LAGOS SPEAKER, OBASA ASSURES OUTGOING CHINESE ENVOY OF IMPROVING BILATERAL RELATIONSHIP WITH CHINA

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday, 12th May, 2016, assured the outgoing Consular General of the China Consul Office in Lagos, Mr.Liu Kam that Nigeria in general and Lagos in particular will continue to work to improve the existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and China.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker stated this in his office at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja when Kan came to bid him farewell from the country.
“The fact that you came here to say goodbye is a testimony to the fact you cherish this relationship and I want to assure you that the feeling is mutual. We will continue to work to improve the already existing cordial relationship between Nigeria and China for the general benefit of our people,” he said.
Rt. Hon. Obasa assured the outgoing envoy that the state government and the House in particular will extend to his successor similar hand of fellowship he enjoyed throughout his two and half years stay in Lagos, “and we also hope the person coming to replace you will continue from where you left”.
Speaking earlier, Kan expressed his sincere gratitude to the government and people of Nigeria, Lagos and the House of Assembly in particular for the support he enjoyed during his stay in the country which has engendered and improved the existing cordial relationship between the two countries.
The Chinese envoy stated that he is going with fond memories of his stay in Nigeria which he will cherish for life.
Kan further commended the APC leadership of the country, and the numerous positive achievements that have been recorded in a short time in improving the bilateral relationship between Nigeria and China noting that the recent visit by President Buhari to China has further cemented the strong bond between two countries.

BRITISH DEPUTY HIGH COMMISSIONER VISITS SPEAKER OBASA

The British Deputy High Commissioner in Lagos, Mr Ray Kyles on Tuesday, 10th May, 2016 paid a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa in his office at the Assembly complex, Alausa, Ikeja.

Here are some images of the visit:

 

 

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1. The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (left) welcoming Britain’s Deputy High Commissioner, Mr Ray Kyles (right) to his office on Tuesday. Kyles was on a courtesy visit to the Speaker. Watching with interest are: Deputy Majority of the House, Honourable Olumuyiwa Jimoh (2nd right) and Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu.

2. L-R: Deputy Chief Whip, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Omotayo Oduntan; Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni; Britain’s Deputy High Commissioner, Mr Ray Kyles; and Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, during the Deputy High Commissioner’s visit to the Speaker in his office at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja on Tuesday.

3. The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa (right) presenting gift to Britain’s Deputy High Commissioner, Mr Ray Kyles during Kyles’ visit to the Speaker in Ikeja on Tuesday.

SPEAKER OBASA AT RETIREMENT/BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR EX-PS OF MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, was among the distinguished guests at the retirement cum birthday party for the former Permanent Secretary in the state Ministry of Education, Mrs. Elizabeth Olabisi Ariyo which took place at the Blue Roof, Lagos Television, Agidingbi, Ikeja on Friday, 6th May, 2016.
Other distinguished guests at the event are: the state Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule; the Wife of the state Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode; the Chairman of the Assembly Committee on Education, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi; the state Commissioner for Environment, Dr Samuel Adejare; former Senate Minority Whip, Senator Ganiyu Olanrewaju Solomon and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Safari Adaranijo among others.
Here are some images from the event:

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NEIGHBORHOOD SAFETY AGENCY WILL MONITOR, REGULATE ACTIVITIES OF VIGILANCE GROUPS IN LAGOS, SAYS SPEAKER OBASA

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has stated that the need to monitor and improve the effectiveness of vigilance groups, operating in the state, was one of the major reasons for the proposed bill to establish the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency.
Obasa disclosed this at the Lateef Jakande auditorium inside the Assembly complex during a day public hearing on the bill for the establishment of the agency, organised by the House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security.
According to the Speaker, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, the agency will register and regulate the activities of vigilance groups in the state; monitor them and ensure that they work within the dictates of the law which will in turn improve their efficiency and effectiveness.
“The present administration has made giant strides in improving security of lives and properties in the state and we in the House of Assembly have always played our part by giving legislative backing to initiatives aimed at improving security in the state,” the Speaker said.
He stated further that, in spite of the giant strides of the present administration in ensuring improvement of lives and properties, “we will not rest on our oars as we will continue to ensure that we put in place measures that will ensure complete eradication of crimes in this state”.
Obasa stated that the new bill, when passed into law, will also give more legal backing to the activities of vigilance groups as well as improve community policing in the state.
“We believe in state police but at present, since there is no provision for such, we believe we should put in place structures that will improve community policing in the state. We believe that the people should get more involved in the policing of their various communities,” he said.
The Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker stated further that the need to get input from stakeholders in the sector to be included in the bill was the major reason the public hearing was organised.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh, stated that the bill being proposed will improve community policing in the state.
“The Neighborhood Safety Agency will register, regulate and monitor vigilance groups in the state and serve as the link between them and other security agencies and improve relationship between them,” he said.

