Lagos State House of Assembly hosts its annual Stakeholders meeting tomorrow, wednesday 11-09-2019, running simultaneously in all 40 constituencies in Lagos State.
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly and Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has urged his colleagues to get over the celebrations of their victories at the polls and their respective state Houses of Assembly and get to the nitty gritty of delivering service as Speakers of their respective State Legislatures.
Rt. Hon. Obasa stated that thus, the Speakers’ gathering in Abuja on Tuesday will concentrate on ensuring that the leaderships of all the recently inaugurated state Houses of Assembly in the country share the same understanding of the vision and efforts of the Conference of Speakers and agree on a road map moving state Parliaments forward towards achieving greater heights in service delivery.
The Conference of Speakers’ Chairman stated this while welcoming the Speakers at a reflective meeting in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to him, “Evidently, this sitting will be an inaugural one for the new Speakers as well as an avenue to intimate you all with what we have been doing particularly concerning the issue of financial autonomy for the State Legislatures in Nigeria and its implementation”.
Rt. Hon. Obasa said that the financial stability of State Legislatures is sacrosanct as it is the catalyst for good governance.
He used the opportunity to admonish all new Speakers of their commitments to uncommon developments in their various states and by extension Nigeria.
He therefore implored the Speakers to make sure that the well-being of the people is paramount in their daily activities.
He said, “let me remind us some of the pending issues that are yet to be resolved like the constitutional amendment that was ongoing during the 8th Assembly in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as State Police.
We should all work together in the current Assembly to continue with the process of constitutional amendment, which is geared towards enhancing the well-being and improved standard of living of our people”.
Rt. Hon. Obasa also seized the opportunity to condemn the Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and foreign nationals in South Africa, saying it portends great danger to continental peace.
The Conference of Speakers of South West Legislatures in Nigeria on Friday held it’s maiden parley to proffer lasting solutions to the security threat confronting the region.
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, who doubles as the Chairman of Conference of Speakers of Nigeria, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa in his welcome address as the Chief Host of the visiting Southwest Speakers, highlighted issues bothering the peace of the region.
“We are opportune here today to deliberate on Southwest economic and socio-political integration for progress. We know the problems confronting us as a region which includes; kidnapping, theft, arson and herdsmen attacks on our people.
“It is has reached an alarming height and we need to beef up our internal security. All the stakeholders in the Southwest should collaborate to find lasting solutions to the hydra-headed security problems confronting us.
Obasa also noted that the idea of establishing Special Security offices across the Southwest is also in the offing, while urging the Federal Government to be proactive in securing Nigerian Nationals in South Africa against xenophobic attacks.
“I urge the Local Government, State and Federal Government to work assidously to stem the threat to peace.
“There should be speedy action to halt this sad development. We condemn xenophobic attacks in its entirety and we urge our citizens to give peace a chance and not to resort to vandalization of their investments in Nigeria in retaliation to xenophobia in South Africa.”
Speaking with journalists at the end of the parley, the Chairman of Conference of Speakers of Southwest State Legislatures, and the Ondo State Speaker, Rt. Hon. Bamidele Oleyelogun cited the need for integration amongst the political stakeholders in the southwest to evolve even development.
According to him, we deliberated on a lot of issues concerning unity, security threats, and killings in South Africa, which we condemned it in it’s totality.
“We want peace and unity in southwestern states and we had robust debates on what can move our zone forward.”
Commenting on the mode of tackling insecurity in the region, Oleyelogun said, “each of the speakers has to go back to his own domain and have discussions with their Governors and meet with stakeholders to discuss the way forward.”
On how to fund the proposed special security offices to be established across the southwest, he noted that the Governors were ready to support security matter.
“You can not quantify security with money as it involves lives,” Oleyelogun said.
Present at the parley were Speakers of the Ogun State Assembly, Rt.Hon. Olakunle Oluomo, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin of Oyo State, Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye of Ekiti State, Rt. Hon. Timothy Owoeye of Osun State, some the principal officers of the respective state assemblies and their Clerks.
Lagos State House of Assembly has condemned the release of 123 indigenes of Jigawa state arrested by Task Force operatives with their motorcycles on entering the state in a suspicious manner.
Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, raised the issue under matter of urgent public importance at plenary on Thursday.
Sanai said nobody knew the intention of those who came in with motorcycles from their town, saying it is a threat to the security of the state.
The lawmakers, who lamented the influx of Hausa boys with motorcycles into the state with cow trucks, called on the Commissioner of Police to ensure adequate security of lives and properties.
