The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and all relevant stakeholders to embark on aggressive campaigns against the menace of drug abuse.
The resolution followed a motion titled “Need to Curb the Menace of Drug Abuse Among Youths in Lagos State” moved by Hon. Desmond Elliot (APC- Surulere I) and seconded Hon. Segun Olulade (APC- Epe II) on the floor of the House.
According to the lawmakers, the adverse effects of hard drugs on the youth and the society is huge, hence the need to tame the trend.
Speaking on the impact of drugs, Elliot said that youths had formed the habit of using drugs to get high, perform better in certain situation, to change their perception of reality or for other purposes.
He listed the drugs to include: cocaine, heroin, cannabis, and India help consumption but now include seemingly harmless over the counter drugs such as cough syrups with codeine, rubber, gum, septic tank fumes, urine concentrates, Colorado, skushi, loud and kerosene gas.
“The House is aware that youths now abuse a combination of these substances with two popular drugs; tramadol and codeine which are commonly used for the treatment of cough and severe pains.
“The House is concerned that those mostly involved in this practice are unqualified pharmacists, nurses and road side hawkers selling to these young people who consequently commit sexual crimes and other violent acts.
“This House is worried that this abuse has damning and adverse health effects, which include mental disorder, liver cirrhosis and many socioeconomic consequences like school dropout cultism, armed robbery and other related crimes in the state.
“The House called on the Chairman, Task Force on Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit to carry out strick enforcement against sale of drugs by road side hawkers,” he said.
The House called on the Pharmaceutical Board to direct its members to restrained from selling drugs particularly those that required prescription over the counter without prescription from qualified physicians.
The lawmakers also called on author relevant authorities to wake up to its responsibilities and address issues relating to the sales, distribution circulation of the said drugs and other ones.
In his contribution, Hon. (Prince) Bisi Yusuff (APC-Alimosho I) said that lack of good parenting had aggravated the proliferation of hard drugs among youths while many had been sent to their early graves.
Olulade, who commended the prime mover, urged the House to call on Ambode to expedite action in signing the Mental Health bill in to law and ensure the implementation to curb the effect of hard drugs.
Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso (APC-Mushin I), said that the issue should not be taken with levity, saying that the government needed to look into the activities of chemists (licence and unlicensed).
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade described drug abuse among youths as “a big threat to the nation”, calling for apprehension of drugs addicts and engaging them in Community Service.
In his ruling, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who called on artistes to collaborate with the government in the campaign against drugs, urged legislators embark on advocacy at their respectively constituencies.
Obasa, who called for aggressive campaign and sensitization on the ills of taken hard drugs, however warned against indiscriminate closure of shops.
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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and all relevant stakeholders to embark on aggressive campaigns against the menace of drug abuse.
The Lagos State House of Assembly has decried the congestion of Sekumade Road in Ikorodu area of Lagos by heavy duty trucks.
The House then called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state to call on the Commissioner for Transport, officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), management of Ipakodo Lighter Terminal to eliminate indiscriminate parking of long vehicles on the road.
The Assembly also called on the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to provide where long vehicles would park before they load goods from the terminal.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa then directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to get across to the Governor on the resolution of the House on the matter.
The matter was raised by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade and supported by Hon. Segun Olulade (Ikorodu Constituency 1) under Matter of Urgent Public Importance on Thursday.
Agunbiade had condemned the indiscriminate parking of heavy duty trucks in Sekumade Road, Ikorodu, which he said was one of the two roads that lead to Ikorodu.
“The road is an important access road to Imota, Ijede and others. The roads around the lighter terminal in Ipakodo has become an eyesore.
“The long vehicles always block the road and they would be there for days. They don’t even have security light that would prevent accident. That was how it started in Apapa Area of Lagos before it became an eyesore,” he said.
The Majority Leader stated that it was important that the Commissioner for Transport should review the law on movement of vehicles, while also calling on leaders of LASTMA to rise to the occasion on the matter.
He added that Public Works should be called upon to repair the roads, which he said has been destroyed by the long vehicles.
