Dairy Farm, Govt College Win Obasa Cups

Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Sango won the maiden edition of the Mudashiru Obasa Cup for Male Secondary School. Government Senior College, Agege won the female edition of the competition.
At the keenly contested final matches played at the astro turf pitch of Agege Stadium on Wednesday, 25th May, 2016. Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School defeated Abibatu Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Iloro, Agege by 2-0 while Government College defeated their counterparts from Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Agege by a lone goal.
The competition was bankrolled by the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa.
Speaking after the presentation of trophies and prizes to the winners, Rt. Hon. Obasa stated that the competition was conceived to unearth football talents for the country’s various national teams.
“Agege is well noted for producing sporting talents for Nigeria and I want to add that it is not only in football Agege has excelled as there talents from other sports who have come out of Agege to represent Nigeria at various levels” he said.
The Lagos Assembly Speaker assured that the competition would be an annual event promising that the next one will be bigger than this.

The presence of members of the Lagos State House of Assembly in their sky blue track suits added colour and glamour to the event watched by a capacity crowd.

Obasa Leads Lagos Lawmakers To Oba Akiolu’s Palace For His 13th Coronation Anniversary

On Tuesday, 24th May, 2016, the Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty Rilwan Aremu Osuolale Akiolu, clocked 13 years on the throne.

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The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, led some members of the House to pay homage to the monarch, who is also the Chairman of the state Council of Obas and Chiefs in his palace at Iga Idunganran.

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On the entourage of the Speaker were the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni; the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade; the Chief Whip, Hon. Rotimi Abiru; the Minority Whip, Hon. (Mrs.) Mosunmola Sangodara; Hon. (Mrs.) Adefunmilayo Tejuoso; Hon. Tunde Buraimoh; and Hon. Rasheed Makinde.

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Lagos Speaker’s Football Competition For Secondary School Final Gets Date

Wednesday, 25th May, 2016 has been fixed for the final matches of the maiden Lagos Speaker’s Football Competition among secondary schools in Agege.

The finals of the football competition, according to a release by the Chairman of the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Youths, Sports and Social Developmen, Honourable Adedamola Richard Kasumu, will take place on the astroturf pitch of Agege Stadium, Agege beginning from 2pm. The competition is opened to both male and female secondary teams in the area.

In the female category, Government College, Agege will lock horn with Girls’ Senior Secondary School, Agege. Incidentally both schools share the same compound. In the male category, Dairy Farm Senior Secondary School, Sango, Agege will trade tackles with Abibatu Mogaji Millennium Senior Secondary School, Iloro, Agege.

Earlier, winners have emerged in the third place play off with Lagos Baptist Senior Secondary School, Orile Agege winning the two play off matches.

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa will lead other members of the House to the event.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Commissions Projects in Lagos on behalf of President Buhari

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, and other members of the House on Monday, 23rd May, 2016, joined the state Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, to welcome the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN to Lagos where he commissioned the following projects:
(a) The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) rescue unit at Oshodi
(b) The Ago Palace Way road, Okota
(c) The state’s contribution to security agencies (security equipment vehicles) at Tafawa Balewa Square, Lagos.

Speaker Obasa (left) and His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwan Akiolu.
Speaker Obasa (left) and His Royal Majesty, Oba Rilwan Akiolu.
L-R: Senators Gbenga Ashafa and Solomon Olamilekan Adeola as well as Lagos Assermbly Deputy Speaker, Hon.Wasiu Eshinloku-Sanni.
L-R: Senators Gbenga Ashafa and Solomon Olamilekan Adeola as well as Lagos Assermbly Deputy Speaker, Hon.Wasiu Eshinloku-Sanni.
 L-R Deputy Majority Leader, Lagos Assembly, Hon.Muyiwa Jiomoh; Chief Whip, Hon.Rotimi Abiru; Majority Leader, Hon S.O.B Agunbiade; hon.Abdus-Sobur Adewale and some Lawmakers.
L-R Deputy Majority Leader, Lagos Assembly, Hon.Muyiwa Jiomoh; Chief Whip, Hon.Rotimi Abiru; Majority Leader, Hon S.O.B Agunbiade; hon.Abdus-Sobur Adewale and some Lawmakers.
VP Osinbajo (right) commissioning LASEMA Response Unit, Oshodi. Others from left are: Speaker Obasa, Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
VP Osinbajo (right) commissioning LASEMA Response Unit, Oshodi. Others from left are: Speaker Obasa, Deputy Governor, Dr Idiat Oluranti Adebule and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
VP Osinbajo (left), Speaker Obasa (middle) and former Lagos Governor, Minister for Power, works and Housing, Mr.Babatunde Raji Fashola(SAN).
VP Osinbajo (left), Speaker Obasa (middle) and former Lagos Governor, Minister for Power, works and Housing, Mr.Babatunde Raji Fashola(SAN).
 L-R: Speaker Obasa, Fashola, Dr Adebule,Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, VP Osibanjo and Governor Ambode.
L-R: Speaker Obasa, Fashola, Dr Adebule,Kebbi State Governor, Alhaji Atiku Bagudu, VP Osibanjo and Governor Ambode.

