Breaking: Lagos Assembly adopts report to stop houses for ex-governors, others

  • Reduce pension of former governors by 50 percent

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday approved the report of its committee on establishment which recommended the reduction of pensions to former governors and other affected officials by 50 percent.

The committee also expunged the provision of houses in Abuja and Lagos for former governors as stipulated in an earlier law operated by the state.

The report further showed a reduction in the number of vehicles to be made available to former governors and their deputies.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, suggested that former governors should get two vehicles (a car and a van) instead of three as recommended by the committee.

He also suggested that the amended bill should provide that the cars be changed every four years instead of the three years recommended by the report.

While some of the lawmakers, at plenary, had suggested for an upward review of the pension for the affected public office holders by 75 percent, others urged that the pension remain as stipulated in the old law.

However, Obasa argued that it should be left at 50 percent, especially as the report had recommended the removal of houses and reduced other benefits.

While recalling the recent murder of the president of Haiti, Obasa said it was necessary to also secure the lives of the former office holders.

“By virtue of my office, I have seen former Speakers who we just had to intervene in their lives because of the situations they found themselves outside office. We have also seen former governors in a very bad situation,” he said.

Obasa noted the argument of his colleagues that the projected downward review of the pension for the former governors and others could also be affected by inflation and other economic considerations, but reminded that the House must meet the wishes of the people one of which is a cut in the cost of governance.

“There is no argument, we must realise that this is democracy and it is all about the people. We are here because of the people. When we represent people, it is good for us to listen to them as well.

“We must realise that we would always go back to the people for support. So when we hearken to their agitations and reduce what existed, it shows that we listen,” Obasa told his colleagues adding that his suggestion for further reduction of the number of cars was because “as you age, your needs continue to decrease.”

Earlier some of the lawmakers had supported the report of the committee saying it would have a positive impact on the internally generated revenue of the state.

LAGOS LAWMAKERS VISIT WATERFRONT PROJECT SITES, THREATEN TO SANCTION ERRING CONTRACTORS

The Lagos Assembly House Committee on Waterfront Infrastructure Development, on Tuesday, embarked on an inspection of projects being implemented by the State Waterfront Ministry.

Led by Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, the House Committee on Waterfront visited the projects around the Amuwo-Odofin and Badagry areas of the State.

The lawmakers, who were not happy with the pace of work done so far, threatened to call for sanction against contractors who have collected money from the government to execute projects but failed to deliver on them.

Speaking during the visit, Hon. Jimoh explained that the oversight had helped to reveal some areas that needed further examination.

The Committee expressed its displeasure at a particular Contractor, Cosmos Forum Nigeria Limited, who was reportedly awarded contracts in 2017 including to construct a Jetty with waiting shelter and shoreline protection in Badagry, a Jetty with waiting shelter and shoreline protection in Ilado and two other projects.

The Committee noted that none of the projects had been completed.

The Committee further lamented that the project site situated at Ilado had already been illegally converted to a betting centre by the youths in the area.

According to the Committee, Cosmos Forum Nigeria Limited had been invited on several occasions, but the company had refused to honour the invitation.

“We are not impressed with what we have seen as a lot of contractors are lackadaisical with how they have expended government’s funds and the House of Assembly will not tolerate such.

“Contracts that were awarded since March 2017 have not been completed and these are projects were supposed to be completed within 10 months after they were awarded but the contractors are hiding under the COVID-19 pandemic,” Hon. Jimoh lamented.

He said the House of Assembly would take appropriate steps by sanctioning some of the contractors even if it would result to revoking some of the projects and making them refund a certain percentage of the money they have received from the government.

Hon. Jimoh, however, commended some contractors met at the sites of other waterfront projects saying some of them have done well with the level of implementation so far.

The Chairman was accompanied by a member of the Committee, Hon Rotimi Abiru.

Smiles as Lagos Assembly resolves ‘old boys’ association crisis.

The Lagos State House of Assembly, on Wednesday, successfully intervened in the disagreement that had taken over the Birch Freeman High School Old Boys Association Lagos.

At the parley, Chairman of the House Committee on Education, Hon. Sanni Okanlawon, implored the parties involved to look inwards for the continued development of the school.

He also advised the warring parties to withdraw the cases they had in court so they can focus and channel their energy on making the association a force to reckon with.

After a resolution was reached, Hon. Okanlawon asked all parties of the Old Boys Association Exco members to come to the House by the end of October 2021 with documents to prove that they had kept to the resolutions as the courts are currently on recess.

LAGOS ASSEMBLY MOVES TO CURB INCESSANT FIRE OUTBREAKS

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Friday organised a-day public hearing to give stakeholders an opportunity to make inputs and express their opinions on a bill to curb incessant fire outbreaks in the State.

The proposed bill entitled “Lagos State Fire and Rescue Services Bill 2021” seeks to establish and operate effective and proficient fire and rescue operations to intervene and prevent further outbreaks in the state.

In his welcome address, the Chairman, House Committee on Special Duties and Inter-governmental Relations, Hon. Kazeem Raheem, explained that the hearing is part of the tradition of the House to ensure public participation in the passage of bills.

According to him, the bill under consideration is aimed at allowing the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service to regulate and control fire disasters.

Hon. Kazeem explained that the bill intends to make available provision of rescue and first aid services; ensure the protection of lives and properties as well as other related humanitarian services within the State.

