It was an atmosphere of grandeur as the new legislative chamber of the Lagos House of Assembly was commissioned.
The two storey edifice has on the ground floor the reception; speakers guest rostrum; a lounge; control/technical room; external equipment room; 13 units of male and female conveniences; security room; executive office for speaker, among others.
Speaking at the occasion, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, Speaker of the Federal House of Representatives who was also the Chairman of the event said ‘I can’t think of a better gift in celebration of our democracy or in marking 50 years of the creation of this state than a building dedicated for the lawmaking process.’
He said, ‘over the years, this state has been able to set the pace in many outstanding areas of human endeavour and has become a yardstick for measuring the progress of other states.
Earlier in his speech, Speaker Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji asserted that the new chamber and gallery shall inspire him and his colleagues to serve the people better.
He stated that the new chamber shall become a bastion of democracy, a shelter for the strong and the weak, where the burden of the people will be shared in order to alleviate such.
Lagos State Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) noted that the House of Assembly is the only one that is autonomous of the executive. He explained that the new chamber belongs to the people, because their tax was used to build the edifice.
Highlights of the occasion include the honorary membership of the House conferred on Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, the Osun State Governor and the naming of the former legislative chamber of the House after Alhaji Lateef Jakande.
Dignitaries at the commissioning included Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Lagos State Governor, Alhaji Lateef Jakande, Chief Henry Ajomale, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and Speakers of the states House of Assembly led by their Chaiman and Speaker of Gombe House of Assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Inuwa.