Ooni, Alaafin, Awujale, Akiolu, S/West Governors To Grace Lagos Assembly’s Yoruba Stakeholders’ Summit

The Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty Enitan Ogunwusi; the Alaafin of Oyo, His Royal Majesty Lamidi Adeyemi 111; the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu; the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona; and governors from the southwest geo-political zone are billed to participate in the Yoruba Stakeholders’ Summit organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Prominent Yoruba language scholar, Professor Akinwunmi Ishola, has been earmarked as one of the guest speakers at the occasion.
The Chairman of the House Committee on Education under whose jurisdiction the summit is being organised, Honourable Lanre Ogunyemi disclosed this on Monday, 16th May, 2016, at a press conference he addressed to herald the event..
According to the lawmaker, the event is being organised to promote the use of Yoruba language and ensure it does not go into extinction.
Hon. Ogunyemi stated further that the House is determined to implement the provision of the National Policy on Education which stated that it is compulsory for students to learn the language of their base in which case it is Yoruba in the southwest region.
He stated further that the House is committed to making teaching of Yoruba language in all private and public schools in the state. “In fact, we are going to make the teaching of the language compulsory in all tertiary institutions in the state,” Ogunyemi said.

The lawmaker stated that the House will monitor and ensure that the recommendations agreed upon at the summit are implemented to the letter.
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Reflections! Cuba: Lessons Of Social Inclusiveness, Resilience

By Olumuyiwa Jimoh

In 1958 Cuba then under the leadership of corrupt and selfish oligarchs experienced a deep impoverishment and emasculation of her citizenry, just like Nigeria under military rule and the past 16 years of misrule under conservative and anti-people party called PDP. Without hope and exacerbated hardship and suffering amongst the people, a group of young and determined men involving legends like Che Guevara and Fidel Castro emerged with the resolve driven by the proletarian objective of seeking an end to the suffering and deprivation which the privileged class engender and foisted on the nation especially the masses who constitute the bulwark of the population.

A rebellion was borne. A revolution led by these two committed and focused individuals. The objective was essentially to build an egalitarian nation, a country where the majority of the citizenry will have equal and unfettered access to social services and public utilities; a nation where the citizenry will have limitless opportunity to press their natural potentials while acquiring new ones unhindered by their circumstances of birth or social upbringing. A Cuba poised to create the right ambience for activating the creative energies and potentials of the people within the context of the resources in the nation.

Buoyed and propelled by the overwhelming objectives anchored on avid patriotism and desire to deliver service and benefits to the citizenry, the peoples’ uprising met with huge success and a revolutionary state based on working class ideology came into being. The ideology of the revolution was one with the yearnings and aspirations of the majority of the citizenry at that particular point in their history.

Post – revolutionary Cuba is a small nation in size and in natural resource endowment but with a rich history that has impacted the world and changed in certain ways the course of human trajectory and international discourse. It was at the heart of the face-off between the US and the then USSR in the famous Bay of Pigs. Today, the nation stands out as a monument of defiance against Western ideological domination very close to the very seat of Capitalism – the US.

One of the basic objectives of the revolution which places cardinal emphasis on the people and the Community propelled the young revolutionaries to invest heavily in empowering the citizenry with the understanding that this remains the best way to move every society forward both during progress and in adversity.

Great emphasis was therefore placed on education which was made free for all Cubans at all levels of education. This made it possible for the nation to produce a very high level of literacy which hovers around the 99% mark almost the highest globally. As a result of this continued commitment to education, the country developed a deep pool of expertise in Medicine, Sciences and Technology and in many other professions with deep skills comparable to any other nation of the world. It was willing to share this huge pool of capabilities with other nations of the world.

