LAGOS SPEAKER CALLS FOR COLLABORATION WITH SOUTH AFRICA

By Chioma Anifowose
The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has called for more business collaboration with South Africa in other to boost the economy of both countries.
Rt. Hon. Obasa stated this on Monday, September 5, 2016, while welcoming the Consul General of South Africa High Commission in Lagos, Mr. Darkey Africa who paid him a courtesy visit in his office at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja.

The Lagos Speaker made it known to his visitor that Lagos is a business hub with secured environment, noting that the present administration in the state has placed priority on security of lives and properties as a major step towards attracting investors and developing the economy of the state in particular and the country at large.

Rt. Hon. Obasa further explained that signing of the Property Protection Bill into law by the state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, was done to protect citizens, businesses and investors.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker stated that thus the two countries being the biggest economies in the continent need to collaborate in new investment areas such as power, transport and real estate. “Apart from this, we can also collaborate on legislative matters through exchange of programs and capacity development. The relationship between Nigeria and South Africa has remained strong and cordial and we must all work together to keep the relationship stronger and more cordial,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

Speaking earlier, the Consul General of the South Africa High Commission in Lagos, Mr. Darkey Africa, applauded the leadership of the state acknowledging the fact that Lagos remains the foremost state in Nigeria and remains the role model for others to emulate.

The South African envoy expressed the eagerness of his country to collaborate with Nigeria in improving economies of both countries.

“I have come to present the many possibilities in South Africa for collaboration with your country while also taking back the possibilities here to my country,” he said.

Present at the event were: the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu; his counterpart in the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for Local Government, Hon. Adebisi Yusuf; the Acting Clerk, Mr. Sanni Azeez; the Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Mr. Adewale Jafojo; the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Political Matters, Hon. Mufutau Egberongbe; the Special Adviser to the Speaker on Budget and Economic Planning, Otunba Richard Oshungboye; the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Mr. Musbau Rasak; and the Senior Special Assistant to the Speaker on Protocol and Foreign Affairs, Miss Abisola Munis.

The South African envoy was accompanied to the Speaker’s office by the Head of Political Section of his office, Mr. David Mbedzi.

INCESSANT RAPE: LAGOS ASSEMBLY CALLS FOR SOLUTIONS

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have called on the necessary security agencies for enforcement of the existing criminal laws in order to proffer immediate solutions to sexual abuse cases in the state.

Hon. Meiranda Mojisola representing Apapa constituency I, who made the call at the Plenary under Matter of Urgent Public Importance on Monday Sept 5, 2016, decried the rate at which sexual abuse and criminal cases occur in the state, saying that it is very alarming and disheartening.

In her words, “I came across a story of a 13-year-old girl in a national newspaper who was gang raped and got pregnant by three men including a 60year old in Owode Ibeshe area of Ikorodu, Lagos State. So, parents and guardians should be watchful of the kind of people they leave their children and ward with, either both male and female. Children and wards should also be educated on how to raise alarm when they sense danger.”

Contributing to this, Hon. Nurudeen Solaja-Saka expressed that the culprits carried out the drastic act in an uncompleted building in Ibeshe. He added that the policemen, Kabiyesi and Chiefs are investigating the matter.

Hon. Moshood Oshun said that there are so many stigmatizations attached to rape victims in our society and effort should be made to build confidence to the families of the victims so that they will not be stigmatized. He also suggested that there is need to make use of sex register and publicize rape offenders so that people who are residing with them would know the kind of person they are living with.

Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa expressed that there should be regular campaign against violence, rape and abuses. He advised that the police should put more effort in their pursuit against violence. He advised that rape cases go beyond calling attention of parents but to call relevant agencies to enforce existing laws so as to prosecute rape offenders in order to serve as deterrent to others.

LAGOS LEGISLATORS SEEK INCREASED PARTNERSHIP WITH CHINA

. By Chioma Anifowose

The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa has sought stronger partnership of China with Lagos State.
Rt. Hon. Obasa made this known during a courtesy visit by the Chinese Consul-General in Lagos, Mr. Chao Xiaoliang on Tuesday, 30th August, 2016 to his office at Alausa, Ikeja.

