Lagos Assembly Commends Oba of Ijesaland, Adekunle Aromolaran

The paramount ruler of Ijesaland in Osun State, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, on Thursday commended the Lagos State House of Assembly’s efforts to promote and preserve Yoruba language and culture.

Aromolaran, who gave the commendations while observing the plenary session in Yoruba, called on other Houses of Assembly in the southwestern part of Nigeria to take a cue from the parliament.

According to the first class ruler, who chided parents, schools and traditional chiefs for not encouraging Yoruba Language, said that children learn better in their native languages.

“The first thing I observed was that all proceedings were conducted in Yoruba Language and that struck me and it is strange to me.

“I was not surprised because I knew before I came that the Lagos State House of Assembly encourages our indigenous language.

“The bill passed by the House that made Yoruba language to be made compulsory in primary and secondary schools goes a long way to enhancing the language.

“Yoruba language is spoken in countries like Cuba, Brazil and some other European countries, but we are here looking down on our language as pupils in primary schools cannot speak their indigenous languages.

“Without understanding your indigenous language, you (a student) can hardly make progress in the other subjects.

“I appreciate what the entire Lagos House of Assembly is doing and also their respect for the traditional institutions,” the Oba said.

Oba Aromolaran added that he was moved the way every lawmaker eulogised Oba Rilwanu Akiolu, the Oba of Lagos as the latter celebrated his 15th anniversary of his coronation.

The paramount ruler, who noted that he had visited several legislative houses within and outside the country, said that the Lagos Assembly had no comparison, especially in Nigeria.

On lack of role for the traditional institutions in the Nigerian Constitution, the Oba called on the Lagos Assembly to work together with the National Assembly to ensure that, at least, an advisory role was given to traditional institutions.

According to him, at least 90 per cent of traditional rulers in the country today are educated and that some of them were engineers, professors, accountants, legislators among others.

In his reactions, the Speaker of the House, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who expressed joy over the accolades, urged all Nigerians of Yoruba descents to support the promotion of the language.

Obasa said: “We have shown support that we should have strong belief in our traditional institution and to continue to promote our culture.

“We will continue to serve the people of Lagos, that has always been our major interest. One of the reasons we were elected is to serve the people of Lagos.

“So, with this accolades, we will continue to put in all efforts at ensuring that Lagos is moving forward”.

On lack of constitutional role for traditional institutions, Obasa said that the House would be part of the call for attention on the issue.

Also speaking, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy, who thanked Oba Aromolaran for his commendation, said that the accolades remained a challenge for the House to do better.

The House, which conducts its Thursday’s proceedings in Yoruba language, adjourned its plenary session to June 4.


Ramadan: Lagos Assembly Speaker Preaches Love, Unity; Urges Nigerians To Intensify Prayers For Nation

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has called on Nigerians to use the Ramadhan period to extend love to one another and maintain unity and peace among themselves.

Rt. Hon. Obasa also called on Nigerians not to relent in their prayers for the unity of the country and for peace to reign in the nation.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker’s message was contained in his Ramadhan message released on Thursday, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

“Ramadhan is a period that calls for sober reflection. Therefore, it’s a time for us to share love among ourselves, maintain peace and continue to pray for the unity of the country and its peaceful co-existence,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker also called on Nigerians to eschew violence and refrain from actions and utterances that can lead to violence or chaos. “We should remain vigilant all the time and refrain from doing things and making utterances that can lead to violence or chaos. Let us all imbibe the spirit of love and peace which are the major symbols of Ramadhan,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker stated further that, “we must also continue to support and pray for government at all levels. We are grateful for your support all this while but like Oliver Twist, we will continue to seek for your support, cooperation and prayers becuase these are the ingredients we need to succeed.

“I want to assure you that the All Progressives Congress (APC) government at all levels will not relent in putting in place measures, policies and programmes that will enhance the welfare of our people as well as improve their standard of living”.

Rt. Hon. Obasa wished Nigerians, a fruitful and rewarding Ramadhan. “On behalf of my colleagues in the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish all Nigerians, particularly Muslims, a rewarding and fruitful Ramadhan,” he said.


