GERMAN ENVOY EXPRESSES OPTIMISM IN AMOTEKUN BILL

The Deputy Majority Leader of the German Federal Parliament, Mr. Thorsten Frei, on Thursday expressed optimism in Amotekun, a security outfit established by governors from the South West zone to protect the region.

Frei, who is also the Deputy Chairman federal parliamentary group spoke about the security outfit when he paid a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.

He said his visit had to do with ‘Legislative Work at State Level’.

Frei, who is also a top functionary of the Christian Democratic Union, the Ruling Party in Germany, expressed his pleasure at the pace of development in Lagos.

Speaking with the team, Speaker Obasa expressed delight that Lagos is rated positively across the world.

The Speaker assured that there was nothing to fear about Lagos State and its safety.

Obasa, who is also the chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, described Lagos as a safe state and assured the foreign lawmakers and other prospective investors that that the state is calmer than many big cities of the world.

On the delegation to the Lagos State House of Assembly was Ms.Alexander Herr, the Deputy Consul General of the German Consulate in Lagos.

 

 

OVERSIGHT: LAGOS ASSEMBLY COMMITTEE ON WORKS INSPECTS PROJECTS

Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Infrastructure led by the Chairman, Hon. Tobun Abiodun inspected the Ongoing Multi Agency facility Buildings at Onikan; Coffee Buka and Kosoko Road at Ojodu Berger.

This is in line with its Statutory duties to oversee the activities of the Executive which includes its projects.

The Committee also inspected Ajoke Salako Street at Gbagada and Multi Agency Office Complex at Ojodu Berger.

Other Honourable Members present are; Hon. Akeem Sokunle, Hon. Mojisola Ali-Macaulay, Hon. Setonji David and Hon. Makinde.

The Committee will continue the tour on Friday.

Bukola Busari
Public Affairs Officer.

COMMITTEE ON HOUSING SUMMONS CONTRACTORS

Lagos State house of Assembly’s Committee on Housing has summoned Contractors responsible for poor performance of Sangotedo Housing Scheme, Chairman of the Committee Hon. Bisi Yusuf expressed displeasure over the insincerity of the site manager from the ministry of Housing supervising the projects.

The Committee recommended that the site engineer who compromises on quality of the project should stay off site and be redeployed back to the ministry, this is in a bid to curb poor quality of the project, the Chairman of the Committee reiterated that all contractors are expected to deliver their units as at when due.

Some contractors were also sent back as they appear not to be knowledgeable about their work module.

Some of the Contractors summoned are Palmyra LTD, Hinveir LTD, Biorem Nig LTD, OJ Krystal Ace LTD, Laranod ventures, Hazelbury LTD Alybak company, Neesarm ventures Nig LTD, Bomis LTD.

The Committee gave an ultimatum of April 29 for submission of keys by all Contractors involved.
Some members of the Committee present at the meeting were Hon Tobun and Hon Nureni.

To Curb Incessant Fire Outbreak, Get Central Generator. Obasa Advises Traders

Rt. Hon. ( Dr ) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly and Chairman of State Legislatures in Nigeria has advised traders in the state to come together and have a common power supply for their market rather than having individual generating sets that usually lead to incessant fire outbreak in the market.

Obasa made this statement while responding to requests of members of Market Leaders And Traders Association of Nigeria Lagos Chapter led by their president, Comrade Christopher Okpala, who paid him a courtesy visit on Tuesday, February 11, 2020.

Obasa said having a common source of power supply to serve the whole market will go a long way to curb incessant fire outbreak in our markets which has been of a huge loss to the traders themselves.
He also advised the traders to constantly liaise with the Local Government Councils and Neighborhood Safety Corps in their areas of operation to stop the problem of blocked drainage and insecurity particularly those caused by hoodlums.

He further implored them to also help the government by paying their taxes as at when due.
The President of Market Leaders And Traders Association of Nigeria Lagos Chapter, Comrade Christopher Okpala in his opening address said they have come to pay the speaker a courtesy visit and present to him an award of Extra-Ordinary Ambassador of Commerce.