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The Speaker, who was welcoming the new Chinese Consul General, said that Lagos State will cooperate in the area of economic ventures between Lagos and China. In his words “ Lagos would sustain relationship with China through you, we appreciate the investments and relationship of your home country and further request for an increased partnership in areas of power, transportation, aqua agriculture, Agro-Allied industries, and more.
While commending China for the positive role it is playing in this critical period of Nigeria’s drive towards reviving its economy, Rt. Hon. Obasa assured Xiaoliang of adequate security for business activities in the state.
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The Chinese Consul-General pledged his support for Nigeria and promised to sustain efforts in solidifying the relationship between both countries. Xialong reiterated his desire for more bilateral relationship, saying ‘this friendship will continue in my tenure as Consul-General’. According to him, the diplomatic relationship which was established 45 years ago would blossom and be of mutual benefits to both countries.

Lagos Assembly Starts Live-streaming Of Plenary Sessions; First Legislative House In Nigeria To Do So

The Lagos State House of Assembly has commenced live-streaming of its plenary sessions.

The record breaking feat commenced on Monday, August 29, 2016 when members of the House resumed plenary after a month recess.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, who announced the commencement of the live streaming exercise at plenary sitting of Tuesday, August 30, 2016 stated that the commencement of the live streaming would afford Nigerians all over ‘the world to watch the sittings of the Assembly live from the comfort of their homes, offices and even while travelling.

According to Hon. Agunbiade, the need to make the legislative proceedings in the Lagos State House of Assembly conforms with acceptable modern standard all over the world was responsible for the introduction of the live streaming of its plenary sessions.

“The leadership of the House under the able leadership of Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, is committed to taking the House to greater heights through innovations and adequate infrastructure development. Our e-legislative processes have thus been completed with the commencement of the live streaming of plenary sessions of the House. Already, the Twitter handle, instagram and Facebook are fully functioning while the website is on 24/7,” Hon. Agunbiade said.

According to the Majority Leader, interested members of the public can watch the live streaming of the House plenary sessions by logging on to www.lagoshouseofassembly.gov.ng/live.

With this achievement, the Lagos State House of Assembly thus become the first ever legislative House in the country to have its plenary sessions live-streamed to the outside world. Not only that, the House is second only to South Africa parliament in Africa to have its plenary live-streamed.

Deliver projects or face sanctions, Transport Committee Chair warns contractors

The Chairman Lagos State House of Assembly committee on Transportation, Fatai Mojeed has given contractors, Quattro Alchemy and FCC, handling works at Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) and Iyana-Oworoshoki to speed up the works as laid down or face sanctions.

The project at Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) is being handled by Quattro Alchemy while FCC is in charge of three lay-bys and parallel road at Iyana-Oworoshoki.

The lawmaker, who handed down the warning on Thursday while on fact-findings exercise as part of its oversight function noted that tax payers money must be spent prudently.

Mojeed who was accompanied by a member of the committee, Abiodun Tobun observed that the three sites visited were designed to provide lay-bys and parallel road to ease traffic congestion in the state.

It was gathered that the three sites visited by members of the committee were TBS, Iyana-Oworoshoki and Alapere where work were still on-going.

According to the chairman, “If at the end of the day, we are not satisfied with the work done in line with specifications, the House has the right to advise the executive on what step to be taken as regards those contracts.”

He explained further that, “Out of the three projects that we visited, it is the only one at Alapere that the contractor is on the site. They commenced the work in June but I believe they will complete it within the specified period.

“The other one at TBS, the ministry has released 70 percent of the contract sum but with the physical assessment we have carried out, we discovered that only 35 percent of the job has been done but the contractor has given assurance that any moment from now they move back to site.

“The one at Iyana-Oworo and Kosofe axis, the contractors were not on site. They are yet to commence the major part of the work which has to do with the road.

“We have instructed them to move back to the site. We don’t want a situation where tax payers money will not be judiciously spent. The ministry has mobilized the contractor with 70 percent fund.

