Lagos Assembly Seeks Protection Of Local Traders.

Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday called on the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Commerce, Hon. Lola Akande to come up with strategies to protect the State local traders.

The House also called for the enforcement of the Lagos State Market Advisory Council Law.

The House has also decided to review the Lagos State Market Advisory Council Law with a view to upgrade it and make the law conform to current realites.

The resolution followed a motion moved by the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade on the need to protect local market men and women against foreign nationals.

In his arguement, Agunbiade noted that “the activities of foreign nationals in the market threaten tradings which is capable of forcing local traders out of business.”

He added that some indigenous market men and women were being sidelined, saying that foreigners were selling directly to end users after manufacturing instead of passing the products through local traders.

The Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun, who presided over plenary said, “though a market must be competitive, there should be free entry and exit, the proponents of the motion believe the non-organized traders must be protected. It is generic, it is not to protect a section.”

Earlier in his argument, Hon. Tunde Braimoh demanded explanation on why the House should review the Market Advisory Council Law and at the same time called on the executive to enforce the same law.

Speaking in the same vein, the Chief Whip of the House, Hon Rotimi Abiru said, “I don’t think there is any law that prohibits the manufactures from selling directly to the end users. So everything depends on our strategies.

Abiru added, “We have been craving for Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), so we should not send wrong signal, there is need for caution.”

However, Hon. Adedamola Kasunmu advised that “there is need to have a stakeholders meeting with the House and the local market men and women.”

Hon. Abiodun Tobun argued that, “We want them (foreign nationals) to come and invest in our country, but not to take away petty tradings of our people.”

Assembly Committee Bows To Court Ruling, Adjourns Probe of Former Governor Ambode

The Joint Committees of the Lagos State House of Assembly probing the activities of former governor Akinwunmi Ambode of the state over some of his expenditures has bowed to the ruling of a state high court to stay action on the matter and adjourned the matter until further notice.

The court gave its ruling on Wednesday 30th October in response to the prayers of former governor Akinwunmi Ambode, who sued the Assembly, which summoned him to appear before its committee over the purchase of 820 buses without the approval of the House.

The Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa-led Assembly had mandated the then Ad hoc Committee on Transport headed by, Hon. Fatai Mojeed and Committee on Budget and Economic Planning headed by Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu to probe the purchase of 820 buses by former governor Akinwunmi Ambode.

The House had threatened to issue a warrant of arrest on Ambode and four others who served under the ex-governor as commissioners.

The decision followed two preliminary reports presented by two different ad-hoc committees set up by the House to investigate the 820 buses purchased by Ambode and to appraise the 2019 mid year budget.

The former commissioners involved included, Kazeem Adeniji (Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice), Olusegun Banjo (Commissioner for Budget), Akinyemi Ashade (Commissioner for Finance) and Wale Oluwo (Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources).

“Over N48 billion was spent for the purchase of the busses and N22 Billion were spent on import duties. 520 of the buses are still at the seaport,” Mojeed had said.

He said further that the Accountant General of the state told the committee that she depended on the approval Ambode for the purchase of the busses and that no payment voucher was made available to the committee.

The lawmaker added that they also demanded for the budget instrument used for the purchase, but that there was no budgetary provision for the purchases. “They could not produce any newspaper where the purchase of the buses were advertised.”

On his part, Gbolahan Yishawu, Chairman Ad hoc on mid-year budget review, alleged that the above mentioned commissioners were invited by his committee but that they refused to appear without giving any excuses for their absence.

Yishawu also claimed that the former governor gave some directives on spending without the approval of the lawmakers.

Addressing journalists on the matter after the adjournment by the Committee on Wednesday, Hon. Fatal Mojeed stated that the matter was adjourned indefinitely as the Committee got court summon to stay action on the matter and that they had to respect the opinion of the court.

“We are lawmakers we are not law breakers, which was why we had to adjourn the matter indefinitely. The people of Lagos should be expecting more from us,” he said.

Also speaking, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu said that the House was not trying to witch hunt anybody or put anybody on the spot for any reason.

Yishawu stressed that the Assembly was not being pushed by any individual on the matter, while recalling that the issue dated back to 2017, when it was included in the appropriation law but was not approved by the House.

Lagos Assembly Approves Sanwo-Olu’s Request For Budget Re-Ordering.