Lagos Assembly Set To Domesticate Law On Mental Disorder

The Lagos State House of Assembly is set to domesticate a law that would regulate and take care of persons with mental disorder.
The Bill for a law to provide for Mental Service Bill, 2018 scaled through second reading during plenary on Monday.
Leading the debate, the Chairman House Committee on Health Services, Hon. Segun Olulade stated that the objective of the law is to protect the rights of persons suffering from mental disorder, adding “when passed into law, it would guarantee the health of persons with mental disorder as we have at the federal level.”
Hon. Olulade likewise hinted that the Bill also sought to repeal the existing lunatic law in the State, saying “it will have a better health service and provide opportunity to collaborate with other health service providers.”
He added that the Bill would protect the rights of persons, who were mentally derailed and also guard against discrimination.
The Chairman disclosed that the Bill, when eventually passed into law, would create and maintain mental health databank.
In his comments, the Chairman House Committee on Information and Strategy, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh explained that the law would disabuse the minds of those who believe “it is only those who are on the streets that are mentally ill.”
He also added that the law would take care of persons in the traditional mental homes who usually beat up persons with mental disorder, saying it would also make provision for research.
Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso stated that from the title of the proposed law, it showed an indication that the word ‘lunatic’ was removed, which according to her “it is a way of protecting the dignity of persons with mental disorder.”
While giving his support, Hon. Abiodun Tobun suggested that the treatment of persons with mental challenges should be free.
He argued that since no family members prayed for such a sudden occurrence, it would be appropriate to shed the responsibility for them.
Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu stated that there were provisions for offences as regards neglect, sexual relationship and other offences with persons with mental challenges, saying thật there should be fine for concealment.
He explained that some family members have a way of shielding persons suffering from this ailment because of societal stigma.
Meanwhile the House screened the State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode’s nominees for the Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission (LAHASCOM).
Those screened included four former members of the Commission who were Mr. Olawale Mogaji, Mr. Balogun Afolabi, Mrs. Ajoke Risikat Adegêye and Mr. Bode Tawak. They were all renominated by the Governor.
The only new nominee screened was a three term former Secretary of Local Government in Agege, Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo.


Religious bodies must comply with proposed law on domestic staff- Falana

A human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) last week Thursday said that religious bodies in Lagos State would have to be compelled to comply with domestic staff law which sought to register and regulate the latter activities in the State.

Falana gave this remark during a Public Hearing on “A Bill for a Law for the Registration of Domestic Staff Service Providers in Lagos State and for connected purposes,” at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium of the Assembly.

The legal practitioner pointed out “the religious bodies would have to be compelled to be part of the law in the State.”

While commending the State House of Assembly for blazing the trail by coming up with a Bill to address problems associated with employing the service of domestic staff, he also suggested that the law should lay emphasiz on rights of domestic staff rather than their registration.

“I thank the Lagos State House of Assembly for blaizng the trail in the country by having a Bill of this nature. I hope you keep it up. We are of the opinion that the protection of the rights of domestic staff instead of merely registering them,” Falana said.

While reminding the lawmakers, of th existing laws in the State, he advised that the proposed law should be made to strengthen to the Child Rights and Domestic Violence Laws.

A representative of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps ( NSCDC), Mrs Adebimpe Bada had earlier wondered how the proposed law would handle cases where Churches and Mosques would employ the service of security guards and other social servants without following official procedure.

The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun who represented the Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated during his keynote address that the Bill sought to take the profile of domestic staff in the State with a view to safeguard abuse and other criminal tendencies associated with it.

According to him, “We have all benefitted from the services of these people such as house help and drivers. Some of us have suffered from such act like burglary,” adding that profiling the house help would help to trace the service providers and curtail criminal tendencies.

In her welcome address, the Ad-Hoc Committee Chairman on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso noted that Lagos takes the welfare and security of the residents very paramount, adding that that is responsible for introducing the Bill.

She explained that as husbands and wives, there might be the need to get the service of domestic staff whose activities would have to be regulated by having appropriate database on their number.

In the overview of the Bill which was delivered by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, he disclosed that the Bill is an executive one and that it has 18 sections.

Agunbiade explained that the state was poised to revert the era of impunity by getting the service of domestic staff without following due process.


May Day: Lagos Speaker Commends Nigerian Workers’ Courage, Diligence; Assures Of Govt’s Commitment To Improving Their Welfare

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has commended Nigerian workers for their diligence and commitment to duty, assuring that government at all levels is committed to enhancing their welfare.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker’s message was contained in his May Day address to Nigerian workers released in Lagos on Tuesday. The message was signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak.

In the message, Rt. Hon. Obasa assured the workers that the All Progressives Congress (APC) at all levels is committed to putting in place measures, programmes and policies that will not only improve their standard of living but will also enhance their well being.