“The reason we are inviting them is to see all the necessary documents. These are procurement certificate, letter of the award, performance payment certificate, BOQ, which specify the scope of the work,” Mojeed added.

The representative of the Quattro Alchemy at TBS, Omotayo Sheni told the committee that what was delaying the canopy was as a result of issues they had with Customs over canopy imported to be installed on the lay-bys.

Sheni added that, “they have given assurance that within the next four days we will get the consignment,” saying the work will be completed as soon as they get the consignment.

Also Thomas Connighan who spoke on behalf of FCC, the contractor handling the Iyana-Oworo, which has three lay-bys and parallel road, said that the construction of the road had been hampered as a result of a ‘green house’ that was not demolished.

Land Grabbers Would Face Tough Times In Lagos Again With The New Law – Tunde Braimoh

Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State recently signed the Land Grabbing Bill into Law and the people of the state are still debating its implementation.
In this interview he granted, Chairman,House Committee on Information and Strategy, Hon. Tunde Braimoh speaks on why the law came into being and what the government plans to do with the defaulters amongst other matters of interest.

The Governor recently signed the Land Grabbing Bill into Law, how would you react to this?

The law is not a decoration, it has to be obeyed, I have no doubt in my mind that the law would be obeyed by the people of the state. We are not begging anybody to obey the law, whoever does not obey it would face the consequences of the law because the law passed through due process. It was not made by the fiat of the assembly, we had public hearing on it, where we got the input of the people. I would appeal to the people not to misuse their liberty. We cannot continue to allow the issue of land grabbing or unnecessary take over of land to continue the way it was in Lagos State. There is need to intervene on the issue of land in Lagos because it is like the oil in Niger State, a plot of land is sold for as high as N500 Million in some parts of the state. That kind of sector cannot be overlooked because lives and properties have been lost over this. So many ridiculous things are happening in that sector, you would see some people claiming money at every stage of development of a building and they even collect money when people deposit materials on their land. Some people’s fathers claim money for pieces of land sold by their forefathers decades or centuries ago, so we must regulate the way things are being done in that sector, which is what the law is all about. The law is to regulate land so that we don’t turn ourselves to Thomas Horbes kind of society, where everybody does what he or she likes. We cannot allow that.

How can the law deal with some powerful people that are behind this land grabbing issue and ensure that men of the judiciary perform their duties on land matters as expected?

Equity does not suffer any wrong remedy, everybody should be vigilant. People should not sleep on their rights. The law is that if you are in an undisputed or undisturbed piece of land for a period of 20 years, then you are the owner of the land. Of course, if there is a disturbance or litigation, that means something is going on about the land. If there is no disturbance or litigation, it means there is no problem. But if anyone has issues about land in the state, he has to go through a task force or the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state or office of Land Bureau to claim the land. You don’t just go there personally, it would be tantamount to violence. No court would execute judgment without the other arms of government such as the Land Bureau, Attorney General of the state and others, who would look at the propriety of the judgment. A case of people trying to resell old land would be discouraged, the government would look at the whole thing. Now, there is a synergy amongst all the arms of government on land matters. The Governor made sure that the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, and the Chief Judge of the state were there when he was signing the bill into law, so the synergy is there. If there is a political will to do something, it would be okay, the law would work and the way it would work is because of the synergy amongst the three arms of government.
The Governor has told the Chief Judge of the state to set up a special court, not a mobile court, that would give room for accelerated cases of land matter. They are specially for land matters and there would be a task force on the matter. I want to appeal to anyone, who does not want to spend a long term in jail no to deal unlawfully and illegally about land matters in Lagos State anymore.

What can you say about the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law that was also signed by the Governor?

The law is basically about how to raise the consciousness of people about policing. Nobody can police the environment properly like those, who know the terrain. We are not asking them to take up arms. What we are saying is that everybody must be conscious of security. Men of the corps would be organised on gathering intelligence information from the neighbourhood on the issue of security. There is need for an organised vigilance in the neighbourhood. In the past, people believed that if they give information to the police about criminals, the criminals would be told and they would come after them. This one is different, most of these people that forment trouble live in the neighbour hood and it would be easy to deal with them by the vigilance corps. So, everybody would be aware of security and people would be more confident to disseminate information to security agencies.

