Neighborhood Safety Agency Will Monitor, Regulate Activities Of Vigilance Groups In Lagos – Speaker Obasa

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has stated that the need to monitor and improve the effectiveness of vigilance groups operating in the state was one of the major reasons for the proposed Bill to establish the Lagos State Neighborhood Safety Agency.

Rt. Hon. Obasa disclosed this at the Lateef Jakande auditorium inside the Assembly complex during a day public hearing on the Bill for the establishment of the agency organised by the House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security.

According to the Speaker, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, the agency will register and regulate the activities of vigilance groups in the state; monitor them and ensure that they work within the dictates of the law which will in turn improve their efficiency and effectiveness.

“The present administration has made giant strides in improving security of lives and properties in the state and we in the House of Assembly have always played our part by giving legislative backing to initiatives aimed at improving security in the state,” the Speaker said.

He stated further that in spite of the giant strides of the present administration in ensuring improvement of lives and properties, “we will not rest on our oars as we will continue to ensure that we put in place measures that will ensure complete eradication of crimes in this state”.

Rt. Hon. Obasa stated that the new Bill when passed into law will also give more legal backing to the activities of vigilance groups as well as improve community policing in the state.

“We believe in state police but at present, since there is no provision for such, we believe we should put in place structures that will improve community policing in the state. We believe that the people should get more involved in the policing of their various communities,” he said.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker stated further that the need to get input from stakeholders in the sector to be included in the Bill was the major reason the public hearing was organised.

The Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh, stated that the Bill being proposed will improve community policing in the state.

“The Neighborhood Safety Agency will register, regulate and monitor vigilance groups in the state and serve as the link between them and other security agencies and improve relationship between them,” he said.

Proposed Amendment To Local Govt Law Aims To Promote Effective, Efficient Grassroots Administration, Says Speaker Obasa

In a bid to allay the fears over possible bias in the implementation of the proposed amendment to the state Local Government Law, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has stated that the proposed amendment is not meant to victimise or work against elected officials at the local government level.

Rt. Hon. Obasa gave this assurance on Monday, 18th April, 2016, while speaking at a one day Stakeholders’ Meeting on the proposed amendment to the state Local Government Law of 2015. The event took place at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium in the Assembly complex, Alausa Ikeja.

The Lagos Assembly Speaker was reacting to a portion in the amendment which gave the Assembly the power to remove any erring council chairman.

“The proposed amendment is not meant to victimise any council official rather it is meant to keep the officials on their toes all the time. Our aim is to achieve an effective and efficient governance at the grassroots level. A local government system we will all be proud of,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

He further informed the gathering, “We want the elected officials in our local governments to administer the councils in line with the provisions of the constitution”.

According to him, lots of petitions have been received in the past, and even presently, against leaders of the local councils. He insisted that investigations conducted by the assembly over the years have shown that elected officials, particularly the Chairmen, have been running the councils in a way that did not promote peace, order and development at that level of governance.

“We are preparing the ground for election, we cannot continue witnessing the impunity of the past local government officials,” the Speaker argued.

In his welcome address, the chairman of the House Committee on Local Government Administration and Community Affairs, Hon. Kazeem Alimi said the bill sought the extension of the tenure of council elected officials from three to four years.

While explaining that the amendment was within the purview of the House, Alimi further stated that the proposed amendment intended to limit the number of terms the elected officials could be in office to two while also extending their tenure from three to four years.

However, the All Progressives Congress (APC) Lagos State expressed its opposition to the power of the Assembly to remove elected officials (Chairmen) of the councils.

Addressing the meeting, the Legal Adviser of the party in the state, Mr Ademola Sadiq said that the council lawmakers (Councillors) should be the ones to remove their Chairmen from office instead of the House of Assembly.

He suggested that elected Councillors should enjoy unlimited number of terms to be spent in the parliament as being enjoyed by their colleagues in the state and federal levels.

A former Speaker of the Assembly, Hon. Jokotola Pelumi informed the stakeholders that the power to create and dissolve the local governments resided with the House of Assembly hence the Assembly has the power to remove any erring Councillor or chairman.

According to him, “the life and death of the local governments rest with the state Assemblies. it is not by their making but a power given to them by the constitution of the country, so there is nothing wrong in residing the power to remove any erring chairman in the state Assembly”.

Speakers Obasa, Salaam Harps On Christian Virtues At Easter

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has urged Christians in particular and Nigerians in general to see the Easter period as opportunity to increase their efforts at showing love and promotion of peace among mankind.

This is also as his counterpart in the state of Osun, Rt. Hon. Najeem Salaam called on the people of the state to strive to draw useful lessons from the humility, perseverance, sacrifice and love of humanity from Jesus Christ.