“The Nigerian workers are marvellous. I, on behalf of my colleagues in the Lagos State House of Assembly, salute your diligence and commitment to your duty and we are also appreciative of the courageous way you perform your duty. Indeed, your courage and diligence are attributes that have made you compete favourable and positively with your counterparts anywhere in the world,” he said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker assured the workers of government’s determination and commitment to their welfare. “I want to assure you that the APC government at all levels will continue to put in place policies that will enhance your welfare and improve your standard of living,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

He however called on the workers in particular and Nigerians in general not to relent in their support for the government. “We need your understanding, cooperation, support and prayers all the time and we will not relent in seeking for all these from you. On behalf of the honourable members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish you all a happy May Day celebration,” he said.


Oyo Speaker’s Death: Obasa Condoles With Oyo Govt, Assembly, APC, Family; Says He Was A Peace-loving Man

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has described the late Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Michael Adeyemo, as a peace-loving man who stood for peace, equity, justice and rule of law.

He also described the deceased as a man who strived for the good of his fellow man as well as the development, progress and growth of his state and the country at large.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker stated this in a condolence message released on his behalf by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, addressed to the Oyo State Government, the state House of Assembly, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the immediate family of the deceased.

“The news came as a shock but it pleases Almighty God to take him away at this particular period. Who are we then to querry His authority? We love Rt. Hon. Adeyemo but God loves him more.

“He was such a peace-loving man. A man of wisdom who strived for the good of his fellow man as well as the progress, growth and development of his state and the country at large.

“We will all miss him, particularly at the Confrence of Speakers. The Oyo State Government will miss him, his colleagues at the state House of Assembly, the entire members and leaders of the APC will miss him as well as members of his immediate family. I pray to Almighty God to give us all the fortitude to bear the huge loss. I also pray to God to grant him eternal rest,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.


Lagos Assembly Writes Senate Over Mace Theft -Calls For Proper Investigations

Consequent upon the invasion of the Senate by suspected hoodlums last week, lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly have described the act as a rape of democracy.

The suspected thugs invaded the Senate chamber, while plenary was on and made away with the mace.

Although the mace has since been returned to the senate by the police after it was found under a bridge in Abuja, the Lagos lawmakers condemned the act, saying that it was a national embarrassment.

Moving the motion Under Matters of Urgent Public Importance, Hon. Moshood Oshun from Lagos Mainland 2 called on his colleagues to identify with the Senate, and that the security apparatus of the National Assembly should be properly beefed up to forestall a reoccurrence.

“Whether we like it or not, the legislative arm of the government is the most important. The invasion is a rape on democracy. What happened was an attack on democracy all over the world,” Oshun said.

While commending the Senate for its determination to continue the legislative business despite the invasion, the lawmaker described the incident as barbaric.

In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa joined his colleagues to condemn the act.

According to Obasa, “I strongly support your position on the ugly incident. It was a rape on democracy; it was an abuse of an arm of government. The security apparatus should be condemned, if they had been up and doing, they would have prevented it.”

The Speaker used the opportunity to advise heads of government agencies to always respect the legislature whenever they were invited, saying that it would amount to disrespect if such invitations were not honoured.

The Speaker then directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni to write the Senate as a sign of solidarity.

The lawmakers had taken turns to express their displeasure over the matter.

Hon. Bisi Yusuff wondered what would happened if the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly was to be kidnapped, urging the security operatives to be up to their duty.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh noted that “the internal security of the House should be independent of any other arm of government. The hallowed chamber is sacred. It should be well protected.”

The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said that “the issue goes beyond the mace. It simply means everybody in the Senate was not safe.

Agunbiade added that the woman at the office of the Sergeant-at-arms, who got injured in the process of trying to protect the mace should be compensated.


Lagos State Tourism Promotion Bill Scales Second Reading

The Lagos State Tourism Promotion Bill, 2018 scaled the second reading in the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday.

The bill, sponsored by nine lawmakers, was to provide for the establishment of the Lagos State Tourism Promotion Agency and for Connected Purposes.

The sponsors are: Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader; Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, the Deputy Majority Leader; Hon. Elliot Desmond, Chairman, House Committee on Arts, Culture and Tourism; Hon. Fatai Oluwa (Ajeromi Ifelodun II).

Others are: Hon. Nurudeen Solaja-Saka (Ikorodu II), Hon. Oladele Adekanye (Lagos Mainland I), Hon. Victor AKande (Ojo I), Hon. Jude Idimogu (Oshodi Isolo II) and Hon. Sola Giwa (Lagos Island II)

The lawmakers took turns to commend the bill, saying that the state would be better if the bill was passed into law.

In his contributions, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information and Strategy said that arts and culture were integral parts of tourism.