In his contribution, Hon. Rotimi Olowo said that the Ipakodo Sekumade Road is very important, adding that it would not be fair to allow vehicles to block the road.
He stated that companies like Dangote should also be cautioned with the way their vehicles are parked in the area and that the matter should be nipped in the bud now.
Also speaking, Hon. Olusegun Olulade (Epe Constituency 1) said that the area is strategic to Epe, saying that other roads are always blocked, and that Sekumade road that could not contain two vehicles ia now totally blocked.
In his view, Hon. Nurudeen Saka Solaja (Ikorodu Constituency 2) stated that the road is waterlogged, and that trailers and containers that are parked there are causing a lot of problems for the people.
Hon. Ibrahim Layode however stated that the people of the area and the state should not be complaining as they always pray for improvement in commercial activities.
“So we should not be complaining. The problem starts from the government, we wanted light terminals without providing where the trucks would park. We are not doing what would give us money. The law enforcement agencies cannot help matters. The local governments ought to provide parking spaces for the vehicles,” he said.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun from Epe Constituency 1, in his contribution, suggested that people should not be allowed to do whatever they like in the state.
“What is happening in Sekunmade is not right. There are traffic control officers in Ikorodu West Local Government that can do the job. We should fine anyone that parks vehicles there indiscriminately. Whoever refuses to do so should have his vehicle impounded,” he said.
Meanwhile,the lawmakers had the first reading of five bills that include Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission(Amendment),Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps(Amendment), Lagos State Electricity Board(Amendment),Lagos State Appropriation 2018(Amendment)
By Musbau Rasak
On his election as the Speaker of the 8th Lagos State House of Assembly in 8 June 2015, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, assured Lagosians then, that he will preside over a Legislative House they will be proud of Rt. Hon. Obasa assured that under his Speakership, the Lagos State House of Assembly will always rise far and above the ‘common standard of excellence’.
As he celebrates his birthday on 11 November, it is pertinent to note that more than three years after his election as the head of the Legislative Arm of government in the state, his achievements in that period stand him out as the leading state lawmaker in Nigeria.
That Rt. Hon. Obasa is committed to legislative excellence is an open secret. It is well known that the Lagos House of Assembly Speaker is a leading light in the struggle for the emancipation of the Legislative Arm of Government and giving the Parliament Institution its rightful place in governance in the country.
“The Parliament is the bastion of democracy and for me it’s the most important arm of government, without the Parliament, there won’t be anything called Democracy hence it’s our collective duty to ensure the protection of the Parliament so that the interest of the people is protected,” Rt. Hon. Obasa had submitted in many of his interaction with people and the media.
More than three years into his tenure, Rt. Hon. Obasa has indeed been making waves as a Legislator per excellence.
As the leading lawmaker in the state, the Lagos Assembly Speaker has led by example in term of legislative duty. To date, he has initiated about six Private Member Bills, the first and only Speaker to have achieve that in Lagos history. It is also pertinent to note that most of his Private Member Bills have had direct positive impacts on the people of the state.
The Neighbourhood Watch Law is an example of such law. Apart from encouraging and promoting community policing in the state which has reduced crimes, the Law has led to the establishment of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) which has given employment to thousands of Lagos youths.
Another Law worthy of note is the Anti-kidnapping Law which has reduced cases of kidnapping in the state.
Yet another law worthy of mention is the Cancer Institute Law which sought to create an Institute for research, prevention, detection and treatment of various types of cancer in the state.
Perhaps one of the greatest Laws that emanated from the Lagos Assembly under his watch is the Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law. This Law, which was promulgated to preserve, promote Yoruba Language and prevent it from going into extinction, is another Private Member Bill from the Speaker and today it has improved the use of the language by youths especially students. Today, Yoruba Language is a compulsory subject in Lagos schools which has improved the promotion of the language.
As an administrator, Rt. Hon. Obasa has ensured that he kept with and improve on the tradition of constant training of lawmakers and staff of the Lagos State House of Assembly making them arguably the most trained in the country.
He introduced the live streaming of plenary sessions of the House, the first Parliament in Nigeria to do that and second in Africa after South Africa. He introduced and ensured the presence of the House on the Social Media with all its icons very active.
