MOTIONS, LEGISLATIVE UPDATES AND AD HOC ASSIGNMENTS

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITIES REPORT OF HON. YISHAWU O.G.R, MEMBER REPRESENTING ETI-OSA CONSTITUENCY 02, LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY.

MOTIONS, LEGISLATIONS AND AD HOC ASSIGNMENTS

JUNE 2011 TILL DATE

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS                                       

A. Motions Sponsored in the 7th Legislative Assembly

  1. Deplorable Condition of Barracks in Lagos State
  2. Foreigners Taking Up Limited Employment Opportunities in Nigeria

B. Co-sponsored Motions in the 7th Legislative Assembly

3. Lagos: A Need for Special Status & Consideration for 13 Percent  Derivation Grant.

4. 1999 Constitutional Amendment: The Need for Constitution Review Committee in the State.

5. Naming of the Old Chamber after Alhaji (Dr.) Lateef Kayode Jakande Abuse of Motorable Roads by Residents and Artisans in the State. 

6. Need for Sensitization on the Newly Passed Road Traffic Law

7. Indiscriminate Increase In Petroleum Products Prices By Independent Petroleum Marketers And Hawking Of Petroleum Products.

8. The Need to Strengthen Monetary Policy, Manage Inflation and Ensure Economic Growth.

9. Call to Obey Zebra Crossing Signs in Lagos State. 

10. New Auto Policy on Vehicles Imports and Its Effect on Nigerians 

11. Distribution of Permanent Voter Cards in Lagos State by the Independent 13 National Electoral Commission (INEC)

12. Ìpapòdà Aṣòfin Monkilu Abíọ́dún Martins. 

C. Motions Sponsored in the 8th Legislative Assembly

13. Call for Automation of the Entire Traffic Monitoring System in Lagos State;

14. Need to Insert Sunset Clause in the Laws Establishing Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government in Lagos State                 

15. Labelling of Imported Alcoholic Drinks as Non-Alcoholic Drinks In Nigeria;

16. Call for the Introduction of Rotavirus Vaccine into the Lagos State Immunization Policy;

17. Need to Amend the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Act of 2004;

18. Mitigation of Flooding In Lagos State 18-19

19. Signing of Memorandum of Understanding without Recourse to the House;                                                                                   

20. Ipò Àìbójúmu tí àwọn Àyíká Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó wà. 

D. Motions Co-sponsored in the 8th Legislative Assembly

21. Review of the Special and Standing Committees of the House of Assembly. 
22. Call for Amendment of Lagos State University Law and Resolving the Perennial Crises.

23. Need to Ensure Quality Control of Manufactured and Imported Products in Nigeria;

24. Ìpè fún Ìpàdé àwọn Alẹ́nulọ́rọ̀ ní Ẹkùn-ìdìbò. (Yoruba) Call for Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting. (English)                     

25. Occupation and Vandalisation of Pubic School Buildings and Facilities by Hoodlums and Miscreants.

26. Call for National Rebirth Programme to Stem the Tide of Indiscipline in the Country.

27. Need to Control the Continuous Decline in the Value of the Naira.

28. Need to Appraise the Performance of 2017 Mid-Year Budget of the State. 

29. Increasing Security Concerns on E-Taxis Operations in the State.

30. Call for the Listing and Preservation of some Historical Buildings and Sites in Lagos State.

31. The Deplorable States of Some Residential Estates in Lagos State.

32. Need to Curb the Menace of Drug Abuse among Youths in Lagos State.

E. Bill Sponsored into Law

33. Regulation of Smoking Law, 2014. 

F. Bills Sponsored for Consideration

34. Lagos State Sunset Agency Bill, 2013      

35. Rape Shield and Civil Liability Bill, 2014                                   

36. Lagos State Resident Registration Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2013.

37. Lagos State Examination Board Bill, 2014.                                     

G. Bills Facilitated into Law

38. Lagos State Public Procurement Law, 2011

39. Lagos State Scholarship Board Law, 2012 

40. Lagos State Polytechnic Law, 2012 

41. Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency Law, 2011 

42. Cremation Law, 2012 

43. Lagos State Christian and Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards Law, 2013 

44. Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre Law, 2013 

45. Lagos State Emergency Command and Control Centre, Law 2014       

46. Consumer Protection Agency Law, 2014                                     

47. Facilities Management and Maintenance Law, 2014                      48. Lagos State Lands Registration Law, 2015                                        49. Lagos State Health Management Agency Law, 2015.          

