Eid-l-Fitri: Lagos Speaker Obasa Preaches Love, Unity, Vigilance

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has called on Nigerians not to relent in sharing love among themselves.

Rt. Hon. Obasa who disclosed this in his Sallah message through a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak, also urged Nigerians to continue to work for the unity and pecaeful co-existence among Nigerians.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker also urged Nigerians to be vigilant at all times and cooperate with the government at all levels to fight crimes in the society.

“Ramadan teaches us love and unity and I want to urge us not to relent in sharing the love and unity we have done during the fasting period. We should continue to spread love and peaceful co-existence. This is the essence of Ramadan which we must neglect,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker also urged Nigerians to remain vigilant at all times so that they will assist government at all levels in combating crimes.

“The issue of security is a collective task involving the governed and the government. So we must be vigilant at all times. We must be able to provide information on any questionable individual or group in our communities to security agents. This assist government in nipping crime in the bud,” he advised.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker also asssured Nigerians that the All Progressives Congress (APC) at all levels is committed to improving their lives and enhancing their welfare.

“I wish you all a happy and fulfilling sallah celebration,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.


June 12: Positive Reference Point For Free, Fair, Peaceful Election In Africa- Obasa, Lagos Assembly Speaker

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described the annuled June 12, 1993 presidential election won by the late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola as not only mother of democracy in Nigeria but also in the African continent as a whole.

He also described the election as a positive reference point for free, fair and peaceful election in Nigeria in particular and the whole of Africa in general.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker disclosed this on Sunday in a statement to commemorate the 24th Anniversary of the election which although described as the freest, fairest and most peaceful presidential election in Nigeria and Africa, was annuled by the military junta led by General Ibrahim Babangida.

The Speaker’s statement was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak.

“It was the freest, fairest and most peaceful election in the history of democracy not only in Nigeria but also in Africa. It’s the harbinger of peaceful, free and fair electoal process in Nigeria. It is thus worthy of celebration, ” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker urged Nigerians to imbibe the lessons provided by the symbolism of the June 12, 1993 election. “The election taught all Africans that the will of the people will always prevail no matter the odds. Majority of Nigerians irrespective of status,.religion or ethnic background voted overwhemingly, albeit in peaceful nature, for the late MKO Abiola. Thus, the June 12 election remains a positive reference for free fair and peaceful election in Africa,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

He urged Nigerians to continue to pray for the repose of the souls of those who lost their lives in the struggle for the actualization of the historic mandate particularly the mandate bearer, Late Abiola and his wife, Kudirat. “These are the martys of democracy who laid down their lives for us all to enjoy the present democracy,” he said.


Lagos Assembly To Partner United Kingdom Over Fight Against Terrorism

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa has expressed the readiness of the State government to partner with United Kingdom over the fight against terrorism.

Obasa made the promise while playing host to the United Kingdom Deputy High Commissioner, Laure Beaufils in his office in Alausa, Ikeja.

“Your coming here today is historic being the first female Deputy High Commissioner and coming at a time we are celebrating Lagos at 50.

“I commiserate with the UK government over the incidents in Manchester and the London Bridge attack. Please, accept our condolences. We stand by the government and people of UK. People must be free to practise their faith,” Obasa said.

The Speaker said that the relationship between Nigeria and United Kingdom has been cordial for years, assuring her that the longstanding collaboration would be sustained.

He added that the Deputy High Commissioner should use her position to strengthen the relationship “in the area of attracting investors to Nigeria especially Lagos State.”

Earlier in her address, the envoy said her visit to the Lagos Assembly was coming at a time UK was conducting its general elections, saying that she is “deeply impressed with the level of legislative activities in the state.”

Beaufils disclosed that since her arrival in Lagos in the last three months she had been able to acquaint herself with a lot of developments such as oversight function and other legislative duties.

“In the last three months, I have learnt about democratic principles. I am here to pay my respect and to further strengthen our relationship, I am here to learn about the challenges; we are trying to deepen the relationship with Nigera and Lagos State in particular,” she said.


Ibeju Lekki Residents Storm Lagos Assembly Over Forceful Ejection By Landgrabbers

Scores of residents of Ibeju Lekki area of Lagos State staged a peaceful protest to the State House of Assembly on Tuesday 6 June alleging forceful take over of their land by landgrabbers.