According to him, development of tourism would bring exponential development to the state.

“Lagos State, no doubt, is gifted with many natural and topographical attributes to attract the world.

“When many African nations like Kenya, Tanzania and others are making huge revenues from tourism, what will Lagos give as an excuse with our natural beauties, aesthetics and endowments?

“We need to be creative, steadfast and determined in tapping into these non-oil revenues. This bill should be given an accelerated passage,” he said.

Hon. Fatai Mojeed, Chairman, House Committee Transport, who said that the bill would not only showcase the state rich cultures, added that it would create more employments and revenues.

Hon. Abiodun Tobun, representing Epe Constituency I said that the promotion of arts and culture would enhance foreign exchange and economy growth.

The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said that agency would market and promote the state, saying there were tourists potentials across the state.

Agunbiade, however, said that the power to borrow given to the agency should be subject to the Assembly.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, the Chairman, House Ad hoc Committee on Budget and Economic Planning said: This bill is very timely, it is a right way to go in sustaining tourism in our dear state.

Yishawu, representing Eti Osa Constituency II said that the 2018 budget of the earmarked N14 billion to tourism, saying that it would engender diversity, growth, create jobs and bring prosperity to residents.

Also speaking, Hon. Setonji David, representing Badagry II at the Assembly said: This bill is apt as the highest of employer of labour in the world is tourism and some countries live on tourism alone.

“The tourist potential in Lagos is enormous. It is extremely good for our economy in Lagos State,” he said.

He said that Badagry had the highest tourist potential in the state.

Hon. Ibrahim Layode representing Badagry Constituency I at the Assembly, however, said that most of the historic structure had been demolished and some not well taken care off.

The Deputy Majority Leader, Olumuyiwa Jimoh, who hailed the bill, called for a section on safety, saying an average tourist would want to know about safety.

In his ruling, the Speaker of House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who also commended the bill, however, expressed reservation that many heritages in the state had not been standardised for promotion.

“I think I have a reservation on this issue, I agree that we need to promote Lagos State, and source for more revenues and make Lagos State attractive to foreigners.

“We should learn not to put the cart before the horse.

“I think we should be able to articulate and integrate what have. We have fiesta, Lagos carnival, traditional heritages but how have we been able to arrange them and link them?

“How do we promote and showcase our arts and culture for tourism when we have not put all these things together. We need to upgrade what we have before selling them,” he said.

The House later committed the Bill to its Ad Hoc committee on Arts, Culture and Tourism, which is expected to reports to the House in two weeks.


Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps Boss Denies Owing Staff Salaries

Contrary to some information in the public domain, the Chairman of Lagos State Safety Corps (LNSC) Mr Israel Ajao has said that salaries of staff have been paid up to date.

It will be recalled that the House had on April 3 ordered the agency to give account of its operations since establishment March 27, 2017.

Ajao told journalists after appearing on the floor of the House that the agency has performed wonderfully well within a short time in the areas of training, inauguration and operations.

He added that they work with the police, complement their efforts and assist them with information either to prevent crimes or arrest criminals.

“We have made several arrests of armed robbers, from whom we recover gun and ammunitions even without carrying gone, we also arrested cultists, fraudster and murderers,” he said.

Ajao said that there was no delay on salary payment, and that the batches 1 and 2 that started work April 1, 2017 had been paid till date.

He said that some people, who claimed to have undergone training but had not paid were lies as, according to him, they had not been given employment letter or deployed anywhere.

“Anybody you see without the LNSC uniform is not working for the agency yet. I can’t send people out to go and tackle criminals without uniform.

“The LNSC is like a company that’s oversubscribed. It has become so successful that almost everybody is interested in working for it.

“You can’t just say you have done training for three days and you are now a neighborhood.

“There is a procedure after training, you must be verified, there are conditions for eligibility after three days training.

“I don’t know why some people are peddling rumours instead of coming to find out the truth. How will you be working without uniform. You have not been cleared, given a letter of appointment,” he said.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa had earlier informed the authority of LNSC that the House loved the corps and the people of Lagos.

Obasa stated that it was based on the that the summon the leadership of LNSC to know the successes and challenges confronting them so that the lawmakers could ask them questions.

Responding to questions of the lawmakers, Ajao, who commended the House for its interests in community safety, said that Governor Akinwunmi Ambode gave the agency permission to appoint 5,700 people at inception.

He added that the agency was given days to train the applicants for batches 1 and 2 in 2017 and post the officers to all the 57 council areas in the state.

He said that the corps never came to struggle with the police, but to bridge areas where police did not cover.

