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Lagos Assembly Seeks Upward Review of Traditional Rulers Salaries

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By: Okunade Adekunle
There is a strong indication that the traditional rulers in Lagos State may soon experience upward review of their salaries and also compel to use their native languages as their official language within and outside their kingdom.
Although, some analysts argued that upward review of their salaries may not end the crisis which some of the traditional rulers face in their kingdom as the process of their emergence as kings, baales or White Cap Chiefs as the case maybe must be thoroughly look into by the lawmakers.
It is right to point that the motion was moved by Hon Lanre Ogunyemi, representing Ojo State Constituency 2 and Chairman of the House Committee on Education.
Supporting him to move the motion are: Honourables Sanai Agunbiade, Olumuyiwa Jimoh, Adebayo Osinowo, Princess (Mrs) Adefunmilayo Tejuoso, Dayo Saka Fafunmi, Sola Giwa, Tunde Braimoh and Hakeem Sokunle.
Moving the motion on the floor of the House, Hon Ogunyemi stated that most palace ceremonies and programmes are conducted in English Language.
The lawmaker also observed that if traditional rulers are encouraged to perform their statutory duties, “wealth of experience will fast track desired change in their various communities and add values to governance”.
Hon Ogunyemi lamented the indiscriminate creation of new traditional stools noting that this will downgrade esteemed positions of traditional rulers.
Members like Honourables Adebayo Osinowo, Tunde Braimoh, Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni, Yinka Ogundimu, Bisi Yusuf, Rotimi Olowo, Nurudeen Saka-Solaja, David Setonji, Mrs Omotayo Oduntan, Segun Olulade, Sanai Agunbiade, Adedamola Richard Kasumu and Ibrahim Layode all spoke in favour of the motion.
They all agreed that the motion was a good one and it was a unanimous agreement that it will go a long way in enhancing the welfare I the traditional rulers as well as serve as encouragement for them in their duty.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa also agreed with the mover of the motion and those who contributed to the debate.
The motion was unanimously passed by members after it was moved by Hon Ogunyemi and seconded by Hon Olulade.
Apart from increasing salaries of traditional rulers, the motion also urged traditional rulers to make Yoruba Language medium of communication in their palace and other public functions.
The motion also called on the state government to look into the alarming rate at which new stools of Obas are being created with a view to ensuring that the process of upgrading Baales to the status of Obas are strictly adhered to.
However, the lawmakers called on Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to direct the state Commissioner for Local Government and Community Affairs, Hon. Muslim Folami to review upward salares of traditional rulers in the state.
Lawmakers Summon Justice, Finance, Waterfront Commissioners Over Cancellation of 4th Mainland Bridge 
Lagos State House of Assembly members have called on the Attorney General and Commissioners for Justice, Finance , Waterfront and the Chairman, Lagos Global to appear before the House and give reasons for the cancellation of the 4th Mainland project.
The matter came up under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by the Chairman House Committee on Establishment, Pensions and Public Service Hon. Dayo Famakinwa  representing Ajeromi /Ifelodun I stating the
economic importance of the bridge.
He  said it will lead to massive employment as well as increase the Gross Domestic Product, GDP of the State and the mega status of  Lagos  State will be achieved  the more.
Hon.  Lanre Ogunyemi representing Ojo Constituency II commended the giant stride of Governor Ambode’s administration towards the construction of the 4th Mainland bridge but  stated that if such a gigantic  project is cancelled, it  may  give his government a bad image, “ I think this issue is complicating and we should take this
matter seriously”.
The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade  while condemning the cancellation added that “ if there is  compliance with the Public Private Partnership Law , this kind of  issue will not arise because a section of the PPP  Law stipulates that no project must be executed without first being presented to the House of Assembly,” He stated.
In his contribution, the Speaker Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that the House must be informed “before cancellation, we should be aware and be briefed  so that when inquiries are being made from us outside,
we can give them reasons”.
In another development, the  bill for a law to amend the Lagos State Pension Reform Law 2007 has been read for the second time.
Speaking on the bill, the Majority Leader ,Hon. Sanai  Agunbiade, stated that the bill seeks to bring pension reform law in conformity with the provision of Pension Reform Act of the Federal Government.
He added that one of the issue proposed by the law is to bring retirement age of professors to 70 years and non- academic staff  to 65 years . It will also enhance the good performance and provision in the Civil Service.
In addition, the bill seeks to make notice of retirement to 6 months to give retirees enough time to process their retirements as against the 3 months that was given.
The bill will also harmonise the tenure of the Director-General and the Chairman .
While commenting, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa  stated that the amendment of the bill is to improve on  what has been on ground .
He however committed the bill  to the Committee  on Establishment, Pension and Public Service  to report back to the House next week Monday.
In the same vein, the report on the visitation to Orange Development Company Limited Reclamation Site, Orange Land was laid .

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