Why we must see sports beyond its aesthetics in Lagos – Obasa

The Speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Friday said the potentials embedded in sports have been highly underestimated in Nigeria.

Speaker Obasa said this during a public hearing on a bill that seeks to amend the Lagos State Sports Commission Law, 2017.
Represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Eshilokun-Sanni, Obasa said it was lamentable that some people see sports in its aesthetical outlook whereas it has a deep relationship with the security and socio-economic well-being of the nation.

The Speaker said sports has “saved the world of many criminals and the criminality that would have been perpetrated by them. Likewise, sports has transformed the lives of many people living in our neighbourhoods.
“Sports has made heroes and mentors in our communities and these people have become the ambassadors of good courses in our lives.”

Obasa promised that the Assembly would continue to pursue the good of the youth in the state by ensuring that the state ends up having a world-class enviable sports administration.

He described the bill as the Assembly’s ‘hunger’ to better the current achievements recorded by the state in the area of sports.

He noted that the objectives of the law being amended, is being broadened in line with global trends in sports industries and its administration to boost the development of the consciousness of young people in the state.

Speaking earlier, the acting chairman of the House Committee on Youths, Sports and Social Development, Hon Owolabi Ibrahim Ajani, said the bill is intended to provide more opportunities and conducive environment that would encourage social belonging and further development of the state.

“It also intends to ensure that all machinery, policies and strategies are put in place to take sporting activities to the highest level within the local communities by nurturing and developing talents in the state,” he said.

Some of the participants at the public hearing presented memoranda and made useful suggestions which the Deputy Speaker promised that the House would consider.


As part of its legislative function, the Lagos State House of Assembly, through its Ad Hoc Committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, has made an oversight function visit to the Office of Natcomm Development and Investment Limited.

The visit is sequel to an allegation brought before the House on :”obstruction of right of way” that is reportedly affecting the ease of movement in and around the company by a firm named Media Care Limited.

It was also alleged that there was an excavation being carried out directly opposite its entrance gate.

Upon enquiry, the engineers on site was said to have been handed a letter with a caption ‘Application for the expression of interest to fabricate and install mini gantries in Lagos State’. The letter was dated 6th of July, 2020 and supposedly from the Lagos State Government.

The Committee earlier had a meeting with the leadership of Natcomm Development and the officials of the Lagos State Signage and Advertising Agency as well as those of the Ministry of Transportation .

A Lagos State official present at the meeting said, “The Ministry of Transportation is responsible for erection of standard gantries in the State”

“We always take a painstaking effort to erect because we want to ensure that it is free from all encumbrances and we work together with the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency because the roads are controlled by us.

“We ensure that whatever we are recommending is free from encumbrances and LASAA is the one that gives the final permit while it is our duty to give direction.”

Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Nureni Akinsanya, who led his colleagues to the place, made a tour to the Firm and assured them that the findings would be compiled into report and submitted for further legislative action.

We truly need state police at this point – Speaker Obasa, lawmakers

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Tuesday re-emphasized the need for the establishment of state police in the country.

His call, which was made on the floor of the House through a motion, was unanimously supported by the lawmakers present at the sitting.

Obasa said it was encouraging seeing that a former president and other former top government officials of the nation had joined in the call for state police.

The Speaker said the country should be seen as practicing true federalism with the characteristic of state police with the power and capacity to tackle crimes.

The House therefore urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the National Assembly to come up with a constitutional amendment that would enshrine state police.

“I have noticed an increase in the number of calls for State Police, former President (Obasanjo) also joined the train, requesting for State Police. It gladdens my heart, I was just smiling when I read it on the pages of newspapers.

“This House has always been in the forefront of calls for State Police right from the 4th Assembly. This House is always right on target and always at the truth.

“We are not going to stop until we have a constitution that talks about federalism to have State Police. We must latch on this opportunity.

“The community police initiated few months ago is not good enough. It is my sincere pleasure to call again on the President and the National Assembly on the need for State Police,” the Speaker said.

Following the endorsement of all the members, Obasa directed the Acting Clerk, Mr Olalekan Onafekan to write the President and the National Assembly on the resolution of the House.

It is 21 years imprisonment for cultists as Lagos Assembly passes bill into law – Stipulates 15 years for anyone who allows his premises as meeting place for cultists

The Lagos House of Assembly late Monday passed a bill banning the activities of cultists and related illegal societies across the state into a law.

