Assembly This Week
By Okunade Adekunle
As Lagos State Government prepares to introduce merit award to distinguished residents across all fields of endeavor, the Acting Chairman of the House Committee on Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Olusola Hakeem Sokunle, has assured residents of the state that integrity would not be compromised while considering awardees.
Sokunle said this, in his opening remark, at the Public hearing on a bill for a law to establish the Lagos State Awards Scheme, organised by the Ad-hoc Committee on Special Duties and IGRs, on Friday, at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja.
The Lawmaker pointed out that the State Government would encourage excellence through the law if eventually passed.
He added that one other feature that makes the Bill exceptional is the recognition of those that are dead, saying Lagos State House of Assembly would welcome contributions through memoranda to make the law richer.
In his keynote address, the Speaker, Rt Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, who was represented by the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade expressed his satisfaction with the state initiative to reward excellence in the State.
Obasa stressed, “I feel so delighted that we are here today on the Bill that takes care of the first stanza of Nigerian anthem that labours of our heroes past shall not be in vain. For us to make laws that will govern the people, we must have your inputs,” Obasa said.
The Speaker further stated that the Bill if passed into law would reward breakthrough, excellence, bravery and gallantry.
Doing an overview of the bill, the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, said that, “the Bill which has 26 sections is the first of its kinds in the country.”
Hon. Jimoh disclosed basically there are two parts in the Bill, saying the Honours and Merit Award.
In his contribution, the state Permanet Secretary on Special Duties, Dr. Jemilade Longe advised that an indisvidal who believes he has contributed to the development in the state should be encouraged to nominate him or herself.
“I may not feel so proud to be given an award at the national level because it has been bastardized. The issue of nomination, you can put forward your case. A case in point was that of late Gani Fawehinmi. If somebody feels he is worthy, we should trust members of the Council,” Longe said.
On her part, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Finance, Mrs Olufunmilayo Balogun observed that there was no provision in the Bill which stipulated the withdrawal of the award.
Balogun argued that if anyone that had been awarded found wanting, there should be a way of withdrawing such award.
Part of those that attended the event were; civil servants, retirees and other stakeholders.
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