The House also called on the National Assembly to review the constitution to accommodate State Police and also reiterated the need for special status for the State.
Hon. Maucaley Mojisola representing Amuwo constituency I suggested that Governor Sanwo-Olu should raise the issue among other governors to caution their people on the need to adhere to laws of Lagos State.
Fatai Mojeed representing Ibeju Lekki I said there was need to involve Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) to commence the inspection of unregistered motorcycles.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun argued that the 123 northerners arrested and released should have been sent back with their motorcycles, saying their release was not good enough.
“They are here to constitute nuisance because they have no value to add to the development of the state,” he said.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who supported his colleagues, added that the budget of the State is no longer enough to cater for the people.
“The law that permits movement of people also gives power to the State to direct its affairs.
“Those who come in must abide with the rules and regulations. The commissioner of police should have handed over the 123 people to immigration for proper identification before their release. “This is more reason why Lagos needs special status with state police to secure lives of the people,” he said.
The House also urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to empower the neighborhood safety Corps to ensure security in the State.
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday has urged the Nigerian government to take decisive actions on ensuring that Nigerian Nationals in the Diaspora are secured wherever they are and ensure that the South African government pay compensation to families of Nigerians who were killed and whose properties were destroyed in the recent xenophobic attacks .
Hon. Tunde Braimoh had raised the matter under matter of urgent public importance, citing the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa on Nigerians and other African
Braimoh, representing Kosofe Constituency II condemned the unprecedented dimension the attacks assumed on Sunday, as Nigerians in South Africa suffered various degrees of harm.
“We have hearing sad tales of how Nigerian Nationals were being attacked in South Africa since four years ago. Zimbabwe, and Zambians nationals as well as others also suffer same fate.
“Last week the social media was awash with clips and videos of attacks on some foreigners in South Africa. it is unprecedented, it is unheard of, we know what role the Nigeria government played in emancipating them from the grip of the Apartheid regime in South Africa.
“The act is barbaric and out of model, the Federal Government must ensure that our nationals in South Africa did not suffer for fun, their list should be compiled and their families adequately compensated,” he said.
Hon. Adebisi Yusuff, representing Alimosho Constituency I, in his contribution, condemned the attacks, stressing that the South African citizens needes to be well informed on the historical affinities between the two countries.
“If this violent youths in South Africa don’t know history let’s tell them that their foremost freedom fighter and former President, Nelson Mandela once said that Nigeria is Africa and that if Africa must succeed then Nigeria must succeed.
“So they should thread with caution. Here in Nigeria also we should not continue to vandalize South African investments as this will heighten the challenge on our drive to create jobs for our people and stem unemployment,” he said.
Hon. Rotimi Olowo, representing Somolu Counstituency II in his own submission, said that the xenophobic attacks should be stemmed because it had assumed an alarming dimension.
He said: “We need to urge our citizens here not to embark on vandalization of South African investment here as this will affect our employment drive.
“We need to spell out our the relationship with them and ensure that whatever fund the companies make is no longer repatriated to South Africa.
“Our Police need to be careful not to use guns but tear gas to scare protesters,” he said.
In his own contributions, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, representing Eti Osa Counstituency II urged the Federal Government to take decisive actions in addressing the issue.
“This case is painful because the Lagos State government was prompt in forestalling vandalization of their investments here.
“If the South Africans did half of what we did the attacks won’t have been much.
“I have friends in professional engagements in South Africa, who also suffered attacks so the claim of the drug peddling and criminal tendencies leveled against Nigerian nationals is neither here nor there.
“I saw a video where Nigerians were attacked, maimed and their vehicles destroyed to signal that they are unwanted migrants there.
“Aside sending envoy to South Africa, just like US did when we increase visa charges here, they responded immediately. So the Nigerian government must take decisive step on the xenophobic attacks on our nationals,” he said.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa who supported the position of the members, noted that the lackadaisical attitude of the South African government to the matter further emboldened their citizens to perpertrate the act.
“We condemn their act and their government’s laikadaisic stance on the matter gave their youths the basis to continue the dastard act.
“Our Federal Government should also consider the safety of our nationals in the Diaspora.
“Recently Sweden arrested a US artiste who had issues with their nationals and was harrassed, America stood up in his defence, our government should also do the needful to protect our nationals in the Diaspora.
“Same goes for the African Union and the United Nations, this act should not be allowed to fester unchecked.