One of his greatest achievements is the introduction of the annual Stakeholders’ Meeting which takes place simultaneously in all the 40 constituencies in the state. This is the barometer for measuring the performance of each lawmaker annually while also giving the constituents the opportunity to lay their grievances and demands before the government. The reports from these stakeholders’ meetings thus, have served as annual major components of the state budget.
His leadership qualities are not doubt and today, he had steered the affairs of the state Assembly successfully making it the most peaceful Parliament in Nigeria.
As a bridge builder, he is not only a man of peace, he also upholds the philosophy of love sharing among the people. When he successfully engineered the defection of seven Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members of the House to the All Progressives Congress (APC) two years ago, the defecting members were unanimous in why they joined APC: Obasa is a bridge builder who had not only welcome them into the House with open arms but has also given them real sense of belonging in the affairs of the House despite their being members of the opposition party. “His leadership qualities are unique and we love the way he is leading us in the House,” they chorused.
Many still remember the leadership roles he played in bringing peace and tranquility to the fold of APC in Agege and beyond.
It’s noteworthy to submit that his achievements have not gone unnoticed as he has been honoured locally and outside the country for his efforts in promoting the Institution of Parliament and ensuring legislative excellence.
In February, Rt. Hon. Obasa was named the Best State Legislator in Nigeria by the Independent Newspapers Limited, publishers of Daily, Saturday and Sunday Independent newspapers.
In July, he was honoured and presented with a Certificate of Recognition by the African Bar Association (ABA) during their conference in Nairobi, Kenya.
In August, he was elected the Chairman of Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria during their conference in Lagos.
Today, Rt. Hon. Obasa rank as the most experienced lawmaker in Lagos State, having started his career as a lawmaker at the grassroots level when he served as a Councillor representing Ward E in Agege Local Government between 1999 and 2002 before his election into the House of Assembly to represent Agege Constituency 1 since 2003.
Indeed, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa is worth celebrating.
Many Happy Returns Sir.
Musbau Rasak is the Chief Press Secretary to Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed a Bill for a Law to Provide for the Establishment of the Lagos State Tourism Promotion Agency and for Connected Purposes.
The bill, sponsored by 13 lawmakers, was read for the third time on the floor of the House before passage.
The Agency was aimed at promoting the state’s tourism industry to
achieve the international best practices in the delivery of tourism
products and services.
The House passed the bill after the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa after conducted a voice vote conducted on the 54-section bill.
Obasa directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni to forward a
clean copy of the bill to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode of the state for
Earlier, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade moved the motion for the bill to be read for the third time and seconded by Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (APC-Agege II).
According to the bill, the Agency shall be a body corporate with
perpetual succession and a common seal and shall have the powers to sue and be sued in its corporate name.
The objective of the law includes: “to promote, market and develop
the state domestically and internationally as a major tourist
destination by highlighting its uniqueness and assisting the
development of its tourism products and services.
“Develop and promote the state as a premier travel and tourist
destination; attract and increase tourist arrivals and direct tourism
investment and identify and develop potential tourism destination in
“Maximise the economic and social benefits of tourism; encourage and promote improved standards of tourist establishments, facilities,
attractions and services offered to tourists.
“Enhance revenue generation for the state in the tourism sector;
increase employment opportunity in the tourism sector and encourage active Public Private Partnership in the development of tourism.’’
According to the bill, the Agency will advise private organisations,
state and local government on matters relating to tourism.
The Agency was also to formulate and implement campaigns and other strategies to promote the state locally and internationally as a major tourist destination.
It was also to facilitate the creation of investment opportunities
for tourism development by focusing on beach and leisure, culture and heritage, arts and entertainment, nature and adventure, wellness and medical tourism among others.
The bill also spelt out the composition of the Agency Governing Board, term of office, remuneration and allowances, cessation of office of members of the board, meetings, quorum, powers of the board among other things.
Meanwhile, the House commiserated with the people of Epe and the state on the demise of Oba Okunola Adesanya, the Alara of Ilara.
