By Okunade Adekunle
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly during the week at plenary proposed for a transformation in the transport sector.
The lawmakers made the proposal while reading for the second time “A bill for a law to consolidate all laws relating to the transport sector, provide for the development and management of a sustainable transport system in Lagos State and for connected purpose”.
Acting Chairman, Committee on Transportation Hon. Fatai Mojeed who read out the advantages of the bill stated that if passed, the bill will ease traffic congestion and harmonise all laws relating to the transport sector in the State.
He also added that one of the things that can make a nation to be reckoned with globally is to make effective transportation policies. He however took an exemption to part of the bill which talks about the control of motorcycles and tricycles. “I am of the opinion that some sections need to be looked into because of people from the rural areas whose roads are not motorable and only rely on tricycles.
In his own contribution, Hon. Tunde Braimoh added “The bill is germane because transportation is a very important sector of living. One of the ingredients of a smart city is for people to be able to move about without undue delay”.
While criticising the bill, Braimoh said that section 18 subsection 3 which talks about duty of the vehicle inspection needs to exempt government from natural disaster.
However the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa constituted an Adhoc Committee to work on the bill in order to ensure accountability and transparency in the new provision of the bill.
The Committee is headed by Hon. Fatai Mojeed, Acting Chairman Committee on Transportation. Other Members include; Hon. Moshood Oshun, Hon. Olawale Abdul-Sobur, Hon. Desmond Elliot, Hon. Mosunmola Sangodara, Hon. Dayo Famakinwa and Hon. Ibrahim Layode.
The Committee is expected to get back to the House in a month time.
EID EL MAULUD: Hon Sokunle Fecilitates With Muslims, Calls For More Support For Ambode, Obasa
As Muslims celebrate Eid-el-Maulud, the legislator representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Olusola Sokunle, has felicitated with Muslims across Nigeria, calling on Lagosians to continue to support the administration of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode and the leadership of the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt( Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, in achieving the smart city developmental agenda.
Hon Sokunle, in a press statement issued today, in Ikeja, advised Muslims to practice the inherent philosophy of the birthday celebration of Muhammed (SAW) , saying that such act would build confident between muslims and other religious faithfuls in the country.
He said that Prophet Muhammed remains a symbol of friendship and a coordinator of unity, saying that embracing his principle with utmost good faith by muslims would further help in repositioning the Islamic religion as a peace-loving religion.
The lawmaker further called on Lagosians to explore various economic opportunities which the administration of the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has provided through the numerous infrastructural projects in the state, saying that the best way a people-oriented government could create enabling environment for productivity is to implement capital projects that would bring economic development.
Hon Sokunle urged Lagosians to keep supporting the House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, commending the Speaker for his impeccable leadership style and mutual relationship with the executive arm of the government of the State.
He assured Lagosians that the State’s Lawmakers would not stop in making populist laws that are of public interest as the lawmakers are committed to not compromising public interest while discharging their duties as legislators.
“Today, Friday, is announced as the celebration of the birth of Prophet Muhammed (SAW), I am using this opportunity to felicitate with Muslim brothers and sisters in the country and also calling on Lagosians to continue to support our Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, on the agenda of making Lagos a smart city state”, said Hon. Sokunle.
“Gov. Ambode in the past two and half years has been able to create an enabling environment for Lagosians to grow their businesses through the execution of various capital projects. With this, I will want many more residents of the state who are yet to tap from the economic opportunities provided by these projects to do so because any government that executes people oriented capital projects like how Ambode is doing, is one way or the other creating opportunities for economic empowerment for its people,” said Hon Sokunle.
Maulid Nabiyy Provides Celebration of Togetherness – Lagos Lawmaker
A member of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Adebisi Yusuff has enjoined Muslims and Nigerians as a whole to shun bitterness and acrimony, saying the lesson of Maulid Nabiyy celebration mainly is spirit of togetherness.
Yusuff gave this advice in a statement which he personally signed and made available to newsmen, urging Nigerians to embrace unity.
According to him, “As Muslims commemorate the birthday of the Holy Prophet of Islam, I wish to congratulate the Muslims, people in Alimosho area of Lagos State and entire worldwide on the celebration.”
The lawmaker who is representing Alimosho constituency 1 added, “The Maulid Nabiyy celebration (birthday of the Prophet) is indeed significant for the great people of Alimosho and Nigeria as a whole. One of the greatest lessons that are inherent for people of all faiths to adopt in the celebration is tolerance.
“Muhammad (PBUH) in Madina as the overall Leader for the entire Muslim nations administered not only the Muslims but also the Jews and the Christians. They all lived peacefully under His divine reign without rancour. Let everyone of us imbibe this spirit of tolerance and shun hatred and divisive tendencies.
“It is also noteworthy to state that the celebration provides a moment to adopt sincerity and trustworthiness in our dealings with our fellow brothers and sisters. The Apostle of Allah was honoured as Al-Amin (The trustworthy) by the Makkans due to His honesty. Let’s uphold honesty and fear of God in our daily life.
“I therefore enjoin you all to do away with acrimony, violence and restiveness and embrace love, peace and spirit of togetherness in Alimosho and the country at large. The differences in religion, political affiliations and tribes should not be allowed to divide us. Let’s stand for a united Nigeria,” Yusuff said.