The traders also said they have named their 2020 edition of their football competition Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa Traders Cup.

Also present at the occasion are Hon. Olawale S. Olayiwola (Mushin 2), Hon. Sanni Okanlawon (Kosofe 1), Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Hon. Saka Fafunmi and others.

BE PRAYERFUL AND HOPEFUL FOR A BETTER LIFE IN NEW YEAR

The Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has called on Lagosians to be prayerful and hopeful for a better life in the New Year.

Obasa also saluted Lagosians for their resourcefulness, courage, resilience and prayers which have seen them through the last two decades of our nascent democracy.

Rt. Hon Obasa made this statement in his New Year message via a press release on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Tolani Abati.

” I know you are very hardworking, resourceful, resilient and prayerful, all of which have seen you through the harsh economic realities of the last two decades of our democracy, ” he said.

He urged Lagosians not to relent in their hard work and resiliency since these are the sure bet of living the life of their dreams.

He said the State Government of which the Lagos House of Assembly is an integral part is doing everything within it’s power to make them achieve the best.

” We will continue to seek your support and prayers in this onerous task of providing you the necessary infrastructure and enabling environment.

“As we step into 2020, in a matter of hours, I pray that we shall have sweeter stories to tell in our personal lives and national life. Have a wonderful 2020.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY APPROVES ₦1.168.5 TRN FOR Y2020 BUDGET

Lagos Lawmakers have passed the Y2020 Budget estimates presented by Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu into Law.

The total Budget stood at ₦1, 168, 561, 893, 990 (One Trillion, One Hundred and Sixty Eight Billion, Five Hundred and Ninety Three Thousand, Nine Hundred and Ninety Naira) only, making a breakdown of ₦457, 528, 918, 805 (Four Hundred and Fifty Seven Billion, Five Hundred and Twenty Eight Million, Nine Hundred and Eighteen Thousand, Eight Hundred and Five Naira) as Recurrent, and a Capital Expenditure of ₦711, 032, 979, 185, (Seven Hundred and Eleven Billion, Thirty Two Million, Nine Hundred and Seventy Nine Thousand, One Hundred and Eighty Five Naira).

Works and Infrastructure got the highest sectoral allocation of ₦128 Billion, Education ₦47Billion, Environment ₦38Billion and Health Sector ₦33Billion.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, a co-chairman of the Joint Committee on Appropriation and Finance while presenting the report of the Committee emphasized that the cumulative Budget performance of the Y2019 Budget stood at 71%, while the total revenue performance stood at ₦524,774Billion representing 101% for the period under review.

Hon. Yishawu reminded Members at the presentation of the Y2020 Appropriation by Mr. Governor, which according to him highlighted the THEMES agenda of the Governor Sanwo-Olu led administration, which he said are critical vehicles in driving the Y2020 Budget; the agenda includes, Transport and Traffic Management, Health and Environment, Education and Technology, Making Lagos 21st Century City, Entertainment and Tourism and Security and Governance.

However, the three weeks period of engagement with the MDA’s according to him was revealing and tasking, with incisive discussions, explanations, between the Committee and Government agencies which hitherto led to observation and recommendations presented to the Lawmakers for consideration and approval.

The Lawmakers had intense debate over the presentation, which was consequently adopted as resolution of the House before the Speaker; Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa took the sectoral allocation after the third reading of the bill.

The Budget was thereafter passed into Law by the House, while the Speaker, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni to send a clean copy to the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for his assent.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY MOVES TO ENSURE DUE DILIGENCE IN AWARDS OF CONTRACTS IN THE STATE

The Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have resolved to call on the Governor of the State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to direct the State Treasury Office (STO) to ensure that contractors are not paid mobilization fee without properly executing Contract Agreement and valid Advance Payment Guarantee (APG) at all stages of payment.

The House further resolved to call on the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure and the General Manager Public Procurement Agency (PPA) to ensure that only contractors with requisite expertise, equipment, man power and experience should be awarded road construction contracts and those who fail to meet up with project execution as contained in the contract agreement are sanctioned and blacklisted.

