The essence of being here is to represent our people and give them what they really want.
“We want to thank the Clerk of the House, Mr. Sanni Azeez and the entire staff of the House as well as the journalists for the success of the programme and wide publicity.
“I would like to enjoin the elites to be part of meetings like this rather than staying back and criticising the government. This is an opportunity for them to express their views on areas, where they want the government to focus on,” the Speaker said.
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade had earlier brought the issues of the stakeholders meeting to the notice of the House.
Agunbiade said that the programme was a tremendous success and that it was commended by a lot of people, adding that it has enhanced development in the state.
In his contribution, Hon. Rotimi Olowo from Somolu Constituency 1 said that the edition recorded an unprecedented success, and that Lagos came alive on the day.
Olowo, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, added that the report should be collated soon and sent to the state government for inclusion in the 2018 budget.
Also, the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Sanni Eshinlokun observed that the time of the meeting should be adjusted so that the state government could have an ample time to work on it before a budget year.
Another lawmaker, Hon. Moshood Oshun from Lagos Mainland Constituency 2 stated that the meeting is an inclusion of people in governance.
He stated that the success of last year’s edition contributed to the success of the one of this year and that it should be replicated at the federal level.
Hon. Bisi Yusuf from Alimosho Constituency 1 commended the Speaker of the House for the initiative, while adding that the House should ensure that the executive arm of government includes the recommendations in the 2018 budget.
The Speaker then ordered the Clerk of the House, Mr. Sanni Azeez to pass the bounded copy of the report to the state government after a motion by Hon. Agunbiade and this was supported by the Deputy Chief Whip, Hon. Omotayo Oduntan.


Roads, Women Empowerment Top Stakeholders’ Demands in Apapa

The Lagos State Government has been urged to intensify its effort in rehabilitating rural roads in Apapa Constituency 2 and increase the slots for women in both elective and appointive positions in the state.
These demands were made by participants at a Stakeholders meeting organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly and which held at the secretariat of the Apapa-Iganmu Local Council Development Area on Friday 6, October, 2017.
The stakeholders meeting is the third in the series being simultaneously organised annually in all the 40 constituencies in the state by the state assembly, and this year’s theme is; “True Representation and Participation.”
A participant, Mrs Fausat Ojora, from Ward G, said that there is need for the state government to increase the number of women in both elective and appointive positions, saying that the women constitute over 65% of voters during elections in state.
Ojora argued that increasing the number of women in elective and appointive positions would help in encouraging them in politics, saying that 40% of the positions at the state and local government levels should be given to women.
She added ”40% of public elective and appointive positions in the state should be given to us as we give 65% of the votes during elections in the state.”
Ojora however, appreciated the mass transit busses distributed to public schools by the lawmaker representing the constituency, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh and implored the government to rehabilitate the bad roads in the constituency .
Another participant, Mr Jimoh Olawale, sought the intervention of the government in repairing some roads in the area such as Adekunle and Badia Roads, and urged the government to compensate those whose houses were demolished during the expansion of state roads in the constituency.
In his comment, the the Vice Chairman of Apapa Iganmu LCDA, Hon. Akanbi Balogun, spoke on the ongoing construction of local market in the council, saying further that the local government was embarking on some palliatives to make the roads motorable.
Balogun assured the people of the council of more positive responses from the local government.
In his response, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, assured the constituents that the government would rehabilitate the primary schools in the area and advised the them to pay their taxes.
Jimoh stressed that the failure of the people to pay their taxes was affecting infrastructural development in the state.
He said; ”I cannot execute projects because I am not an executive member, I am a lawmaker. But I will make sure that all your demands are put forward to the executive to act on.”
The lawmaker told the people that the Federal Government has started repairing Apapa and Ijora Roads and that the issue of congestion on the roads would be adequately handled by the government.


Ambode, Obasa, Ogundimu Commended Over Pen Cinema Bridge

The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode; the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; and the member representing Agege State Constituency 2 in the state House of Assembly, Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu; have been commended for their efforts in ensuring that the ongoing construction of the Pen Cinema Bridge becomes reality.

