By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, have passed the Public Procurement Amendment bill 2018 into law at today’s plenary session.
The amended bill whose public hearing report was read late last year by the Chairman, House Committee on Finance, Hon. Yinka Ogundimu, had over 10 clauses which were amended.
It is right to point that the passed Public Procurement (Amendment) bill would curtail corruption in the state procurement operations.
During the debate of the bill last year, the lawmakers argued that the review would enhance performance and delivery of standard work by contractors.
In the new public procurement law, there would be an increment in the initial deposit to contractors from 20 percent to 40 percent and also include the use of indigenous language in carrying out procurement processes to encourage local contractors.
The new law would also foster independence and transparency in the operations of the board for the benefit of Lagos residents.
Meanwhile, the Environmental Management and Protection (Amendment) bill was read for second time. The bill which was co-sponsored by Hon. Muyiwa Jimoh ( Apapa 2), Hon. Olusola Sokunle (Oshodi/Isolo 1), Hon(Mrs) Mojisola Lasbat Meranda (Apapa 1), and Hon. Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu 1) was to allow for more participation in the business of evacuating refuges in the state.
The Chairman House Committee on Environment, Hon. Saka Fafunmi, informed the House that the bill was needed to address the challenges faced by the existing law, adding that the committee had decided to look at every sections of the law that need amendment.
Fafunmi stressed that the committee tends to use the amendment to return LAWMA to how it was before now, adding that it would further expand the scope of waste management in the State.
He further stressed that the amendment would also allow LAWMA to take charge the management of solid waste across the state.
“This amendment would also give room for PSP participation in waste management. It will not be only one concessionaire that would be in charge of waste management but more people would be able to get involved”
He assured that all relevant stakeholders would be invited to make contributions into the bill when it is committed to the Environment Committee.
In his comment, Hon Noheem Adams, said that the amendment bill was timely as it came at a time the state was experiencing environmental challenges and waste pollution.
Adams, who represents Eti Osa 1, added that if the bill is passed it will be the contribution of the Assembly to the state in addressing the problem facing the environment.
“It is high time we protect our environment So that we would be able to evacuate all the waste in our state”, said Adams
However, the Speaker of the House, Rt(Hon) Mudashiru Obasa, committed the bill to the Committee on Environment,and gave them 2weeks to report back to the House.
Also, a Bill for law to regulate the relationship of parties under the tenancy agreement and specified the procedure for recovery of premises and connected purposes 2019, was read.
The Chairman House Committee on Housing, Hon Olanrewaju Layode ( Badagry 1), explained to the House that the bill would give the tenants the
freedom for privacy and enjoy reasonable distance from the landlords.
Layode explained further that the bill had been repealed , adding that the bill highlights the agreement between the tenants and the landlords.
Also, Hon. Tunde Braimoh , who represents Kosofe 1, said that there are certain. areas like GRA Ikeja, V.I and Apapa that are exempted from the tenancy law, saying that proposed amendment seek to redress such.
Braimoh added that the law definitely needed true refine that would suit the current state of the state.
The House later adopted the Lagos State Security Trust Fund after the debate of the report read by the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Strategy and Security. Hon (Mrs) Funmilayo Tejuosho.