By OKUNADE ADEKUNLE
Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, has assured Lagosians of the passage of the 2020 budget estimate presented by the Executive Governor of the state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday during plenary session at the Assembly Complex, Alausa, Ikeja
At about 11:30am on Friday, Sanwo-Olu laid before the lawmakers and guests, a budget size of N1,168,561,534,191 Christened ‘Budget of Awakening a greater Lagos’.
Obasa while delivering his speech after the laying of the budget, said he and his colleagues would promptly and diligently commence work on it, stating further “we as your representatives in this Assembly will not relent in our agitation for quality governance and qualitative representation. As for me, I will never sit on the fence when the battle is to ensure that good governance works in the genuine interest of the people”
The Speaker stated that local government chairmen must also be on their toes and collaborate with the state government, saying that their efforts would definitely impact positively on the achievements of the state government.
While assuring the governor of the House support, Obasa added ” Nevertheless, our dear Governor, I charge you to be visionary and have a huge dream of paradise for our people. I charge you to employ wisdom of Solomon and courage of Moses that will change the tone and system of government in Lagos State. I emphasise, it is time we shifted the paradigm. You can rest assured of the strong and constant support of the House. We are ever ready to walk the journey with you. But there must be total disclosure”
He tasked the governor to be bold to lay a solid foundation to be built on by successive administrations, stating that it is high time to come up with innovative ideas and strategies to bring about change to the state with the aim of taking it to the next level.
Obasa noted ” It is common knowledge that doing things same way will yield same results. But when we desire new things, a marvelous and egalitarian society, we have to look inward and change the approach”
While pointing out the challenges facing the state, Obasa stated “At the same time, more still need to be done about water transportation. Ilo rivers running from Sango links Alimosho, Ojo, Amuwo back to CMS. Also, Odo Iya Alaro runs up to Ikorodu. This might sound like a tall order. But we should start from somewhere. Dubai did not start in a day. They laid the foundation and continue building on it. Now, it is an envy of all”
“Likewise, our education and health sectors need adequate attention. Year in, year out, provisions are being made for these sectors. But they have not been well sustained. It is our hope that this time, it will take a different and positive dimension”, said the Speaker
He, however, called on his colleagues to discharge their responsibilities without expectation for compensation, adding further that they should continue to relate with their constituents regularly.
Obasa stated “Let me particularly thank our party leadership starting from our Governor Emeritus, Asiwaju of Nigeria, His Excellency, ASIWAJU BOLA AHMED TINUBU, a discerning, financially ingenious, reliable and able leader who has kept our state going in the right direction. His brilliance also has eventually made it possible for us to now continuously have a Federal Government that shares same progressive mind with us in this side of the country”