H. Bills Facilitated into Law

50. Lagos State University (Amendment) Law, 2015

51. Lagos State Employment Trust Fund Law, 2015

52. Appropriation Law, 2016

53. Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (Amendment)    Law, 2016

54. Local Government Election Tribunal (Amendment) Law, 2016

55. Local Government Administration (Amendment) Law, 2016

56. Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law, 2016

57. Lagos State Properties Protection Law, 2016

58. Kidnapping Prohibition Law, 2017

59. Lagos State Sports Commission Law, 2017

60. Lagos State Sports Trust Fund Law, 2017

61. Environmental Management and Protection Law, 2017               

62. Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (Amendment) Law, 2017

63. Lagos State Cancer Research Institute Law, 2017

64. Lagos State College of Nursing (School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health) Law, 2017

65. Yoruba Language Promotion and Preservation Law, 2017

66. Lagos State Cooperative College Law, 2017

67. Lagos State Customary Court (Amendment) Law, 2017

68. Lagos State Electric Sector Reform Law, 2018

69. Appropriation Law, 2018

70. Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018;           

71. Lagos State Teaching Service Commission Law, 2018;

72. Lagos State Pension Reform (Amendment) Law, 2018;

73. Lagos State Awards Scheme Law, 2018;

74. Lagos State Health Scheme (Amendment) Law, 2018;

75. Lagos State Mental Health Service Law, 2018;

76. Lagos State Tourism Promotion Agency Law, 2018; and Lagos State Local Government Service Commission Law, 2019. 

I. Committees Chaired:

77. Chairman, Committee on Economic Planning and Budget;

78. Chairman, Committee on Waterfront Infrastructure Development; and

79. Vice Chairman, Committee on Education, Science and Technology.

J. Committee Membership:

80. Member Committee on Economic Planning and Budget;

81. Member Committee on Public Accounts (State);

82. Member Committee on Economic Planning and Budget;

83. Member Committee on Works & Infrastructure;

84. Member Committee on Energy & Mineral Resources and Waterfront Infrastructure Development;

85. Member Committee on Wealth Creation and Employment;

86. Member Committee on Energy & Mineral Resources;

87. Member Committee on House Services;

88. Member Committee on Information and Strategy; and

89. Member Committee on Ethics, Protocols and Privileges;

K. Committee Assignment

90. Visitation to Orange Island Development Company Limited Reclamation Site, Orange Island”

L. Ad hoc Committees Chaired

91. Chairman, 9-Man Ad hoc Committee on Economic Planning and Budget Appropriation Bill, 2018;

92. Chairman, 3-Man Ad hoc Committee on a “Petition by Doctor Kolapo Akande of 8B, Femi Osoniyi Close, Magodo G.R.A Phase II, Shangisha, Lagos”;

93. Chairman 5 – Man Ad Hoc Committee on ‘The Plight of Part one (1) Law Students of Lagos State University (LASU)‘

94. Chairman, 5 – Man Ad Hoc Committee on ‘A petition Against the Senate of Lagos State University, Ojo Lagos Over non-Ratification of Results-2004/2005 Part-Time Degre Programme of Okota Campus, Isolo (Faculty of Management Science)’;

M. Ad hoc Committee Membership:

95. 7-Man Ad hoc Committee on Lagos State Public Procurement Bill, 2011; and

96. 7-Man Ad hoc Committee on Proposed Removal of Oil Subsidy by the Federal Government.

97. 7-Man Ad hoc Committee on Cancellation of the Contract on the Construction of the 4th Mainland Bridge;

98. 10-Man Ad hoc Committee on Economic Planning and Budget Year 2017 Appropriation Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017;

99. 11-Man Ad hoc Committee on the incessant boat mishaps on the State waterways and the activities of sand dredgers as it affects water transportation in the State;

100. 7-Man Ad hoc Committee on the review the Business, Rules and Standing Orders of the House;

101. 8-Man Ad hoc Committee on Appeal to Revisit the Impeachment of Otunba Olufemi Pedro;

102. Omọ̀ Ẹ̀gbe Ìgbìmọ̀ Àṣàyàn Ẹlẹ́ni Mẹ́jọ lori Ipò Àìbójúmu tí Àyíká wà ní Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó.