Hon. Segun Olulade (APC-Epe II) raised the matter of the death of the traditional ruler under matter of public urgent importance on the floor and supported by Mr Abiodun Tobun (APC-Epe II)
The duo, who hailed the traditional ruler for his contributions toward
the development of the state, urged the House to condole with the
family of the late Oba.
Obasa, therefore directed the clerk of the House, to write a letter of
condolence to the family of Alara of Ilara.
The contentious consolidated Lagos State Environmental Law and nine others are currently being reviewed by lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Speaker of the Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, spoke to journalists at Park Inn By Radisson Hotel, Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun State venue of a 3-Day Retreat.
Obasa stated that the essence of coming together to review the laws of the state was to serve the interest of members of the public and create opportunities for them.
He added that the review would give the lawmakers an opportunity to do what would be of benefit to the people.
Some of the laws being reviewed are Public Private Partnership Law, Urban & Regional Planning Law/Model City Law, Public Procurement Agency Law, Consolidated Laws On the Environment, and Transport Law.
Others ate Environmental Law (Waste Management), Neighbourhood Safety Agency, Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission and Energy Law.
“Actually, we have a good environmental law in place but for the fact that we have problems with the implementation of the law does not mean that the law is not good.
“We are here because people raised eyebrow over some aspects of the laws and we want to see how we could amend them.
“We have brought in people, who have served as commissioners as insiders to tell us what is wrong with the laws and what we need to do.
“You would realise that we have always been receiving people on protests. That we are here does mean we have done something wrong. We should continue to review our laws. It is by going through them regularly that we will prepare our state for a better law.
“Even if a law was passe yesterday we can come around to review it today,” he said.
The Speaker emphasized that there was nothing like Visionscape in the new Environmental Law of the state though he stressed there are sections in the law that gives opportunity to the executive to operate PPP.
He said: “It depends on the people they brought in if they are capable.
In this case there is an attachment in the law that states that they must make a recourse to the House if they want to engage a private company which is why we say Visionscape is not known to us because we are not aware of it.
“We have said on the floor that no money of the state must be paid to Visionscape and I repeated it recently.”
It will be recalled that the Assembly recently ordered the PSP operators on refuse clearing in the state to go back to work due to the heaps of refuse scattered all over the state.
On Land Use Charge, Obasa said that the Committee on Lands has finished it’s assignment on it and that they were awaiting them to make presentations.
He however, promised that the people would be given an acceptable feedback on the matter.
He also spoke on the controversies surrounding employment in the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC).
He said that some people produced fake employment letters and clearance, and that the boss of the agency had been invited by the house on the issue.
Also speaking to journalists during the programme, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said that the House always review the laws of the state.
“We review our laws, when there are new challenges and some issues were not put in the right perspectives or we see lacuna ambiguity or we feel hat some things would have to be put right.
“That is why we bring in consultants to talk about them. We call them to advise us and make the laws stronger.
We are reviewing them sector by sector and we will go back now and inculcate some of these things to make the laws stronger,” he said.
The Clerk of the House, Mr. Sanni Azeez had earlier welcomed the lawmakers and other participants to the event and assured them that the programme had been packaged to make the review of the 10 selected laws possible and acceptable to the people.
The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to reactivate the office of drainage in the State so that they could be alive to its responsibility, saying that evacuation of the major canals across the State should be intensified.
The House also called on the Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Prince Rotimi Ogunleye to clear illegal structures built on setbacks of canals across the state.
It also called on the 20 Local Government Areas and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state to inculcate the monthly clearing of secondary drainages across the state.
Hon. Makinde Rasheed Lanre, representing Ifako Ijaiye II, moved the motion Under Matter of Urgent Public Importance during Tuesday’s plenary.
The lawmaker lamented the recent torrential rain in Lagos State which he said claimed the live of a person in his constituency while others lost their properties. He believes the disaster was caused by flooding.
Makinde reiterated the need to desilt all drainages in the State and to also kick against indiscriminate dumping of refuse.
Contributing, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, representing Somolu Constituency I, stated that the Ministry of the Environment should be called upon to explain what they have done in the last one year.