How many are the corps members?

As much as possible, the government has limited funds for this, but it is not a job, where you get salaries. If we give anybody money, it would be stipends, incentives or allowances. That is why it is Neighbourhood Safety and Vigilance Corps. We expect money from donor agencies and well-spirited individuals. If you look at it critically, some people have as much as three or four security men in their individual homes, why can’t we join hands to have one or two in our area and everybody would be happy. That is what we want to do to ensure a safe neighbourhood.

There is a general economic hardship in the country, what is your take on this?

Yes, it is a general problem, the economy is biting hard. Of course, you know we operate a monolithic economy, we depend solely on oil. This is the first time that the source of financing our budget is divided into three; one is from non-oil sector, the second from non-oil sector, while the third is from borrowing. In the past, it used to be entirely from oil. When the price of crude oil crashed in the international market, we all knew that there would be problem in the country. The way out is that we have to reduce our dependent on foreign spending. We are earning 30 or 20 from outside, but we spend as much as 100 outside, so the simple economics is that the lower the supply the higher the demand and the higher the demand, the lower the supply. We must reach an equilibrium, where the demand does not exceed supply. We must try and see that supply exceeds demand, if our supply of dollars exceeds demand, it would be better. In a situation, where people send their children abroad and they go their for healthcare, what do you think would happen. Look at what our state Governor did at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), we have state of the arts facilities there. They have laboratory equipment, beddings and others. But people don’t want to use them, they prefer to go to a mushroom hospital in India, when they are sick. They import all sorts of things from overseas with dollars. When we were growing up, we used to have motor plants in Nigeria that were producing Volkswagen and Peugeot cars. Then, it was compulsory that civil servants must drive either Volkswagen or Peugeot products, but what is happening now, they drive the most exotic cars in Nigeria. This show of affluence and flamboyance must stop, and we must change our orientation. We must stop our excessive crave for foreign products. There is no way we can get out of this unless we have enough oil to sell. Even if we have enough, the regulatory agency, the Organisation of Petroleum Producing Countries (OPEC) is there to control our supply. When we are given the quota that we could supply, but we are not supplying it because of the activities of Niger Delta Avengers that are blowing up the pipelines. So, we have these multi-faceted problems and the dollars we earn is so low and there is no magic to it. We cannot manufacture dollars. We should change our orientation, I have issues with people each time I travel abroad because of the way they treat Nigerians. Look at what the United States of America did to some House of Reps members, who were alleged to have committed rape, yet they could not proof the allegation. I am not supporting them, if they did it, it is another thing. Nobody can accuse the Americans anyhow, when they have not committed any offence. They are just saying they would revoke the visa of the reps members and they are saying all sorts of things. It is a civil matter that is on probability, if it is a criminal matter, you must proof it beyond reasonable doubt. If America had done it, I would have respected the ambassador, the way he did it was undiplomatic and it smacked of a ready-made mind that they don’t just want us. That is why we should reduce our travelings abroad unless it is very necessary. If we want to train about 10 people, why can’t we bring the resource persons here. It is even better the way they are treating us so that our people can learn.