A. Motions Sponsored in the 7th Legislative Assembly

  1. Deplorable Condition of Barracks in Lagos State.

“This House:

Notes with great concern, the awful state of most of the Police, Prisons and Army Barracks situated in Lagos State occupied by men of the Nigeria Police, Army and Prison Service;

Further notes that many of these Barracks were built over 40 years ago without any meaningful renovation or maintenance in recent time thereby resulting into deplorable state of facilities such as functional toilets, operational septic tanks, portable water systems, flowing drainage, refuse disposal system amongst others;

Worries that the absence of these amenities constitutes health hazard and serious danger to lives of residents of these Barracks and the neighbouring communities; and

Awares that the maintenance of these Barracks is the responsibility of the Federal Government, but appreciates the fact that the occupants of these Barracks are Lagos residents and deserve to live with their families in conducive environment with adequate infrastructure”.

Resolves to:

Call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan GCFR to direct the Federal Ministry of Works, the Nigeria Police, the Nigeria Prisons Service and the Nigeria Army to commence immediate stock taking and evaluation of the entire Barracks in Lagos State with a view to carrying out comprehensive rehabilitation on same; and

Urge His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, the Governor of Lagos State to on a compassionate grounds direct the Ministries of The Environment; Works and Infrastructure to liaise with relevant authorities managing the Barracks in order to provide palliative measures in these Barracks.

  1. Foreigners Taking Up Limited Employment Opportunities in Nigeria.

“This House:

Noted with dismay the unabated increase in the rate of unemployment in the country which the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) puts at 23.9 percent in 2011 doubling the incidence of unemployment in the last five years;

Observed that unemployment has been further compounded by the epileptic power supply that has stifled the manufacturing industry coupled with unfriendly lending interest rates which has crippled the entire business environment. Hence, it is reasonable that the few jobs existing should be for the exclusive preserve of Nigerians citizens, as it is been done globally;

Worried that a large number of non-Nigerians are currently employed all over the country, especially in Lagos and other major cities, to undertaken jobs in areas that Nigerians are skilled and very qualified for, contrary to the acceptable practice worldwide; and

Further noted that one of the reasons adduced to this, especially with respect to our crafts persons, is the lack of standardization of skills set, tests and workmanship among this cadre of would-be professionals.”                                

Resolved to:

Call on the Minister of Interior; the Nigerian Immigration Services and other relevant agencies to curb this unwholesome practice which is a direct assault on the Nigerian workforce with a view to ensuring that only foreigners duly permitted to work in the country are engaged; and

Urge the National Assembly to further strengthen the Labour and Immigration Acts in order to protect jobs from management to junior levels, where skills and expertise are available locally for exclusive preserve of the teeming unemployed Nigerians.

B. Co-sponsored Motions

  1. Lagos: A Need for Special Status & Consideration for 13 Percent Derivation Grant.

“This House:

Notes that Section 153 (1) (n) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria states that there shall be established for the Federation Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC);

Further notes that Section 162 (2) states that the President, upon the receipt of advice from the RMAFC, shall table before the National Assembly proposal for revenue allocation from the Federation Account and in determining the formula, the National Assembly shall take into account, the allocation principle especially those of derivation, internal revenue generation, population etc;

Recognizes that Section 162 (4) also states that any amount standing to the credit of the States in the Federation Account shall be distributed among the States on such terms and in such manner as may be prescribed by the National Assembly;

Concerns that despite the huge revenue derived from Value Added Tax (VAT)  in Lagos State (70 percent), less than 25 percent is returned to the State from the Federation Account without regards to derivation principle as enunciated in Section 162 (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; and

Worries that Lagos State as a former capital territory shoulder enormous responsibility in terms of maintaining infrastructural facilities to cater for more than 18 million people that come into the State on a daily basis from all the States of the Federation”.

Resolves to:

Call on Mr. President to grant Lagos State a special status as a former capital territory of the Federation of Nigeria, in order to retain her old status so that more money can be allocated to her for the provision and maintenance of infrastructural development; and 

Call on Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission to urgently forward the proposal on 13 percent derivation on Value Added Tax (VAT) for Lagos State to the National Assembly for immediate consideration.

