By Eric Elezuo Photos: Segun Lawal
The Lagos State House of Assembly has conducted its yearly media parley which also involved the civil right society. It also used the opportunity to thank Lagosians for their unflinching support all through the years, while asking for more support to deliver more dividend of democracy. The parley is in its third edition.
The event, which was held inside the old Assembly Hall of the Lateef Jakande Auditorium, had in attendance the movers and shakers of the Lagos Assembly, members of the civil rights society, journalists from diverse media houses and the members of the general public among whom were The Speaker of the House, Rt Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and the Chairman Adhoc Committee on Information and Strategy, Hon Tunde Braimoh.
Kicking the parley, the event co-ordinator, Chioma Anifowoshe, of the Public Affairs Department, led the audience in the recitation of the National Anthem and opening prayer before introducing everyone who made his presence available. These were The Chief of Staff to the Speaker, Mr. Wale Jafojo, the House Deputy Whip, Omotayo Oyeledun, Adhoc Committee Chairman on Infrastructure Development, Yishan Ogunsanju, Mr. Subair Olayiwola, Hon. Funmilayo Tejusoho, Adhoc Committee Chairman on Health, Hon. Segun Olulade, Chairman, Public Account Committee, Hon Moshood Osun, Hon Jude Idimogu, Co0ordinator, Mr. Babatunde Ashafa, Clerk of the House, Sanni Azeez, Sola Giwa, Folajimi Mohammed, Hon. Sinai Agunbiade, Mrs. Sola Salako among many others.
In his welcome address, Hon Tunde Braimoh eulogized the eight Assembly led by Hon. Obasa, saying it has lived up to expectation in giving direction to the executive arm towards the speedy delivery of democracy dividends.
He noted: “The Lagos State House Assembly remains the factory, incubator and mill where excellence is produced. We have performed creditably well. Above all, we strive on excellence, governance, brevity, accountability, justice, integrity, and timeliness.”
The Speaker, Hon Obasa’s speech, was an exercise in clarity and professionalism. He took limited time to express in clear terms the beliefs of the Assembly ad those things it sincerely frowns at.
While expressing his profound appreciation to Lagosians for their support in the last three years, the Speaker condemned the disrespect shown to the legislative chamber at the Federal level in recent times with special reference to the rejection of invitation by the Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, and the brazen stealing of the mace from the upper chamber in the full view of security agencies.
He noted that while the Assembly tries its utmost best to maintain a cordial and smooth relationship with the executive arm, it is by no means a rubber stamp, and will not hesitate to step down on matters contrary to the welfare of Lagosians and residents. The Speaker took ample to address questions from journalist among which bordered on the Land Use Act, refuse collection among many others.
On the accumulated dirt in Lagos, Obasa promised that things will soon return to normal. He vehemently declared the agency handling refuse collection in Lagos State, Visionscape, as a ‘ghost’.
“Visionscape is a ghost. We don’t know them. Most of the PPP operatives are returning, and we are making efforts to bring back the rest, and soon Lagos State will be the clean state it used to be,” the Speaker said.
Hon. S.O.B. Agunbiade gave the vote of thanks and brought to an end a rewarding interaction.