Olowo noted, “People needed to be cautioned to stop dumping refuse in the drainages.”
Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, representing Eti Osa 2, told his colleagues that drainage clearing is under Public Works Corporation and that only one contractor is saddled with the clearing of drainages in the State.
He suggested that the current arrangement is what they should look into.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun, representing Epe 1 said that the House should mandate the Ministry of Environment do the needful, adding that the issue had been raised severally without any action.
In his submission, Hon. Bisi Yusuff condemned the indiscriminate erection of buildings at water banks, stating that “the situation must be urgently addressed to avert further disaster.”
Lagos Assembly at today plenary session screened the Governor nominee for Auditor General, Mrs. Adesumbo Idiat Adederin, a chartered accountant.
The nominee who has been acting in the capacity pending the confirmation of the House is a Higher National Diploma holder in Accounting at the Yaba College of Technology. She had served at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and presently a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Nigeria (ICAN). Mrs. Adederin joined the Civil Service of the Lagos State Government in 1994.
She was scrutinized and cross-examined on various issues by the lawmakers ranging from forensic auditing and her activities between 1987 to 1994 which were not mentioned in her curriculum vitae.
Lagos Assembly, however, frowned at her acting capacity as the Auditor General without confirmation by the House of Assembly and despite her not being the most senior though a Governor nominee. Mrs. Adederin responded to the issues raised to the best of her ability.
The House is yet to approve her nomination.
Lagos Assembly Calls For Caution On Operation Velvet -Urges Ambode To Empower PWC To Begin Palliative Works On Roads
The Lagos State House of Assembly has called for caution on the implementation of “Operation Velvet” through which the Nigerian Police and other agencies are checking vehicle particulars and enforcing traffic laws on Lagos roads.
Raising the issue under Matter of Urgent Public Importance on !Monday, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade stated that the House commended the Nigerian Police and others for the decision to curtail traffic recklessness on Lagos roads.
He however, urged the House to call on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state to appeal to the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Edgal Imohinmi to allow vehicle owners to regularise their documents before the commencement of the operation.
Agunbiade also urged the Assembly to call on the Ministry of Information to inform the people to regularise their documents.
He added that Public Works Corporation (PWC) should begin palliative works on the roads in the state and bring them back to order.
“The declaration of the Nigerian Police and other sister agencies to commence Operation Velvet targeted, as described by the police, at bringing sanity back into vehicular activities in the state to ensure strict compliance to traffic laws by vehicle owners is commendable.
“That all other vehicles exempted from plying BRT roads would be arrested if they do so is also commendable,” he said.
Agunbiade however, said that the directive that documents of vehicles would be checked and the operators of the vehicle would be tried by a mobile court and made to comply was unacceptable
He stated that it takes time to deal with one vehicle and one driver, but that the process would cause hold ups and traffic congestion and that commuters would be stranded.
“It happened this morning as passengers were stranded. It would have been better if the police declared a time for people to get necessary documents or else it would affect the people.
“We commend them for bringing sanity into the system, but they should give a moratorium to prevent compounding the traffic situation in Lagos State. The Governor should call the state Commissioner of Police to order on the operation,” he said.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Mudashiru Obasa said that it was not out of place for the police to collaborate with others to be more effective.
On “Operation Velvet,” he said that the law has to be respected, while appealing to the state police command to jettison the issue of particulars now.
“People should be given time to regularise their documents. So many things are included in the operation.
“The law has been in place for many years, why the sudden action. “We want to appeal to the police to give people time to get necessary documents before they talk of arresting people.
“We also want to say that such an opportunity should not be used for extortion and harassment. The Commissioner of Police should take steps to guide against all these,” he said.
Obasa stated Governor Akinwunmi Ambode should direct PWC to start doing palliative measures on the roads in the state despite the fact that there are pressures on the roads.
He added: “We should not allow potholes to dominate our roads. The contractors handling new roads should speed up their works.
“Where roads that are repaired within six months start having potholes is not good enough. It doesn’t make sense for the roads to go bad within months after repairs.