  1. 1999 Constitutional Amendment: The Need for Constitution Review Committee in the State.

 “That this House:

Notes the provisions of Section 9 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which states that:

‘The National Assembly may, subject to the provisions of this section, alter any of the provisions of this Constitution; and

An Act of the National Assembly for the alteration of this Constitution, not being an Act to which section 8 of this Constitution, applies, shall not be passed in either House of the National Assembly unless the proposal is supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds majority of all the members of that House and approved by resolution of the Houses of Assembly of not less than two-thirds of all the States.’;

Further notes the Advertorial of the Senate, calling for memoranda towards the Amendment of the 1999 Constitution to be submitted within 50days to the Committee on the review at the 1999 Constitution;

Observes that pervious amendment of the Constitution did not address the salient and topical issues in the Constitution; thereby not meeting the yearnings and aspiration of Lagosians and Nigerians in general; and

Recognizes that there is a need for Lagos State and Lagosians to state unequivocally our position on the proposed Constitutional amendment, highlighting clearly, areas in the Constitution that require urgent amendment as dictated by our interaction with the Executive, Judiciary and Lagosians at large.”    

Resolves that:

  • the House should form a Committee for drafting of a Lagos memoranda for Constitutional amendment;

(ii) the House should empower the Committee to meet with stakeholders and consult   

      with Lagosians through a well-advertised public hearing; and

(iii) there should be a formal presentation of the resolution arising from the Committee’s Report to all appropriate quarters as may be determined by the House.

  1. Naming of the Old Chamber after Alhaji (Dr.) Lateef Kayode Jakande.

“This House:

Notes the contributions of the First Civilian Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji (Dr.) Lateef Kayode Jakande (aka Action Governor) who initiated and executed various ambitious projects during his administration between October, 1979 and December, 1983;

Further notes that one of his landmark achievements was the construction of the present hallowed Chamber of the Lagos State House of Assembly which remains a reference point both in architectural design and beauty; and

Observes that the present Chamber will be the only remnant of the Assembly structure built by the Jakande administration after the construction of the new Chamber and Office complex.”

Resolves that the present Chamber be named as ‘LATEEF JAKANDE AUDITORIUM’ in honour of the Former Governor, Alhaji (Dr.) Lateef Kayode Jakande, a distinguished media guru, astute administrator per excellence and revered elder statesman for his outstanding services to the development of modern Lagos.  

  1. Abuse of Motorable Roads by Residents and Artisans in the State.

“This House:

 Notes with dismay the indiscriminate and misuse of motorable roads as refuse dumps, mechanic workshops, trading spots and dumping grounds for abandoned vehicles by residents and artisans in the State;

 Further Notes that these unwholesome and carefree acts contribute immensely to the untidiness of the environment as well as increasing the cost of maintenance of these roads by the State; and

 Concerns that dumping of refuse, abandoning of vehicles, use of walkways as trading spots and spillage of chemical products such as grease or lubricants, are part of the undermining factors that cause damage to these roads which consequently restrains easy flow of traffic in the State.”

 Resolves to:

Call on the Chairmen of Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas in the State to work in partnership with Ministries of Works & Infrastructure; Transportation; The Environment; and Commerce & Industry in order to ensure that the roads are effectively put into use, thereby easing poor traffic conditions of the State; and

Also ensure that the observed anomalies are corrected and defaulters are penalized by the relevant agency(s).

  1. Need for Sensitization on the Newly Passed Road Traffic Law.

“This House:

Notes with serious concern the persistent traffic gridlock being experienced by motorists and commuters in the State;

Further notes the tremendous efforts of the State Government at improving the traffic situation in the State which led to the introduction and passage of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law, 2012, in the State;

Observes that new traffic offences have been created and the various penalties for sundry offences raised, with a view to ensuring sanity on our roads and safety of the citizenry as well serving as deterrent to defaulters; and

Concerns that the various changes made on the Lagos State Road Traffic Law, 2012, may remain largely unknown to members of the public, except the provisions of the said Law are well publicized so as to regulate their attitude and conducts.

Resolves to:

Call on His Excellency, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola SAN, the Governor of Lagos State to direct the appropriate Ministries, Departments

and Agencies of government to ensure that the general public are well informed about the newly passed Lagos State Road Traffic Law, 2012.        

