HOUSE APPOINTS MR SANNI AZEEZ AS ACTING CLERK

The Lagos State House of Assembly has appointed Mr. Sanni Azeez as the acting Clerk of the House.

This was announced by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa at plenary Monday, 6th June 2016.

This resolve became expedient following the retirement of the immediate past Clerk of the House, Mr. Olusegun Abiru, after attaining the mandatory retirement age of 60 in the Lagos State civil service.

Prior to his appointment, Mr. Sanni was the Director of Administration and Human Resources  at the Assembly.

Aregbesola, Obasa, Isola Others Speak On Why Yoruba Language Should Be Made Compulsory In Schools

A notable Yoruba scholar, playwright and actor, Professor Akinwunmi Ishola has called for the promotion of Yoruba Language, saying that people are better known by their language and culture.

Professor Ishola who spoke at a stakeholders’ summit organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly on making teaching of the language compulsory in all schools in the state, also backed the call to make compulsory, teaching and usage of the language as a medium of communication in all schools in the state.

The veteran scholar and guest lecturer at the event, who spoke on the theme; “Making The Teaching of Yoruba Compulsory In Public and Private Schools In Lagos State, stated that Yoruba language is one of the most important languages of the world which could and should not be allowed to go into extinction.

“In Nigeria, it is one of the three major languages officially recognised by the country’s education system alongside with Igbo and Hausa, hence, the essence of speaking this very important language by the native speakers cannot be over over-emphasised,” the scholar added in the lecture delivered on his behalf by Professor Duro Adeleke of the University of Ibadan.

He stated further at the event, which held at Academy Halls and Inn, Agidingbi, Ikeja, Lagos on Thursday, 2nd June, 2016, that other countries that were colonised by Britain, did not neglect their local languages.

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“We should speak Yoruba in our institutions. Yoruba is one of the languages recommended to be taught in our schools to promote unity and it occupies a prominent position amongst languages of the world.

“If you lose your language, you would lose your culture. Language of a people has to do with their culture, language, dresses, hairstyle and some other things,” he said.

Professor Ishola explained that Yoruba is rich in greetings having greeting terms for all occasions.

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He noted further that the ‘Ifa’ Oracle was sent to the United Nations Education and Scientific Organisation (UNESCO) in 2004 and that it was recognised as being rich in culture in 2005.

He suggested that Yoruba Language should be made compulsory in all primary and secondary schools in the state and that it should be included in the General Studies section of all tertiary institutions in the state. He also advocated for the translation of foreign books into Yoruba language.

Earlier, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, stated that the programme was put in place to alert stakeholders on the need to preserve the language. “We recognised the importance of this language hence our decision to make the language our medium of communication during plenary sittings on Thursday. But we feel we can go further than this hence this forum which is meant to ensure that this very important language is made compulsory in all Lagos schools whether public or private,” he said.

In his comments at the well-attended ceremony, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi commended the organisers of the programme assuring that traditional rulers in Yorubaland would support any move to promote the language.

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According to him, the first person to do a research on the impact of languages to development is the late Professor Babs Fafunwa.

“The first African Bishop, Ajayi Crowther translated Hebrew and English Bibles into Yoruba Language and about 11 other languages. Our language is our culture, it is our pride hence we should come together to preserve it,” the monarch said.

Also speaking at the ceremony,, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi urged Yorubas to see themselves as leaders, while stressing that God has blessed the Yoruba in so many ways.

The Oba said that Yoruba are not promoting their culture and language due to in-fighting and disunity, saying that this is causing a lot of setbacks to Yoruba Language.

He wondered why the Yoruba neglect the Ifa Oracle, saying that it is the angel of wisdom, which understands everything.

“Ifa is the root of computers and telephones. The white men even named their computer, ‘oracle.’ Presently, we are doing Ifa Anniversary in Ile-Ife and a lot of white men are there now,” he said.

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The Oba of Lagos, His Royal Majesty Rilwan Akiolu, advised that the programme should be replicated in all the states in the south west, urging everyone to pray for the success of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, while commending the Lagos House of Assembly for organising the programme, stated that the initiative would go a long way in providing the template for other efforts aimed at preserving the Yoruba language.

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The summit was packaged on behalf of the House by its Committee on Education led by Honourable Lanre Ogunyemi. Other members of the committee are: Honourable Bayo Osinowo, Honourable Adefunmilayo Tejuoso, Honourable Saka Fafunmi, Honourable Sola Giwa, Honourable Tunde Buraimo and Honourable Hakeem Sokunle.

Lagos Speaker Obasa Wins Speaker of the Year Award

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has been named Speaker of the Year during 19th City People Awards.

The prestigious event took place at the Lekki Coliseum, Lekki, Lagos on Sunday, 29th May, 2016.

