The Chairman of the Public Account Committee of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Hon.Nurudeen Solaja, has called for continued unity of purpose between the audit sector and office office of the Accountant-General of the state.

Solaja made the appeal when he welcomed members of the board of the Lagos State Audit Service Commission to the Assembly complex.

The newly appointed board members had paid a courtesy call on the House and at the meeting, Solaja assured them that the committee would give the necessary legal backing to official activities of the board.

He reminded the board members that their primary duty was to promote discipline.

He further advised them to stick to the code of ethics while carrying out their duties.

Hon.Solaja, who is also an accountant, advised the board to create and nurture a relationship with the Office of the Accountant General of the State.

This, he said, is to maintain a healthy and synchronised relationship.

The lawmaker further told the new board members that it was of great importance to carry the office of the Accountant General along in their activities as this would help in developing the Audit sector of the state, especially in line with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards, IPSAS.

The board led by its Chairman, Mrs Adegbuji-Onikoyi Oluwatoyin, stated the need for the familiarisation visit to the committee.

She compared the job of the auditors with that of the Committee on Public Accounts of the State.

“We are both gatekeepers of rules as it concerns expenditure in Lagos State. We ensure that funds are spent accordingly,” she said.

Mrs Adegbuji-Onikoyi also expressed the need for the commission to strip itself of all impediments in carrying out its duties for the state.

She sought that the Commission be independent to achieve transparency and accountability, stating that the only way to achieve this independence is by having funds available when its needed.

Mrs. Kafilat Ogbara, a member of the board, expressed displeasure at the existing structure of the Commission and implored the Assembly to do all that is necessary to change it.

“There is crass unruliness, the auditors are verbally and sometimes, physically assaulted while doing their jobs, we have to look into these,” she said.

She also pointed to the need to train auditors to meet international standards.

Hon. Ajanni Owolabi, a member of the Public Accounts Committee, commended the board and stated that Lagos State Assembly will work with the existing laws of the state to protect the Commission and the auditors.

Hon Owolabi called the board a formidable force to reckon with while stating his confidence in them.

Hon. Rasheed Makinde representing Ifako- Ijaye prayed the board tarry a bit while the Committee looked into their demands. He also urged the members not to relent in their duties.

Others present at the meeting were Ojosipe- Ogundimu Jokotola, Emmanuel Sunday Kapp, Jimoh Akanbi Ibrahim (all Commissioners of the board) and Mr. Ogundeko Sesan (Permanent Secretary).


The families, Buraimoh & Ajakaiye of Gbegegun Village, Sangotedo, Lagos has appealed for the intervention of the State House of Assembly to restore their landed properties, following the purported acquisition of their lands by the State Government under the reference of overriding public interest.

The Committee, therefore in a bid to get a true picture of the situation announced during the meeting with the families on Tuesday; that an inspection visit will be carried out to the areas possessed by the Government from the families.

This followed a petition written to the House by the families, seeking for intervention.

The families disclosed that several attempts and appeals had been made to the State Government to revoke the acquisition on the grounds that they had not been compensated in line with relevant provisions of the Law and no resettlement allocation had been given to them, thereby making them homeless and miserable and displacing them from their ancestral homes without succor.

In response, Chairman, House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petition & LASIEC, Hon. Victor Akande, stated that when a land is acquired by the government for overriding public interest and it was not used for that purpose, it is incumbent on the family to write the House for intervention and mediation.

The counsel of the families, Mr. Elias Adedokun while expressing the families’ discontent, appealed to the Committee that the annexed lands should be thoroughly investigated judiciously in order to facilitate the return of possession or compensation to the petitioners since it was not used for the purpose it was taken over for.

Members Present: Hon. Noheem Adams, Hon. Ajani Owolabi


In proffering lasting solutions to illegal dredging activities and the generation of more revenue to the State, the Lagos State House of Assembly 7-Man Ad Hoc Committee on illegal dredging has enjoined the State Government, Ministry for Waterfront and Infrastructure Development, and the dredging community to unite their efforts in the advancement of legal dredging activities in the State.

The Chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee, Hon. Victor Akande made this known during a mediation meeting with the Ministry of Waterfront and the Dredgers Association at the Assembly complex on Thursday.

Hon. Akande expressed that the dredging community need to liaise with the State Government as they are the gatekeepers of the guidelines and master plans of the legal dredging areas in the State, therefore have the best knowledge to steer their activities to avoid litigations and penalties.

With the communal agreement between the Ministry and the dredgers, the Committee directed that the agreement should be formally documented and signed by relevant parties; the Commissioner, Ministry for Waterfront and Infrastructure Development, Arch. Kabiru Abdullah and the Permanent Secretary, while the Chairman, Dredgers Association, Mr. Batare and the Secretary of the Association are to co-sign and submit the documents to the Committee on Monday.

Arch. Kabiru Abdullah stated that sand mining in its advantage has impacted greatly on certain locations and environment, “We try to conduct our activities in line to some of the areas marked as “M” in the T.H.E.M.E agenda of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu in making Lagos a 21st Century Economy. Therefore, the Ministry must monitor activities of the dredgers by allocating and approving specific areas to dredge and deter them from venturing into illegal areas.” He said.

However, Mr. Batare disclosed that most of the dredgers have EIA with the federal government, appealing to the Committee and the Ministry that the State government should accept the EIA and in return, they would encourage the association members who have not obtained the EIA to file for an application with the Ministry.

He also suggested that the Haulage fees known as “Dredging Impact fees” and other dues be collected by officers allocated to each dredging area.
The Memorandum of Understanding is meant to be submitted to the House on Monday through the Ad Hoc Committee on illegal dredging.


The leadership of the Lagos State House of Assembly has promised its staff of continuous investment in training and capacity building for effective and efficient productivity across all grade levels.

The Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni disclosed this at a 5-Day workshop opening programme organised by the House in conjunction with Legis 37 for officers in the Legislative and Publication Directorates held in Abuja.

He said this year’s theme, “Capacity Building in the Legislature: A panacea for the Sustaining Effective Performance” was carefully chosen for the realisation of the correct legislative procedures in the 21st century.

According to him, it is a well known fact that for any Government to be fully successful, it must constantly invest in the training or capacity building of its staff.

He added, “A vibrant, efficient and well informed work force is an invaluable and indispensable asset to any government.”

He further disclosed that, the success story of the Legislative House is remarkable achievements over the years, progress and rising profile as a highly successful legislature in the Federation are based on the fact that leadership of the House places so much premium on staff development, training, retraining capacity building both locally and internationally.

Mr. Sanni commended the personal commitment and dedication of the Staff to their primary responsibilities and ensuring that the policy thrusts of the House are successfully implemented.

The Clerk also used the occasion to commend the team of experts, experienced and seasoned lecturers in the field of legislative training for being professional, adding that their performance and dedication to the vision and mission of the legislature and indeed their partnership in ensuring that the best themes and topics are carefully selected and treated in the programme are second to none.

He equally appreciated the leadership of the House, particularly Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa for deeming it fit to always approve funds for the training and retraining of Staff thereby bringing out the best in their career.

Some of the topics treated at the workshop included; the Bill Process, Public Hearing: The Procedure and Challenges, Impeachment Process: Implementation and Abuse, An Overview of the Influence of the Committee System in the Legislature, Factors Militating Against Effective Oversight in the Nigerian Legislature, among others.

Over one hundred officers attended the workshop.


The Lagos State House Committee on Education during their inspection visit on Wednesday to some secondary schools in Education District 4 Yaba discovered the need to further strengthen the safety measures in order to avert Covid-19 and adhere to the protocols directed by the federal government.