  1. Indiscriminate Increase In Petroleum Products Prices By Independent Petroleum Marketers And Hawking Of Petroleum Products.

“This House:

Notes that Nigeria’s total petroleum output is 445,000 barrels per day, making the nation the 10th largest producer of crude oil in the world and by extension the most affluent in Africa;

Observes that Nigerians have continued to undergo untold hardship and humiliation due to frequent scarcity of petroleum products in the country;

Recalls that a lot of Nigerians in the time past who engaged in scooping, adulteration or hawking of such products in kegs have lost their lives and property in series of wild explosion of petroleum products; and

Worries about the insensitive and indiscriminate attitude of the Independent Petroleum Marketers who engage in illegal hoarding and willfully increase the pump price of petroleum products during scarcity”.

Resolves to:

Call on the National Assembly through the Committee on Petroleum Resources (Down Stream) to direct the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and other statutory agencies to look into the possibility of increasing the quota of petrol (PMS) supplies to Lagos State, considering her increasing population and metropolitan status; and

Also call on the State Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources in conjunction with the Ministry of Information and Strategy to embark on public awareness programme on the inherent dangers of buying and hawking petroleum products in Kegs along roadsides.

  1. The Need to Strengthen Monetary Policy, Manage Inflation and Ensure Economic Growth.

“This House: 

Noted that the implementation of the cashless policy was aimed at providing more efficient banking services and improving the effectiveness of the monetary policy in managing inflation and economic growth;

Further noted that the cashless policy was designed to curb some of the negative consequences associated with the high usage of physical cash in the economy, and minimize the movement of cash from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the banks, corporations and traders;

Observed that the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) found it imperative to reduce the liquidity in the banking system and minimize the upward movement in Monetary Policy Rate (MPR) by increasing the Cash Reserve Requirement (CRR) of Commercial Banks from 8 percent to 12 percent with effect from July, 25th 2012; and    

Worried that if the high interest rate is not reviewed, the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises (SMEs) would be discouraged, thereby increasing unemployment rate in the country.”

Resolved:

Call on the National Assembly through the Committee on Banking and Currency to direct the Central Bank of Nigeria to strengthen the monetary policy and adjust the interest rate in a manner that will improve and stabilize Banks’ financial resources to enhance credit portfolio to small and Medium Scale Enterprises in order to assist in correcting the imbalance in our balance of trade and payment;

Reduce the interest rate on Treasury Bills to discourage Commercial Banks from investing in such venture through the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN);

To deploy cashless policy across the entire country by 1st of January, 2013, since Lagos has already achieved 52 percent; address all other teething problems observed in the operation of the policy; and

To call on the Committee on Communications at the National Assembly to direct Telecommunication Service Providers to provide adequate and functional infrastructure to support the cashless policy drive of government on their networks.

  1. Call to Obey Zebra Crossing Signs in Lagos State.

“This House:

Notes the commitment of the State Government towards ensuring pedestrian safety on Lagos roads by marking longitudinal stripes (zebra crossing) on roads in high human and vehicular density in the State;

Further notes that Part One, Section B (ii) of the Nigeria Highway Code states inter alia:

‘A pedestrian is a person who is walking on the road especially in an area also used by vehicles. Drivers share the road with many other road users among whom are pedestrians who are part of exposed road users’;

Observes that a zebra crossing by Law gives rights of way to pedestrians but most motorists are either ignorant of or willfully disregard the existence of these all important safety signs; and

Worries that the inadequate markings of zebra crossing signs has led to loss of innocent lives due to the carefree attitude of motorists.”

Resolves to call on:

The Commissioner, Ministry of Transportation to ensure that zebra crossing signs and signal lights are erected in designated areas in order to give effect to the rules guiding pedestrian crossing in the State;

The Commissioner of Information and Strategy to intensify enlightenment campaign on the need for motorists and pedestrians to comply with road signs; and

The Commissioner of Police, Lagos State Police Command to ensure that motorists comply with the provisions of the Nigeria Highway Code and the Lagos State Traffic Law, 2012.

