By: Okunade Adekunle
The nominees from the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, who were to be part of the board members of Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (LASIEC), Professor Tunde Babawale and Dr. Noah Jinadu, were extensively cross-examined by the members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on how they would use their experience to make the electoral body effective and efficient in its operations.
Professor Tunde Babawale, who was firstly cross-examined, argued that the electoral system of the country needs to be restructured and re-engineered towards promoting sharing of positions among contestants, saying that the country’s politics of do or die syndrome is causing more harm to the development of the country.
Babawale, who is a Professor of Political Science, suggested that there should be proportional sharing of positions among contestants after elections so that there will not be winner takes all, loser lose all, adding that it will help the country’s democracy.
Dr Noah Jinadu, who is a lecturer at the Lagos State University (LASU), assured the lawmakers of making valuable impact in the operations of the electoral body if confirmed.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa however directed the Acting Clerk Mr. Azeez Sanni to forward a letter notifying the governor about their confirmation.
It would be recalled that the Governor had sent a letter earlier to the members of the House of Assembly seeking the confirmation of the nominees.
Controversy Trails LACON Bill as it Scales Through Second Reading
Controversy trailed the second reading of Lagos College of Nursing (School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health Nursing) and other connected matters bill as it scaled through at the plenary session.
It is interesting to point that the discussion of the bill generated controversy among committee chairmen who believed that their committee supposed to handle the preparation of the bill as it was believed that the content of the bill was encompassing in nature and implementation if passed into law.
One of the Committee Chairmen who was in a loggerhead with the Health Committee Chairman, was Chairman on Education Committee, Hon. Lanre Ogunyemi, who argued that the bill since it is about education and establishment of college, it is his committee that suppose to handle the bill.
Ogunyemi explained that the major focus of the bill was to establish Nursing College which is about delivery nursing education to interested students in the state.
Also, the House Committee Chairman on Housing, Hon. Ibrahim Layode, argued that his committee supposed to be carried along in the preparation and research of the bill, stressing that since it was a new nursing college which would need housing structures for classes for the students, his committee needs to be involved to analyse how housing could be provided for the students for better learning condition.
In a swift response, the House Committee Chairman on Youths and Social Development, Hon. Richard Kasunmu, argued that those that would be students of the college are within the youth age bracket and so, contribution of the youths committee cannot be overemphasized.
Kasunmu argued further that since the prospective students are youths, his committee ought to be carried along in the preparation and research of the bill.
Despite the argument among the relevant committees on the bill, Chairman House Committee on
Health, Hon. Segun Olulade stated that the bill would facilitate the accreditation of the college provide necessary manpower to train nurses, midwives, public health officers and also regulate the establishment of institutional structure.
Olulade also stated that a section of the bill which states the objectives of the college will provide for the courses of the structures, training and other facilities in health related matters and to the availability of proper terms and those to benefit from them.
However, Hon. Desmond Elliot reiterated that the bill be open to all student in the medical line as well as those interested in health related courses once the institution is accredited. He however advised that the Lagos State Council of Nursing law 2015 should be reviewed in order not to conflict with relevant existing law, but rather harmonize beneficial areas of the law.
At the end, the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa committed the bill to committee on health for further actions.
Lagos Assembly Condemns Increase in Mysterious Killings in Ikorodu
Following the rampant killings occurring in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State, Lagos State House of Assembly, during the week in one of its plenary sessions condemned the incessant killings by a notorious gang popularly known as “Badoo” and also called on the Comissioner of Police, Mr Fatai Owoseni, to liaise with the local security personnel especially the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps to help the people of the community in effecting policing in the axis of the state.
The issue was raised by the Majority Leader of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, under Matters of Urgent Public importance.
Agunbiade, as well urged the Commissioner of Police to ensure that the perpetrators of the heinous act are apprehended.
Similarly, Chairman Committee on Health, Hon. Olusegun Olulade, raised similar criminality in Agbowa, Epe area of the State,
Olulade added “The situation is very unbecoming and it is important that key intelligent report is been carried out”
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa while sympathizing with the people of Ikorodu enjoined the Commissioner of Police to intensify efforts and ensure safety most especially around Ikorodu and Epe axis and imploring the CP to bring the masterminds to justice.
Obasa lamented “We cannot keep on like this, if we do not intensify efforts , it is as if we are giving the members of the gang the licence to continue”.
He also admonished that Police Commands be established in the Ikorodu and Epe axis, reiterating that“we have to do everything possible to bring an end to this criminal act being perpetrated by this group called “Badoo”
Obasa added that government should be able to exercise the authority it has.
He concluded “We need to be proactive and make sure the activities of this notorious gang are nip in the bud”.
However, an Adhoc Committee was set up to invite officers of the Neighbourhood Safety Corp for clarifications.