CORONAVIRUS : OBASA CALLS FOR INTENSIFIED PUBLIC ENLIGHTENMENT.

The Speaker of Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon.(Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi to intensify efforts in disseminating information about the coronavirus to people of Lagos State.

The Speaker wants such information to be very regular and in different Nigerian languages that residents of the state can easily understand.

Obasa made this statement during the plenary session of the assembly on Thursday, March 19, 2020.

“The way things are now we don’t know the number of people that have been infected going by the number of people that have tested positive to the virus”, he said.

He said if people had listened and followed the precautions earlier given by the government the number of infected persons would not have risen up to what it is now.

He said it is now imperative for the government to continue to churn out more information on preventive measures to be taken by the people in order to stem the spread of the virus.

He applauded the government on its decision to reduce the number of people in places of worship.

He also advised that, the meetings with market women and NURTW members must be regular for further enlightenment.

CORONAVIRUS: WHY LAGOSIANS DO NOT NEED TO FEAR, SPEAKER OBASA

Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Friday, called for calm among residents of the state following the detection of the first case of Coronavirus brought in by an Italian.

Obasa said the need by Lagos residents not to panic over the incident stems from the fact that the state government has always been proactive in relation to safety of lives.

According to the Speaker, prior to the confirmation of the first case of Coronavirus in Lagos, the state government had kept its antennae alert and had constantly enlightened the people concerning the health concern.

“Even though it is the most populous city in the country, Lagos state has always anticipated and taken steps ahead of events by equipping its medical facilities and making sure disease control centres are up-to-date with issues related to their field. This is why residents of the state should remain calm at this time.

“I can assure you that the executive arm of government is not relaxed and will continue with its concerted efforts to nip this concern in the bud.

“Be assured also that the legislative arm of the state government will do all within its powers to help the executive curtail the ailment since, as fortune would have it, we only have one recorded case,” Obasa said in a statement released by his media office.

The Speaker further noted that as had been stated by health experts and stressed by the federal and Lagos state governments, the ailment only causes mild illnesses that are easily treated and can only be severe if there are underlying chronic health challenges.

He urged the residents to support the state government to achieve its set goals by adhering to every instructions announced by the authorities “on how to take charge of our health, which is very important at this time.

“We are told to always wash our hands, stay a distance from those who are sneezing and coughing as well as other such simple instructions,” he said.

While calling for inspection to also commence at the nation’s sea ports, he urged residents to promptly report suspected cases adding that the Assembly would soon meet over the development.

He reminded Nigerians to call the federal government’s line: 0800-970000-10 and appealed to Lagosians call the state’s helplines: 08023169485 or 08033565529 or 08052817243 where cases are suspected.

Lagos State House Committee on Commerce, Industry and Cooperative

Lagos State House Committee on Commerce, Industry and Cooperative led by the Chairman, Hon Sanni Okanlawon paid a visit to Lekki trade zone. This is in line with its Statutory duties to oversee the activities of the Free Trade Zone and other industries.

The Committee also visited Alaro City in Epe.

Other members present are Hon. Akinsanya Nureni and Hon Sylvester Ogunkelu.

 

LAGOS ASSEMBLY HOLDS PUBLIC HEARING ON LAGOS AMOTEKUN CORPS

Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday held a day Stakeholders’ Forum on, “A bill for a Law to amend the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency Law 2019 to establish Lagos Amotekun Corps”.

It would be recalled that the House during the last Plenary Session on Thursday committed the Bill to the House Committee on Information, Strategy & Security chaired by Hon. Tunde Braimoh for a Public Hearing.

The Bill which is titled, “A House of Assembly Bill No. 5, Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps LNSC Amendment Bill 2020 and for Connected Purposes” is meant to energize and strengthen the security of Lagos State based on the challenges in the State and South West.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh representing Kosofe II in his Welcome Address, affirmed that Section 14 1(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) as variously altered; declares the primary purpose of government as the Security and Welfare of the people and the House of Assembly’s usual manifestation of its unwavering mission which is to be a State House of Assembly poised to make laws for the good governance of Lagos State representing the interest of the people while ensuring judicious use of State resources for the maximum benefit of Lagosians in pursuit of excellence.