LAGOS SPEAKER, OBASA RECEIVES VISITING KOGI SPEAKER, HON. MEMBERS

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has received a delegation of the Honourable Members of the Kogi State House of Assembly, led by their Speaker, Rt. Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam.
Accompanying the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa to receive the visiting lawmakers were the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade; Chairman, House Committee on Information & Strategy, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh, Chairman, House Committee on Local Government Administration, Hon. Kazeem Alimi; Chairman, House Committee on Youth, Sports & Social Development, Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu and Chairman, House Committee on Arts, Culture & Tourism, Hon. Desmond Olushola Elliot.7A4A3206
A meeting was later held between the two states’ lawmakers, during which the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Umar Imam, informed the gathering that the purpose of the visit was to familiarize with the legislative process in the Lagos State House of Assembly and as well gather more experience on legislative duties.
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This is just as the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa commended Kogi State House of Assembly for resolving the differences that ensued among Members earlier this year amicably. He was of the opinion that the people of Kogi State would benefit immensely from the new spirit of fellowship, noting that the Leaderships in the Assembly and the State are interested in the development of the state.7A4A3297
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At the end of the parley, the Speaker of the Kogi State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Umar Ahmed Imam presented a portrait of the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa to him. Speaker Obasa also presented souvenirs such as the Assembly’s calendar, pamphlets and writing materials.

Commendations For Lagos Assembly As Ambode Signs Neighbourhood Safety Agency, Anti-Land Grabbers Bills Into Law

By Chioma Anifowose

It was praises and commendations galore for the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday, August 15, 2016, as the state Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode signed two major bills passed by the House into law.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa was among guests at the signing ceremony.
The two bills, which are private member bills sponsored by the Speaker of the House are: a law to establish the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency for the Regulations and Control of Neighbourhood Safety Corps Activities and for Connected purposes; and a law to Prohibit Forceful Entry and Illegal Occupation of Landed Properties, Violent and Fraudulent Conduct in Relation to Landed Properties in Lagos State and for Connected Purposes.
Speaking at the event in the State House Monday on the new laws, the Speaker Obasa expressed utmost fulfilment in seeing the bills finally passed into law.
Rt. Hon. Obasa said that the security situation in the country calls for concerted efforts at putting in place structures to fight crime at all time.
Obasa gave an insight to why he came up with these bills. In his words, “the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Agency will control the activities of vigilante groups in the state and this will enable a uniformed and controlled performance by these groups’’.
He stated further that the vigilante groups will collaborate with the Police in combating crimes.
“The vigilante groups will be guided by the rules and regulations of the agency and will not go contrary to the provisions and stipulations provided in the law establishing the supervising agency.
“It is therefore imperative that all illegal activities detected by these vigilante groups will be reported to the Nigerian Police. The vigilante groups are not to take laws into their hands but to liaise with the Nigerian Police especially in the area of arrest.
“The Safety Corps Agency will be established in all local governments and local council development areas in the state. For now it will be the alternative to state police as it will engender communal policing aimed at reducing crimes to the barest minimum,” the Speaker said.
On ‘’the Law to prohibit forceful entry and illegal occupation of landed properties’’, Rt.Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said that the incessant activities of hoodlums popularly called Omo Onile or Ajagungbale prompted a great need to bring sanity to occupation of landed properties in Lagos State.
He said ‘’ the overwhelming activities of these hoodlums have given Lagos a bad name when it comes to land and property acquisitions’’.
Obasa said that firm measures are now put in place to curb these illegal activities through the enactment of the law.
The Governor of Lagos state, Akinwumi Ambode concurred with the Head of Legislature saying that the signing of the bills into law would engender socio-economic development and growth of the state by providing the needed enabling environment for investors to thrive.
Governor Ambode commended members of the state Assembly, especially Speaker Obasa for their pro activeness in ensuring the smooth passage of the bills. “The is a confirmation of the cordial working relationship existing among all arms of government in the state which has contributed to development and growth of the state,” the Governor said.
The state Commissioner for Justice and Attorney General, Adeniji Kazeem who gave general overview of the bills also commended the state Assembly for a job well done.
Apart from Obasa and Ambode, also present at the event were: the Chief Judge of the state, Justice Funmilayo Atilade; the Chairman of the Lagos Assembly on Lands, Hon. Sikiru Adebayo Osinowo; his Information, Strategy and Security counterpart, Hon. Tunde Buraimo; the Chairman of the Governor’s Advisory Team, Professor Adebayo Williams; members of the state executive council, executive; members of the Ikeja branch of the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA); and captains of industries among others.

Lagos Speaker Obasa Congratulates NGE President Egbemode, Says She’s A Role Model

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has congratulated the Managing Director and Editor in Chief of the Telegraph newspapers, Mrs. Funke Egbemode on her emergence as the substantive President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors (NGE).