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday approved the re-ordering of N93,742,530bn from the 2019 budget size.

The State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu had requested the reordering of 2019 budget size, saying there was shortfall in revenue.

In a letter read on the floor of the House, Sanwo-Olu had lamented lack of new revenue sources for the remaining months of the year, and requested for re-ordering of 2019 budget which stands at N873.532 billion.

He noted in the letter that budgetary provisions of both recurrent and capital budget of ministries, departments and agencies are not likely to be utilized before the end of the year and the sum of N34.050 billion can be re-ordered.

The breakdown, he said showed that the recurrent is N24 billion while the capital is N10.050 billion.

Governor Sanwo-Olu, in the letter noted that the 2019 budget had been partially implemented by the last administration before the tenure came to an end on 29th May, 2019.

The governor stressed that the present administration is confronted with the need to keep its electoral promises to the citizens and resolved to take advantage of clement weather condition in the later part of the year to complete various projects.

“The State shall be raising a total of N250 billion broken down into a fixed rate bond of N100 billion from the capital market and an internal loan of N150 billion.

The speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa had committed the governor’s request to the joint committees on Finance and Budget and Economic planning.

Presenting the report of the joint Committee on Tuesday, Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu stated that the 2019 budget size stood at 71 percent as at August.

According to him, the recurrent performance was 80 percent while the capital was 46 percent.

In the motion which was moved by Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the House approved the capital of N74, 824,648,162 and recurrent 18,918,059,368 to be reordered respectively.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa said since “it is a unanimous decision. Let’s pass the re-order so that the Governor and his team will continue to do the good work for Lagos residents.”

Braimoh said, “We need to expeditiously consider the request of the Governor. The Committee had done justice, so let’s approve it so that the people of Lagos can feel our impact.”

Hon Jude Idimogu also said, “I appreciate the Committee. I urge my colleagues to look at the report and make sure that it is passed.

Lagos Assembly Calls For Restructuring of Office of Disability Affairs, Awareness Campaign On White Cane.

The Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to restructure the State Office of Disability Affairs for more effective discharge of its duties and responsibilities.

The House also called on the Governor to direct the Ministry of Information and Strategy to embark on awareness campaign to educate Lagosians on the significance of white cane used by the blind and visually impaired through the state owned media.

Hon. Rotimi Abiru, representing Somolu 02 moved the motion on the need to ensure the safety of the blind and visually impaired in Lagos during plenary on Monday.

The Lawmakers called for awareness campaign on the issue at the local governments level.

The prime mover of the motion, Abiru further noted that there were over four million people in Nigeria living with visual impairment according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which he said necessitated the need to accord special privileges to this group of people.

Abiru, who is the Chief Whip of the House, observed that white cane is a symbol of mobility for the blind or visually impaired to enable them scan their environment for obstacles or marks, afford them the right of way when crossing the road alone and help other road users to identify them.

Abiru lamented the low awareness amongst Lagosians on the symbolic meaning of white cane, which he said had led to various road accidents and incidents, causing further physical harm or deaths to the visually impaired.

According to him, the Law has no provision for ensuring the safety of white cane users on the road nor is there any penalty for defaulters and; the spate of harassment and accidents against the blind and visually impaired will continue to increase without the much needed advocacy and awareness on the use and symbol of white cane.

In his contribution, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa constituency 02 said that there was need for the government to do more on road construction, saying that this would aid the movement of blind and physical impaired people.

“This motion is about the safety and freedom of visually impaired people. The white cane is a tool of freedom and their independence,” he said.

Hon. Desmond Elliot representing Surulere 01 said that it was heart rendering that there was no data to work with on on the blind.

“I have not seen people with white cane before, and this is the motion we have to take seriously and privately owned media should be involved in the campaign,” he said.

On his part, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, representing Kosofe 02 stressed that said that there was need to call on the ministry of education to include white cane awareness in schools curriculum.

The House noted that section 23(2) of the Lagos State Special People’s Law, 2015 states that ‘Wheelchairs, crutches, guide canes(for the blind), braces and any other mobility aids; and appliances or assisting devices used by passengers living with disability shall not be subjected to charges, provided that they are not carried in commercial quantities and for commercial purposes.”

Alleged corruption: Ex-governor Ambode faces arrest as Lagos lawmakers meet.