“While talking of Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law, it would be most unconscionable and uncharitable not to give credit to the progenitor and chief promoter, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly who industriously led the business of thinking out that Bill which today is popularly enthused reference-point legislature.” He said.

He added that the whole essence of the forum is to stimulate and engender robust contributions that will make the proposed Law popularly acceptable and impactful.
Speaker of the House while appreciating the honor granted by the Leaders and eminent personalities that graced the Forum, noted that the bill Lagos Amotekun Corps has generated a lot of argument both in support and against, however, the constitution is so glaring about the issue of security that the lives and properties of people must be protected by every form of government.

“The Lagos State House of Assembly in its own wisdom in 2016 came up with Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency Law to support the Nigerian Police Force and other security organisations to ensure that we do not fail in our responsibilities.”

“We have come to look at the Bill, which will be amended and incorporated into Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps Agency Law and this Bill talks about our borders, forests, and farms around us in Lagos State. This bill has its own peculiarities, especially concerning our challenges and in that wisdom we will look at this Bill and make sure that justice is done. The most important thing is; Amotekun has come to stay and we need to give it the full support.” He said.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade representing Ikorodu I during his presentation of the General Overview of the Bill summarized the amendments incorporated into the Law which consists of 6 critical sections.

Hon.  Agunbiade described the Amotekun symbol as an animal which is brave, strong, that inhabits land and water. “The Lagos State Amotekun Corps subject to approval of the Inspector General of Police has the power to bear licensed arms and Amotekun will not infringe on anybody’s fundamental human rights.”

In his contribution, Hon. Babatunde Balogun, All Progressive Congress APC Chairman while commending the State Assembly noted that Amotekun is a concept which will protect the interest of each State.

Aare Onakakanfo, Otunba Gani Adams also lauded the House for the idea of incorporating Amotekun into the LNSC Law.

“Yoruba is one of the organized race in the world, having this Stakeholders’ Forum will have all individuals draw up their memorandum for the House and at the end of the day, Lagos State will have one of the best Laws for Amotekun. The issue of Amotekun will bring the unity we have been praying for in Yoruba Land, even though there have been various antagonisms concerning it. Security does not discriminate in crimes and all interest of the South-West is protected with Amotekun.” He stressed.

Solicitor General, representing Attorney-General of Lagos State, Mrs. Titilayo Shitta-Bey said that the sections amended must be critically looked into and the Ministry of Justice has submitted a letter to the House notifying them of further amendments to the Bill.

Also contributing, Hon. Seye Oladejo drew the attention of the House to the Board Members on the Amotekun bill as it is a step ahead of present image regarding Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps.

He added that security checks must be done on the recruitment for the Amotekun outfit as they must have the local knowledge of the terrain, either land and water in order to combat Local, State and National threat.

Some of the Stakeholders’ Mr. Seriki Ibrahim, Mr. Gbenga Alowonle, Mr. Lekan Otukoya, Abdul-Ganiu Olatokunbo, Mr. Babatunde Odunlami, Com. Rasaq Olokooba amongst others who contributed their various opinions during the comments and response section noted that those who protect the communities and environs should be incorporated as recruits, including the Amotekun Court and Justice, as well as the recruiters be given adequate training to combat threats.

It was also observed by Stakeholders’ that nepotism and partisan must be shunned off as well as checks and balances to ensure that the Amotekun Board Members’ do not exercise veto powers and also enjoin that religious bodies representatives’ be included in the Board of Trustees.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman, Mr. Sunday Olaifa affirmed that PDP is in full support of Amotekun as it depicts the Yoruba tradition; as well as the representative of Christian Association of Nigeria.

Representative Lagos Central Mosque, Noheem Olusola Saheed also opined that Amotekun is undisputedly laudable and it is a complimentary effort of the Lagos Assembly.

In response to their comments, contributions and observation, the Chairman House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Hon. Tunde Braimoh appreciated the Stakeholders for being virtual, vocal and brave with their contributions.

He thereafter implored Stakeholders to submit their memorandum to the Secretary of the Committee on or before 2nd of March, 2020.

The Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni subsequently in his Votes of Thanks commended everyone for their contributions and assured them that their contributions would be considered and looked into by the House of Assembly.

LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY INVITES ALL TO A-DAY STAKE HOLDERS’ FORUM

The general public is hereby informed that the Lagos State House of Assembly shall hold a public hearing on the bill for a law to amend the Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps Law 2019 to establish the Lagos Amotekun Corps.

This important Legislative procedure shall hold at the Assembly Pavilion on Monday 24th February2020 by 12 noon prompt.

The event is put together by the House of Asembly in furtherance of it’s extant and traditional practice of involving the citizen’s especially critical stakeholders in its legislative activities for robust results.

While personal invitations have been extended to some individuals and organizations considered directly relevant to the state security architecture, this notice also serves as invitation to any member of the public or organizations who might have any contributions to make or memoranda to submit.

Security is a common concern and it begins with each individual.
Together we shall attain a greater Lagos.

We look forward to welcoming you.

Thanks.

Hon Tunde Braimoh
Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy.

RT. Hon Speaker

LAGOS ASSEMBLY ACCEPTS AMOTEKUN BILL, SET FOR PUBLIC HEARING ON MONDAY

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday accepted the bill in favour of the South West Security outfit, Amotekun, and has fixed a public hearing on the outfit for Monday 24th February, 2020.

Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, at a sitting of the House, subsequently committed the bill to the House Committee on Information, Publicity, Security and Strategy, headed by Hon. Tunde Braimoh, for public hearing.

The Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni, had informed the lawmakers that he received a letter from the state’s Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, on Wednesday 19th February, 2020 on the amendment of the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC).

Sanni was subsequently ordered to read the bill entitled House of Assembly Bill No. 5 Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (LNSC) Amendment Bill 2020 And for Connected Purposes for the first and second times.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1), said that the bill is an executive bill, but that it is predicated on the private member bill that established LNSC, which he said has been working well.

According to Agunbiade, the bill incorporates the concept of a more dynamic and more strengthened security platform than what they had in Lagos State.

“It is meant to energise and strengthen the security that we have in Lagos State based on the challenges in the state and in the South West.

“It tries to create a unit out of the LNSC to be referred to as Amotekun Corps to take charge of security in certain areas such as in the forest, highway and other places to protect us against hoodlums, cattle rustling and others.

“It will have a commander and Amotekun corps would bear harms with the permission of the police. They will cooperate with other security platforms in Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti and Osun states,” he said.

He stressed that LNSC has a clause that will provide for Amotekun.

In his contribution, Hon. Oluyinka Ogundimu, (Agege 2), supported the bill and commended the foresight of the Lagos State House of Assembly on the security of the state.

Ogundimu stated that the law covers wider areas and made internal security a priority.

The lawmaker called for local content in the bill, adding that they needed people with native intelligence, and that whoever would be appointed as the Head of the unit should be approved by the House.

On his part, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, (Apapa 2) said that there is a problem of nomenclature in the bill.

Jimoh stated that the Nigerian Police had been existing before independence and that the people had been talking about their reforms.

“The colonialists formed the Nigerian Police for us in 1930 and we have not made efforts to form our own security force.

“The population of men of the Nigerian Police is small. We should encourage men of Amotekun to be armed and to be able to arrest and prosecute.

“South Africans have their own native police that checkmate other security forces. We can have the military wing of Amotekun in Lagos,” he said.

Also speaking on the bill, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, (Shomolu 1) said that Amotekun started in Lagos with LNSC, and that the federal police lacked character as their structure has not helped to suppress crime.

“Security is local and it should be localized. The issue of kidnapping and others give credence to the need for community police.

“They should be allowed to use guns. They can reduce armed robbery attack, kidnapping and others. We should allow more money into the system.

“The recruitment of Amotekun should be localized. They should work in their neighbourhood so that they could apprehend criminals in their areas,” he said. Hon. Rasheed Makinde, Ifako/Ijaiye 2 stated that security is local and that the country was getting close to having state police.

“We are setting a pace for other political regions in Nigeria. They can assist when there is any accident on our highways. There would be a collaboration amongst the six western states and beyond,” he said.

Hon. Tunde Braimoh (Kosofe 2), who chairs the committee to look into the bill, said that governance is about giving meaning to the yearnings and aspirations of the people.

Braimoh stressed that what the people of the South West wanted now is security.

“People keep talking about Amotekun because that is what they want now. Amotekun emanated from the House with the LNSC, which has now transformed to Amotekun. Section 14 (2B) of the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 emphasizes security. There are issues in the bill but they would be looked into later,” he said.