Rt. Hon. Obasa, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Razak, said the emergence of Mrs. Egbemode as the president of one of the most highly recognised and respected professional bodies in the country is a confrmation of her professionalism and the high esteem she is held by her colleagues.

“I have follow your writings over the years and you’ve proved to be a role model for budding journalists who have the desire to excel in their chosen profession.

“Your emergence therefore, is not only a confirmation of your professionalism but also a confirmation of the high esteem members of this association, one of the most highly recognised and respected in this country, hold your humble self,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa urged Mrs. Egbemode not to relent in using her position as the NGE President to ensure that the association continues its commitment to the protection and promotion of the country’s democracy.

“Nigerians look up to the NGE not to relent in its commitment to the protection and promotion of this hard earned democracy and.I’m sure that the Guild under you will not drop this responsibility,” the Speaker said.

“On behalf of my colleagues at the Lagos State House of Assembly, I congratulate you on this honour and I wish you a successful tenure in office,” Rt. Hon. Obasa said.

NIWA Hinders Lagos Light Rail Project – Mojeed

The Nigerian Waterways Authority (NIWA) has been identified as one of the obstacles to the completion of the Lagos Light Rail Project that takes off from Mile 2 and terminates at Marina area of the state.

According to the Chairman of the state House of Assembly Committee on Transport, Hon. Fatai Mojeed, who spoke to journalists during a visit to the National Theartre Station of the project by the committee, the project contractors are having issues with NIWA over the waterways, where the project would pass through.
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“We all know that the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) is having a running battle with NIWA over the control of our waterways. I have said it severally that the issues could be solved politically.
“The supervisory agency, Lagos Area Metropolitan Transport Authority (LAMATA) has to go through the state Governor to get across to NIWA on the issue.

“Funding is another challenge and I believe that the contractors, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC) has utilised the money given to them for the project judiciously. It is a project I want to witness as the Chairman, House Committee on Transport,” he said.
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He added that the Lagos State Government has challenged the case won by NIWA over the control of waterways at the high court at the Appeal Court, and that the state government has invested so much on the project, which he said has to be completed in time.

The lawmaker commended the initiators of the rail line project, and described it as the best in West Africa if not in the whole of Africa.

Fatai said further that while the BRT Project is sponsored by the World Bank, the light rail project is being financed by the state government.

He said; “I must commend LAMATA for a job well done. I am okay with what they have done so far on the bus depot, BRT bus stops and the light rail project. If not for funding, I am sure the bus depot in Ketu would have been completed. The BRT corridor along Ikorodu axis would be completed before the end of the year.

“We asked the contractors of the bus depot if they had other challenges, they said the whole thing revolves around funding. We will speak with the appropriate committees to release the fund to them, and we will go through Mr. Speaker to the Governor.”

Also speaking at the National Theatre Station, the LAMATA Project Manager, Olaseni Akinwunmi stated that their main challenge on the project is the buildings that would be demolished for the project to be constructed.
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He explained that efforts are being made to ensure that the owners of the buildings allow for relocation, adding that it would be difficult to give a date for completion of the project if the issues surrounding them were not resolved.

The resident engineer at the Ketu-Ojota construction of New Bus Depot & Rehabilitation of Existing Bus Depot, Engr Toyin Akilapa-Eda told the members of the Committee that the contractor was mobilized in December, 2015 but that the work could not commence until March this year due to certain challenges.

The site which was taken over from the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) and is currently being handled by LAMATA was designed to maintain the BRT buses operated by Primero under the supervision of LAMATA.
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According to Akilapa-Eda, the work which was being handled by Strabic Construction Company, were divided into three lots with a duration of 12 months, adding that “if the state government provides fund as at when due, the project will be completed as scheduled.”

The representative of LAMATA, Engineer Yemi Adeniji said that funds could not be released anyhow as approvals are always given by the Governor for each release.
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Adeniji added that though it is a project funded by the World Bank, money would be needed to fast-track the work.