Musbau Rasak,
Chief Press Secretary to the Hon. Speaker

REMARKS BY THE SPEAKER OF THE LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, RT. HON. MUDASHIRU OBASA AT A DAY PUBLIC HEARING ON “A BILL FOR A LAW TO ESTABLISH THE LAGOS STATE NEIGHBOURHOOD SAFETY AGENCY AND FOR CONNECTED PURPOSE” AT THE LATEEF JAKANDE AUDITORIUM, ASSEMBLY COMPLEX, ALAUSA, IKEJA, WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 2016

Good morning to you all and please permit me to stand on all existing protocols.
It gives me great pleasure to be here and I must equally express my satisfaction at the attendance. It really shows the importance Nigerians and Lagosians, in particular, attach to the issue of security of lives and property.
Here at the Lagos State House of Assembly, our resolve as lawmakers has always been to make laws that will not only ensure improved standard of living for our people but also to make laws that will ensure that they enjoy dividends of democracy even at the comfort of their homes.
Today’s event is also a confirmation of our collective resolve to ensure that Lagosians feel the impact of this administration and that they do so without fear.
You will all agree with me that the issue of security of lives and property has been a major cause for concern in recent times. The Boko Haram insurgence, the Niger Delta militancy, kidnapping, armed robbery and the recent upsurge in cases of killings perpetrated by Fulani herdsmen are several security breaches that have given Nigerians cause for concern.
It should be noted here that providing adequate security for lives and property of the citizens is obviously one of the major programmes of the APC governments both at the federal and state levels; and today we are all living witnesses to strides being achieved by the APC government at the state and federal levels.
In Lagos, the resolve and determination of the Governor Akin Ambode administration to wipe out violent crimes from the state has led to the establishment of the state Security Trust Fund and the purchase of sophisticated gadgets and vehicles for various security agencies in the state.
Of course, all these were achieved with necessary cooperation and support from this House of Assembly, which has played its part by giving legislative backing for the establishment of the Fund and the purchase of the security equipment.
The result of this effective and efficient collaboration among the executive, legislative and security agencies in the state has been a tremendous improvement in security in the state. Without exaggeration, I can state boldly that today, Lagosians can now sleep with their two eyes closed.
Yet, we will not rest on our oars as we are determined to completely wipe out crime of all sorts from this state. And that is the major reason the Bill we are discussing its content here today is so dear to our hearts.
This bill is aimed at giving further legal backing to community policing in the state. It is meant to further cement and legalise participation of the people especially at the grassroots in policing their various communities.
We believe that the people should be involved in the policing of their various communities because they live in the communities and are very conversant with the physical structures and people living in such communities. They are also privy to information which might elude security agents coming from outside of their communities. That is why we have always been advocating for state police.
However, if state police are not feasible at the present moment, we feel we should strengthen our locally based security outfits and that is the essence of this bill.
We value your advice, opinion and suggestions, hence the need to invite you here today for us to hear your views, which will form the major ingredients for the enactment of the bill.
I will not want to bore you with so much rhetoric. As a result, on this note, I will leave you to do justice to the purpose for which this event is organised.
I thank you all for listening.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa
Speaker
Lagos State House of Assembly
Wednesday, May 4, 2016

WE’RE COMMITTED TO ENSURING SAFETY, EFFECTIVE, EFFICIENT WATER TRANSPORTATION IN LAGOS, SAYS SPEAKER OBASA

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has assured Lagosians that the state government, particularly the state Assembly is committed to ensuring safety, efficient and effective water transportation in the state.

Rt. Hon. Obasa gave this assurance while speaking at a one day stakeholders’ meeting organised by the ad-hoc committee set up by the state Assembly to investigate causes of incessant boat mishaps in the state and profer solutions for such. The event took place at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium in the Assembly complex, Alausa, Ikeja.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker stated that members of the House are worried at several cases of boat mishaps in the state which had led to loses of several human lives.