Some of the placards of the protesters had inscriptions such as “Folami, bring peace and development, not death and destruction to your father’s land,” and “To defend our land and our people from Onibeju and Folami is a task that must be done.”

Others are “Ha, ha, ha, haha, Folami, Onibeju, you want to use us as slaves on our fatherland,” “If we remain silent, we would be guilty of complicity. We want peace, nothing more than peace at Oke-Ogun. Governor Ambode take note.”

A petition prepared for the embattled residents on the matter by their solicitor, Mr K.K. Suleiman, of the K.S. Karatu & Co. entitled: “Complaint against Mufutau Sefiu Olamiji as the purported Baale of ‘Okegun Ladeseso’ and subsequent attempts by the Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs to upgrade him to the status of a king.” reads in part:
“We are solicitors to Chief Samsideen Ogunkoya (the Ajagunbiada of Ibeju Land) and the people of Okegun Odofin in the Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State and on their joint instructions we write this petition to your Excellency in other to forestall total breakdown of law and order in Ibeju, Lagos State”.

“Chief Ismail Ogunkoya was duly nominated and appointed as the substantive Baale of Okegun Odofin in the Ibeju Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos State which position has been held by him with much support from our clients and with dignity till date.

“The Onibeju of Ibeju Land, Oba Rafiu Olusegun Salami, invaded the ancestral land using Mufutau Sefiu Olamiji as his front man and signed different agreements with notorious gangs of land grabbers to forcefully takeover the land”.

In an earlier petition written by members of the community and addressed to the Lagos State House of Assembly, they had described themselves as “the descendants and the accredited representatives of Aladeseso family of the Aladeseso Chieftaincy Ruling House of Ibeju-Lekki.”

According to the petition, the problem dates back to 2013, when the said Mufutau Olamiji allegedly went round the community to proclaim himself as the Basle of an Okegun-Ladeseso community, a community they insisted did not exist.

“We therefore herewith oppose, condemn and disregard his purported declaration and or appointment as a ruse and thus further condemned his parade, representation and publicity as the Basle of the Okegun-Ladeseso community,” they stated.

Addressing the press, Alhaji Lateef Folami, who led the protesters, said that they were in the Assembly in respect of Oke Ogun Odofin, and Ibeju Lekki.

He revealed that Ibeju Lekki had been existing for the past 535 years, and that they had 18 obas, who had been on the throne and left.

“We didn’t have Ajagun Gbale or people taking other people’s land. But, for the past seven years, we have been facing challenges in the area. I am from Jinadu Bakare Family. We have expanse of land at Oke Ogun, Odofin.

“In Ibeju Lekki, we only know two Oke Ogun, Oke Ogun Odofin, and Oke Madagbayon; there was nothing like Oke Ogun Aladeseso in Ibeju Lekki.

Folami said further that they saw a caterpillar on their land and that they challenged the driver.

He stated that they later heard gun shots from nowhere and ran for their dear lives.

The protesters then appealed to the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to come to their aid.

Folami alleged that the landgrabbers brought one Mufutau Olamiji as the ‘baale’ of the area and called it Oke-Ogun Aladeseso.

“There was nothing like Oke Ogun Aladeseso. This Mufutau Olamiji just sprang up and said that he is the baale of Oke Ogun Aladeseso.

“But in Ibeju Lekki and Lagos State, there is nothing like that. The Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Alhaji Oloruntele Folami is my elder brother. They tried to draw him to their side.

“They tried to lure him into the matter just to make Mufutau Olamiji the baale of Oke Ogun Aladeseso. The master planners of the matter are Mufutau Olamiji and the Onibeju of Ibeju Lekki.

“We are the same family with the commissioner and even from the same local government. He should have asked questions before giving them papers. He was saying that the oba lured him into it.

“We later saw another paper that Mufutau Olamiji would be made a king. He is not from that area, he is from Magbon. He has been a baale in the area for two years.

“We now have two baales in the same area that is not up to four or five kilometres apart. Both of them have been gazetted, which is the dangerous aspect of it.

“We want the Lagos State House of Assembly to set up a panel and look into the matter. We are sitting on a keg of gun powder. The matter is in court and under a panel headed by Hon. Funmilayo Tejuosho. They promised to get back to us but they have not done so since we met with them,” he said.

