By Okunade Adekunle, Lagos
Throughout the 8th Assembly of the Lagos State House of Assembly, 43 bills were passed into law and over 200 resolutions adopted.
Also, the lawmakers had plenary session for 216 times.
The figures were reeled out by the Lawmaker representing Kosofe 2 and Chairman House Committee on Judiciary, Petition, Human Rights and Lasiec, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, while delivering his valedictory speech today (Thursday) on the floor of the House.
Braimoh stated that the 8th Assembly was congregation of great minds who sacrificed for the development of the state, saying that many important personalities had identified with the Assembly in the last four years.
The lawmaker described the Assembly as an excellent, remarkable and assiduous institution which discharge its duties for the benefit of Lagosians.
It is right to point that the 40 lawmakers took turn to comment on their experiences in the 8th Assembly as most of them poured encomium on the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Leadership of Lagos APC, Senator-elect Adebayo Osinowo, Speaker of the House, Rt (Hon) Mudashiru Obasa and their colleagues.
In his comment, the lawmaker representing Somolu 1, Hon. Rotimi Olowo, eulogised the staff of the Assembly for their contributions in making the works of the lawmakers easy.
Olowo solemnly remembered the Late Hon. Kazeem Alimi in his comment as he explained how sudden death made the Assembly to miss the late lawmaker.
He praised Senator-elect Osinowo for his ability and wisdom in stabilizing the Assembly, describing him as a stabilizer.
“Despite the fact that Osinowo is going higher to the Upper Chamber in the National Assembly, his legislative administration skills and knowledge will be needed in managing the 9th Assembly. I will want you all to know that I am his first political son”, said Olowo.
He further eulogised the leadership sagacity of the National Leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in ensuring that progressive politics remains in the mainstream.
Olowo, however, described Obasa as a self-made politician who had performed beyond the imagination of those that thought he would not be able to deliver as a Speaker.
Also, Hon. Abiodun Tobun representing Epe 1, tasked the returning lawmakers on better legislative performance in the 9th Assembly, eulogising the leadership of Obasa for accommodating all interests in the House.
In his comment, Hon. Oladele Adekanye representing Lagos Mainland 1, stated that he was proud to have being part of the 8th Assembly, saying that he had no regret in working with members of the Assembly.
Adekanye explained that the 8th Assembly had made him to understand how to be a team player, stating that it took him time to understand the workings of the Assembly.
“I thank my leader and benefactor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, for what has done for me in the journey of my life politically. Tinubu made me who I am. I had served as Executive Chairman of a local government and as well a member representing my people in Lagos Mainland. I thank his wife, Senator Remi Tinubu, for my growth in Lagos politics. Without the Tinubu dynasty, I can’t be part of the 8th Assembly.”
Hon. Olawale Olayiwola, who represents Mushin 2, appreciated the leadership of Obasa, saying that he was happy that the Speaker did not believe several lies peddle against him by some elements in the House.
Olayiwola assured Obasa of his unalloyed support and loyalty, saying that he had been in progressive politics for long and would remain loyal to the Tinubu political dynasty.
The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, advised the Speaker to avoid rumour mongers in the 9th Assembly, warning lawmakers to desist from back bitting which would not help the relationship and friendship of members.
Hon. Gbolahon Yishawu representing Eti Osa 1, thanked his constituents and leaders of his constituency for deeming it fit to allow him to represent them since 2011, saying that he would remain loyal to the progressive wing of Lagos politics.
Yishawu added that he would miss the lawmakers who are not returning to the House in 9th Assembly.
While commenting, Hon. Olusegun Olulade ( Epe 2), narrated his political journey to the Assembly, eulogising the National Leader of APC for giving him opportunity to serve his constituency.
Olulade praised the Lagos State House of Assembly Correspondents for their collaboration during his tenure as Chairman House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy.
He also thanked the staff and management of the House for their contributions in making lawmakers to perform in their legislative duties.
Hon. Bisi Yusuf representing Alimosho Constituency 1, stated that as Osinowo is moving higher to the Senate, there would be need for the lawmakers to learn to operate as one united people.
Yusuf urged returning lawmakers to ensure the House maintain its known reputation, saying that the lawmakers are the reflection of Speaker Obasa.
He advised Obasa to be careful of the reflection of double image, saying that the Speaker should have a listen ear to all lawmakers.
He charged the Speaker to organise more human capacity development training for the staff of the Assembly.