The Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Honorable Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, at the second edition of the Lagos State House of Assembly parley with media and civil society organizations, has enumerated the progress of the Assembly.
The event which was held to commemorate the second anniversary of the 8th Assembly took place on Thursday at the Lateef Jakande auditorium, Lagos State House of Assembly Complex, Ikeja.
While enumerating on the bills and resolutions that have been passed so far by the Assembly, The Speaker stressed that the House always puts into consideration issues that border on the welfare of Lagosians.
Obasa said: “For the purpose of record, it is gratifying to note that this House passed eight bills into laws in the second session while 72 resolutions have been made; other bills are at various stages of passage, one of which is the bill targeted at tackling cancer in our society. These resolutions and laws are those that border on the welfare of the people living in Lagos, which have had direct impact on them.”
Obasa also stated that due to the desire of the legislature to help in safeguarding lives and properties, the Neighborhood Watch bill was signed into law and it will help to curtail the menace of armed robbery, kidnapping, herdsmen, ritual killings and terrorism.
He emphasized that the Assembly had been consistent with its oversight functions and the second constituency stakeholders’ meetings in the state has been simultaneously done in all the 40 constituencies of the state.
Obasa, who expressed his satisfaction that the Assembly has lived according to its slogan: “Above the common standard of excellence,” stated that the Assembly was the first State House of Assembly in Africa to live-stream its proceedings and for the first time in the history of assemblies in Nigeria, the Assembly was visited by his Imperial majesty, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), and his entourage.
He also urged the media to use their role as the fourth estate of the realm to help in ensuring that our political institutions, particularly the legislature, is supported and safeguarded so as to deepen democracy in the country.
Obasa said: “Nevertheless, may I use this medium to implore the media to rise in safeguarding the legislature. Recently, about 6 speakers of states house of assembly have been removed, which was not without the involvement of the governors in the affected states. For us to sustain our democracy, we must protect our institutions, most especially the parliament at the state level.”