Speaker Obasa in his Easter message to Nigerians with particular reference to Christians, urged Nigerians not to relent in cooperating and supporting the All Progressives Congress (APC) governments at centre and state levels in their efforts at putting in place programmes and measures that will enhance and improve the standard of living of Nigerians while also ensuring that they enjoy dividends of democracy even at their doorsteps.

In the message signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Musbau Rasak, Rt. Hon. Obasa urged Nigerians, particularly Christians to emulate Jesus Christ who through his love for mankind decided to sacrifice his life for people to live.

“Easter is a period to share love and promote peace. Jesus Christ lived and died for peace and love to reign and we can all emulate the exemplary life of Christ by becoming promoter of peace and love.

“No society achieve greatness and growth in the absence of love and peace, hence, the need for us to continue to show love and spread peace among ourselves ,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

 

L-R: Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Ondo State APC Chieftain, Dr Tunji Abayomi; and Minority Leader, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Mukaila Musa when Dr Abayomi led APC members in the Ondo State House of Assembly on a courtesy visit to Obasa in his office in Lagos on Wednesday.

He stated further that Nigerians also need to rededicate themselves and redouble their efforts at supporting and cooperating with the Muhammad Buhari administration at the centre and the Akinwunmi Ambode led government in Lagos State. “Government alone cannot revive the country. We need your support and cooperation always because in salvaging this country from the past maladministration, all hands must be on deck,” he said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa greeted Nigerians and Christians on the celebrations of the Easter and prayed that God will continue to extend His mercies to all Nigerians.

Meanwhile, Speaker Salaam in a statement he personally signed, disclosed that the humility, perseverance, sacrifice and love of humanity displayed by Christ were the beams upon the structure of peaceful and harmonious were rested.

Speaker Salaam stressed that the young donkey Christ rode to Jerusalem was a statement in humility, noting that arrogance in all ramifications should be eschewed, for power arrogance leads to avoidable oppression of the governed, intellectual arrogance breeds wicked class difference and generic arrogance enhances the gap between man as mere mortal and his God.

He then tasked the men of power to hinge more on people as the center of governance, while urging people to support the government with prayer and understanding.

Speaker Salaam then expressed his gratitude to the Christian community in the state for fostering peaceful coexistence and praying the government, pledging that the parliament would not depart from the positive lessons the Christ taught human race under his watch.

Photonews: Lagos Assembly Wins Most Outstanding State Assembly Award

The Lagos State House of Assembly, LSHA, headed by Honourable Mudashiru Obasa over the weekend received the Most Outstanding House of Assembly by Global Excellence Magazine in Lagos.

The award ceremony which took place on Sunday at Balmoral Hall, Kudirat Abiola Way, Ikeja, saw la-creme de la-creme of the society attend the award ceremony.

In attendance were Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, his Deputy, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun among many others.

The award was presented by Governor of Niteshift Collesium, Ken Caleb Olumhense, as two former members of House, Senators Olorunnimbe Mamora and Babajide Omoworare were on hand to be part of the historic event.

Find photos from the event below:

Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (middle) in handshake with Dr. Olorunmibe Momora (right) while Senator Babajide Omoworare looks on during the presentation of the award for the Most Outstanding House of Assembly to LSHA on Sunday by Global Excellence Magazine in Lagos.
Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (middle) in handshake with Dr. Olorunmibe Momora (right) while Senator Babajide Omoworare looks on during the presentation of the award for the Most Outstanding House of Assembly to LSHA on Sunday by Global Excellence Magazine in Lagos.
Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (3rd right) holding the award plaque for the Most Outstanding House of Assembly and being flanked by his Deputy, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun (left); Senator Babajide Omoworaree (2nd left) and Dr. Olorunmibe Mamora during the Award of Excellence organized by Global Excellence Magazine on Sunday in Lagos.
Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (3rd right) holding the award plaque for the Most Outstanding House of Assembly and being flanked by his Deputy, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun (left); Senator Babajide Omoworaree (2nd left) and Dr. Olorunmibe Mamora during the Award of Excellence organized by Global Excellence Magazine on Sunday in Lagos.