Rt. Hon. Obasa stated that it was as a result of the concern the lawmakers had over such unfortunate incidents that led to the invitation of the state Commissioner for Transport, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transport and the General Manager of the state Waterways Authority to appear before the lawmakers on 16th February, 2016 for clarification on how to check the incessant boat mishaps in the state.

“I made it known at that sitting that a stakeholders’ meeting will be convened to deliberate on how to put a stop to incessant boat mishaps in the state and that is why we are here today,” he said.

According to him, the lawmakers and the state government cannot just fold their arms and allow things to degenerate hence the decision to take the bull by the horn and tackle the menace. “We are indeed concerned with the irreparable losses incurred by the families of the various victims of the boat mishaps. Our hearts go out to them and I pray that such incident will not repeat itself in Lagos anymore.

“On our part, we remain committed to ensuring that we don’t lose precious lives to boat mishaps in the state again, hence the decision to convene this meeting which we hope will profer solutions to our efforts at putting in place safe, effective and efficient water transport in the state,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker.

He advised participants that to realise the aforementioned aim, it behoves on all to cooperate and support government’s initiatives at putting in place effective water transport in the state.

“We should not be aloof, we should be ready to make suggestions and be ready to participate in legitimate action to realise our aims and objectives. To ensure safety of lives and properties on our waterways is our collective responsibility and we must work together to achieve this,” he said.

WORLD HEALTH DAY: LAGOS ASSEMBLY PARTNERS LASUMSA ON MEDICAL OUTREACH

Lagos State House of Assembly, in conjunction with the Lagos State University Medical Students

Association (LASUMSA)has kicked off a one-day medical outreach within the assembly complex.

The health program was held simultaneously at the Lateef Jakande Hall of assembly, Alausa, Ikeja and Oba’s Palace in Ibeshe, Ikorodu, Lagos State.

Tests conducted during the medical outreach included blood pressure and blood sugar level tests.

Others included consultations on health matters, education on prevention and treatment of diabetes.

Speaking at the program,Chief of Staff to the Hon. Speaker, Mr. Wale Jafojo said the program would assist people in knowing their health status. “We use this programme to celebrate the World Health Day 2016,” he said.

He added that “the message is to maintain good health status and prevent diabetes and other related diseases”.

He advised the gathering to strive towards becoming physically active at least 30 minutes of regular, moderate intensity activity on most days.

The president of LASUMSA, Mr Israel Madu who spoke on behalf of the organisation said over 190 million people suffer from diabetes world wide. “Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases in society today”, said Madu.

He stressed further that the disease “is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, blindness and kidney disease.

He said people should learn how to check their blood sugar level regularly and avoid tobacco use as smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY DIRECTS AMBODE TO PROSECUTE PERPETRATORS OF ELECTORAL VIOLENCE

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday directed Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode to prosecute perpetrators of the 2015 General Elections’ violence across the state.

This call followed a joint motion moved by the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade and seconded by the Chairman, House Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade.

The motion was sponsored by 16 lawmakers in the 40-member Assembly.

This House said that the Governor should direct the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Hon. Adeniji Kazeem to commence all necessary legal processes that would ensure prosecution of the masterminds of all reported cases.

Explaining, Agunbiade alleged that the security agents had failed to take any step to prosecute the culprits since the last elections.

“This House notes with dismay, the significant number of violent incidents that occurred in different parts of the state during the 2015 General Elections

“This resulted in death, damage of property and bodily injury of some citizens of the state.

“Some of the violent cases and attacks were reported to the police, but several months after the incidents, there have not been any traces of prosecution of any of the perpetrators.

“It was also observed that the jurisprudence of the criminal law is to ensure that offenders are punished to serve as deterrent to other members of the public, who might want to commit similar offence in the future,” he said.

Agunbiade added that unless the suspected masterminds of these violent acts were prosecuted in accordance with extant laws, other criminally minded people may be encouraged.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa after voice votes passed the resolution.

The House also passed a bill for a law to amend the Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission law 2008 and for connected purposes for the third time.

Also, a bill for a law to amend the Local Government Election Tribunal law 2001 and for connected purpose was passed.

The Speaker directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Ganiyu Abiru to forward a copy of the Bill to Ambode for his assent.

The House then adjourned its plenary session to Monday, April 11, 2016.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY CALLS ON BUHARI TO END FUEL SCARCITY

Lawmakers in the Lagos State House of Assembly have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to find a solution to the perennial fuel scarcity in the country.