He said that 171 patrol vehicles and 4000 bicycles were given to LNSC to ensure grassroots policing.

Ajao, a former commissioner of police in Lagos and former deputy inspector general of the Nigerian Police, said that the agency had four cardinal goals which were representation, participation, accountability and Eye visibility policing, saying all the employed have been trained on these four key goals as they go to their beats.

The chairman stressed that the first challenge of the corps was dismantling Badoo cult in Ikorodu

The LNSC boss said that he got orders from the Governor to meet with traditional rulers, religious leaders and artisans and others such as police on the way forward until the issue was resolved.

“We worked day and night to address grassroots insecurity, we are not resting on our oars.

“We have met and are meeting with all community stakeholders such as Community Development Areas (CDAs) and Community Development Committees (CDCs), who have been calling us to give us intelligent information.

“We have been clamping down on people in possession of items that aggravate crimes in the society Rather than crimes increase in Lagos, it is reducing with a lot of advocacies being carried out,” he said.

The chairman highlighted several achievements of LNSC ranging from arresting kidnappers, cultists, robbers and others.

On the challenges facing the corps, Ajao said that lack of gun had been endangering the lives of the officers as many had been wounded and injured by criminals in the course of their operations.

“We have so many challenges, which are not logistics, but criminals who take advantages of absence of ammunitions to attack our men and injured them while one has been killed.

“If we don’t do something to this, it will cause discouragement, however, we have started reorientation of our men never to be discouraged as police who carry arms also suffer injuries.

“The most serious challenge is stabbing and injuries suffered by our members while other challenges are being tackled in house,” he said.

The chairman, who said that only April salaries had not been paid to batches 1 and 2 employees, said that batches 3 and 4 were just being engaged and their salaries would commence at the end of the months.

Ajao revealed that many applicants presented fake certificates, and that a consultant had been engaged to carry out the certificates verification.

According to him, out of nine certificates of applicants sent to Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), eight were found to be fake results.

Ajao told the lawmakers that the investigations and verifications of the batches 3 and 4 and their salaries of the employable will be paid.

“On those who claim to be in possession of statement of results, when we found out. In fact, we even allow them to present their graduation book to see their names,” he added.

On allegations of dismissals, Ajao said that the victims must either possess fake certificates, or too old for the task, or physically impaired as well as limited number of people to be employed.


Agege LG Names Legislative Building After Lagos Speaker

Agege Local Government Area of Lagos State has named its Legislative building after the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa.

The Chairman of the Local Government, Alhaji Ganiyu Kola Egunjobi announced this on Wednesday during the presentation of the council’s budget at the council’s Legislative building in Agege.

Alhaji Egunjobi stated that the decision to name the building after Obasa was in appreciation of his remarkable representation of the Agege community in the state Assembly.

“There’s no doubt that Rt. Hon. Obasa has contributed immensely to the development and growth of this great community. He has proven to be a role model for youths who want to achieve greater things in life. Rt. Hon. Obasa remains our symbol for his commitment, strong desire and resilience to the development and growth of this great community,” Alhaji Egunjobi said.

According to him, the Lagos Assembly Speaker remains a source of inspiration to aspiring young politicians. “He started his public career as an elected councillor at this hallowed council chamber in 1999 and today he is the leading lawmaker in Lagos State. It’s because he started at this hallowed chamber we are naming the Legislative building after him. We are also unveiling his photograph while serving as a councillor here to serve as source of inspiration to young politicians that they can become great with commitment, loyalty, sense of purpose and perseverance,” the Agege council chairman said.

The Speaker’s photograph while serving as a councillor was unveiled by Hon. Rasheed Osanyinpeju, who was Leader of the Legislative Council during the time Obasa was a councillor.

Responding, an elated Lagos Speaker expressed appreciation to the Agege Local Government for founding worthy of the honour.

“I’m happy and elated and I’m equally surprised at this very great honour. Nobody informed me that this is what I’m coming. I thought it was only for the budget presentation but indeed this is a very pleasant surprise, ” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

The Lagos Speaker stated further that the honour will spur him to do more for the development of Agege community. “We will not relent in our desire and commitment to the development and growth of the Agege community in particular and Lagos State in general.

“I also want to thank Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his commitment to the even development and growth of Lagos in general and Agege in particular. I’m assuring you all that we remain steadfast to the growth of this state,” he said.

The event was witnessed by Honourable Oluyinka Ogundimu, representative of Agege Constituency 2 in the House and Hon. Johnson Sunday Babatunde, Chairman of Orile Agege Local Council Development Area among others.