“It is my hope that the proposed legislation will further strengthen the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service process and also assist to prevent any fire related emergencies within the State,” he said.

Lagos Assembly Backs Southern Governors Forum’s Position On Rotational Presidency, Others

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday declared their support for the resolutions reached by the southern governors at a recent meeting held in Lagos.

The governors had demanded that the south produces the next president of the country while also declaring that they should be informed of any operation likely to be carried out in their states by security and law enforcement agencies.

While supporting the unity of the country, the governors condemned what they called selective administration of the criminal justice. Among other demands, they called for the establishment of state police.

In a motion moved by Hon. Akeem Shokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1) under ‘Matter of Urgent Public importance’, the lawmakers agreed to commend the governors for the efforts they have made so far for the progress of the country.

The House also called on Speakers and lawmakers of the concerned States in the southern part of the country to support the demands of the governors.

Concluding the debate on the matter, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, said: “We need to commend the southern governors for their efforts to resolve issues troubling our unity. This is the second time they are meeting. Every point in their communique is important.”

Obasa said the governors are supposed to be the chief security officers, yet they are rendered powerless in relation to security of their states.

The Speaker said that it was important that the resolutions of the governors on rotational presidency, state police, ban on open grazing, sharing of resources to the states and others should be accepted by the Federal Government.

Earlier, lawmakers who contributed to the debate, commended the unity among the southern governors urging them not to relent.

The Speaker later directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, to inform the Chairman of Southern Governors Forum, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state, President Muhammadu Buhari and members of the National Assembly about the position of the House.

Meanwhile, the lawmakers on Monday held a minute silence in honour of Sumbo Ajose, treasurer of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State who reportedly died on Tuesday.

Speaker Obasa, while commiserating with the family of the deceased and the party, said the late Ajose was a loyal party member adding that her death remained a huge loss to the APC.

The Speaker also used the opportunity to advise his colleagues to live their lives ensuring they serve well in whatever capacities they find themselves.

Prevent spread of new COVID-19 variant, Lagos Assembly tells FG, State Govt

Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday called on the federal and the Lagos State governments to ensure proper monitoring of immigrants into the country to prevent the spread of the third wave of COVID-19.

This was part of the motion raised by Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu) under ‘Matter of Urgent Public importance’ during plenary following reports on the third wave of virus.

Olowo, who doubles as the Chairman of the House Committee on Finance, urged the federal government to ensure that people coming from other countries to Nigeria are quarantined for one week, and that they should go through mandatory COVID-19 test.

“The Lagos State government should embark on the enlightenment of members of the public on the need to observe COVID-19 protocols such as covering their nose, washing of hands and maintaining social distance.

“The Lagos State Governor should also direct the state Commissioner for Health to ensure proper COVID-19 tests across the state.

“There should be enlightenment in schools, churches, mosques, markets and clubs and COVID-19 vaccines must be made available to the people of the state,” he said.

The lawmaker added in the motion that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu should be commended for raising the alarm on the new wave of the pandemic.

According to him, the government should have desks in the airports in the state to ensure proper register of immigrants and ensure that they are quarantined while their home addresses should be known.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, to inform Governor Sanwo-Olu of the motion through a letter, said that the current COVID-19 vaccines might not cover the new wave of the pandemic.

Obasa said there cannot be a lockeddown at this moment due to the economic downturn in the country, but that it was important that precautionary measures be taken to prevent the spread of the pandemic in the state.

Earlier in his contribution, Oluyinka Ogundimu (Agege 2) said that it was important to test the people coming into the country, but Hon. Victor Akande (Ojo1) urged that efforts be made to stop the spread of the disease in the state.

Also, Hon. Abiodun Tobun (Epe 1) pleaded with Nigerian leaders to be proactive concerning the virus.

Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasunmu (Ikeja 2) urged for precautionary measures against the pandemic while Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) said that those coming from abroad should be quarantined.

“Religious centres should bring back COVID-19 protocols and the Lagos State government should create awareness about the pandemic so that the people could start observing the protocols,” he said.

On his part, Hon. Setonji David (Badagry 2) said COVID-19 vaccines should be made available to all the members of the public.

Obasa To School Kids: Never Get Discouraged, I Grew Up Like You

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt.Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has admonished children never to give up on their dreams no matter their background.

Obasa, gave the advice when he visited his alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas School, in the Mushin area of Lagos where he celebrated his 48th birthday with the pupils.

“I started off like you all and you are indeed the future we rely on. Do not let anything deter you.

“I am of a humble background; I struggled through life and today, I am the Speaker of Lagos State.

“You can be a governor, a Speaker, a doctor a lawyer, an engineer, a great footballer or anything you want to be in life,” he said while urging them not to allow anything discourage them.

The Speaker, who took a tour around the school, promised to assist in renovating the parts that I need facelift. He also promised to equip the school with the necessary furniture.

He thanked the teachers for their efforts in bringing up kids in the school despite the various challenges they face in the course of their jobs.

Obasa also visited the State Primary School in the Oyewole area of Agege, Lagos where he told the pupils parts of his story.

“When I was in this school as a child, I never had the opportunity of meeting a dignitary or had anyone from government visit us.

“Today, I chose to visit you so you will have your priority set right, and your dreams aligned.

“You all can be great. You all can be successful beyond my achievements as the Speaker of Lagos State,” he said.

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.