The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure and the General Mananger PPA is equally enjoined to ensure that Right of Way is secured and project sites are free from any encumbrance before money is released to contractors while also ensuring that identified companies such as Dangote Group of Companies whose vehicles are responsible for excessive pressure on roads meant for lighter freight in the state should be made to bring their Cooperate Social Responsibility on such roads and the Special Adviser of that Ministry should ensure that project engineers maintain quality supervision. Also, defaulting contractors will be l appropriately sanctioned henceforth.

Hon. Abiodun Tobun representing Epe Constituency I who moved the motion observed the negligence of some corporate entities whose trucks damage othe roads without any sign of concern by the companies as well as lack of Corporate Social Responsibilities – CSR “ government cannot do it alone”.

Hon. Bisi Yusuf opined that there must be quality, value for money. He reminded the Speaker Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa that one of the roads he commissioned, Kudirat Abiola Road, 14 years ago has no single pothole . He suggested that weigh bridges to measure weight of loaded articulated vehicles should be resuscitated.

Hon. Olowo who also contributed suggested that at every stage of mobilization and other payments, the Advance Payment Guarantee (APG) should be alive.

Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu also in his view observed that some contractors move to site without Contract Agreement. He suggested that the Ministry of Justice should ensure that contract agreement is in place before any work commences.

The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, representing Ikorodu Constituency I added that trailers with containers on Oba Sekuwole road in Ikorodu are still plying the hazardous road, “ it is a daily harrowing experience for people that pass through the area”.

The House therefore resolved to call on the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to take necessary action by directing concerned government agencies on issues raised by the lawmakers.

LAGOS LAWMAKERS HONOUR FORMER MEMBER, HON. YAHAYA DOSUNMU AT 80.

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly celebrated Hon. Yahaya Adeniyi Atanda Dosunmu, a former Member, representing Victoria-Island/Eti-Osa Constituency in the 1st and 2nd Assembly on his approaching 80th Birthday celebration at the Plenary Session on Monday.

Hon. Noheem Adams, representing Eti-Osa Constituency 1, moved that “today serves as a day to commemorate Hon. Dosunmu for his achievements during his tenure as a Legislator in the 1st and 2nd Assembly.”

While running through the profile of the celebrant, Hon. Adams highlighted the various accomplishments of the former Lawmaker; He stated that, “He was born on December 25th, 1939 into Dosunmu and Shitta Oloyede Families of Adomu in Lagos State. He commenced his life journey by practical demonstration of the words of the 35th President of the United States of America (USA), John F Kennedy that, “Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other”.

“Hon. Dosunmu also made his mark in the main stream South-West progressive politics, when he became the first elected Member from Eti-Osa Community representing Victoria Island and Eti-Osa in Lagos State House of Assembly between 1979 to 1983. His achievements earned him a re-election in 1983 for another 4 year term before the Military struck and became the beginning of the good things to happen to Eti-Osa Community”.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, representing Eti-Osa Constituency 11, described the former Lawmaker as a sagacious political leader, who was a two-term Honourable Member in the House and chaired various Committees such as Committee on House Services, Sports, Works, Housing, and Home Affairs.

He added that, Hon. Yahaya moved major motions on “the need to stop landing rates for canoes; the need to introduce mobile health services programme in all rural areas; that Commissioner for Health direct Santos builders to complete the abandoned health clinic at Ogoyo in Eti-Osa; that the Commissioner for Trade establish small scale industries in the rural areas of the State.

In his submission, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, appreciated the leadership of the House for honouring the celebrant as it serve as the easiest way to celebrate former Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

He further said that the celebrant, who is a communist, moved the Law that set Land feuds to an end and was very active during debates on bill presentations, as he seconded many motions and also tabled many procedural motions.

Hon. Dosunmu, in his response, appreciated the Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the House, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Sanni Eshinlokun, other Principal Officers and other Honourable Members of the Assembly.

While recognizing the presence of the invited dignitaries who were received into the hallowed chamber and those who facilitated the Special Parliamentary Session in his honour, Hon. Dosunmu expressed gratitude to his Creator for sparing his life to witness the occasion.

