By: Okunade Adekunle
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have called on the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Senate President, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Inspector General of Police to reopen the Ondo State House of Assembly.
While raising the issue under Matters of Urgent Public Importance, Hon. Adebisi Yusuf, representing Alimosho Constituency I stated that the closure of the hallowed chamber undermine the legislative arm of government.
The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade stated that “the closure is an assault to the legislature anywhere in the world and to the citizens its represents”.
According to Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuoso, “it is quite disheartening that, act like this is happening in the Nigeria today, it is unacceptable and an assault to the Legislature.
In his contribution, Hon. Tunde Braimoh added that, the constitution has clearly defined each arm of government with their attendant functions and responsibilities and it is wrong for other arms to impose it on others.
Hon. Abiodun Tobun stated that, “There is no evidence of Checks and Balances when there is centralization of one arm of government over the other.” He added that the fact that the closure was done by the Inspector General of Police is condemnable.
The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa in his ruling stated that this is not the first time such despicable act is taking place in Nigeria and some States has experience such unlawful act in past years. “We must rise and fight against this”.
He therefore mandated the Clerk to write a letter to the relevant authorities to look into the matter to ensure necessary actions are taken to reopen the sealed Assembly.
In another development, Hon. Omotayo Oduntan called for the enforcement of existing Transport Law due to the recent death of her Personal Assistant, Mr. Olumuyiwa Sunday on his way home after work on Monday.
According to her, “I lose one of my workers due to the lack of enforcement of the existing law. He was killed on a bike by an articulated vehicle on his way home. A lot of Okada riders have been plying one-way articulated vehicles have stopped obeying the normal time of their movement”.
Hon. Tunde Braimoh commiserated with the deceased family and also called for investigation of his death. “I commiserated with the diligent officer’s family. It is disheartening to see diligent people being killed in their prime and thorough investigation should be done to bring the culprit to book.” He stated.
Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa while commiserating with the deceased family calls for the enforcement of the necessary Transport Law and also the investigation of the accident so that the law will take it cause.