The new law stipulates a 21-year imprisonment for anyone found guilty of engaging in cult activities. It also stipulates a 15-year jail term for anyone convicted of abetting cultists or who allows his premises to be used by cultists as a meeting place.

After its passage, the Speaker of the state Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, directed the clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit the law to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for assent.

Titled: ‘A law to provide for the prohibition of unlawful societies and cultism in Lagos state and for other connected purposes’, it says a society shall be regarded as unlawful if its members carry out illegal, destructive activities contrary to public policy, safety and peace of members of the public.

Section 3 of the law states: “Any person who is a member of an unlawful society or cult, identifies as a member or solicits for members of an unlawful society or cult, attends a meeting of an unlawful society or cult whether as a member or an intending member of the unlawful society or cult commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 21 years imprisonment.”

The jail term also concerns anyone who attends such meetings or does any illegal act which may probably cause a breach of peace, disturb public peace or conducts activities in such a manner a to pose a threat to life and property.

The law further states: “Anyone who forms, organises or combines and agrees with anyone to form or organise an unlawful society or cult, manages and assists in the management of an unlawful society or cult or knowingly allows a meeting of members of an unlawful society or cult to be held in any property under his control commits an offence and is liable on conviction to a term of 15 years imprisonment.”

The 15-year jail term further applies to anyone who intimidates or compels people to join a cult group.

“Any person who injures or uses violence on a person to compel the person to join an unlawful society or cult, commits an offence and liable on conviction to a term of 21 years imprisonment.

“Any person who administers or is present at and consents to the administering of any unlawful oath that appears to bind the person who takes it to become a member of an unlawful society or cult under this law, commits an offence and is liable on conviction to seven years,” the law says.

It also stipulates 21 years for any member of a cult group who sets fire on anything or uses firearm or deadly objects including acid and other chemicals in any manner as to cause harm to anyone.

For students in the state, the law, which prohibits campus cultism, says anyone of them who is convicted would face a jail term not exceeding two years.

Lagos Assembly to Sanwo-Olu: Ensure strict enforcement of COVID-19 rules

The Lagos House of Assembly on Monday called on the governor of the state, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to commence very tough enforcement of the COVID-19 protocols among residents of the state.

The House said its decision follows the outright disregard for the protocols against the pandemic by some residents and visitors to the state.

The members of the House also asked the governor to call on the state’s commissioner for information, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, to embark on enlightenment campaigns and education of the people concerning the dangerous effects of the pandemic on the society.

Prior to the decision of the lawmakers, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, noted that the state, just like the country, cannot afford another lockdown because of the adverse effect such would have on the economy.

Speaker Obasa said there was need for more enlightenment because COVID-19 in the state and country was taking a dreadful dimension.

He noted that the life of every single individual in Lagos remains precious and as such, there must be conscious efforts to protect the residents.

Kicking off the debate, the acting chairman of the House committee on health, Hon. Hakeem Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1), had raised concerns over the new wave of COVID-19 in the state.

Sokunle told his colleagues that before now, only few patients needed oxygen. The situation, he said, has changed as over 80 percent of patients now needing oxygen.
He proposed that apart from enlightenment, there should strict compliance to the COVID-19 protocols as well as the cancelling social engagements.

He also urged that wearing of face masks should be enforced.

Sokunle’s position was supported by Olowo and other lawmakers.

Lagos State Transport Law gets an Overhaul for Effective Transport System – Lagos Assembly

The Lagos State House of Assembly, said over the weekend, that the proposed amendment to the State Transport Sector Reform Bill will ensure the removal all grey areas in the laws to suit daily needs of residents of the state.

At a three-day retreat organised by the House Committee on Transportation, held in Lagos, Acting Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Temitope Adewale said the need to amend the law became dire due to the growing population of the state.

While noting that harmonising the law would ensure effective practice among transportation agencies in the state, Adewale explained that amendment had gone through the first and second readings, as well as a public hearing.

According to him, ‘We saw the need for us to come together to iron out the little issues that arose from the public hearing and issues that came from the MDAs.

“We discovered that there is need to improve and amend the existing traffic laws to further ease the use of the roads and waterways. Therefore, the amendment captures articulated vehicles, use of covered number plate, use of tinted glasses, rider’s card permit and other transport facilities.