Hon. Ogundinmu, Chairman of the Committee has therefore called on the Ministry of Education to ensure that extra safety measures are installed and all other changes necessitated are effected.

At the first stop during the visitation at Lagos City Senior College; after observing the facilities put in place to curb the spread of COVID-19 among the students; the Committee commended the Principal, Mrs. Okuneye Jolade Titilayo on their effort to fight the spread among the pupils in the school.

The next port of call was Birrel Avenue Senior High School. After an assessment of the COVID-19 protocol measures, Hon Ogundimu informed the Principal, (Dr.) Mrs. Adenekan, of his dissatisfaction on the state of the school.

“The classrooms are not conducive for students to learn and we need to call on the Ministry of Education to look into the challenges faced by the school.” He said.

In Herbert Macaulay Girls Senior School, it was gathered that the school has no Mathematics nor Biology teacher which the Chairman noted that the Ministry of Education has to be notified in order to deploy the two major teachers needed in the school.

He also instructed that some students can be taken to Lagos State Model city college to reduce the school’s population.

While in Odibo Senior High School with students’ population of 1,047, Hon. Ogundimu disclosed that the school is also not conducive for learning because some of the buildings are defective and they lack teachers on the subjects such as Mathematics, Fine Arts, Chemistry and Yoruba.

He said the need to call on Lagos State Building Laboratories is key with the view to act fast and look into the school’s fallen fence, as well as inform the Ministry of Education to attend to the school challenges immediately.

Hon. Ogundinmu reiterated at the closure of the inspection visit, the need to call on the Ministry of Education and the State Government to act fastidiously for the good of educational activities in the District.

He added that most of the schools visited had similar challenges and the Committee will work hand in hand with the Ministry of Education to find a lasting solution to the challenges faced by the schools.

Among the schools visited were; Lagos City Senior College, Birrel Avenue Senior High School, Herbert Macaulay Girls Senior High School, Eletu Odibo Senior High School, Fazl-l-Omar Senior School and St. Francis Junior Grammar School.

Other Honorable Members who were on the visitation tour were; Hon. Desmond Elliot, Hon. David Setonji and Hon. Olawale Abdul-Sobur.


The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, ruled that in consideration of the spate of drug abuse and alcohol consumption among students in primary and secondary schools in the State, the Child Rights Law should be amended to accommodate sensitisation campaign programmes on the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco consumption among students and its resultant harmful effects.

He added that the Law needs to be amended judiciously for vigilance of unlawful trading and sales of drugs and alcohol as well as come up with pictorial campaigns that will convince the students especially those who have drowned in the pool of drug usage, the consequences of drugs.

He further said, “The school authority should also have committees to identify those who inculcate the habit of drug consumption as well as empower the committees in charge to carry out these assignments to avoid legal implications.”

“It is a motion that seeks to correct the attitude of our children towards drugs and alcohol.” However, the parents should not be left out, parents should be aware of the child’s attitudinal change, when they start taking drugs, any parent that fails in his or her responsibilities to train the child will also be charged with consequences. The parents have a vital role to play.” Obasa maintained.

Hon. Desmond Elliot, the prime mover of the Motion during Plenary drew the attention of the House, that experiment with drugs, alcohol and tobacco oftentimes starts from elementary schools and reaches the peak in high schools where its adverse effect is remarkably high on the students.

“The unrestrained abuse of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other prohibited drugs used by the students hinder the achievement of their educational attainment and steer them to vices such as gangsterism, gang rape and cultism.
Therefore we need to take punitive measures to ensure these vices are rooted out.” He said.

Members who commented on the issue extensively condemned the alarming rate of drug abuse and alcohol consumption amongst students;

Hon. Eshinlokun-Wasiu disclosed that the prevalence of drug abuse in Lagos is worrisome as 69% of the youth under the ages of 15 to 18 are drug abusers, “Drug is like a curse, until it is broken the addict usually remains under the shackles of bondage and we need to break this shackle.” He said.