Addressing the protesters, the Speaker of the Assembly Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obama urged them to allow the Assembly complete it’s work on the matter.

Obasa, who was represented by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said that a situation, where a wrong person was installed would be investigated.

Agunbiade urged the protesters to be patient saying that the house receive so many petitions daily and that the matter has to be thoroughly debated at plenary even when the committee handling it has completed its work.

“All of these would not make the committee dispense with the petition as quickly as the petitioners want. But ultimately the whole house would look at the petitions.

“We have to painstakingly look at the petition and the outcome is always acceptable to the petitioners,” he said.


Lagos Assembly Confirms Azeez Sanni As Clerk, Endorses Ambode’s Nominee

The Lagos State House of Assembly has confirmed Mr. Azeez Sanni as the Clerk of the Assembly.
It would be recalled that Mr. Sanni was appointed as the clerk of the House on acting capacity a year ago before his confirmation by the Assembly on June 6, 2017 through a voice vote supervised by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
Mr. Sanni has worked in various agencies and parastatals notable among which are the Ministry of Finance from September 1988 to 1999, Ministry of Home Affairs and Culture from 1999 to 2004, Ministry of Establishment, Training and Pension from January to September 2004 and was later appointed as Secretary to the Muslim Pilgrim Welfare Board from September 2004 to March 2009. Before he was deployed to Lagos State House of Assembly in March 2009 initially as the Assistant Director (Planning Research and Statistics) and was later a Deputy Director, Administration and Human Resource before his appointment as the Acting Clerk on 7th June 2016.
In a related development, Members of the House also confirmed Mrs. Iyabo Ladipo as a member of Lagos State Procurement Governing Board.
Mrs. Ladipo, while responding to questions from the lawmakers promised to add her energy to the Board, adding that it was imperative that efficiency is applied to the Lagos State Procurement.
The confirmation of the nominee was sequel to her satisfactory
response to questions asked by the lawmakers.
In his comment, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa enjoined members of the Public Procurement Board to show serious commitment to the running of the agency, saying that the essence of procurement in any State is to ensure that the state gets value for its money and support from the World Bank.
He stated that the process of doing business in the state seemed to have been slowed down hence the need to fast track the pace of doing business in the state, and reposition the agency for efficiency.


Cult Killings: Lagos Assembly Calls For Establishment of Police Commands In Ikorodu, Epe

Cult Killings: Lagos Assembly Calls For Establishment of Police Commands In Ikorodu, Epe

Following the recent killings in Ikorodu, especially the killing of a family of four by suspected members of the dreaded Badoo Cult, the Lagos State House of Assembly has called for the establishment of police commands in Ikorodu and Epe.

Raising the issue under matter of urgent public importance during plenary on Monday, June 5, the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade from Ikorodu Constituency 1 lamented the security threats in the area.

Referring to the recent killings of a family of four in Ikorodu by cult members suspected to be members of the cult group, Agunbiade said that the whole thing started in Ibeshe area of the state.

“They descended on a house in Erunwe last week, killed the man, ripped open the pregnancy of his wife and also killed their two children.

“The security agents find it difficult to deal with them. I received a call this morning that a member of the gang was arrested by a vigilante group. He was kept in a solitary place and people lynched him before the police could get there.

“Four boys were recently killed in the area as they were suspected to be members of Badoo cult group. The cult members attack new sites, where the people don’t have enough security,” he said.

The Majority Leader then called on the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Fatai Owoseni to intensify security in Ikorodu and Epe areas of the state.

More so, the police was called upon to expose the sponsors of Badoo cult groups and other criminals in the area.

“Police should establish commands in Ikorodu and Epe for proper security.

“An ad-hoc committee should be set up by the House to invite officers of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) to interact with them on the security challenges in the state and the functionality of their job, ” he said.

Members of the communities were also called upon to give information to the police and other security agents.

This was seconded by Hon. Segun Olulade from Epe Constituency 2 and it, immediately, became the resolution of the House.

Olulade recalled that the same incident occurred in Agbowa area of Epe, adding that men of LNSC ought to gather intelligence report and pass it to the police.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa sympathised with the people of Ikorodu over the incident and the people of Epe in respect of the kidnap of six students in the Model College in Igbonla, Epe.