“We are working on having signage and road markings to further improve driving abilities. We are also working on the conflicting responsibilities of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) and the Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL), where one acts as regulator and the other is a service provider. The same thing with the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) and the Lagos Ferry Services Company (LAGFERRY).

“The harmonised law will ease effective transport system within the state, for instance, the use of the waterways, lorries, containers and other road users within the State.

The state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Fredrick Oladehinde, while speaking with newsmen at the event, disclosed that there are certain sections of the extant law that are ambiguous and needed to be clarified for the understanding of the common man.

Oladehinde said the harmonisation of the law would help to fully implement the transport law, adding that it would also help citizens to know and understand what actions are transport offences.

He added that with the harmonised law, LBSL would operate effectively and that it operates differently from the previous LAGBUS.

2023: South-west speakers, top ex-lawmakers unite in Ibadan for Tinubu

Current and former Speakers of various legislative houses in the south-western part of Nigeria have agreed to unite in support of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The meeting, which was organised by the BAT Foundation, held in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo state, late Wednesday with the participants concluding that they all need to collectively project Tinubu ahead of 2023.

Those in attendance at the meeting include: Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa of Lagos, his colleague in Ogun, Olawale Oluomo.

Others Speakers and former Speakers present at the meeting also include: former Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji (Lagos), Rt. Hon. Suraju Adekunbi (Ogun), Rt. Hon. Muyiwa Oladipo (Ogun), Rt. Hon. Asimiyu Alarape (Oyo), Rt. Hon. Prof Mojeed Alabi (Osun), Rt. Hon. Victor Olabimtan (Ondo), Rt. Hon. Kenneth Olawale (Ondo), and Rt. Hon. Kola Adefemi, pioneer Speaker of Ekiti state.

Others include: Rt. Hon. Taofiq Abdulsalam (Ondo), Rt. Hon. Oluwasegunota Bolarinwa (Ondo), Rt. Hon. Patrick Ajigbolamu (Ekiti), Rt. Hon. Adejare Bello (Osun), Rt. Hon. Jokotola Pelumi (Lagos), Rt. Hon. Gunju Ojo (Oyo), Rt. Hon. Titi Oseni (Ogun), Simeon Olufemi Popoola (Ondo Dep Speaker), and Wale Afolabi.

Speaking at the meeting, Speaker Obasa said there was need for the body of Speakers and former Speakers to begin the move aimed at projecting the political and humanitarian sides of Tinubu ahead of 2023.

“He has made a lot of people and brought up a lot of leaders politically. So, some of us agreed that outside politics, there should be something that is more humanitarian. That is why we came up with the idea of BAT Foundation,” he said.

The Speaker said the foundation is primarily created to touch lives, adding in the same vein that the BAT movement is aimed at supporting Tinubu politically.

While clarifying that Tinubu is not involved in the mobilisation, he noted that the motivation was that each of the attendees at the meeting had personal and beneficial relationships with the political leader.

“When you have a benefactor who is well known for his benevolence, it is a duty that you must act on his behalf in a way you feel you can compensate such a man for what he is still doing.

“So we are here to interact in respect of what you all believe is around the corner and that is the 2023 ticket to galvanise support in the south-west,” Speaker Obasa said adding that there are plans to replicate the movement in all states in the zone.

He said talks were also ongoing with leaders from the north-central and a meeting would soon hold in Abuja for further discussions.
Contributing, Titi Oseni, who was the only woman at the meeting, described Tinubu as a generous man. She recalled how Tinubu supported her when she aspired to contest an election for the Senate.

On his part, former Ogun Speaker, Bashorun Muyiwa Oladipo, said in politics, no level of support is disregarded.

He also noted that currently across the country, it is difficult to see anyone who can match Tinubu politically.

Speaking also, former Lagos Speaker, Adeyemi Ikuforiji, urged for more support for Tinubu and argued in favour of zoning.
According to him, the country is not ripe for to jettison power shifts.

A top official of the BAT movement and former ambassador, Aliyu Saulawa, said it was only just to support Tinubu the way the leader assisted to make the election of President Muhammadu Buhari successful in 2015 and 2019.