Hon. Sanai Agunbiade expressed concerns on students especially with the resumption of schools from forced closure occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic, “The impressions made on the young minds also causes adverse effects to these children and make drugs palatable to them. This motion could not have come at a better time.” He added.

The House further resolved amongst others; to call on Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State to direct the Commissioners; Ministries of Education; Information and Strategy; Youth and Social Development and other relevant agencies to embark on anti-drug campaign programmes for all primary and secondary schools in the State; the Chairman, Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit to carry out strict enforcement against the sale of drugs, alcohol and tobacco within and outside the school premises.

It was also mandated that the Commissioner of Police should have an eagle eye on school environment to ensure that vices are rooted out of schools; to encourage the schools to develop anti-drug societal clubs and identify students who can be ambassadors for anti-drug and alcohol consumption usage; as well as charge every parent and guardian to complement the effort of the government to carefully watch their children and ward to give them the right training.

Also at Plenary, Lagos State Legislative and Research Institute Bill, 2020; A Bill for a Law to establish the Lagos State Legislative and Research Institute scaled through first reading; as well as Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill, 2020; A Bill for a Law to amend the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, CAP. A3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015 scaled through its second reading.

Members also considered the Lagos State Administration of Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill, 2020 Bill, clause-by-clause and the Speaker committed the Bill to the Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Petitions & LASIEC to report to the House in three weeks.


The Speaker of Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr. ) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has assured Mr. Tokunbo Abiru, the consensus aspirant of APC, Lagos, for the Lagos East Senatorial bye-election coming up on Saturday, October 31, 2020, of their support to make he emerge winner on that day.

According to the Speaker, ” You have come to solicit for our support. I want to assure you that you have our support already. It is the responsibility of all of us in this House and not those from Lagos East alone to support you.

The Speaker, who is also the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislature in Nigeria, gave this assurance to Mr. Tokunbo Abiru when he led his Tokunbo Abiru Campaign Team( TACT) on a courtesy visit to the House on Monday, August 31, 2020.

The Speaker also assured Abiru that he and other members will support him physically, morally, and in any other way to make sure he emerges victorious on that election day.

“It is not your election. It is our election because whatever the outcome, it has implications on all of us, our party in Lagos, and what will happen in the next election of 2023″.

” For us, we have no choice. We believe in our Commander-in-Chief. We listen to our Commander-in-Chief. Whenever he declared this is the way, we follow him. And whatever he says, we ensure it is follow to its logical conclusion. This is not going to be an exemption.” He said.

Obasa said he can attest to the integrity of Abiru because he had worked closely with him when he was the Commissioner for Finance in Lagos State while he was serving as Chairman of the House Committee on Economic Planning Budget.
“It is people like you that we need in the political terrain now. Somebody that will change the perspective of people about an average politician.”

The Speaker said Abiru is already on the path success through his action of bringing everybody together.

Mr. Tokunbo Abiru in his earlier opening speech said he had all his life in Lagos. That all his educational career were all done in Lagos. He said having benefitted so much from Lagos State throughout his educational career and served 32 years in the private sector, he deemed it fit to play a prominent role in the public sector again.

Members of the House who joined the speaker to welcome Mr. Tokunbo Abiru includes, Hon Sanai Agunbiade, Hon Nurudeen Saka Solaja, Hon Abiodun Tobun, Hon Sylvester Ogunkelu, Hon Sanni Okanlawon, Hon Rotimi Abiru, and Hon Mojeed Fatai.

In the Tokunbo Abiru’s team are Chief Bode Oyedele, Hon Segun Oyedele, Hon Adebimpe Akinsola, and Hon Olusesan Daini.


In a bid to proffer lasting solution to illegal dredging activities in the State, Lagos House of Assembly 7-Man Ad Hoc Committee held a stakeholders’ meeting at the Assembly complex recently.