He described the Legislative Arm of Government as the most powerful, based on the functions in the Constitution and that those functions were not been well exploited by all the State Houses in Nigeria.

He added that the Legislative Houses are not following the welfare packages for Ex- Honourable Members as there should be an enabling Law for whoever passes through any parliament in Nigeria.

He implored the State House that this should be a birthday gift for him, “Lagos State should cater for the health care and basic needs of past Lawmakers; a monthly stipend should be allocated to their care. If Lagos moves this Law, other States would emulate” He said.

The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Sanni Eshinlokun, who presided over the Plenary Session, celebrated the former Lawmaker, who has contributed to the development of Lagos State. “He has spent his entire life towards the attainment of success, and left indelible marks for all his successors to succeed with ease. The next generation would hear of an erudite pathfinder. We are proud to count his age by smiles and not by tears.”

Understanding Budget Process Is Necessary For Oversight Functions – Obasa

The Speaker of thr Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has said that comprehending what budget process constitutes was necessary for the oversight functions of the lawmakers.

Obasa made this disclosure in his keynote address during the opening ceremony of a 3-Day Budget Retreat organised by the Assembly in Abeokuta, Ogun State.

The retreat with the theme: “Imperative of Transformative Governance in Lagos State Through Effective Budgeting and Implementation,” was intended to refresh and equip the lawmakers with adequate knowledge for the discharge of their legislative functions with regards to budgeting and Implementation.

“Comprehending what budget process constitutes is germane to our daily oversight functions. While we may not be new to basic components of budget, it is a matter of importance that we refresh our understanding about budget implementation

“This need is as important as the need to apply all the components to the development, monitoring and implementation of the budget,” Obasa explained .

The Speaker who was represented by the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun, in his address, harped on the importance of budgeting and money management to living a debt -free life.

“One of the most difficult situations people face in life is financial difficulties.

“The main reason for this is poor budgeting. Often times, people are not taught how to budget early enough in life to understand how important good money management is to living a debt-free life,” he said.

The Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, earlier in his welcome address said that the retreat was organised to assess the financial position of the state and explore ways of achieving a realistic year 2020 Budget.

Sanni said that the retreat would be reviewing the extent of the implementation of the year 2019 Budget, and analysing the viability of the year 2020 Budget proposal.

The Clerk said that this would be achieved towards making informed position and exploring the best ways to implementing same to meet emerging challenges of the state.

“In line with the constitutional responsibilities of the House, the appropriation bill has gone through the second reading and stands committed to the relevant committees of the House for further legislative action.

“Considering the combined and determine vision, aspiration and commitment of both the House and executive of arm of government ensuring a rapid transformation of the state. This is the most particularly in the realistic fulfilment of campaign promises to the citizens,” he said.

Hon. Wasiu Sanni -Eshinlokun (rep Lagos Island I) who was also speaking in his own capacity as the Deputy Speaker of the House, explained the significance of the budget retreat, he said the retreat became necessary to focus on budget preparation, implementation and monitoring as the state government is moving from not just development but to tranformative leadership.

Concerning the challenges of budget implementation, Eshinlokun said this was not just a problem in Nigeria alone bot in both developed and developing nations because there were so many exigencies in government and circumstances that may hamper budget implementation.

“Do not forget budget is a proposal and a forecast which can be disrupted by so many factors, that is why it is necessary to diligently follow the implementation through continuous international and external control”, he said.

The Chairman House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Gbolahan Yishau (rep Eti-Osa II) responding to questions from journalists on whether there is need for the house to step up her game on oversight functions so that the public would not be seeing her actions as witch-hunt or after-thought, like in the case of former governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the Chairman of Ifako-Ijaye Local Government, Apostles Toba Oke who was just suspended by the house on Friday for money misappropriated since year 2012.

The lawmaker explained that the house does not do anything in retrospect as the house always raise those issues as they occur.

“The Speaker have said it and I am sure you heard him, most of these issues we raised them as they occur and we ask for information, sometimes, the information does not come on time, maybe the executive was stalling, you know the bureaucracy of government, but we always raise them as they happen.