This was the consensus of people at the Constituency Stakeholders’ Meetings organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly which took place in Agege.

Leading the Agege people to the event, the Chairman of Agege Local Government, Honourable Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi said the people of Agege are delighted with the construction of the bridge which he noted, will not only ease traffic gridlock in the area but will also improve economic activities in the area.

“We must commend Governor Ambode for this achievement. Our Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa also deserves commendation as well as Honourable Oluyinka Ogundimu. The Pen Cinema Bridge came as a result of a motion passed by Obasa led House of Assembly and to the glory of God, Hon Ogundimu moved the motion for the construction of the bridge on the floor of the House. Both the Speaker and Hon Ogundimu are good representatives of Agege,” the Agege LG Chairman said.

Corroborating his colleague, the Chairman of Orile Agege Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Hon. Johnson Sunday Babatunde, described the Lagos Assembly Speaker and Ogundimu as true and worthy representatives of Agege. “The construction of the Pen Cinema Bridge is a confirmation of their worthy representation. Hon Ogundimu moved the motion for the construction of the bridge on the floor of the House. Governor Ambode has done well for us in Agege for commencing the construction of the bridge,” he said.

Both Egunjobi and Babatunde agreed that the construction of the Pen Cinema Bridge, the already commissioned Abule Egba Bridge, several completed and ongoing road projects in Agege and other infrastructure are clear evidence the true representation of the people by their representatives.

They commended the state House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Obasa for initiating the Constituency Stakeholders Meeting noting that it has bridged communication gap between the people and their representatives.


57th Independence: Lagos Speaker Obasa Tasks Nigerians On Commitment To Nation’s Unity; Assures On Good Governance

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has called on Nigerians not to relent in striving for the unity of the country despite some of the challenges facing the country presently. He stated that such commitment is needed to sustain the growth and development of the country.

The Speaker also assured Nigerians that the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration at both national and state levels is committed to the welfare and improvement in the standard of living of the people of the country.

Obasa’s message and assurance were contained in his 57th Independent Anniversary message released on Saturday. The statement was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

“There is need for us not to relent in striving for the unity of this country. We’ve to share love among ourselves and be our brothers” keepers at all time. This is what’s called patriotism and what we need to sustain the continued growth and development of our dear country.

“We should remain vigilant at all time and avoid taking laws into our hands. We should remain law abiding at all time and cooperate as well as support government at all levels in their efforts to bring about improvement in their standard of living and enhance their welfare,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

Obasa also assured that the government at all levels is committed to putting in place measures and programmes that will enhance development and growth of the country. “The APC administration at all levels is committed to good governance and we will not reneged on this,” he said.

He however stated that while the government at all levels is committed to good governance, the people should reciprocate by supporting and cooperating with government as well as refrain from acts and utterances that can lead to violence or breakdown of law and order.

“I wish every Nigerian a fruitful and beneficial 57th Independent Anniversary Celebration and I pray that we celebrate more of it in years to come,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.