According to him, such an incident ought not to occur when there is a government in place.

The Speaker stated that everything must be done to end the menace, and that the government should be proactive about the matter.

“We once called on the Governor to site Police Command in Ikorodu and Epe to stop the activities of these hoodlums. The community members should work with the police to give them information so that they could help us,” he said


Lagos @50: Igbo Community Honours Lagos Speaker, Obasa

The Igbo Community in Lagos has honoured the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the development of the state and the Igbo nation.

The prestigious recognition and visionary award for leadership was presented to Obasa at the Hall 1 of National Theatre, Iganmu, Lagos on Saturday, 27th May, 2017.

The Lagos speaker who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Mr Adewale Jafojo thanked the community for deeming it fit to honour his boss.

Delivering his good will message at the occasion, he acknowledged the contributions of the Igbo Community in the state since inception. “Since Lagos became a geographical entity 50 years ago following its creation as a state in 1957, the Igbo have become instrumental to the development of what is now the Centre of Excellence. Your community is so important to us because you have been part of the state’s development.

The chief host, Hon. Jude Idimogu who is representing Oshodi-Isolo 2 at the state assembly, commended the state governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode and the members of his cabinet for moving the state forward.

Idimogu praised Rt. Hon Obasa for his leadership quality style in the hallow chamber of the state assembly and Lagos in general.

He enjoined Lagosians to support the state assembly as they continue to pass people oriented laws.

Dignitaries at the event includes Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello who represented the state governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr Joe Igbokwe.

Others are members of the state Assembly, Hon. Abdur Sobur Olawale; Hon. Desmond Elliot; Hon. Abdul-Hakeem Sokunle and Hon. Folajimi Mohamm.


Lagos Assembly Seeks Increment In Salaries Of Traditional Rulers; Wants Monarchs To Speak Yoruba In Palaces, Public Functions

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have passed a motion calling on the state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode to direct the state Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Muslim Folami to review upward salares of traditional rulers in the state.
The motion was moved by Hon Lanre Ogunyemi, representing Ojo State Constituency 2 and Chairman of the House Committee on Education. Supporting him to move the motion are: Honourables Sanai Agunbiade, Olumuyiwa Jimoh, Adebayo Osinowo, Princess (Mrs) Adefunmilayo Tejuoso, Dayp Saka Fafunmi, Sola Giwa, Tunde Braimoh and Hakeem Sokunle.
Moving the motion on the floor of the House, Hon Ogunyemi stated that most palace ceremonies and programmes are conducted in English Language. The lawmaker also observed that if traditional rulers are encouraged to perform their statutory duties, “wealth of experience will fast track desired change in their various communities and add values to governance”.
Hon Ogunyemi lamented the indiscriminate creation of new traditional stools noting that this will downgrade esteemed positions of traditional rulers.
Members like Honourables Adebayo Osinowo, Tunde Braimoh, Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, Yinka Ogundimu, Bisi Yusuf, Rotimi Olowo, Nurudeen Saka-Solaja, David Setonji, Mrs Omotayo Oduntan, Segun Olulade, Sanai Agunbiade, Adedamola Richard Kasumu and Ibrahim Layode all spoke in favour of the motion.
They all agreed that the motion was a good one and it was a unanimous agreement that it will go a long way in enhancing the welfare I the traditional rulers as well as serve as encouragement for them in their duty.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa also agreed with the mover of the motion and those who contributed to the debate.
The motion was unanimously passed by members after it was moved by Hon Ogunyemi and seconded by Hon Olulade.
Apart from increasing salaries of traditional rulers, the motion also urged traditional rulers to make Yoruba Language medium of communication in their palace and other public functions.
It also called on the state government to look into the alarming rate at which new stools of Obas are being created with a view to ensuring that the process of upgrading Baales to the status of Obas are strictly adhered to.