The matter was also supported by all the lawmakers, who spoke on the matter including Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo 1), Hon. Bisi Yusuff (Alimosho 1), Adedamola Richard Kasunmu (Ikeja 2) and Hon. David Setonji (Badagry 2).

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly and Chairman Conference of Speakers of State Legislature honoured with Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science( Honoris Causa) by the Vice Chancellor of Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Professor Kola Sonaike on Friday January 17, 2020.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly and Chairman Conference of Speakers of State Legislature being congratulated by Gov. Gboyega Oyetola after his conferment as Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science( Honoris Causa) by the Vice Chancellor of Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Professor Kola Sonaike on Friday January 17, 2020.

 

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly being congratulated by Pastor( Dr.) Ademola Odunaiya, Chancellor of Joseph Ayo Babalola University and Professor Kola Sonaike, the Vice – Chancellor after the government of Doctorate degree in Political Science( Honoris Causa) on the speaker during the convocation of the university today, Friday, January 17, 2020

 

 

LAGOS ASSEMBLY INVITES SANWO-OLU’S NOMINEES FOR FINAL SCREENING

Lagos State House of Assembly’s 8-Man Ad Hoc Committee on Friday, 13th December, 2019 concluded the screening exercise of 11 Nominees for Commissioners, Lagos State Executive Council; Civil Service Commission, and Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission in Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s cabinet.

The Chief Whip of the House,Hon Rotimi Abiru who chaired the Committee explained that the objective of the exercise was to determine whether the nominees possessed the necessary pre-requisites.

“It is essential that they have the wherewithal to effectively discharge the duties of the offices for which they have been nominated and whether such qualities would support the vision and aspirations already established in Lagos State towards achieving its developmental goals.”
Hon. Abiru stated that at the proceedings of the Committee, Members asked various questions ranging from policy statement of the State to perennial traffic problems, environmental issues, how to make the State a tourist hub, how to improve the revenue drive of the State as well as other socio-economic matters.

“This is with the aim of determining the mental alertness of the nominees as well as ascertaining their readiness for the job.”

Nominees for Commissioners, Lagos State Executive Council are Engr. Bamgbose-Martins Paul Omotayo, Mr. Ganiyu Adele Ayuba, Mr. Oyerinde Olugbenga Olanrewaju; Civil Service Commission: Mrs. Fabamwo Olubunmi, Hon. Avoseh Hodewu Suru, Hon. Olorunoje Kamal, Mr. Seriki Babatunde Tiamiyu; Lagos State House of Assembly Service Commission: Hon. Lawal Kabir Olajide, Hon. Bello Akeem Abiodun, Mr. Oshungboye Richard Akinola.

The Chief Whip established that the questions raised by Members were not only relevant but were far reaching and thought-provoking with a view to establishing and determining the nominees’ competence, readiness and willingness to serve Lagos State in various capacities.”

Consequently, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, directed the Clerk, Mr. Azeez Sanni to invite the nominees to appear before the House on Thursday, 16th January, 2020.

In another development, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa would be awarded a Ph.d Political Science (honoris causa) and other distinguished politicians that include Governors of State of Osun, Oyo State and Speaker Federal House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila on Friday, January 17th, 2020 at Joseph Ayo Babalola University, Ikeji Arakeji Osun State.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY ENJOINS LASG TO RETURN UNCOMPENSATED LAND TO OWNERS

Lagos State House of Assembly has called on Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State to ensure that where lands and property acquired for overriding public interests are not used for the intended purposes and compensations were not paid, such land should be returned to the original owners from whom they were acquired.

This is sequel to the petition titled, “Unlawful encroachment on Andoyi Alashe Chieftaincy Family Land Measuring approximately 16,867.766 Square Metre at Obanikoro: Re:Appeal for release of the land”

The Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, saddled with the responsibility observed that the petition alleged a portion of land measuring 16,857.766 square metre out of the vast land in Obanikoro, Lagos belonging to Andoyi Alashe Chieftaincy family was being encroached upon by the Lagos State Government despite the Supreme Court Judgment in 1951 in favor of the family.