Hon. Victor Akande, Chairman of the Committee stated that the plethora of petitions received by the House on the havoc caused by illegal dredging in many communities, demanded an immediate advent for solutions to the activities and its environmental effect on the State.

He added that establishing regulations will abate and alleviate the many issues caused by the dredging Industries. “Any Federal Law made must be domesticated in the State and in the process of domesticating the Laws, we have to make regulations to suit our environment. Private establishments cannot be left to operate on State lands and waters without paying dues and fees, especially while making use of the State’s resources.” He said.

In attendance were all essential Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDA’s, Associations, Community Heads and Companies involved in dredging matters in Lagos State.

Hon. Owolabi Ajani supplemented that Lagos State powers also covers the right to establish regulations for the operators on Lagos waterways, regardless of the Mineral Acts which states that Lagos State can only collect Haulage Fees, “We can still set regulations for mining participants on the waterways, as well as how they are mining, the proximity and parameters of the areas in which mining and dredging operates.” He said.

He further stated that many dredging companies are in direct contradiction of the Laws of Nigerian Inland Waterways, NIWA Act which made provisions for the State to have 250 meters from Nigerian Ports which many companies encroach on by having machineries on Lagos State land and dredging tools that goes into its waters.

“When dredging companies obtain Permits in dubious manners to further their goals, they hinder the progress and development of Lagos State and we need you the stakeholders to understand that as residents and members of businesses in Lagos State, there is a need to work closer with the government, in order to be properly guided on areas that requires dredging. With this, we can strengthen your businesses through our policies on dredging in the State.” He enjoined.

In his submission, Mr. Soji Olasunkanmi, who represented the Commissioner for Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, divulged to the Committee, that their role in dredging activities in the State is to perform environmental assessment and one of the many requirements of obtaining Dredging Permits is that dredging companies must undergo Environmental Impact Assessment, EIA before the Ministry of Water Front and Infrastructure can grant them Dredging Permit and same applies to Ministry of Mining before the operators can be granted Mining Permit.

He added that the purpose of the EIA is to identify the possible impacts of the proposed dredging sites to the environment and proffer solution to address those impacts. In the early stage, they had cooperation with the dredging companies until the intervention of NIWA and it was discovered that NIWA granted EIA and Federal Permits without notice to Lagos State.

Mr. Olasunkanmi, citing amended sections of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution highlighted that the State Legislative House is empowered to regulate Laws on environment; which consists of forests, waters, air and lands, within the State.

Arch. Kabiru Ahmed Abdullahi, Commissioner for Waterfront and Infrastructure stated that when the ministries involved take necessary actions in making sure dredgers do the right thing, there will be a change in the system.

Also contributing, Engr. Olalere Odusoye, Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources, noted that Lagos State Government have the right to issue permits for sand sales and the association should work closely with the Government for lasting solutions.

Hon. Akande noted that the EIA is sacrosanct to the progress of the environment in the State and the Committee will give the Association and other operators a time lapse to ensure that they abide by the Laws and obtain EIA permits from the Ministry of the Environment, emphasizing that after the time elapses, the Ministry is free to go in and enforce penalties on any erring company.

Mr. Batare, Chairman, Lagos Dredgers’ Association assured the Committee that the Association is not aware of any illegal dredging nor practice any form of encroachment on land or on water. He noted that they are just involved in industrial mining, however, guarantee that all dredging operators will abide by the Laws of the State and are prepared to liaise with Lagos State for its progress.

Notable personalities present at the meeting are Hon. Ajani Owolabi (Chairman, House Committee on Youth & Social Development) other parties present include: Engr. Olalere Odusoye (Commissioner for Energy & Mineral Resources), Mr. Batare (Chairman, Lagos Dredging Association), Mr. Soji Olasunkanmi (representing Hon. Commissioner Ministry of Environment and Water Resources), Barr. Adejare (Legal Adviser, Lagos Dredgers’ Association), Engr. Mrs. Lawal Khadijat, (Chief Chemical Engineer, Ministry of Waterfront & Infrastructure) Members of Ministry of Waterfront and Infrastructure, Ministry of Energy and Resources, Ministry of Lands, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Physical Planning, and Members of the Lagos Dredgers’ Association.