Wife of Information Commissioner, Ogun State, Mrs Caroline Adeneye; her husband and Commissioner for Information in Ogun State, Cheif Dayo Adeneye; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; his deputy, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni; and member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso during the 19th City People Award where Obasa was named the Speaker of the Year.
Wife of Information Commissioner, Ogun State, Mrs Caroline Adeneye; her husband and Commissioner for Information in Ogun State, Cheif Dayo Adeneye; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; his deputy, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni; and member, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso during the 19th City People Award where Obasa was named the Speaker of the Year.

ASSEMBLY ALERTS LAGOSIANS ON FLOODING

The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on residents and relevant agencies to guard against flooding as rainy season gets underway.

This call followed a motion moved on Tuesday by the member representing Epe Constituency II, Mr. Segun Olulade, on the flood that sacked residents of Poka and Imokin communities in Eredo area of Epe.

Olulade, who is the Chairman, House Committee on Health Services, while speaking on the motion, advised residents of the state to desist from disposing refuse into canals.

According to the lawmaker, “this issue of flooding is not far from building on waterways and illegal disposal of wastes. It is important for all relevant agencies to enforce all regulations to ensure protection of lives and property during this rainy season.

He also said the state Ministry of the Environment needs to redouble its efforts at ensuring functional drainages and free flow of water across the state as well as carrying out palliative measures in villages already affected by flood.

He, however, urged the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to ensure that all building constructions comply with the approved design.

Also contributing on the not, Mr. Dayo Saka-Fafunmi, Chairman, Committee on the Environment said that relevant agencies needed to visit the affected areas.

Speaker of the Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa said government should not relent on sensitizing the residents on the repercussions of blocking waterways with wastes and illegal building.

The assembly also advised the Ministry of Information and Strategy to continue sensitizing the public on the danger of blocking the drains with indiscriminate disposal of refuse.

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LAGOS ASSEMBLY CLERK COUNSELS LAWMAKERS

Clerk of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Ganiyu Abiru has said that members must work hard and engage their constituents for better chances of re-election.

Abiru spoke on Friday at the 5th Quarterly Staff Capacity Building and Paper Presentation titled: “The Effects of High Legislators Turnover on the Growth of Democracy,” a programme organized by the assembly.

According to the Clerk, “the legislators should be closer to their constituents; they should make sure that whatever they are doing, their constituents are aware of it.

“Most of the people in the constituency do not know what the functions of legislators are. The people are misconceiving the constitutional roles of the legislators.

“The legislators are not supposed to build roads, build hospitals and schools and others, but they are to make laws that will facilitate the establishment of these and effective running of all institutions.

“This is the first year of the 8th Lagos Assembly; they must work very hard to educate their constituents as to the functions of legislature for their re-election.

“They should go back to the people because they are here because of the people and if they fail to do that, they have failed in their constitutional responsibility.”

The clerk, who frowned at the flamboyant lifestyle of some lawmakers, said that lawmakers should not detach themselves from the people who elected them into office.

Abiru said that staff of the House had been adequately and intellectually equipped to assist lawmakers carry out their statutory responsibilities, urging the lawmakers to tap from their wealth of knowledge.

He however, called on the media to continue to educate the people on the constitutional responsibility of the legislators, stressing that there was no way democracy could thrive without support of media.

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Children’s Day: Speaker Obasa Wants More Efforts At Protecting Children

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has called for improved efforts at protecting children’s rights as well as putting in place measures that will enhance their welfare.

In a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, to commemorate the Children’s Day celebration, the Lagos Speaker also called on children to do away with crimes and violence. He reminded the young ones that shaping their character and preparing themselves for the challenges of nation building should be paramount to them rather than engage in activities that would hinder their development.

Rt. Hon. Obasa stated that the realisation that children are future leaders of tomorrow makes it imperative for individuals, government at all levels and corporate organisations to put all hands on deck and improve on activities aimed at protecting the rights of children. “Our children are future leaders of tomorrow and the only way we can assist them to attain their full potentials is by protecting their rights,” he said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker stated that it is important for every child to go to school expressing dismay at seeing children of school age hawking or doing other menial jobs during school hours when they are supposed to be in their various classrooms noting ,”I’m always disturbed seeing children of school age hawking or doing other things while they should be in school especially when education is free in Lagos State”.
He also called on parents and guardian to be vigilant and ensure that they monitor their wards’ movement and the company they move with. “The country is faced with various security challenges and children are now being used as agents of destruction. It is saddening to see children being used in suicide bombing, kidnapping and armed robbery.
This is a critical period in our history and the parents should rise up to the challenge. It is important that we as parents must monitor our children and ask question about the friends they keep,” he said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa stated that the state government particularly the state House of Assembly is committed to putting in place measures that will continue to enhance rights of children.

He reiterated the efforts of the state government in ensuring that children are protected under the law against molestation and other acts that can negatively affect the realization of their dreams, citing the state’s Child Rights Act of 2003 as one of such efforts put in place by the state government through the lawmaking effort of the state
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The Assembly Speaker also advised children to face their studies and engage in activities that will allow them realise their potentials. “This is a very critical period in Nigeria hence our children must be wary of who they associate with. It is important for you to associate with right kind of people and engage in activities that will make you contribute positively to nation building,” he said.

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.