Cuban medical Doctors became a common sight all over the world and provided training and medical services to other poor regions of the world including Africa and Nigeria. At a point, their services became central to the delivery of medical care to African countries that some nations relied heavily on them for provisioning of the promises of their nation’s health care programs. This depth of medical professionals has continued to pay off even as we write as nationals of other nations throng Cuban hospitals for specialised medical treatment.

In the field of sports, this nation has produced great athletes that have dominated the world stage especially in the Olympics. Their Boxers and Wrestlers ruled the amateur world in all categories and were a toast of the boxing world while they also dominated in other field events including their performance in Calisthenics and choreography.

Cuba provided the military expertise and in some cases the foot soldiers that fought in the various liberation struggles in Africa and in some other oppressed peoples of the world. Without the support of Cuba, the independence struggle in Mozambique would have been more prolonged and without this nation, the story of the battle between the MPLA – the Government of Angola and the rebel group led by Jonas Savimbi – who was then supported in every form by the then racist government of apartheid South Africa would have been different. They became a source of stability in many of these nations and were not afraid of getting involved in support of people- based Governments all over the world that sought their assistance in the course of global history.

All in all, this is a small nation; without the size of Nigeria and without our population. This has fascinated us about this small but mighty nation but we know that the secret of their resilience can be found in their deep understanding of the key resource that every society requires to move forward and in their unshakable determination to develop this resource – the people.

The people; the citizenry and the attention the leadership pays to their empowerment and mobilisation for activation on the socio-economic space stands out as the remarkable difference between Cuba and Nigeria. The essence of every nation lies in the hearts and souls of the citizenry and in this lay the capacity and capability of the nation to throw off the shackles of poverty and under-development and emerge as a progressive and growing economy. The greatness of nations therefore lay in the people and not in any other. While Cuban leaders understand this and are focused on using it, our leaders have failed woefully over the years to understand this and where it has, it has failed badly in trying to actively mobilise it for national development.

As we wound up our trip this year to this great nation which has just recently restored its diplomatic ties with the US and as we leave Havana dominated by Medieval Spanish architecture with its cobbled stone streets, I reflected deeply on this classic understanding that has kept this nation from going under even in the face of opposition especially the crippling economic embargo it has faced which is supervised by its big neighbour – the US.

In Cuba, the misplaced priorities of our nation’s leadership over the years become glaring and the consequences of such error unquestionably understood. It shows us clearly as a nation that the destiny of a nation is shaped by the depth and quality of its human resources – on its people and not on Petroleum nor in other commodities. The focus on primitive accumulation of wealth from the Nation’s resources over the years instead of on developing our numerous and diverse peoples who will in turn generate an unending cycle of forces that would engender national development in a much more sustainable way has done a lot of damage to our national values thus progress.

It will be instructive despite the 50 years blockage by the imperialists spearheaded by United States of America, Cuba has evolved stronger and defy all odds to achieve a sustainable growth and development that has made the country to be the medical cynosure of the world with the best medical personnel in the whole world.

Let it be said, that the civil revolution that was propelled by the mass of the Nigerian people in collapsing the hegemony of backward political elite who have plundered the national resources for the past 16 years like it happened to Batistan Government in the Pre-Cuban revolution need to learn a lot from the trajectory of Cuban development. The path to alternate development being championed by the present government through sustainable anti-corruption war, diversification of our resources, resistance to the deceit and manipulation of Brelton World Forces (IMF /World Bank) and strengthening of relationship with a socialist inclined countries like China is a welcome development that will bring about popular change and transformation under President Muhammadu Buhari.

In Cuba exists a very big lesson for Nigerian leaders on the score that the leadership since the great revolution that brought in Fidel Castro believes that the nation of Cuba and her peoples do not exist to provide comfort and succour for them but that it is the responsibility of leadership to ensure that the nation and the people are adequately provisioned for in every areas of their lives. At the heart of this lesson is for us in every areas we find ourselves in leadership position, we must not see it as an opportunity to milk the nation dry but an opportunity to serve the people and the nation. If this lesson is imbibed, corruption and corrupt practices will be greatly reduced freeing more resources for national development and building a seamless interface between the leadership and the Governed at all levels.