“People should be given opportunity to obtain necessary documents. We should computerise the system and know those whose papers have expired without going to the roads,” he said.
In his contribution, Hon. Rotimi Olowo from Shomolu Constituency 1 said that he thought there was a war, when he got to out in the morning.
Olowo said that the situation could lead to anarchy because as one problem is being solved another one is being created.
“We have issues at hand so we must not go into a policy that could delay people from going to work because it could lead to loss of man hour.
“We have VIS, FRSC and Police who have their functions. The House should call on the Governor and the state Commissioner of Police to give moratorium and necessary publicity should be done before the operation is fully carried out,” he said.
Also Hon. Bisi Yusuff from Alimosho 1 said that traffic congestion in the state was caused by the government themselves.
He said that, when the Traffic Law was passed, facing oncoming vehicles is unlawful, but when the present government got to power, LASTMA was made powerless.
He said: “I know that passing one way is bad, but our main roads and inner roads are bad. We must arrest the situation of our roads and call Public Works to go back to work. We should allow LASTMA officials to do their jobs and if anyone misbehaves, he or she should be dealt with.”
Also speaking, Hon. Olusegun Olulade from Epe Constituency 2 said that the cosmopolitan nature of Lagos State should be considered before any decision is made, adding that the major issue on the operation is for police and security agencies to check documents.
The lawmaker said that as festive period is near man hours would be lost.
He advised that there should be moratorium period of six months before offenders are punished.
Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu from Eti Osa Constituency 2 also supported the issue and said that it could affect traffic due to the fact that ember months are near.
“What we read in the news is combative. We should not use fire brigade approach and we are creating panic in people with the operation.
“What we want in Lagos is sustained traffic management system, where the people in-charge can do their work and arrest offenders. They should drop the policy of impounding vehicles and face traffic management in the state,” he said.
This was by Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu from Agege Constituency 2, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh from Apapa Constituency 2, Hon. Fatal Mojeed from Ibeju-Lekki Constituency 1 Hon. Moshood Oshun from Lagos Mainland Constituency 2 and others.
The Lagos State House of Assembly has denied the rumour going round, both in the social media and regular media, that it was planning to impeach Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state.
Speaking at the beginning of plenary on Monday, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said that there was no truth in the rumour.
Obasa revealed that he had received telephone calls and enquiries from prominent members of the public over the alleged impeachment moves against Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
According to him, Solidarity Group of Nigeria and a faction of the APC in Lagos State, led by Mr. Fuad Oki had been insinuating that the lawmakers in the state threatened Governor Ambode to open the state treasury for them, and that they threatened to impeach him if he failed to do so.
“We are not embarking on any impeachment process against the Governor now. If there would be an impeachment, it would be from the governor and if there would not be any need for impeachment, it would be from him based on his actions.
“Even at that, impeachment is constitutional, so many speakers, senate presidents, presidents and others have been impeached all over the world. So, nobody can threaten us if it happens because we are representatives of the people.
“We don’t need the wailers to guide us in performing our duties. It is not out of place for us to do our job,” he said.
The Speaker added that if there was going to be an impeachment, It would be done in the open, but that there was nothing like that for now, adding that the people would know if any impeachment against the Governor would happen.
He however, promised that the Assembly was working with the Governor to ensure peace and development in the state.
This was corroborated by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, who stated that the constitutional procedure for impeachment does not harbour secrecy, adding that members of the public would know if such would happen.
It will be recalled that the Assembly last week ordered the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state to direct the operators of Private Sector Participation (PSP) involved in refuse clearing in the state to go back to work.
The House had also disowned Visionscape that was contracted by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to take over refuse clearing job in the state from the PSP Operators over one year ago.
It was added that the state government would have to return all the money they have paid to Visionscape and that the heaps of refuse all over the state was an indication that the organisation lacked the capacity to do the job.
The Lagos State House of Assembly has ordered the 20 Local Governments and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state to call on the Private Sector Partnership (PSP) operators in their areas to go back to refuse packing job with immediate effect.
Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who gave this directive on Thursday on behalf of the lawmakers during plenary also ordered the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to invite the Commissioner for the Environment, Hon. Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti to appear before the House on the matter next week.