  1. New Auto Policy on Vehicles Imports and Its Effect on Nigerians:

       “This House:

Noted the harmful effect of the recently announced Auto-Policy of the Federal Government on the economy and welfare of Nigerians;

Further noted that the policy is not in tandem with the provisions of Sections 14(2) and 17(2) (c) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) which states inter alia:

  1. Section 14 (2) (b) ‘The security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of government’; and
  2. Section 17 (2) (c) ‘governmental actions shall be humane’

Aware that the Federal Government is in pursuit of a self-reliant automobile sector with the granting of tax holiday to manufacturers of cars, 50 percent duty rebate for five years and the imposition of 100 percent duty on imported vehicles but refused to take into cognizance that without a good foundation (power, manpower and ancillary services) the super-structure cannot stand in any economy; and

Worried that if this new policy is eventually implemented, the cost of vehicle will go beyond the reach of average Nigerian, especially in the face of poor credit access and high lending rates; smuggling from neighbouring countries will be on the increase; and a drastic reduction in revenue generation as well as under declaration and valuation of cargos by importers, which could affect the economic growth of the country.”

Resolved to call on:

The National Assembly to intervene in the implementation of the new Automobile Policy of the Federal Government in order to forestall the inevitable ripple effect on the economy and the lives of average Nigerians; and also prevail on the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria to put in place necessary infrastructural amenities that will enhance industrialization in the country.

  1. Distribution of Permanent Voter Cards in Lagos State by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

       Resolved:

 “That this House:

Called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to re-organize itself so as to improve on the distribution process of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) thereby ensuring that all Lagosians and Nigerians in general who have registered receive their PVCs and consider the possible extension of the Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) exercise in the country;

Urged INEC to give a commitment that those who registered during the Continuous Voters’ Registration (CVR) exercise later in the month will collect their PVCs before the 2015 general elections;

Directed the Attorney-General/Commissioner for Justice in the State to look into the legal implications of INEC pronouncement on the use of only the PVCs for the 2015 general elections; and

Called on the State Government to continue with the public awareness on the collection of PVCs and CVR processes so as to ensure that every Lagosian that is eligible to vote is not disenfranchised”.

  1. Ìpapòdà Aṣòfin Monkilu Abíọ́dún Martins.

Aṣòfin (Onímọ̀-ẹ̀rọ) Yishawu G.O.R. (Etí-Ọ̀̀sà II) fi tó Ilé létí nípa ìpapòdà Aṣòfin Monkilu Abíọ́dún Martins, tí ó jẹ́ Ọmọ-egbẹ́ Ilé Aṣòfin tẹ́lẹ̀ rí ní ọjọ́ Kẹẹ̀dọ́gbọ̀n oṣù Kẹsàn án, ọdún Ẹgbàálémẹ́ẹ̀dógún. Wọ́n fikun pe olóògbé jẹ́ aṣojú Ẹkùn-ìdìbò Ìkòyí Ọbáléndé ní Ìgbìmọ̀ Ilé Aṣòfin Kìíní àti Ìkejì láàárín ọjọ́ Kejì oṣù Kẹwàá, ọdún 1979 sí ọjọ́ Kọkànlélọ́gbọ̀n oṣù Kejìlá, ọdún 1983.

           

8th Assembly

Sponsored Motions        

  1. Call for Automation of the Entire Traffic Monitoring System in Lagos State.

“This House:

Noted the efforts made by this State Government in enacting the Lagos State Road Traffic Law, 2012 with a view to restoring sanity as well as protecting lives and property on Lagos roads;

Further noted that the extant Traffic Law of the State which is currently being enforced manually is having its positive impact, but has not fully achieved the intended objectives

Is worried that the behavioural change which is the goal of the Law though has improved, but minimum acceptable level has not been achieved in areas such as restriction from BRT lanes, traffic light compliance, speed compliance, seat belt compliance, use of mobile phones, driving against traffic as well as parking on sidewalks and medians;

Is aware that it is humanly impossible for the law enforcement agents to keep surveillance and ensure compliance with the provisions of the Traffic Law manually at all times; and

Is Concerned that manual enforcement of the enabling Traffic Law has exposed Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) officials and other enforcement agents to danger from erring road users leading to maiming and death atimes, thereby limiting their enforcement capacity.”

Resolved to:

Call on His Excellency, The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to direct the Ministries of Transportation; Science and Technology and other appropriate agencies to commence the process of automation of the entire traffic monitoring system of Lagos State by 2016.