“Our citizens were however wrong to have maimed our people on account of a backlash of South African xenophobic attacks.
“Our Police also need to be cautious with the use of guns.
“There are protest ongoing in Hong Kong and no reports of gun shot was heard. The Police should not be trigger happy, and the South African government must compensate the family of the victims of the attacks,” he said.
Obasa then instructed the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni to write letters to the appropriate quarters on the position of the House on the matter.
Lagos Assembly Sets Up Committee To Tackle Environmental Challenges
The Lagos State House of Assembly has set up an adhoc committee to look into the issues of environmental challenges and degradation in the state.
The committee as announced by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa during plenary on Tuesday would have Hon. Moshood Oshun from Lagos Mainland 2 Constituency 2 as Chairman.
Members of the committee are Hon. Olayiwola Sobur from Mushin Constituency 2, Hon. Folajimi Mohammed From Ikeja Constituency 1 and Hon. Tijani Suraju from Ojo Constituency 2.
Obasa, who observed that issues of abandoned projects and disposal of refuse characterized the environment in the state, directed the committee to visit some of the drainages, LAWMA office and report back to the House in one week.
This decision followed a Matter of Urgent Public Importance raised by Hon. Raheem Noheem from Eti Osa Constituency 1.
Raheem recalled that there was an Executive Order by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on May 29, 2019, where he declared state of emergency on the Environment in Lagos State.
“Is there any improvement in waste management since the Executive Order was issued.
“It has improved in some parts of the state such as my area, Eti Osa Constituency 1, but it is not so in some other parts of the state.
“There is a way we need to manage our waste in the state. “We generate 13,000 metric tonnes of waste daily in the state, but how do we turn them to wealth.
“Lagos State is being flooded daily during rainy season due to the way we manage our environment,” he said.
The lawmaker then urged the State Ministry of the Environment to evacuate the waterways in the state, adding that most of the drainages in the state were not being evacuated.
In his view, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, from Shomolu Constituency 1, stated that all the drainages around Maryland in Ikeja had been blocked.
Olowo added that the state needed to do more on dredging.
He however, called on the local government to complement what the state government is doing on the environment.
Also speaking on the matter, Hon. Bisi Yusuff from Alimosho Constituency 1 stated that refuse were being used to generate power in other climes.
Yusuff said that the government could not do the work alone, adding that the attitude of the people would determine their altitude.
“When we don’t throw waste where it is not necessary, then we will make progress.
“We should be vigilant about our environment. The work of clearing the drainage from Agege to Aboru was awarded and the contractor was mobilised with about N1 Billion and yet it has not been cleared,” he said.
Hon. Rasheed Makinde from Ifako Ijaiye Constituency 2 said that waste generation was synonymous to urbanization, and that waste is generated based on human activities.
According to him, when Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu was the Governor of the state, the environment was well managed.
“But in the last government, the companies that were clearing the waste were sent away only for the government to bring an organization that was not known to us.
“We should bring back our PSPs, and we should work on our wetland.
“The office of the drainage management in the Ministry of the Environment should be made to work again. It is when the drains are blocked that we have a lot of flood on our roads,” he said.
These were corroborated by Hon. Tunde Braimoh from Kosofe Constituency 2, who said that the perception of Lagos State to the outside world was appealing.
He stressed that nothing had been done on drainages in the last two years.
He said: “a lot of drainages had been blocked in my area in Kosofe.
“Roads, refuse and drainages are interwoven and when one is bad it will affect another.
“The issue of potable water is also there, we don’t have potable water in the state.
“The primary work of the local government is to clear refuse and do things like these rather than the white elephant projects some of them are embarking upon.”
In his comment, the Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade from Ikorodu Constituency 1 suggested that the lawmakers should collate the drainages that require attention in their constituencies and that the Assembly should send the list to the necessary agencies.
Agunbiade added that the House could then evaluate what would have been done in the next two or three months.
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday read out the names of the commissioner nominees of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of the state and gave an assurance that the House would work on the list quickly.
A letter from the Governor containing the names of the 25 commissioner nominees were read by the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni during plenary.
The nominees were Mr. Rabiu Olowo Onaolapo, Mrs. Folashade Adefisayo, Professor Akin Abayomi, Dr. Idris Salako, Mr. Tunji Bello, Mr. Gbenga Omotoso, Mrs. Toke Benson-Awoyinka and Mrs. Bolaji Dada
Others included Mr. Lere Odusote, Dr. Frederick Oladeinde, Mr. Gbolahan Lawal, Ms. Adekemi Ajayi, Mr. Femi George, Dr. Wale Ahmed, Mr. Moyo Onigbanjo (SAN), Mr. Hakeem Fahm and Mrs. Ajibola Ponle.