This followed an Urgent Matter of Public Importance raised by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa Constitueny 1l on heaps of refuse scattered all over the state.
Speaker Mudahsiru Obasa emphasised that the Lagos State Government does not know about Visionscape.
Obasa stated that there are three arms of government including legislative, executive and judiciary, and that the state government ought to have consulted the House on Visionscape before they started operation.
“We insist that we don’t know anything about Visionscape because we were not consulted before they started work.
“We once wrote the Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Akinyemi Ashade not to pay Visionscape again and he would return any money he paid to them after our instruction to the coffers of the state government. We will go to that, when the time comes, but we have to do the needful now.
“We are calling on the 20 local governments and 37 LCDAs in the state to have meetings with the PSP operators to go back to work and they should start paying them and make the residents to start paying the operators. We have to avoid epidemics and be proactive,” he said.
The Speaker also warned those stopping people from dumping refuse at the dumpsites to desist from doing so, adding that he saw a lot of refuse trucks in a bad state and that some of them have been abandoned.
He insisted that the House ought to have approved the new refuse disposal policy of the state governnent before Visionscape started work.
“We are inviting the Commissioner for the Environment to come and report to us within one week. The Clerk should write all the local councils in the state to do the needful and the Commissioner for the Environment should work on this and report to us in a week,” he said.
Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu had said that there were several heaps of refuse on Lagos roads, adding that they were not like before “because some PSP are now working and the state government has bought some trucks.”
He said: “Some refuse are taken to Epe and Ikorodu but it is a bit far now as 300 instead of 800 trucks now dispose refuse.
“We used to dump the refusr in Olusosun, but the place was gutted by fire. We can give the place to private companies.
“The sanitary land fill in Epe is not being utilised and the transfer loading stations too are not working effectively and the turn around time of packing the refuse is not being utilised.
“It is not all the PSP operators that are working.May be we can recall the PSP Operators and reopen Olusosun and the land fill sites should be operated properly.”
The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade from Ikorodu Constituency 1 revealed that heaps of refuse are worse in his area, and that for the state to have good sanitation, a law on environmental sanitation was passed in Lagos State, but that it seemed it was not properly done after that.
“The refuse on the road and on the streets are hazardous to the people. Flies from the refuse mix with the food people are eating.
“One day, Olusosun would not be able to accommodate refuse any longer. It would be better if we can change our policy on refuse disposal.
“I will suggest that we should challenge those in the Ministry of Health and those in the Ministry of the Environment.
“We can invite the people in the Ministry of the Environment to know their challenges. This has become an eyesore in Lagos State. We should invite the people in charge,” he said.
Also speaking, Hon. Bisi Yusuff from Alimosho Constituency 1 revealed that eight people died in Igando, where they dump refuse in his area.
Yusuff stressed that Visionscape does not know the job, and that they did not even allow PSP operators to help the people.
“There are big rats on the roads now and they could even make a vehicle to stumble.
“We should look at it critically. They are not picking any refuse in the state. It is an important matter that should be handled urgently,” he said.
In his comment, Hon. Abiodun Tobun from Epe Constitueny 1 stated that Lagos State is dirty and that only God would help the state.
He stated that Epe is not benefitting from the system and that their water has been contaminated and that all their roads are now bad.
“There is no industrial estate in Epe, but they have in other places. “They cannot bring refuse dump to Epe, they can relocate it if that is what we are benefiting. We want better things in Epe such as industries and other things,” he said.
Hon. Noheem Adams from Eti Osa Constituency 1 said that there are refuse in many places in his area.
He stated that in the days of PSP, people knew when they would pack their refuse outside. We should invite both the commissioner and LAWMA officials as well as the local government. We should be able to do our best because we need the people’s vote now.
This was corroborated by other lawmakers such as Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu from Agege Constituency 2, Hon. Saka Solaja (Ikorodu Constituency 2), the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni (Lagos Island 1), the Chief Whip, Hon. Rotimi Abiru (Shomolu 1) and Hon. Abdulsobur Olayiwola (Mushin Constituency 2).