Raising the matter on the floor of the House during plenary on Tuesday 5th April, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade urged the House to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to direct all the necessary Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) that have direct connections with the distribution of fuel to proffer solution to the scarcity immediately.

Agunbiade added that the President should identify those that are responsible for the scarcity and punish whoever is found culpable and that a special attention should be given to Lagos State so that the fuel scarcity could be abated in the state.

The Majority Leader said further that the House should call upon Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state to direct the necessary agencies in the state to effectively control traffic around all the filling stations in the state, and this was eventually adopted by the whole lawmakers.

In his contribution, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa‎ said that it was not necessary to start apportioning blames or identifying scapegoats, but that the Federal Government should find a lasting solution to the problem.

“I saw people carrying kegs all over the city and I understand that some of them sleep at filling stations. This could lead to another danger because what happened in North Africa then started like this. The roads from my house were deserted as I was coming to the office, and this is a bad signal.

“Mr. President should look for a solution, we should not look at the past or blame the Petroleum Minister for what he said recently since he has apologised. We must take action now,” he said.

The Speaker subsequently directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Ganiu Abiru to write a letter to the President to find a lasting solution to the problem and make fuel available in Lagos State, which he said is like a nation within the country.

He added that the president should address the people and ‎tell them to be calm, while using the occasion to appeal to the people of Lagos State to be calm until a solution is found to the problem.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun, in his comments,‎ explained that the problem was not unexpected due to the issue of subsidy, which he said was characterised by corruption and extortion.

Eshinlokun however, stated that the effect of fuel shortages should be dealt with and that the state Commissioner for Transport, Mr. Dayo Mobereola and LASTMA should be called upon to control traffic in areas, where there are filling stations, and that the Petroleum Minister should tell Nigerians what is really happening on the issue.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY PASSES 2016 APPROPRIATION BILL INTO LAW

The 2016 Budget proposal of N662,588 Billion presented to the Lagos State House of Assembly by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state on Thursday 17th December, 2015 has been passed into law by the House.

In presenting the budget, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode  pledged that his administration will not only implement the budget faithfully, but also ensure that it works in the best interest of Lagosians.

The Governor who christened the 2016 budget “The Peoples Budget” said it was an improvement of 26 percent over the budgets of 2014 and 2015 respectively which stood at N489.6 Billion individually.

“The increase will enable our government to focus on the present challenges of security, traffic gridlock resolution including physical and social infrastructural development which has thrown up new challenges quite different from what we used to experience and have always known”, he said.

He said the 2016 budget which is the first full budget of the present administration will promote massive investment in Security, Transport and Traffic management, Physical and Social Infrastructural development and enhance job creation.

He said the intention of his government is to use the 2016 budget to strategically build new infrastructure, as well as maintain existing ones, adding that wealth and employment creation will also receive adequate attention in the course of the year.

Giving a breakdown of the budget figures, Governor Ambode put the Recurrent Expenditure at N278,909bn while Capital Expenditure stands at N383,678bn, explaining that the Capital to Recurrent ratio is 58:42 as against 51:49 in 2014 and 2015.

Governor Ambode also put the total revenue estimate for 2016 fiscal year at N542.873Billion saying the balance of N119.714billion will be funded through deficit financing constituting 0.41 percent of the state GDP based on 2016 budget alone and a cumulative debt to GDP ratio of about 3 percent.

It will be recalled that the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa subsequently committed the budget  into the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, which is chaired by Hon. Rotimi Olowo with a directive that the report should be submitted to the House on Thursday 31st December.

Presenting the report of the Budget and Economic Planning Committee to the House on Thursday 31st, December, 2015, Hon. Rotimi Olowo thanked the Speaker of the House, members of the committee, other lawmakers as well support staff of the House, who he said worked tirelessly to ensure that the process of scrutinising the budget was accelerated.

 

Also speaking, Speaker Obasa thanked all the members of the Budget and Economic Planning Committee for their efforts, while also thanking other lawmakers and the staff of the Assembly.

Meanwhile, the House has passed into law a Bill for a law to amend the Lagos State University (LASU) Law 2004. Part of the amendment of the law is the recommendation of a 5-year tenure for the Vice Chancellor and other principal officers of the school such as the Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Registrar, Bursar and the Librarian. The House also passed into law a Bill for a law to provide for the Establishment of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund and for An Agency to Manage the Fund and for Other Connected Purposes.

The House however went on recess and adjourned sitting to 4th February, 2016.