A former governor of Lagos, Akinwunmi Ambode, and four others who served in his government could be up for arrest if the threat by the state House of Assembly takes effect.

The lawmakers took this decision after two preliminary reports presented by different ad-hoc committees set up by the House to investigate the 820 buses purchased by the former governor and to appraise the 2019 mid year budget.
Those that could be affected by the arrest include Kazeem Adeniji (attorney general and commissioner for Justice), Olusegun Banjo (commissioner for budget), Akinyemi Ashade (commissioner for finance) and Wale Oluwo (commissioner for energy and mineral resources).

The chairman of one of the sub-committee, Hon. Fatai Mojeed, who presented his team’s preliminary report on probe of the 820 buses purchased by Ambode’s government, said that it was discovered that due process was not followed. Mojeed added that the former governor used the refund of the Paris Club for the purchase of the busses without the approval of the House.

“He did not inform the House before commencing the purchase of the buses. “Over N48 billion was spent for the purchase of the buses and N22 Billion were spent on import duties. 520 of the buses are still at the seaport,” Mojeed said.

He said further that the Accountant General of the state told the committee that she depended on the approval Ambode for the purchase of the buses and that no payment voucher was made available to the committee. The lawmaker added that they also demanded for the budget instrument used for the purchase, but that there was no budgetary provision for the purchases.

“They could not produce any newspaper where the purchase of the buses were advertised. “The committee invited 20 stakeholders, 16 of them complied, while four of them refused against the constitutional provision,” he added. On his part, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Chairman adhoc on mid-year budget review, alleged that the above mentioned commissioners were invited by his committee but refused to appear without giving any excuses for their absence. Yishawu also claimed that the former governor gave some directives on spending’s without the approval of the lawmakers.

While reacting to the matter, some members of the House suggested that since the ex-governor and those officials who worked with him had been invited by the two committees and refused to show up, warrant of arrest should be issued on them.

Hon. Bisi Yusuf, the member representing Alimosho Constituency 1, told his colleagues that the House is empowered by the constitution to issue a warrant of arrest on the concerned individuals for their refusal to appear before the committees. While expressing a contrary view, member representing Badagry Constituency 1, Hon. Ibrahim Layode urged his colleagues to tread with caution.

He advised that the concerned individuals should be invited through newspaper advertisements, stating that the ex-officials are likely to come across the publications. Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade said, “I want to observe that if they have been invited and refuse to show up, we should summon them and if they still refuse, then a warrant of arrest can be issued. Now they’ve been invited, we should summon them by using the dailies before going to the extent of issuing arrest warrant.”

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, noted that the issue was beyond issue of arrest warrant, “because when this house invite people and they refused to show up, it’s like setting a bad precedence for others coming behind.

“The clerk should write them including the ex-governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode and if they refused, we will do newspaper publications and after that we will issue a warrant of arrest,” Obasa added.

The lawmakers had earlier passed a vote of confidence on the Obasa. According to the lawmakers at the sitting presided by the speaker, the unanimous decision to declare their support for Obasa follows their claim that the state legislature is now more on the global map.

Alleged $200,000 Bribery Scandal: Lagos Assembly Throws Out Petition Against Lawmaker.

The Lagos State House of Assembly has thrown out a petition alleging the receipt of $200,000 bribe by Hon. Moshood Oshun, representing Lagos Mainland Constituency 2 in the Assembly.

Oshun had been accused of collecting a whooping two hundred thousand dollars bribe money from three companies in order to cover up for their non-performing contracts worth over nine billion Naira awarded to them by the immediate past Akinwunmi Ambode administration.

In a petition, which was submitted to the Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudasiru Obasa, by an anti-corruption campaign organization, Stop Corruption Now Initiative and signed by its President Barrister Olakunle Omisade.

In the petition, Hon. Moshood Olanrewaju Osun who is the Chairman of the House ad-hoc Committee on Environmental Sanitation was accused of collecting the said illicit money from contractors who were awarded various contracts bordering on the environment by the Akinwumi Ambode administration to the tune of nine billion Naira paid upfront against established rules.

The said companies are: Quality Sanctuary Services Limited, Jane Rin International Services Limited and Blue Bridge Marine Services Limited.

Raising the matter under urgent Matter of Public Importance on Thursday, Hon. Tunde Braimoh stated that the Speaker sent the petition to the House Committee on Public Petition, LASIEC, Human Rights and Judiciary, which he chaired, on Tuesday.