Photonews: Ondo APC Lawmakers Visit Lagos Speaker

Human rights lawyer and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Tunji Abayomi on Wednesday led members of the APC lawmakers in the Ondo State House of Assembly on a courtesy visit to the Speaker of the Lagos State house of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa in his office at the Assembly Complex Alausa, Ikeja.
Find photos from the visit below:
L-R: Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Ondo State APC Chieftain, Dr Tunji Abayomi; and Minority Leader, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Mukaila Musa when Dr Abayomi led APC members in the Ondo State House of Assembly on a courtesy visit to Obasa in his office in Lagos on Wednesday.
L-R: Deputy Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun; Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa; Ondo State APC Chieftain, Dr Tunji Abayomi; and Minority Leader, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Mukaila Musa when Dr Abayomi led APC members in the Ondo State House of Assembly on a courtesy visit to Obasa in his office in Lagos on Wednesday.
L-R: The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (2nd left) presenting gift to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Ondo State, Dr Tunji Abayomi (middle) when Dr Abayomi led APC members in the Ondo State House of Assembly on a visit to the Speaker on Wednesday. Watching are: Deputy Speaker, Lagos Assembly, Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun (left); Lagos Assembly Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade (right); and the Minority Leader, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Mukaila Musa.
L-R: The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa (2nd left) presenting gift to a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from Ondo State, Dr Tunji Abayomi (middle) when Dr Abayomi led APC members in the Ondo State House of Assembly on a visit to the Speaker on Wednesday. Watching are: Deputy Speaker, Lagos Assembly, Wasiu Sanni-Eshinlokun (left); Lagos Assembly Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade (right); and the Minority Leader, Ondo State House of Assembly, Hon. Mukaila Musa.

Lagos Speaker Visits Teenage Victim Of Mile 12 Mayhem In Hospital; Donates N.5m

On Saturday, 12th March, 2016, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, 3t. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa made a surprise visit to 16-yr-old Bolaji Kalejaiye who was hit by stray bullets during the recent Mile 12 crisis at his bedside in the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

Rt. Hon. Obasa was in company of the following lawmakers during the visit: the Assembly Deputy Chief Whip, Hon. Omotayo Oduntan; the Chairman of the House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security, Hon. Tunde Buraimoh; the Chairman of the House Committee on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade; the Chairman of the House Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC, Princess Adefunmilato Tejuoso; the Chairman of the House Committee on Youths, Sports and Social Development, Hon. Adedamola Richard Kasumu; and Hon. Jude Idimogu.

The delegation was received by the victim’s mother, Mrs. Alero Kalejaiye and at the end of the visit, the Speaker donated N500,000 to offset the medical bills of the victim.

Here are some of the images of the visit:

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Ocholi Died When Most Needed – Obasa; Condoles With Buhari, APC

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rrt. Hom. Mudashiru Obasa, has described the death of the Minister of State for Labour and Productivity, James Ocholi (SAN) as coming at a time when the deceased was most needed to contribute his quota to nation building.

In a statement issued in Lagos and signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Musbau Rasak, the Lagos Assembly Speaker described the former Minister’s death, alongside with his wife and son in a ghastly auto crash as a huge loss to the country.

“His death came at a time he is needed to contribute to nation building as well as to the change agenda of the All Progressives Congress (APC) government at the federal level. But we will always take solace in the fact that he lived a fulfilled life and spend his years on earth working for the growth and development of the nation,” the Speaker said.

Rt. Hon. Obasa expressed condolence with the family of the deceased, President Muhammadu Buhari, APC and Nigerians in general.

“We should take this as the wish of the Almighty God and we have no power to question His authority. I pray God to give us all the fortitude to bear the huge loss,” the Lagos Assembly Speaker said.

Lagos Assembly Speaker Mourns Olubadan

Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has commiserated with the good people of Ibadan and Oyo State Government over the demise of the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Samuel Odulana Odugade 1.

The Late Olubadan, who was born in Igbo Elerin, Ibadan on April 14th,1914 became the Olubadan in July 2007 and passed on peacefully at the age of 101 on Tuesday evening, in his palace.

Obasa, in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Musbau Rasak stated that the late monarch was a dedicated, dynamic and highly resourceful  monarch whose tenure contributed significantly to the development of Ibadanland.

He was however optimistic that the next Olubadan would build on the achievements recorded by his predecessor to take Ibadan to a greater height.

The Speaker stated that, “We are deeply saddened by the loss of the Olubadan, we share the pains of the good people of Ibadan and the State Government of Oyo State; we also commiserate with you at this trying period and may our prayers serve as comfort to you and your loved ones.”

He further said ‘we extend our deepest sympathy and our condolences to the family of the Olubadan, as we know that it is very hard to bear, but must remember that death is the ultimate end of every human being; and the beginning of eternal life in the hereafter’.

During his lifetime, the Speaker believed, the departed Olubadan “was a strong combatant soldier which made him soar in the Nigeria Army, a diligent civil servant, seasoned politician and a devoted member and co-founder of several organisations such as the Ibadan Economic Foundation and the Ibadan Progressive Union.”

According to the Speaker, the demised oba combined all the experience he had got to bear on the socio-economic development of Ibadan city and other towns under his control.