The report on the Stakeholders meeting would be submitted in two weeks for further deliberation.


Members of the Lagos State House Assembly, on behalf of the Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, received a peaceful protest by the Profer Organization led by Miss. Oluwatodimu Bankole on Thursday at the Assembly complex, demanding for the enforcement of restricted movement hours of containers and other articulated vehicles in Lagos State to the hours between 11pm and 5am.

The protest was aligned with the death of one, Miss Chidinma who died in an accident on the 24th of July, 2020. The accident was said to have been caused by a 20 feet container which had fallen on the commercial bus she boarded and led to four people injured, including one other dead.

Miss Oluwatodimu Bankole while presenting the protest letter to the Lawmakers, expressed their pains over the loss of their loved ones, asking for enforcement on the restrictions of the movement of these vehicles so as to reduce the risk of losing more innocent Lagosians.

She explained that before the accident, Miss. Chidinma was a campaign activist on the need to restrict the movement hours of these Trailers (containers) in Lagos State; “It was almost as if she was asking for her life to be saved before she was killed by same”. She said

“The logistics behind creating new routes for these vehicles or their complete removal is understandable. Nonetheless, if such vehicles cannot be completely removed or rerouted, it is possible that their movement be restricted, ideally between the hours of 11p.m to 5a.m.”

She appealed on behalf of the self-driven, hardworking and tenacious people of Lagos that the House address the killings of innocent Lagosians by these containers, tankers, trailers and trucks in the State.

Hon. Victor Akande who addressed the protesters, condoled with them over the loss of their loved ones and went ahead to express his pleasure over their peaceful demonstration. He assured them that the Speaker would look deeply into the issue and treat it with most urgency and of topmost priority as the protection of lives and property is the sole aim of every government.

He added that the life of every Lagosian should be protected as best as possible through enabling Laws which is what the Lagos Assembly stands for.

They were received by Hon. Victor Akande, Hon. Rauf Age-Sulaimon and the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni.


The Lagos State House Committee on Education has on Tuesday commenced inspection of both public and private schools across the State. The inspection is to ensure that authorities of the schools are adhering to the guidelines given by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 virus as the final year students write their exit examinations.

The Committee, led by the Chairman, Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu visited Diary Farm Senior Secondary, Government Senior College, Girls Senior High School, Lagooz Schools International Orile Agege, Abibat Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Vetland Secondary School and Ifako Ijaye International Secondary School, all in Education District 1 of the State.

Hon. Ogundimu commended the authorities of the schools visited so far on the level of compliance they have set up with the facilities in their various schools, he said, “What we need to do is to encourage them more and call on the Ministry of Education to support and strengthen them whenever they need support.”

“What we have seen on ground is fair, the facilities we met on ground really shows that there are attempts by all of them to work against the spread of COVID-19, however, there is room for improvement”, he added.

Hon. Ogundimu said, “ the fight against the virus goes beyond just the schools only, we need the support of the School Management, Ministry of Education, Quality Assurance Unit of the Ministry of Education and ultimately, the support of parents. I know with these support we should be able to achieve a mileage.”

He noted that no case of COVID-19 has been recorded among the students writing examinations in Lagos State.

It would be recalled that the House resolved during Plenary on Monday, 17th August, 2020 to commit the inspection of public and private schools in Lagos State to the Committee on Education and report back in two weeks.

Other Members of the Committee who went on the inspection tour includes; Hon. Olawale Abdul-Sobur, Hon. Desmond Elliot, Hon. Raheem Adewale and Hon. Bisi Yusuf.