  1. Need to Insert Sunset Clause in the Laws Establishing Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of Government in Lagos State.

“This House:

Noted the existence of some Agencies of Government through which the government discharges her responsibilities to the citizenry and the proliferation of same with overlapping responsibilities in various areas of governance in the State;

Further noted that over 150 Agencies established by the Laws enacted by the Lagos State House of Assembly over the years are either off-tune with present day realities, not functional or no longer relevant having accomplished the purpose for which they were created;

Is Worried that the inefficiency and redundancy observed in some of these Agencies will continue to bloat the Personnel/Overhead Cost and deplete the scarce resources of the State which would have been utilized to provide the much needed infrastructure in the State; and

Observed that the inadequacies associated with moribund MDAs can be systematically eliminated through further Legislative action by the inclusion of Sunset Clauses in the laws establishing them. This will provide for periodic evaluation and review of performances of their statutory mandates with a view to stipulating terminal dates for each MDA in line with policy directions of the Government.”

Resolved to:

Henceforth insert Sunset Clauses stipulating a terminal date in all laws establishing Departments and Agencies in the State; and

Cause the review of all laws establishing relevant Departments and Agencies in the State through the Standing Committees with a view to inserting Sunset Clauses stipulating their terminal dates.

  1. Labelling of Imported Alcoholic Drinks as Non-Alcoholic Drinks In Nigeria.

“This House:

Noted that consumption of alcoholic beverages has been considered normal, especially when drunk without outright intoxication in Nigeria and other parts of the globe;

Further noted that manufacturers all over the world have overtime been reeling out non-alcoholic drinks into the market to cater for non-alcohol consumers, hence non-alcoholic drinks are as popular and prevalent in the market as alcoholic drinks;

Observed that the term “non-alcoholic” is presumed to describe a beverage that contains 0.0% ABV (Alcoholic by Volume) and such beverages are permitted and acceptable to teetotallers for either religious beliefs or medical reasons;

Further observed with dismay that most imported non-alcoholic beverages from the big shopping malls to small supermarkets in Lagos State and across the country actually contain alcohol ranging from 0.05%-2.27% ABV (Alcohol by Volume) depending on the country from where it is being imported; and

Is concerned that labelling beverages with a certain volume of alcohol as non-alcoholic beverage is misleading, especially to pregnant women who are usually advised to stay away from alcohol to avoid birth defects and who resolve to consuming “supposed” non-alcoholic drinks as well as religious faithful whose beliefs are against the consumption of alcohol outrightly.”

Resolved to:

“Call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR to direct National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) to scrutinize and verify the contents as well as quality of products before same are allowed into the country for consumption”; and

“also call on His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to direct the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency to ensure that all products within the State meet the required standards as stipulated by the government.”         

  1. Call for the Introduction of Rotavirus Vaccine into the Lagos State Immunization Policy.

“This House:

Noted that vaccine preventable diseases are the major contributor of child mortality in sub-saharan Africa, particularly in Nigeria;

Further noted that Diarrhoea a vaccine preventable disease remains one of the two leading killers of children worldwide and its prevalence rate in Nigeria is 18.8 percent according to United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF);

Observed that Rotavirus infects nearly every child between the ages of 3 and 5 years, it is the leading cause of severe dehydrating diarrhoea among children under 5 years;

Also observed that where Rotavirus vaccine are used, it has improved the health of millions of children, reduced health care cost and saved lives of infants;

Is aware that the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that Rotavirus vaccine be included in all National Immunization Programmes and the Federal Government in 2014 promised to introduce the vaccine in the immunisation scheme before 3rd quarter of year 2015 and nothing has been done till date; and

Is further aware that Section 12 of the Child Rights Law, 2007 outlines the rights of children to health services and the roles of Government, parent, guardian, institution or body responsible for the care of child to provide the best attainable state of health.” 

Resolved to:

Call on His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State to direct the Ministry of Health to consider after appropriate investigation, the introduction of Rotavirus vaccine into the immunization scheme in order to improve the health of children in the State.