Converting Lagos Laws Into Local Languages Now Important – Obasa; – Lagos Speaker says every resident already protected by state laws; – Urges more enlightenment of residents on the laws

The Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has emphasised the need to convert the laws of the state into local languages for the benefit of every residents.

Speaking with officials of the National Human Rights Commission, NHRC, in the evening of Thursday, Obasa said every resident in the state was covered and protected by laws that have been passed by the House of Assembly.

The Speaker noted the need to reproduce the laws in native languages so that it would be easier for everyone to understand how he or she benefits from them.

“We have not left anyone behind in the laws we have passed,” the Speaker told the officials who were on a courtesy visit to the House.

“We have the child rights law which mandates every child to go to school. It also bans the idea of using children to hawk on the streets.

“The awareness that domestic violence exists in the state made us pass the Domestic Violence Prohibition Act  to protect women, men and children. There is the Administration of Criminal Justice Law.

“All these we are doing to ensure we are on a sound footing at all times and that our state would not look like a jungle,” he added.

Obasa, who said the House was ready to collaborate with any well-meaning individual or organisation for the education of Lagos residents in relation to the laws of the state, added: “We make laws in English, but look at the percentage of the educated people compared to the people who are not lettered.”

He urged the NHRC to also partner with other non-governmental organisations with interest in marital and domestic issues for the goal of peaceful co-existence among couples.

This, he said, is because violence and the use of force will never be solutions to domestic challenges faced by couples.

He also said the Assembly would look into the issues relating to alleged ill-treatment of Nigerian workers in some factories located in the state.

Speaking earlier, Mr. Lucas Koyejo, State Coordinator of the NHRC, commended the House is Assembly under Obasa for passing laws that protect the rights of citizens.

“Lagos State has been at the forefront of ground-breaking and pace-setting laws that other states and even the federal government have followed and this is what we want to continue.

“Domestic violence-prohibition law is one major law for which the NHRC is proud of the Lagos Assembly and is currently being emulated by other states,” he said.

Koyejo urged the House to look into issues of casualisation of staff and inhuman treatment allegedly perpetrated by foreign factory owners on their Nigerian employees.

He further said the NHRC would be happy if the House would always invite its officials to public hearings on bills.

Civil Defence, Journalists Important Stakehokders For Nigeria’s Progress – Obasa

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has named the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) as well as journalists as major Stakehokders in the development of the country.

Obasa made this position known on Tuesday when the two organisations paid him separate visits.

Speaking when he received the NSCDC officers led by the Commandant in Lagos, Ayeni Paul Kolawole, Obasa said the security agency is as important as the government that established it.

The Speaker urged the security body to remain dedicated in their service to Lagos state and the country.

He also tasked the personnel of the agency to constantly endear themselves to the residents of the state and the country while approaching their duties with human face.

“I urge you to keep looking out for our people, be more friendly to them; this way your job as a security agency will be easier,” Obasa said.

Earlier, Commandant Ayeni had pledged the agency’s commitment to the peace of the state adding that the Lagos government had been of immense assistance to the security organisation.

He, however, appealed that the body be considered in relation to the laws of Lagos.

Meanwhile, Obasa has described journalism as an integral part of a country’s success.

Receiving officials of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) led by its chairman in Lagos, Obasa noted the important roles placed on the shoulders of practitioners.

He, however, urged the body to conduct self-sanitisation so as to help the profession combat fake news and other forms of challenges the professional media practitioners now face at this time of the country’s journey.

Breaking: Lagos Assembly Swears In New Member Days After By-Election

Few weeks after he was declared winner of the Lagos by-election to fill the Kosofe Constituency 2, Hon. Saheed Wasiu Obafemi has become a member of the state House of Assembly.

Hon. Saheed was admitted into the hallowed chamber where he was administered an oath of office by the legal department and in the presence of members of the House, staff and few visitors during plenary.

Recall that Saheed was elected under the All Progressives Congress (APC) during a by-election held on Saturday 5th December, 2020.

The election followed the death of Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the lawmaker who represented the constituency, in July, 2020.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, congratulated the newly sworn-in lawmaker and urged him to collaborate and cooperate with other members of the House in the journey to sustain the greatness of Lagos.

He also urged him to ensure effective representation of his constituents.
The swearing-in ceremony was witnessed by Senator Tokunbo Abiru who recently became a member of the red chamber of the National Assembly.