Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has canvassed for the entrenchment of the principles of True Federalism as a means of eradicating poverty in Nigeria.
Osinbajo, who said this while delivering his speech as Guest Speaker at the third anniversary of the 8th Assembly of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos, explained that for poverty to be eradicated in the country, there must be in existence a strong and autonomous state.
The Vice President who personally decided not to speak on the theme of the lecture “Strengthening legislative institutions: panacea for eradicating democracy” , said that poverty can be eradicated by having strong states with strong arms of government which would channel the resources of the state to create wealth for the citizens and eradicate poverty.
According to him, the three arms of government in the states must work proactively for the economic development of its citizens. To achieve this, the vice president added that there must be devolution of powers to the states to enable them control their resources.
Osinbajo argued that even without restructuring it is possible to create a strong state without any major constitutional amendment.
He advised that for outstanding economic growth there is need to focus more on education, healthcare and provision of jobs through delibrate programmes and pumping of more resources to these sectors to benefit the majority of the citizens.
Also, the Vice President advocated for state police to tackle present security challenges confronting the nation, saying that local policing is very important as part of security architecture of a federal state.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Speaker of the Assembly, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa said in 3years the Assembly has passed 28 bills into law and over 100 resolutions on education, health, power, transport, security and environment for the well-being of Parisians.
Obasa commended Ambode for a good job he is doing which is visible all over the state “he has turned the whole state to one construction site.”
While stressing on the important role of the Assembly in democracy, Obasa said the executive should ensure the survival of the legislature by playing the roke of a father and ensuring cordial relationship to avoid instability and anarchy.
In his speech, the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, eulogised the leadership of the House for team dynamics and infrastructural development within the complex.
Ambode added “The three arms of government in the state have always worked together and have strived to show a good example of tenents of democracy and what growth and development should be , with that collaboration we will take Lagos to where its suppose to be”.
However, the Discussant, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt(Hon) Ghalli Umar Naa’ba, speaking on the theme ” Strengthening Legislative Institutions: Panacea for Enhancing Democracy”, narrated his ordeals during his time as the Speaker of the lower chamber of the National Assembly, saying that National Assembly was poorly equipped and funded by the Executive Arm.
Naa’ba stated that lawmakers should be prepared to face challenges as they are discharging their constitutional duties, calling on them to be courageous in carrying out their oversight functions.
Some of the dignitaries at the event are , House of Representatives Majority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, APC National Legal Adviser, Hon. Babatunde Ogala, APC South West Women Leader, Mrs. Kami Nelson, Legal luminary and Human Rights Activist, Mr Femi Falana (SAN), Secretary to the state government, Tunji Bello, APC Lagos Chairman, Mr Babatunde Balogun, members of the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC), Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Mrs Idiat Oluranti Adebule, Former Deputy Governor Olufemi Pedro, and traditional rulers.