Lagos Assembly Set-Up 6 Man Committee Over Cancellation of 4th Mainland Bridge Project

Consequent upon the cancellation of the contract for the 4th Mainland Bridge, the Lagos State House of Assembly has Set-up a 6 man committee to look into the matter.
According to the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the committee would be chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Sanni Eshinlokun, while the members would be the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade and Hon. Yinka Ogundimu.
Other members of the committee are Hon. Moshood Oshun, Hon. Wahab Jimoh and Hon. Bisi Yusuf.
The committee was mandated to invite the State Attorney General, Commissioner for Waterfront, Commissioner for Finance and the state Chairman of Lagos Global to clarify the termination of the contract and submit a report to the House on Monday, June 5th, 2017.
Hon. Dayo Famakinwa had earlier raised the issue of the cancellation of the bridge on the floor of the House as an urgent matter of public importance during plenary on Tuesday 30th May.
Famakinwa observed that the project would have led to massive employment, increase the Internally Generated Revenue of the State, get the nation out of recession and ease movement of goods and services.
“When the contract was signed by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, majority of the people of Lagos were happy. But, we read in the newspapers last week that the contract was cancelled and this raised a lot of concerns.
“We need to know what the issues are. Residents of Lagos were happy with the government of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state and at the centre,” he said.
Contributing to the matter, Hon. Olanrewaju Ogunyemi stated that the project had attracted the interest of many people in the state, adding that it was a cardinal promise of Governor Ambode.
He stressed that the bridge project would improve the image of that of the Governor and the party, saying that the Governor should also explain the outcome of the SMART City Project signed with the City of Dubai to the House.
Other lawmakers such as Hon. Yinka Ogundimu, Hon. Moshood Oahu, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu and Hon. Sanai Agunbiade supported the matter.
The lawmakers referred to the Private Partnership, PPP Law of 2015, which they said made it mandatory for the state government to inform the House is arrangements with private companies in any matter.
According to Agunbiade, it was wrong for the state government not to obey that section of the law, saying that the House needs to emphasize strict compliance with the law by the state government.
Governor Akinwunmi Ambode had recently terminated a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a consortium of firms to build the 4th Mainland Bridge at the cost of N844 billion.
The project was to be financed by Africa Finance Corporation, Access Bank, and other private investors who have already signified intention to be part of the construction, while Visible Assets Limited would be the coordinating firm.
But Commissioner for Waterfront Infrastructure Development, Mr. Adebowale Akinsanya during a ministerial briefing in Alausa, Ikeja area of Lagos, Southwest Nigeria cited the slow pace at which the concessionaire was working as the reason behind the termination of the contract.
According to him, “due to slow pace of work, the contract was terminated. We are now looking at many investors, though interest is very high.”
He said that investors had started scouting for the project from different parts of the world, though the state government had not decided on the proposals it had received.
“The state government has started the proposals. We have such investors from South Korea, Europe and the United States, among few others. What we are doing now is vetting the proposals. We do not want to waste any further time. So works are in top progress on the 4th Mainland Bridge.
“The investors would be named very soon, the state government will enter into concession agreement with appropriate investors that deliver the project,” he said.


Democracy Day: Lagos Speaker Obasa Commends Nigerians’ Support, Assures On Good Governance, Improved Economy

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has commended Nigerians, particularly Lagosians for their support and cooperation for the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration at national and.state levels.

Rt. Hon. Obasa while saluting Nigerians and Lagosians in particular assured them that both Federal and Lagos State Governments are committed to improved economy of the Nation aimed at improving their welfare and enhance their standard of living.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker gave these commendation and assurance in his Democracy Day message to Nigerians in general and Lagosians in particular issued on Sunday by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak.

He commended Nigerians for their resilience and perseverance during the economic recession occassioned by maladministration of the previous administrations at the national expressing happiness that the country is getting out of the recession.

He stated further that despite the economic recession, there cause for celebration as there have been landmark achievements in the last two years at both state and national levels.

“I salute the cooperation and support of Nigerians particularly Lagosians for our government both at state and national levels especially during the economic recession. Thank God with your support and cooperation, we are getting out of the recession.

“I want to assure our people that the APC government at both state and national levels is committed to putting in measures and policies that will not only improve the standard of living of members of the public but also enhance their welfare,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker assured.

He urged Nigerians not to relent in their support for the country and the state noting further that the present Ramadhan period is a veritable opportunity for Nigerians particularly Muslims to pray for the country to grow and for peace to reign in the Nation.

“On behalf of all members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish you all a happy Democracy Day celebration,” Obasa said.