Further lesson is that we must as a nation seek to build a society where majority of the citizenry are deliberately encouraged and empowered to participate positively and creatively in nation building. Cuba has shown it as it has strived to create a nation that is collectively driven with shared responsibilities and shared outcomes for the benefits of the generality of Cubans. We must invest in the people and we must invest in the workers since they remain the major factor responsible for wealth creation in every society.

As Cuba opens up more and more and as it emerges from the shale which it was forced into by external hostilities, we expect that the nation will experience certain socio-economic shocks that need to be managed carefully by the leadership. As we learn from Cuban resilience, we in turn urge Cuba to learn from China that has been able to combine commercial enterprises and command structures successfully without compromising its ideological foundations.

Honourable Olumuyiwa Jimoh, representing Apapa State Constituency 2, is the Deputy Majority Leader of the House.

How Asiwaju Tinubu Saved My Job In 2003 -Lagos Assembly Clerk, Ganiyu Abiru

In a matter of months, the incumbent Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Olusegun Ganiyu Abiru, would be retiring from the service civil after spending over three decades as a civil servant.
But the accomplished and amiable public officer would not forget in a hurry an incident that nearly cost him his job around 2003, and revealed that the then governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu was the one God used to pardon him.
We recently had an interview with the cerebral public officer about his sojourn in the civil service of the state and his next plan of action.

We will like to know how you joined the civil service

I joined the service 27 years ago in October 1983. The first place I was posted to was the Governor’s office under the first civilian governor of the state, Alhaji Lateef Kayode Jakande. The first day I resumed to work, I closed around 10pm or 11pm, which gave me a baptism of what to expect in the service. I worked there for about a month or two months before I moved to the Ministry of Finance and I was there till about 1992, I spent almost nine years there. I worked under the tutelage of the likes of Mr. A.O Anjorin, Mr. Fidellis Adeyemi, who later became the Secretary to the Military Government and Head of Service. I was equally privileged to work in the ministry under the late Mr O.O Shodipo and R.B Tinubu, who later became the Head of Service under Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. From there, at my early age, I assumed a position of responsibility and eminence. I was posted to Agric Authority and I was the Secretary of the Authority, which was new to for someone as low as level 9 to be in such position. I made my mark, while working there and the records are there for people to see. I have equally worked at the Agric Development Project, the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Works, the Civil Service Commission and others. One thing is that of all the places I have worked, including the Lagos State House of Assembly, the place I enjoyed most is the Civil Service Commission. I say it anywhere I go because I was a Director there and we had a lot of work to do there, I was lucky to work with a team of commissioners, who knew their onions and who had the interest of the staffers at heart. I was able to impact positively on the lives of the generality of the people, who had one thing or the other to do with the commission. My popularity in the service today is a consequence of my service in the Civil Service Commission. That is a place, where you render service without any pecuniary benefit. It is a place, where you work and see people desirous of your service, you see some people, whose career has stunted and would want to regularise it and make them happy because a happy workforce would surely give good productivity. Some of the things I enjoy, even when I go out today, is because I have worked with the Civil Service Commission. I go to some ceremonies and I see people standing for me to come and sit down and I wonder where I knew them and they would tell me I did one thing or the other for them at the Civil Service Commission. That is enough to gladen my heart, everything is not money and happiness is not in wealth. There are people, who have money, but that are not happy. I can tell you that if you conscientiously work in the Civil Service Commission you would be happy. I am not regretting working in the Lagos State House of Assembly, but my fulfilment as a person, a Muslim and a spiritual person was really attained when I worked at the Civil Service Commission. There are challenges there, but with the co-operation of the commissioners, you would be happy as you are part of policy fashioners, policy makers that would regulate the condition of service of people. You see yourself defending the policy that has to do with the condition of service of people. However, if nobody recognises you, God Almighty knows that you have done a lot. There was a time there was a backlog of confirmation of service of officers and confirmation is the basis of being a civil servant. We had a retinue of staff, whose appointments couldn’t be confirmed due to insufficiency of staff in the commission. But with the co-operation of the commissioners there, we were able to fashion a system that expedite the confirmation of the workers without ignoring the processes of the job. The commission at that time worked for the progress of the civil service.

Can you tell us some of your memorable moments in the service?