Also on the list were Engr. Aramide Adeyoye, Mr. Segun Dawodu, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Mr. Sam Egube, Ms Ruth Bisola Olusanya, Princess Aderemi Adebowale, Mr. Tunbosun Alake and Mr. Afolabi Ayantayo.
The list contained the first batch of the nominees with an assurance that there would be a subsequent batch.
The nominees are to serve as Commissioners and Special Advisers upon ratification by the legislature.
The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has urged his colleagues to develop passion for the art of lawmaking.
The Lagos Assembly Speaker made this remark during opening ceremony of a 3-day retreat for the Legislators, organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly, with the theme: “Setting Effective Legislative Agenda for the 9th Lagos State House of Assembly. ”
Rt. Hon. Obasa, who also doubles as Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, reminded his colleagues of their just concluded brainstorming forum on infrastructure development and finance of Lagos State.
He therefore urged the lawmakers to focus on how the legislature will support the executive through their different committees, noting that, “our obligation is to perform oversight functions and make quality legislations to guide the positive ideas of the Executive.”
Rt. Hon. Obasa further charged his colleagues to make judicious use of the retreat, which is meant to entrench them, especially the new members, with the intricacies of quality legislation and representation of their constituents.
While wishing them a rewarding and fulfilling programme, the Lagos Assembly Speaker urged the lawmakers to develop ideas that can accelerate the development and growth of Lagos State.
Supreme Court judgement: Time for Adeleke to support Oyetola – Lagos speaker
The speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has urged the defeated candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke, to prove his commitment to the residents of the State of Osun by supporting the Governor Gboyega Oyetola.
Speaker Obasa said this in reaction to the Supreme Court judgement which, on Friday, July 5, reaffirmed the ruling of an appeal court which earlier upheld the victory of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Obasa expressed happiness at the decision of the apex court and Adeleke’s reaction in which the latter said he never took the September 2018 governorship election as do-or-die.
“I join other Nigerians in congratulating Governor Gboyega Oyetola over this historic victory. I also thank the people of the State of Osun for remaining resolute in their support for our party and the governor.
“I want to urge the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to have a broader focus of joining hands with Governor Oyetola to move Osun to a higher height.
“Politics is over; it is time for governance, and Senator Adeleke’s support for Governor Oyetola’s vision would further advance the state and its people.
“Osun is known as a land of peace. While I urge the governor to be magnanimous in victory, I will also task Adeleke to take advantage of the governor’s open arms in the interest of the state and its people,” the Speaker said.
To the people of the State, Obasa emphasised that this was the best time to sustain their trust and support for the government which is confirmed to have hit the ground running.
Obasa, who doubles as the chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures, expressed confidence in the ability and capacity of Oyetola to deliver and build on the solid foundation laid by his predecessor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
“If Oyetola could do the much he did even in the face of the legal battle, I have no reason to doubt that the next four years would get the State of Osun in the right direction,” Obasa added.
The Lagos Speaker also commended the leadership of the APC, including Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, over the party’s victory in Osun just as he noted that the doors of the ruling party are wide open to receive as many well-meaning Osun people as possible.
The speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Rt, Hon, Mudashiru Obasa, has expressed sadness over the boat mishap that happened in Lagos on Sunday, June 30.
The Speaker, while expressing shock concerning the incident, condoled with the families of the victims of the mishap.
The chairman of the Conference of Speakers of the State Legislatures in Nigeria promised that the Lagos state will continue to fashion out the best ways to ensure safety of lives of the residents of the state.
“It’s sad to hear yet another boat mishap on our waterways. May God rest the souls of those departed while we keep working on finding lasting safety precautions for our waterways. It is sad,” Obasa expressed.
Obasa commended the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), who embarked on rescue efforts at the scene.
LASEMA boss, Femi Oke-Osanyintolu, had reportedly said the boat, which was on its way from Badore in Ajah to Egbin, Ikorodu, flipped over at the Ipakan Boat Jetty due to heavy currents.
Reports showed that so far, three of the victims had been rescued and taken to the hospital while the dead.
The speaker cautioned transporters in the state to be safety conscious at all times as they go about their business activities.