Lagos @ 50: Lagos Assembly Lists Achievements, Fails to Recognise Roles of Previous Speakers

By: Okunade Adekunle

The celebration of Lagos at 50 is not limited to the Executive branch after all. The state House of Assembly has shown that whether it’s the Executive or the Legislature, what is at stake is Lagos. The legislative arm of government, according to its members, has reasons to join other Lagosians and the Executive arm to celebrate the state. The lawmakers had impacted the lives of Lagosians with the quality of laws passed, which not only gave birth to regulatory agencies for effective policy implementation but also led to the creation of jobs for the teeming Lagosians.

Commemorating Lagos at 50 celebration, the lawmakers at a plenary session during the week, Listed their achievements in the success story of the state. The lawmakers laid emphasis on various bills and resolutions they have passed, which led to infrastructural development, provision of security, stability and economic growth in the state.

Hon. Bisi Yusuf
Part of the achievements, according to lawmakers, was that before now, was the creation of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) Law, which birthed the agency. This, they said, had engendered a cleaner environment and created a positive change in the state’s waste management. The Lawmaker representing Alimosho Constituency 1, Hon. Bisi Yusuff, made this point pointedly. He said the enactment of LASTMA Law enabling the creation of LASTMA eased the traffic congestion in the state.

*Hon. Bisi Yusuf said: “Lagos State used to have an untidy environment but with the establishment of the Lagos State Waste

Management Authority LAWMA law there have been tremendous changes in the state’s waste management and also the enactment of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority LASTMA law has eased the traffic congestion in the state”.
Hon. Rotimi Olowo
*Hon. Rotimi Olowo: On his part, the lawmaker representing Somolu Constituency 1, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, spoke on the financial re-engineering of the state’s budgetary allocation to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) towards ensuring infrastructural renewal and development. Olowo, who heads Budget and Appropriation Committee of the House, harped on the establishment of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, the Lagos State Security Trust Fund and Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps as major achievements of the state. “The House has made tremendous financial re-engineering in its budgetary allocation to Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to ensure unprecedented infrastructural renewal and development that would consequently transform the lives of Lagosians. Amongst other achievements in the state is the establishment of the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), the Lagos State Security Trust Fund and Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corp,” Olowo said.
Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi
*Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi commended Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his relentless efforts in curbing the security challenges in the state and reducing same by establishing numerous empowerment programmes and provision of job opportunities for the teeming youths. Hon. Ogunyemi noted that without the Legislature, the duo of Executive and Judiciary cannot function because it is the legislature that makes the state more conducive to live in by passing reasonable laws.
Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa
*Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa congratulated his colleagues on the historic gathering in commemoration of Lagos State 50th anniversary, saying the Lagos legislature is one of the most powerful in the country.
“We have been able to make our relationship with the Executive cordial and ensured stability with the Executive and Judiciary”. He, however, appealed to his colleagues to continue to be selfless in the way they carry out their services to the state.
Surprise, Disappointment
But with the session over, many analysts said they were disappointed that the lawmakers failed to acknowledge the role played by their predecessors in the story of the success of the Lagos Assembly. While commemorating the state at 50, they never emphasized on their former colleagues who played key legislative roles in the establishment of the agencies the current 8th Assembly was claiming glory for.
They expressed surprise that the contributions of past Speakers of the House under whom most of the agencies were established were not recognised at the plenary session to serve as a way of honouring the past which birthed the present. Names of past Speakers like Senator Olorunnibe Mamora, Rt (Hon) Jokotola Pelumi and Rt (Hon) Adeyemi Ikuforiji among others were omitted as the lawmakers speak of the success of the assembly.

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