Demoncracy is an environment that gives fair hearing, proper investigation must be done. Sometimes you see Police even in other climes investigating a case for 10, 20 yeears, so if the executive is not cooperating it will drag things, nothing is done in retrospect here, that much I can asure you”,Yishau maintained.

On if there is a mechanism to measure effectiveness of such training programme so it does not become another episode in the litany of legislative rituals, Yishau said budget performance was the parameter to measure.

The best way to measure is performance, for instance, if we are able to ensure that this budget perform to maximun percentage using Key Performance Indicators KPI, then, the training is effective.

We had a lot of problems in the last administration as to staying within the budget and that has really derailed measuring performance indexes but I am sure we will get it right with this new administration “, he said.

In line with Hon. Yishau’s position, Hon. Bisi Yusuf (rep Alimosho I) also expressed optimism that the house may not likely have problem with the new administration regarding budget implementation.

“Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu have started well, if he continues like this ,we may not have problem with him in the area of budget implementation and in delivering the dividend of democracy to the good people of Lagos state unlike in the last administration”. Hon. Yusuf said.

The Resource Person, Rev. Olusoga Badejo who spoke on the topic;”An Overview of Budgeting Process “‘, quoting from Section 121(1) of the 1999 constitution as amended, explained that a budget becomes a legal document upon preparation and approval and must be implemented as such.

He however, noted that an effective budget planning can never take the place of executive ability in terms of performance, therefore, good budgeting must be matched with good administrative ability for success to be achieved.

Badejo said government cannot afford to do things with impunity which is an advantage of budget. He explained that budget retreat helps to understand the effective control of the activities of every ministry and department.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY SUSPENDS COUNCIL BOSS

The Chairman, Ifako/Ijaiye Local Government, Mr. Oloruntoba Oke has been indefinitely suspended for financial misappropriation of funds and abuse of Office.

Mr. Oke was suspended on Friday by the Lagos Lawmakers sequel to the petition from concerned citizens of Ifako/Ijaiye alleging him of mismanagement and financial recklessness.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker, Lagos State had earlier set up a 5-Man Ad Hoc Committee on Local Government Administration and Community Affairs to investigate the allegations and report its finding.

The Ad Hoc Committee headed by Hon. Rotimi Olowo after series of meetings and assessment tour of the Local Government discovered that the suspended Council boss obtained a loan form Skye Bank in 2012 to execute five projects in the Council while the projects for which the loan was obtained have not been completed.

It was also observed that all conditions stipulated in the loan as approved by the Ministry were violated and the huge amount expended on the construction of the new secretariat complex did not commensurate with the work level.

Hon. Olowo in the report presented during the Plenary Session stated that the Council Chairman’s response to the Committee that upon his assumption of office in 2011, he had sought the approval of the State Government to obtain a soft loan from Skye Bank to execute thirteen (13) critical projects which included the construction of the Local Government Secretariat.

In his contribution, Hon. Wahab Jimoh said the Committee’s findings exposes errors created by the bureaucracy system of governance which does not exempt the Council Manager and the Treasurer. He further explained that the Local Government Council boss shouldn’t be sanctioned alone.

Agreeing with the resolution of the House, Hon. Tobun Abiodun stressed that the Local Government Chairman worked in total deviance of the procurement and the job executed is not in tandem to the money expended, therefore is a flagrant disobedience to order and the law.

“It is expected that the Local Government at the stage should do all humanly possible to support and collaborate with the effort of the State Government in making life more meaningful to our people. The Chairman who has gone against the conventions of the Law should be suspended and this should serve as deterrent to those who have intention of violating the administrative guideline”. He said.

Hon. Bisi Yusuff expressed support on the resolution of the House, noting that the Local Government Council is controlled by the trio of Council Chairman, Council Treasure and Council Engineer. He further opined that the Supervising Councilor and the Councilors are just an appending to the Local Government Chairman. He added that the resolution of the House will bring about discipline in governance.

Consequently, the Committee recommended that the Vice Chairman of the Council should take over the affairs of the council with immediate effect.

The Speaker then directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Sanni Azeez to forward the resolution to the appropriate offices for notification.