Hon. Braimoh stated that the address of the petitioner was not traceable and that there was no phone number where the petitioner could be located.

“The committee considered this and noted that the petitioner could not be located. We noticed some discrepancies in the petition, which he said was frivolous and smack of acrimony.

“It is a criminal offence that attracts punishment. The petitioner is not even available to establish his case. Under the rules of the House, the petitioner ought to disclose his address,” he said.

The committee then recommended that the petition should be struck out because the petitioner was faceless, adding that members of the public should embrace decorum in approaching the House and beware of information in the social media.

This was supported by Hon. Desmond Elliott (Surulere 2), who commended the Speaker for the way the issue was handled.

Elliot stated that the values of the House were accountability, probity and transparency, and that they ensure that justice is upheld for anyone that is accused of any offence, while advising that the petition should be thrown out.

In his view, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu (Agege 2) expressed happiness that the House rose to the occasion on the issue immediately.

“The report showed that the petition is baseless as the address and the phone number of the writer cannot be verified.

“We should not waste our time on the actions of faceless people. I will advise that the petition should be thrown out in its entirety.

“The petitioners are ghost, so we should not waste our time on them,” he said.

Contributing to the matter, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) stated that the writer of the petition had a motive which could be malicious and scandalous.

Agunbiade stressed that the petition was submitted to the House with the hope that they would take action on it only for the writers to go to the social media.

He added that the rate at which the matter was handled was to embarrass the person whose name was mentioned in the petition.

“But it is good the way the Speaker handled it. I will suggest that we should just throw the petition out since they have not come forward to show their faces. We should disregard the petition,” he said.

In his view, Hon. Tijani Olumo (Ajeromi Ifelodun 1) said that the matter was a diversion to take the Assembly from its focus.

Olumo added that the House had been focused under Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, and that the petition was baseless, noting that it was from Lagos Mainland, where Hon. Moshood Oshun came from.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa thanked the committee “for the quick action of the report.”

Obasa added that members should disregard “the frivolous petition.”

“It is common with my years of experience to see such a petition only for the petitioner not to come at the committee level.

“It is either the petitioners were looking for favour. I have received reports even from television stations on the matter.

“This is wrong and the media should scrutinize whatever they receive about people.

“When you damage people’s reputation how do you want to mend it. You don’t think about his wife and children. What do you want him to tell them. I am even used to it as the Speaker because it happened to my predecessors,” he said.

The Speaker added that it never happened to him as a member, but that it started in 2015 when he became speaker, adding that it might be one of the features of the office of the Speaker.

“But for it to happen to a member that is investigating something that was done in the past is unfortunate.

“We should just get used to it because we are investigating a matter that involved billions of naira.

“We will want the writers of the petition to come forward or else we will throw it out.

“The people involved in the investigations would definitely want to fight back. I want to urge Hon. Moshood Oshun to just take it as one of those things,” he said.

It was then concluded that the should be thrown out by the House.

Nigeria @ 59: Making Nigeria Great Is Collective Efforts – Obasa; Says Nigeria Is On Path Of Recovery

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, Rt Hon Mudashiru Obasa has advised Nigerians not to relent in collaborating with government at all levels to develop the country and ensure its return to greatness.

Rt. Hon Obasa stated further that making the country great should be a collaborative effort of the the government at all levels on one hand and the people on the other.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker’s advice was contained in a statement to felicitate with Nigerians on the 59th Independence Anniversary of the country.

“I’m convinced that we’re on the way to regaining our lost glory. Nigeria is on the road to greatness and we at government will continue to work towards returning the country back to greatness.

“However I want to reiterate the fact that government alone cannot achieve our aim of making the country great without the support, cooperation and prayers of our people.

“Making Nigeria great should be a collaborative effort between the government and the governed. If we are united in our efforts and complement each other, Nigeria will bounce back to glory,” he said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker explained that one way Nigerians can collaborate with government is in the area of fighting crimes.

“Doing this, our people should be vigilant at all times. We should cooperate with security agencies by giving information about suspicious people and individuals. We should monitor our children on the kind of people they move and relate with and we must not allow our children not to be used to cause confusion, chaos and violence in the society,” Rt Hon Obasa said.
He assured Nigerians that the government at all levels will continue to work towards improving their welfare and enhance their standard of living.