The Committee therefore, in its bid to confirm the veracity of the allegation invited the petitioner and respondents to meetings; including the necessary Ministries, Department and Agencies of Government and embarked on on-the-spot assessment to the site in dispute.

Based on oral and written submissions by the concerned parties, the Committee observed that there was a valid Supreme Court Judgment of 1951 on the vast land in Obanikoro in favor of Andoyi Alashe Chieftaincy family and a High Court Judgment of 1997 in favor of Andoyi Alashe Chieftaincy family against registered Trustee of Redeemed Evangelical Mission (TREM).

It was also discovered that the Lagos State Government invited and sought the consent of Andoyi Alashe Chieftaincy family in 1995 for dredging and drainage construction in recognition of the fact that the family owned the land.

Further findings by the Committee showed that the ₦143, 125.00 (One Hundred and Forty-Three Thousand, One Hundred and Twenty Five Naira) only purported to have been paid by the Government as compensation represented half of the total compensation due to the family as ordered by the Lagos State Land Tribunal Judgment of 1981, which further represented 114.5 acres of land and there was no proof or document from Lands Bureau to show that any other compensation was paid to the family.

Barr. Bamidele Ogundele, solicitor to Andoyi Alashe Chieftaincy family, informed the Committee that his client had been the beneficial owner and in lawful possession of a vast land at Obanikoro, Lagos out of which a portion measuring 16, 857.766 square metre suddenly became contentious between the family and Lagos State Government.

He stated further that the 25 plots of land in question had been fenced by the family for the past 25 years before the Lagos State Government later came on board to acquire same and despite all the documents afore-mentioned, the Office of Surveyor General refused to grant survey approval on the property to the family.

He enjoined the House through the Committee to prevail on the Office of Surveyor General to expeditiously grant survey approval for the family in view of the fact that all other necessary documents on the said land had been obtained.

In the view of the above, the Committee recommended that Andoyi Alashe Chieftaincy family should take permanent possession of the 25 plots of land in contention; the Office of Surveyor General should as a matter of urgency approve the survey plan by Andoyi Alahse Chieftaincy family on the 25 plots of land; and all necessary documents in respect of the 25 plots of land in contention be approved to Andoyi Alashe Family by the relevant Agencies of Government including Lands Bureau.

The recommendations as amended were therefore adopted to be the resolutions of the House.

REMARK BY THE SPEAKER, LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, RT HON. MUDASHIRU AJAYI OBASA, AT THE 12TH ANNUAL HIJRAH LECTURE ORGANISED BY THE ASSEMBLY’S MUSLIM COMMUNITY AT THE ASSEMBLY COMPLEX ON MONDAY, DECEMBER 09, 2019.

PROTOCOLS

As Salam alaikun warahama tu Lahi,
Wabaraka tuhu

All praises are due to Almighty Allah, the Giver and Taker of life. It is because of His pleasure, approval and mercy that we are still humans. We are therefore grateful to Him, for giving us the opportunity to be alive and in good health and for giving us the opportunity to be here today. Alihamudu li Lahi, robili alamin.

The theme for this year’s event – “Poverty  Alleviation: Challenges and Islamic Strategies” is appropriate, particularly as we battle increasing serious societal decay. This topic is especially needed to re-awaken our consciousness on the place of Islam as a religion in addressing societal issues as well as the need for us to re-examine ourselves on how we relate to the people around us as Muslims.

Over the years, Poverty alleviation programs and policies have evolved, including a succession of policies and plans by Government, Non-Governmental Organizations and International Donor Agencies. The Nigerian Government at different times introduced policies and plans with a view to addressing the problem of poverty but the problem still persists. In spite of these various efforts as intensified by both internal and external systems, poverty has become not only more complicated but almost impossible due largely to a number of challenges notable among which are both individual and institutional. This amplifies that the efforts have proven too inadequate to reduce poverty, hence persistence of the scourge in the country.

It is interesting to note that poverty is one of the calamities that Allah has decreed should happen, either to a specific person or a family or a society. On material ground, Islam defines poverty based on individual failure to fulfil basic human requirements of religion, physical self, knowledge, dignity and wealth. Islam, being a religion of balance, views poverty as social and ideological problem. It is considered as social problem because the effects are felt in the society as a whole. It is viewed as ideological problem because it affects one’s performance of religious obligation towards community and Islam, and may even lead to kufr (disbelief).