Yes, there were moments of incredible heights and depressing low. I had incredible height at the Civil Service Commission and when I was appointed as the Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly in 2011. It was a memorable period for me. The career of a civil servant terminates at Grade Level 17 as a Director and for you to have been privileged to go beyond that, you really have to thank God. When I was appointed as the Clerk of the House, I gave glory to God because it is a privilege to be a Clerk of the most prestigious House of Assembly, not only in Nigeria, but in Africa, I thank God for that. One has done one or two things for the House and it is not for me to start singing my own praises, the achievements are there for people to see.
My depressing low was, when I was in Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, which was in year 2003 and I was the Secretary then. At that time, we were preparing for Umrah also known as lesser hajj. It was not funny, something just went wrong then, it was even in the newspapers then, we were unable to get visa for the intending pilgrims then. That became a very serious issue in Lagos, the Commissioner for Home Affairs was Hon. Balogun and we were in that problem together. It was indeed a trying period for the two of us, particularly for me because it was a failure on my part. It was the first time that such was happening in the administration that we could not go for lesser hajj (Umrah). It was a period I can never forget in my life, if you saw me then, you would think I had HIV/AIDS because I emaciated because serious problems emanated from there. I was unable to achieve what I ought to have achieved and that made me unhappy. But I must thank the then Governor of the state, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who, in his understanding of human nature and who also believes in the fact that nobody is above mistakes saved my job. If not for his kindness, generosity and understanding, I would have left the service in 2003. Asiwaju Tinubu looked at the issue and forgave me, he told me not to sin anymore and I was left to remain in the service. It was a serious issue because I was looking at dismissal in front of me and I thought that was the end of my career. I faced a lot of disciplinary committees then; Civil Service Commission, PSO, my ministry and the rest. It was a traumatic period for me and my immediate family then and I will not forget my mother, she is late now, we used to call her Mama Muri. She did so much for me by meeting many people to ensure that I survive the period. I would not blame anybody for what really happened then, the buck stopped at my table. I would not blame any officer and I took the responsibility. But that opened the eyes of those, who went there after me not to fall into the same pit I fell into. Those were the two areas that I could remember.

As the Clerk of the House, you work in-between politicians and civil servants, how do you manage the two ends?

Anyone that is appointed as the Clerk of the House should be given additional remuneration because the Permanent Secretaries in the Ministries have one commissioner each, but I have 40 commissioners. All of them have their individual idiosyncrasies, ambitions, values, and their upbringing and social orientations are different. However, you want to manage all these 40 people together without being partial, so it is peculiar. One should thank God that he is able to manage them successfully, yes there are some times that we argue, we do fight and after that we will settle our misunderstandings because the politicians are in a hurry. They want to do things without given room for the processes, but you must ensure the processes are followed. Of course, in doing this, some of them would not want to greet you, some of them would say a lot of things because you are not co-operating with them. But the fact is that you are the accounting officer and if anything goes wrong, you would be held responsible. That is why anybody that works as the Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly must be a man that can stand by his words, he must be resolute and at the same time, you must be flexible. You cannot be too harsh. We are managing ourselves, but I must tell you we are getting along. Sometimes, they get annoyed because you are trying to explain some things to them. Sometimes some of them see civil servants as people who don’t know anything. For you to become the clerk of the House, you must have spent over 20 years in the service and that is enough as an experience for you to manage this place. For you to have spent over 20 years in a place, you must be given your own respect and I think in my own assessment, I must confirm and declare that the lawmakers here are giving me my due respect and I also respect them regardless of their ages. I am older than most of them, but they are my bosses, so I have no choice than to do their biddings most of the time so that we could do things that can galvanise the assembly.

Would you say you are fulfilled with all of these?

I am highly fulfilled in the sense that at this stage that I am retiring, I have a loving wife at home that I always desire to go home to meet, I have four children, who are graduates and who are not giving me any problem. I have cause to give thanks to God and I think God has been very kind and merciful to me. Out of the several thousands of people in the service, God chose me to be the Clerk of the House, I must say that I am fulfilled and I would say that again.

You are obviously not tired, do you plan to join politics after your retirement?

I wouldn’t know because I have worked with politicians for quite some time. Even before I took up this appointment, I have had one thing or the other to do with politicians; either by organising or preparing then for one election or the other. I cannot say no or yes, but what matters to me now is to have my deserved rest for some time and wait for God to tell me what next to do. But I must say that I am a very proud public servant, I am proud to be a civil servant and a Lagos State public servant. I have travelled far and wide and I can say that Lagos State Public Service is the best and second to that of the United Nations. The state’s public service would defeat others easily.

Do you have any advice for other civil servants and what is your idea of civil service reforms?

I think salary is the major issue in the civil service, it is nothing to write home about. But, when you are talking of job security and reliability of service, you can be sure of the civil service. Again, most of us in the public service do not cut our coat according to our cloth, we want to behave like those in the oil companies, which is why we end up unhappy and sad. If you cut your coat according to your cloth, civil service is the best place to work. If you talk about knowledge and experience, I don’t think that people in the private service are better than those in the civil service. The only difference is probably because they work in a more cosy environment than those in the civil service. Civil service is a home of discipline, there is hardly any discipline in this world that you cannot find in the civil service. I remember we once had a commissioner, when I was still young in the system, who was in the private sector before he joined the government. He had this impression that public servants were lazy, docile and are imbeciles and that the only thing we do was to come to the office, collect our salaries and go home. But after spending just one month in office, the commissioner changed his mind, he disclosed that he never knew that we civil servants work so had. In the Lagos State Public Service, we sometimes close late, not because we don’t have anything to do at home or because we love staying in the office, there are a lot of work for us to do. So, we close around 10 or 11pm and we sometimes go to work on Saturdays or Sundays, so who says there is no work for us to do. The government that you have would reflect the kind of public service you would have. Their style would reflect in the public service. We have had several reforms in the state civil service and I can say that life itself is dynamic, so reform is a continuum, we will continue to look at reforms that can change the lives of the civil servants in the state. I can say that the reform that we currently run in the service would take it to a greater height. Now, you have to do exams before you are promoted and some people are saying the exams are not necessary, but I don’t share that belief. The exam is not very hard, it is just to test us if we are in tune with the trend in the sector. The only thing I would advise about the exam is that the exam is in two phases; both oral and written. However, if you fail one and pass the other, they would not promote you. I believe that if the total marks is 100 and you score 50 in the two combined, they should let you go because the exam is not meant to punish you. It is meant to test your knowledge, and if you now say they should not write the exam again, nobody would bother to read anything again. Hitherto, the engineers, and the professionals don’t read public service rules. But now, with the exams, they read the scheme of service, circulars, civil service rules and so on. They now read the conditions that are guiding the civil service. I am of the belief that the exam should continue, though the union is trying to call for its stoppage, this is not in the best interest of the service. But if you have an average of the two, people should be allowed to go.

People have alleged that civil servants help politicians to perpetrate corruption, what do you say to this?

That is not true, it is a misconception, civil servants are to give guardian to the politicians because some of the politicians are coming in and they are ignorant of the rules and regulations binding their operations, particularly in the area of finance. As a public servant, you are to advise, your advice could be taken or rejected. It depends on what the head says, you are an accounting officer and you advise your boss on what to do and he fails to do it, it is his problem. You have given your advice and if anything goes wrong, it is his problem because you would have made it clear that you told him. We are to give assistance to the politicians, they have their own objectives, they have their own programmes and you must assist them to achieve their own programmes. But if the process of assisting them to achieve their own programmes is what the people mean by saying we aid corruption, I think that is wrong. We are only assisting them to achieve their objectives. We are not colluding with them, we are only co-operating with them to ensure that the objectives that they had in mind before they got into power is achieved.

is there anything you would have loved to change as the Clerk of the House before now?

Even if you spend 2,000 years on a seat, you would still want to do more. So with what I have done so far, whoever is coming behind me should come and improve on it.

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

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R-L: Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; outgoing Consular General of the China Consul Office in Lagos, Mr. Liu Kan; member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Alimi Kazeem; and Senior Special Assistant to the Speaker on Protocol, Ms Munis Bisola during Kan’s farewell visit to the Speaker on Thursday.

L-R: Outgoing Consular General of the China Consul Office in Lagos, Mr. Liu Kan and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa during Kan’s farewell visit to the Speaker on Thursday.

L-R: Outgoing Consular General of the China Consul Office in Lagos, Mr. Liu Kan and Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa exchanging gift during Kan’s farewell visit to the Speaker in his office on Thursday.

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.