“On behalf of my colleagues in the Lagos State House of Assembly, I wish you all a Happy Independence Day Anniversary celebration,” Rt Hon Obasa said.

I Am Worried About What People Say About Africa – Olumuyiwa Jimoh

Hon. Jimoh Olumuyiwa Wahab is the Deputy Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, representing Apapa Constituency II.

In this interview, he gave a report from the just concluded 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, African Region edition in Tanzania, where he represented Lagos Assembly.

Hon. Wahab expressed his worries about negative statistics about Africa, the take home from the conference, the way forward, among other things.

Tell us in summary the report of the just concluded conference you attended in Tanzania?

It was the 50th Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, African Region, which took place in Tanzania, the theme of the conference was'” Effectiveness of New Technology in Advancing Legislative Business.”

It was basically on how we as parliamentarians can take advantage of the new media to improve on legislative business, the world is moving fast in terms of technological advancement and as lawmakers we cannot afford to be left behind as people’s representatives. Although, the new media also have its negative impact as well, beyond the negative aspect, we need to use the positive side to advance legislative business.

Many things were discussed at the conference, but the ones that got me thinking are the negative statistics reeled out by one of the speakers about Africa. This got me deeply worried, getting to know that 516 million Africans live below 2 dollar a day, the high mortality rates, the level of unemployment, all these give me serious concern and I am deeply worried.

Although, some countries in Sub-Saharan Africa like Rwanda, Lesotho are already setting the pace in resolving the poverty issue, this they do by focusing on Agriculture, they make it attractive to the youths by making sure that all the social amenities are available to them in the farm. We were told that agriculture is the fastest route for us as Africans to mop up this number of unemployed youths.

They also discussed the issue of African youths dying in the Mediterranean sea, those dying in the desert, while trying to cross to Europe in search of greener pastures. These are the major issues that were discussed.
Then, the issue of xenophobia in South Africa, which was widely condemned by everyone. I presented the case of Nigeria, because the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila left to come and attend to other pressing issues back home.

After condemning South Africa for their actions, South Africans were told to learn to live with other nationals in their country peacefully and a delegation was sent to the President of South Africa, President Cyril Ramaphosa from the conference.

So, after discussing all the problems in Africa, did the parliament profer solutions to these problems, and how to domesticate these solutions to reflect our local realities?

Yes, we came up with strategic solutions which we put in a communique, I was part of the communique drafting committee, which was chaired by the Deputy Speaker of Ghanaian Parliament, an experienced lawmaker. I think she should be in the parliament for the 5th or 6th term now.
I have submitted my report to the House, one to the office of the Clerk, and one to the Speaker’s Office and I have my own copy as well.

Carl Marx would said in the Eleventh Thesis of Feuerback that , “the philosophers have only interpreted, the world in various ways, the point, however, is to change it”. All these resolutions are not entirely new to me, what is left is the implementation, that is the major issue.

In the course of your interaction with lawmakers from other parts of Africa, can you say we are doing well here in Lagos and in Nigeria as a whole?

Relatively, African predicament lies within two tendencies, those who took left and those who believe we should return to culture. Our problem now is not to support one and condemn the other, we must be able to critically and simultaneously critique, to affirm, to arisen, synthesis, that transcends every individual’s position.
There are a lot of problems in Africa that we must address, I have listened to the other sides, I have seen them, there are things we have that they don’t have and there are things we have that they have. For instance, in Tanzania, they live a simple life, they don’t have the culture of flamboyant lifestyle, unlike us, we are materially conscious here, and it has a negative effect on us.
We must continuously educate our people and our social values that are dead, we must be awaken again.

The late Professor Pius Adesanmi of blessed memory talked about how members of the Canadian Parliament would go to the library, read and research each time they were going back to their constituencies in preparation for questions from their constituents, do you think we engage our lawmakers same way here?

The priority is different, the fear of what to eat and what to wear is the beginning of wisdom here.

And do you think our lawmakers take advantage of that?

There is a nexus, when you know what the people want, that is what you give to them. Let me site an example, the system 5 drainage channel that runs the entire Apapa Iganmu down to Ajegunle is a problem, houses were flooded, these are parts of the problems we were to discuss at the last stakeholders meeting, but this did not interest most of them.