However, Islam encourages lawful earnings and abhors laziness and indolence. It allows mankind to move from place to place in search of viable and reasonable livelihood and there is no room for unwise decision to live in poverty or under persecution and oppression.

Islam enjoins man to struggle to earn his living through lawful means while it renounces earning through sinful means like looting, plundering, extortion, gambling and robbery. It equally condemns begging as a means of sustenance.

Ladies and gentlemen, today’s developmental challenges of unemployment, exclusion, inequality, economic shocks and corruption in Nigeria oblige us to rethink the way out of these problems since successive efforts have failed as stated earlier. Nevertheless, this has been taken care of by Islam 1400 years ago through institutions of Zakat, Awqaf, Sadaqat etc.

The means that have been prescribed by Islam to solve the problem of poverty and combat it are numerous. One of them is teaching people to believe truly that provision comes from Allaah and that He is the Provider (al-Razzaaq), and every calamity that Allaah decrees is for a reason, and that the poor Muslim should be patient in bearing his calamity and strive to relieve himself and his family of poverty.

Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning):

“Verily, Allaah is the All‑Provider, Owner of Power, the Most Strong” [al-Dhaariyaat 51:58]

“Who is he that can provide for you if He should withhold His provision? Nay, but they continue to be in pride, and (they) flee (from the truth)” [al-Mulk 67:21]

It is because of these beliefs that a man should bear with patience whatever befalls him of the calamity of poverty, and turn to Allaah alone in seeking provision, and accept the decree of Allaah, and strive to earn a living.

The Islamic approach in addressing poverty alleviations involves three distinct sets of measures in alleviating poverty: positive measures, preventive measures, and corrective measures.

Islam engages different positive measures in alleviating poverty such as income growth,  functional distribution of income, and equal opportunity.

Islamic economy also ensures preventive measures be taken so that wealth is not concentrated in a specific section of a population; such as control over ownership, and  prevention of malpractices.

The “corrective measures” fosters wealth transfers so that wealth is not concentrated among the wealthy through compulsory transfers (Zakat), recommended transfers (charity), and state responsibility (enforcement and basic needs).

Allah Almighty, in the Holy Qur’an, praises the faithful followers by saying that they, for love of God, give their food to the needy, orphans, and captives. (86:8)

Allah is here explaining the characteristic feature of the believers. The sincere and devout followers offer help and assistance to the deprived members of the society. “Sadqa” is the term used for giving charity in the way of God to help fellow human beings.

The Prophet (SAW) has explained the advantages and benefits of Sadqa. Likewise, Allah, in many places in the Holy Qur’aan has instructed the financially capable to give “Sadqa”.

In Surah Ba’qara, Allah says, “O believers, whatever you have been given by God, spend from it.” (2:254)

In the same Surah, He further says, “Those people who spend money in the way of God in a hidden or explicit manner will receive great reward from their Creator.” (2:247)

In the light of the above mentioned Qur’aanic verses and the words of the Prophet (SAW), it is clear that Islam aims and aspires to create a certain ideology which dictates that a person should not just live focusing only on his own needs and wants. On the contrary, a person should think as a member of a society where many needy, homeless, and poor people may require his/her help. In this way, Islam promotes feelings of brotherhood and societal collective thinking.

Overall, distinguished guests, the Islamic approach for poverty alleviation is based on the premise that poverty is a historical phenomenon bearing multiple dimensions and causal roots. It is defined as a situation of non-satisfaction of material and socio-political ingredients that provide well-being. The absence of these ingredients causes human deprivation and decrease in the required level of human well-being consistent with the lofty status of man. A satisfactory solution of the poverty problem needs implementing a comprehensive policy package that realises accelerated growth favouring poor people. The Islamic social security system, by providing adequate safeguards against risky conditions, enables poor people to live a relatively stable and peaceful life.

My dear brothers and sisters in Islam, all I have done was to give a brief overview of the topic of discussion.  However, the organisers have brought competent Islamic scholars to discuss fully this subject and I want to hand over to them to do what they know how to do best. Let us listen to them and learn from their lecture and use it to improve our lives and our relationship with our Creator.

I thank you all for listening and once again, I say as-Salam alaikun warahamatu Lahi wabaraka tuhu.

Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa
Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly