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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.

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PHOTOS: Lagos Assembly Speaker, Obasa Gets Double Honours From A Nigerian Institute



It was double honour for the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly on his 49th birthday as he got a Special Fellowship induction and Platinum award from the Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration of Nigeria.

Top officials of the institute arrived the Assembly just before the resumption of plenary activities on Thursday after which the twin honours were bestowed on the Speaker, a statement by Eromosele Ebhomele, his Chief Press Secretary, said.

Speaking on behalf of the institute during the investiture, Dr. Uche Okereke, its Registrar, said the professional body had taken enough time to study Obasa and his successes as a legislator and administrator.

According to Okereke, Obasa had shown over time that he has a serious grasp of governance with his focus on pro-people legislations that had helped to grow Lagos and impacted positively on Nigeria.


He added that the Institute was satisfied with the way the Speaker had led the Assembly, his efforts to sustain democracy in Nigeria as well as his understanding that the people are the focus of governance.

He said the Speaker was the first to be honoured with the Platinum award of the Institute in Lagos and the second beneficiary in the Southwest.

“We congratulate you and we wish to be associated with you in your desire to ensure that the Lagos State House of Assembly provides that needed leadership in a democracy.

“The council of the Chartered Institute of Local Government and Public Administration of Nigeria has resolved that the Fellowship of the Institute, FCPA, be conferred on Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, and equally conferred on him the prestigious Platinum award of the institute.

“He is the first recipient of the award in Lagos State and the second in the entire Southwest.

“On behalf of the management of the council and members, I hereby congratulate you on this occasion,” he said.

Part of Obasa’s citation shows that the annual constituency stakeholders’ meeting he initiated as Speaker had resulted in major policies and infrastructural developments across Lagos State.

“Very passionate about the delivery of good governance, Obasa has personally initiated a number of private-member bills which have been passed into law.

“Among these are the Neighborhood Safety Corps bill, the Anti-Kidnapping bill and the Cancer Research Institute bill,” it stated.

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Oloyede Almaroof Kendoo, A Different Breed of Politician – Oshodi Residents



…As Oshodi/Isolo Council Boss Completes Roads, Boreholes Projects Just 3months After Inauguration.

By Bolaji Gbadamosi

Typically, the word politician evokes an unpleasant feeling for most Nigerians. It connotes a crop of political leaders who get into power whether by hook or crook in a bid to loot the common wealth and deprive the nation and its hapless citizens of the much desired dividends of democracy.

But, Otunba Kehinde Adeola Oloyede-Almaroof is proving be a different breed in the mould of progressive and action-centric leaders like late Pa Lateef Jakande and Obafemi Awolowo.

Though he has not until now assume an executive post, he has always been around the political space for some time and regarded as one of the most visible players in the grassroots politics of Oshodi/Isolo local government area of Lagos State.

The youthful and impressionable Oloyede-Almaroof has been there and done virtually all in the arena of politics in the local government and even beyond. It was therefore cheering when he threw his hat in the ring for the top council job.

More, Kendoo has also proven himself as an amiable socialite and successful businessman with his exploits as the Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer at Kendoo Investment.

With this, he carves the portrait of a technocrat who believes in touching lives through governance. During his electioneering campaigns, he emphasised that “he believes in a politics that will change the face of infrastructure in Oshodi and ensure a thriving atmosphere for the very enterprising Oshodi/Isolo residents.”

His manifestoes projected a man well versed about the community, the people and their needs. And that he said he will positively impact “through public engagements, technology, infrastructure overhaul and an open door policy.”

Fast forward, since Kendoo took over the local council affairs from Bolaji Ariyo effectively July 27, the Oshodi/Isolo local government chairman has indeed begun the journey of replicating his business success story in governance and leadership. He has hit the ground running and has become the talk of the bubbly town.

From rehabilitation of roads, drainages and markets to facelifting schools and providing support for the less privileged amongst others, he left nobody in doubt that he meant serious business. These continue to endear him to the young and the old, the male and the female in the constituency who speaks glowingly of him and his fresh energy and penchant for development.

Living up to his promises, just three months into his administration, Otunba Oloyede Almaroof led administration has completed some road and other infrastructure projects, including Orona Street, Iretioluwa Street, Akiniku and Onikewunla streets. Other roads that are near completion are on Dosumu street, Adelaja, Ogefon and Marcarthy streets.

For Mr Kehinde Aremu who has lived in
Dosumu Street for almost a decade, it has been a fresh breath of air. Aremu said, “Our roads around here has been tarred and I’m so excited about this new local government chairman who is fixing all the roads that have been long abandoned around my neighbourhood in Oshodi.

“He has tarred Dosumu Street, Akiniku Street and about 5 others that I have confirmed personally. These are apart from the ones ongoing. He’s a different type of politician. When he was making the promises during his campaign, we thought it was empty words as usual. But I am very impressed.”

He added: “For the first time in Oshodi, Otunba Oloyede-Almaroof has gone in records as the first chairman to do interlocking road at Akiniku street. It has never been this good in Oshodi. If he continues like this, Oshodi would never remain same.”

An excited Aremu remarked: “This man to our pleasant surprise is keeping his words. Immediately after his resumption, he facilitated the road behind Adeyemi street, beside the Local Government office. He was the one who facilitated it.

To Anthonia Sunday, an HND 1 student of Lagos Polytechnic and resident of Akiniku street, ” It’s a thing of joy to us that we have a chairman who is working. There is a major road around us here in Oshodi which connects most others and it was bad for long and was affecting transportation around Oshodi but the Chairman has fixed it to my surprise and admiration.

“I don’t like politics because of how politicians are perceived but Otunba Oloyede is wonderful. My charge to him is to not get too happy that he has started well. He should just keep it up and finish strong and have his name written in gold. Honestly, we are happy.”

For Madam Toyin Rufai who has lived in Oshodi area since 2001, “Water has always been a problem in Oshodi especially my area. We pay and some have to go three or four houses away for water but that is changing. He’s constructing boreholes and making life easier. I am proud of him. Tell him to do more.”

“The new council chairman in Oshodi Isolo is reviving oshodi and Oshodi now has a fresh story to tell. Honestly, I wish him wellness to complete his good works,” said Akeem Olaniyan, a trader around Bolade bus stop in Oshodi.

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Implement Transportation Law, Lagos Assembly charges MDAs



The Lagos State House of Assembly has charged the Ministry of Transportation, related departments and agencies to ensure effective enforcement of the State’s transportation laws, especially as it relates to commercial motorcycle riders.

The call was made by the House Committee On Transportation which is currently on its oversight to the various agencies.

During a visit to the Ministry, the Motor Vechicle Adminnistration Agency (MVAA) and the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transportation Agency (LAMATA) on Tuesday, the Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Temitope Adewale, said that effective enforcement of the laws would save residents and discourage the plying of major roads by Okada riders.

He said such enforcement would also help to stop the use of one-way by drivers.

Adewale, who commended the management of MVAA over its revenue generation, advised the agency to device means within the laws to actualise its mandate inspite of the challenges facing it.

According to the lawmaker, based on the revenue generated so far by the agency, it shows that Lagos is a prosperous State despite the country’s economic downturn.

At LAMATA, the commiittee chairman commended the agency for ensuring effective mass transit, adding that the state would continue to witness infrastructural development in the transportation sector.

Adewale also urged the agency to quickly complete ongoing projects so that new ones should commence before the weather becomes unfriendly.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Fredrick Oladeinde, said the ministry would continue to work with the House of Assembly to ensure the effective delivery of dividends of democracy.

Oladeinde said the ministry would further ensure that people are able to drive seamlessly from one point to the other without fear as he said the State has a transport masterplan which would address the challenges facing the sector.

On his part, Mr Oluwatoyin Fayinka, Special Adviser on Transportation to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, canvassed for budget line to enhance the productivity of his office.

Also, the General Manager of MVAA, Mrs Lape Kilanko, pointed out the challenges facing the agency as he sought the assistance of the House in addressing them.

Kilanko lamented that local governments and Local Council Development Authorities, LCDAs, were collecting the revenue that the agency was saddled to collect and that this had affected the revenue drive of the agency.

She said the agency has accommodation problem which is affecting its productivity.

Members of the committee present at the oversight were; Hon. Ganiyu Okanlawon, Hon. Sylvester Ogunkelu and Hon. Tijani Surajudeen.

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