Lagos Assembly Set To Strengthen Use of Yoruba Language With New Bill

The Lagos State House of Assembly is set to strengthen the use of Yoruba Language in all the schools in the state and across the state generally.
This was revealed during plenary on Thursday by the Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi as he read the committee’s report on a proposed law
The Bill is entitled, “A Bill for a Law To Provide for the Preservation and Promotion of the Use of Yoruba Language and for Connected Purposes.”
According to the Bill, which has passed second reading, it would be compulsory for all primary and secondary schools in the state to include teaching of Yoruba Language as a core subject at all levels.
The bill also provides that all the laws in the state would be translated into Yoruba Language.
Moreso, all state- owned tertiary institutions are to incorporate the use of Yoruba Language in the General Studies (GNS) courses.
According to the bill, “The use of Yoruba Language shall be an acceptable means of communication between individuals, establishment, corporate entities and government in the state if so desired by the concerned.
“It shall not be an offence for a person to speak Yoruba Language by the state government.”
It was added that any school that fails to comply with the provisions of Section 2 of the law commits an offence and is liable on first violation to issuance of warning and on subsequent violation be closed down and also pay a fine of N500,000.
Ogunyemi added in an interview with journalists later that the committee might change a provision in the bill that it would take effect after two years of its passage as most of the members wanted it to start immediately after it is signed into law by the Governor.
The lawmaker added that the Lagos State House of Assembly is passionate about Yoruba Language, which is why it adopted the language for plenary on Thursdays.
According to him, “the National Policy on Education provides that the language of an environment should be spoken in schools, which is why Yoruba Language is being adopted in Lagos schools.
“After the passage of the bill into law, it would become compelling for schools to speak Yoruba Language. We want to preserve the language for generations yet unborn.”
On private schools, the lawmaker stated that they were part of the foundation of the bill and that they were at meetings the committee held across the education districts in the state.
He added that the private schools would have no choice than to key into the project as the school owners have been properly mobilised and that the state Ministry of Education would ensure compliance.
On the translation of the laws into Yoruba Language, Ogunyemi said that this was to ensure that illiterates were taking along in the scheme of things in the state.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa in his remarks observed grey area in the new section of the Bill which gives necessary implementation of the provisions of the law and recommended that it should be deleted.
In his response, Hon. Ogunyemi stated that “the recommendation arose from the stakeholders who had pleaded for more time due to lack of teachers and to provide necessary facilities to aid its teachings”.
Members thereafter adopted the recommendations as a resolution of the House.


Constitutional Amendment: Lagos Speaker Expresses Reservation Over No-Go Areas For State Assemblies

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa on Monday expressed reservation on the ongoing 1999 constitution amendments by the National Assembly, saying failure to include devolution of powers on the areas to be discussed by state assemblies would render the exercise as worthless.

Obasa made the remarks while reacting during plenary to a report presented by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun over the just concluded Conference of Speakers’ Forum in Yola, Adamawa State.

The Speaker also debunked the rumour that the conference of speakers had adopted local government autonomy as part of the proposed amendments of the constitution.

The Vice Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria and Speaker of the Enugu State House of Assembly, Hon. Uchenna Ubosi, was reported to have said that the Conference of Speakers had resolved to support the autonomy for Local Governments and State Assemblies.

Obasa however disclosed that the forum did not pass such resolution on autonomy of local local government as reported in some media, adding there was not such discussion during the meeting.

“We did not discuss anything relating to autonomy to local government. We were only given the privilege to go back homes and get the feelings of our people,” the Speaker said.

While reiterating on the general amendments to the constitution, Obasa maintained that the proposals would ve only favour the National Assembly and not the interest of the people.

“The States have nothing to rejoice without devolution of powers. It is not something we should be cheerful about especially now that people are clamouring for restructuring.

“The National Assembly should do something meaningful; something that will be acceptable to Nigerians. The amendments proposed so far are not something we should be talking about now. We will register our grievances,” the Speaker noted.

e Deputy Speaker, Sanni-Eshinlokun had earlier disclosed that the conference started last week Thursday and was concluded on Saturday.

The Deputy Speaker also added that only 22 out of the 33 items that were proposed for amendment would be transmitted to the state Houses of Assembles for debate.