Hon. Egberongbe, the federal lawmaker representing Apapa Federal Constituency the other day came with media men to cover the canal to at least show the state government what we are passing through, the boys in our area insisted the reporters from the TV stations must give them (owo ile) money before they could be allowed to cover it. So, these are the contradictions.

We are living in two different worlds. The reality is the way people perceive it. They always want us to come down to their level but it is incumbent on us, parliamentarians to make them come to our level or else, we would make things worst.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY ADOPTS REPORT ON ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION IN LAGOS

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have expedited actions in order to further enhance Lagos State Waste Management Agency, (LAWMA) regulatory roles in eradicating the environmental challenges in the State.

This is sequel to the recommendations of the report on Environmental Degradation in the State chaired by Hon. Moshood Oshun, Chairman, 6-Man Ad Hoc Committee.

Hon. Oshun had earlier presented the report to the House stating that the Committee had visited affected canals and water channels which were blocked due to the indiscriminate dumping of refuse by residents; thereby causing blockage of drainages and flood.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh indicated that Odo-Iya Alaro, Alapere, Ogudu and Ajegunle were among the exempted areas in the project.

He advised that the House should look into the letter of contracts awarded to the contractors and suggested that the Office of Drainage Services, ODS be re-introduced for monitoring of Canals and drainages in the State.

Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, the Majority Leader of the House stressed the need for the re-introduction of the Office of Drainage Services to critically monitor contractors and the creation of Sanitary Inspectors. He, however, noted that the Ministry of Water Resources and Environment has created Environmental Corp for people to adhere to Environmental Laws.

Hon. Rasheed Makinde, in his remarks, admonished residents on condemning the government on blocked drainages, when they are the defaulters of the Law by engaging in refuse dumping in drainages. He emphasized on the need for thorough understudy of the issue of odour and the health effect on residents living at the Igando dumpsite, stressing need for environmental empowerment assessment.

According to Hon. Wahab Jimoh, ”adequate result of the report cannot be assessed as the largest Canal which is the System 5 has been exempted from the project which therefore hinders the free flow of water from other Canals.”

Hon. David Setonji expressed that there were major oversights from the contractors which must be reviewed. Adding his voice, Hon. Bisi Yusuf said that most canals are blocked due to illegal building structures on them and drastic actions must be taken against defaulters.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker, in his concluding remarks approved the amended recommendation of the 6-Man Ad Hoc Committee on Environmental Degradation as resolution of the House.

Lagos Assembly Commends Sanwo-Olu Over Achievements In 100 Days

The Lagos State House of Assembly has commended Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for his achievements in the area of infrastructural development within his 100 days in office.

The Majority leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade representing Ikorodu Constituency 01, raised the matter during plenary on Tuesday.

According to him, Governor Sanwo-Olu has done well in the midst of infrastructural and environmental challenges and within 100 days in office and he has been able to solve the problem, not completely but better than what he met.

“The roads have been contracted out for palliative measures, he has also visited some abandoned projects not minding the fact that these projects were not initiated by him such as Imota Road.

“He did not rush to the House for budget re-ordering or supplementary budget which shows that he knows what he is doing.

“The House needs to commend and encourage him for what he has been able to do,” Agunbiade said.

In his contributions, Hon. Rotimi Olowo commended the Governor for setting up an inter-ministerial committee to ensure projects completion and avert abandonment.

He also commended him for his initiative in overhauling the state security trustfund, citing that much needed to be done on streetlights around the state.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon Mudashiru Obasa noted that it was not out of place for the parliament to recognise and commend somebody who started well.

“We don’t base our judgement on artificial or physical structure being put in place, but on the money invested in projects.

“Governance is all about listening to people and that is good governance.

“This is an avenue to encourage the Governor’s 100days in office, we are watching and we appreciate all that he has done, we assure him of our support,” he said.

The Speaker however called on the Governor to do more as he said that Lagosians were waiting for him.

He then directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni to communicate the commendation of the state legislature to the Governor.

Meanwhile, the Speaker announced members of a selection committee, which he chairs, that would come up with names of the leaders and members of the standing committees of the House.

The selection committee include all Principal Officers and Hon. Victor Akande, Hon.Hakeem Sokunle, Hon.Owolabi Ajani and Hon. Rotimi Olowo.