By Michael Effiong Pic by Funmi Adeyemi
Lagos State Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has joined the call by prominent Nigerians for the creation of State Police noting that it will help to reduce the security challenges the country is currently facing.
Rt. Hon. Obasa who was speaking at the 2nd Edition of the Lagos State House of Assembly Media & Civil Society Organisations Parley stated that since the country is currently debating on restructuring and devolution of powers, it was necessary to also include the burning issue of State Policing. He said he would raise the issue at the on-going Conference of Speakers.
He said that the State Assembly was a responsive and responsible house that will do everything within its powers to ensure the security of lives and property of citizens, adding that the amendment to the law establishing the Neighbourhood Watch which has now been re-invigorated as the Lagos Neighbourhood and Safety Agency Law giving birth to the Lagos Neighbourhood and Safety Corps (LNSC) was done in the interest of the people.
Hon. Obasa stated that despite the fact that the Corps has only been operational for a few months, a motion was recently raised in the House calling on the Corps to work harder on its set responsibilities.
Highlighting the achievements of the House in the last one year, Rt. Hon Obasa stated that such Bills as the Kidnapping Prohibition Law, Lagos Property Law (banning the activities of Land grabbers aka Omo onile), Amendment of the Public Office Holders Law of 2007 and A Bill for the establishment of Lagos State Cancer Research Institute emanated from the 8th Assembly.
Mr. Speaker also said that the House was a leader in innovation as it has become the first State Assembly to stream its sessions live. “The live streaming is not just for transparency but to get the people whom we are representing involved in the law-making process”
In addition, he revealed that for the first time in the history of the House, the 8th Assembly hosted Constituency Stakeholders’ Meetings simultaneously in all the 40 Constituencies in the state. And passed over 80 resolutions on issues directly affecting the people.
In the Q & A session after, the Speaker used the opportunity to dispel rumours that the Lagos at 50 celebrations was a wasteful venture, insisting that it had far-reaching positive economic and Public relations impact on the state.
“Apart from helping to showcase the tourism potentials of the state, as a Centre of Excellence, it was important for Lagos to celebrate this landmark in a special way. The various activities especially the festivals which unfolded in different local government areas definitely exposed the local talents, while also boosting the local economies”.
He also had good news for parents who have been wondering when history will be returned to the school curriculum, stating emphatically that a resolution of the House has been passed to that effect in Lagos State.
Earlier in his welcome address, Hon. Tunde Braimoh, the Chairman, House Committee on Information, Security and Strategy had stated that the parley was the Lagos Assembly’s own way of reporting to its paymasters, the people of Lagos.
He noted that the event was also a feedback mechanism that is used to gauge public opinion and also give the media and the CSOs an opportunity to get first-hand information.