Review of Auditor General’s Report: Lagos Assembly Assures Residents of Fairness

The Lagos State House of Assembly has assured residents of the state that their interest would be protected in the on- going review of Auditor General’s report on Ministries, Parastatals and Agencies (MDAs).
Speaking to journalists after the opening of the review exercise for year 2016 on Monday, Chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts (State), Hon. Moshood Oshun said that the committee would be fair in it’s reports.
The exercise is being held at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium within the Assembly premises.
Oshun stressed that the House, under the leadership of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa does not cut corners or hide under one finger.
“We would guide the interest of the people of Lagos State and ensure that tax payers money is judiciously spent.
“The House would give the people the best and we will make sure that Lagos State continues to be the best.
“All hands must be on deck for the state to continue to excel. So, it is not something that can be done alone, we must all work together,” he said.
According to him, the House Committee on PAC (State) goes through the books of MDAs on an annual basis based on Auditor General’s report with the MDAs, and that their books containing income/expenditure and other variables would be properly scrutinised during the exercise.
On what the committee has observed so far, Oshun said that It was too early to make assessment, but that the MDAs have done well on the average.
He explained that there was no perfection in anything, but that everybody was just trying to reach perfection.
“You know Lagos State is above other states. We expect certain level of perfection in the state. We have asked the MDAs some information and they have been answering us.
“The Auditor General has done her job with her team, but we need to verify the report. There is something called fair hearing, we don’t want to be prejudiced, we want to hear from everybody.
“We will ask them questions, where we need clarifications, and we will applaud them where they have done well.
“However, I can say they have done well generally. The Auditors have done a good job and they have made sure that everything we need on that report is included in it.
“I want to commend the Auditor General and her team for doing a good job, they have shown that Lagos State is better than others. We are still going to work on the reports and make them available to the entire house.
The committee Chairman said further that the issue of handling technicality in the reports is being handled effectively, saying that the committee has the support of the House, which he said had employed consultants from different fields to assist them in the areas that we don’t know.
The reports, he said, are for January to December, 2016, adding that the exercise is done once in a year.
He stated that all the MDAs have full budgets, and that the committee wants to make sure that the budgets were followed to the letter and make sure that those things that should be done are done properly in accordance with financial rules.
Considering the reports of the state Number Plates Production Authority and the Deputy Governor’s office earlier, the committee directed the officials to go back to perfect their papers, which he said did not tally with the Auditors’ reports.


Ambode Writes Lagos Assembly On 2017 Budget Re-Ordering

The Lagos State Government has written a letter to the state House of Assembly seeking its support for the re-ordering of the 2017 Budget.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state made the request in a letter he personally signed, and which was read on the floor of the House by the Clerk, Mr. Azeez Sanni during plenary on Monday.
According to the request, a total sum of N42.028 Billion made up of N31. 105 Billion from capital expenditure and N10.922 Billion from recurrent expenditure would be re-ordered if the proposal is approved by the Assembly.
It was stated in the letter that the re-ordering would help in upscaling of road construction and rehabilitation to improve connectivity.
In addition, Ambode revealed in the letter that the re-ordering would be spent on purchasing 700 buses for Lagbus in line with state transportation reforms, upgrading of equipment for the state emergency authority and improving security equipment for better surveillance.
This will however, not affect the total budget of N813 Billion passed for 2017.
The Governor stated in the letter that the 2017 budget has performed 64% by the middle of the year, adding that the re-ordering was necessitated by the review of the priority of the state government.
“It is now expedient to re-order the budget to address some of the critical expenditures to enhance efficient delivery of services.
“We want to provide world class infrastructure to the people of the state.
“The proposed re-ordering is expected to increase the tempo of good services and address the priority of the state government.
“It will address main fiscal strategy and sustain expenditure profile, it will drive capital expenditure by improving the capital recurrent ratio,” he said.
The proposal was however, not discussed by the lawmakers before the House adjourned sitting to Tuesday, 26th September, 2017.


Lagos Speaker Obasa Mourns Late Imam, Says He Stood For Truth All His Life

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has described the late Chief Imam of Lagos, Alhaji Ibrahim Akinola as a honest cleric who stood for nothing but the truth in his entire life.

Rt. Hon. Obasa, in a message by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, mourning the passage of the late Chief Imam, stated that the state in particular and Nigeria as a whole will miss his honesty and commitment to national development.

“He was an unbiased man of God who stood for the truth all his entire life and the nation in general and Lagos State in particular will surely miss him,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

According to him, though the late Islamic cleric died at 79, his words of advice, prayers and wisdom are still needed as contribution to the development of the country. “But we can’t question Almighty Allah who has deemed it for to call our father back to Him,” he said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa however, stated that despite the fact that the state, the country and the entire Muslim Ummah is sad that the cleric is no more, “we’re take solace in the fact that the late Chief Imam lived a life of service to Allah and humanity and I pray that he finds peace with his Creator and that Almighty Allah forgive him all his sins”.