  1. Need to Amend the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Act of 2004.

“This House:

Noted the provision of Section 23 (1) (a) of the NIWA Act of 2004 (as amended) which empowers the National Inland Waterways Authority to exercise control on 100 metres of Lands perpendicular from the edges of both banks of every-body of water in Nigeria;

Further noted the provision of the Land Use Act which states inter alia:

“subject to the provisions of this Act, all land comprised in the territory of each State in the Federation are hereby vested in the Governor of that State and such Land shall be held in trust and administered for the use of common benefit of all Nigerians in accordance with the provisions of this Act”;

Observed that the necessary modifications to the original Decree 13 of 1997 now NIWA Act 2004 to bring it into conformity with the Constitution have not been made, as this NIWA Act 2004 still remains exactly Decree 13 of 1997, retaining such Sections as;

13(1) and 23(1)(a) which negate the provision of Section 1 of the Land Use Act by usurping the powers of the States’ Governors over land and also repugnant to Section 315(5)(d) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which validates the Land Use Act and stipulates that its amendment is deemed to be constitutional;

Further observed that NIWA, relying on the powers of Section 23(1)(a) of the National Inland Waterways Authority Act of 2004 (as amended), has commenced collections of dues, rates and ground rent charges on Lands over 100 metres from edges of water banks in Lagos and other States of the Federation;

Is aware that the continued collection of rates, charges and ground rents by NIWA on Lands in Lagos State negates the provisions of Section (1) of the Land Use Act and usurps the powers of the State Governor to exercise control over land vested on water banks in the State;

Is further aware that the Land Use Act of 1978 takes precedence over the NIWA Act as evidenced in the ruling or the judgement of the Federal High Court in the case of Oba Yekini Elegushi vs Attorney General of the Federation and others in 2001;

Is worried that unless Section 28(1)(c) of the NIWA Act which empowers the Agency to collect dues, rates, ground rents and land charges is repealed, the powers of the Lagos State Governor to exercise control over all vested land in the State as provided for in the Land Use Act would be eroded; and

Is concerned that the continued enforcement of Sections 23(1) and 28(1)(c) of the NIWA Act in Lagos State will adversely affect its infrastructural development efforts and impact negatively on the revenue generation drive of the State.”

Resolved to:

          Call on His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State, to direct the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice to take steps towards appealing all judgements with respect to National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Act, 2004 as it affects Land and Inland waterways; and 

Also call on the National Assembly to amend the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) Act, 2004 to respect the provisions of the Land Use Act, 1978.

  1. Mitigation of Flooding In Lagos State.

“This House:

Notes with great concern the gradual increase in perennial rainfall all over Nigeria and Lagos State in particular since 2011, which wreaked havoc in Benue, Sokoto, Ekiti, Abia, Ebonyi, Anambra, Kano, Kogi, Nasarawa, Rivers, Plateau, Niger, Maiduguri, Ogun, Cross River, Bayelsa and Osun States in 2016;

Further notes that the torrential downpour and thunderstorms over the weeks in Lagos which have left hundreds of people homeless with massive loss of businesses, incomes, damage to property and possible loss of lives, as major roads have been flooded especially around Ajah, Lekki, Victoria Island and Ikoyi Areas of the State. Also, the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NIMET) has linked the increase in the volume of rainfall and rising sea levels to global climate change resulting in incessant flooding;

Observes that some residents of the State have chosen to build illegal structures on drains while construction and sand-filling works around the lagoon and waterfronts in the State have compounded effects of the rainfall;

Is worried that the illegal construction, improper disposal of solid waste in canals/gutters and reclamation of wetlands if not urgently checked would cause further flooding of the State due to their obstructive nature; and

Is aware of the efforts of the State Government in abating flooding within the State which include clearing of drains, expansion and rehabilitation of existing collectors and canals to allow for free flow of water as well as sensitisation of members of the public on the dangers of dumping refuse into canals and illegal construction on drainage paths.”

Resolved to:

Call on His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State to direct:

the Ministry of The Environment to be proactive on issues relating to flooding, and ensure frequent desilting of drains and canals in the State;

the Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development to ensure the removal of unapproved structures obstructing drainages across the State and enforce strict compliance with the master plan of the State;

Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) with jurisdictions relating to the Environment and Urban Development as well as Local Government Councils (LGCs); and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) to work harmoniously in tackling flooding in the State and ensure frequent monitoring of the environment; and 

the Commissioner for Information and Strategy to sensitise members of the public to report abuse of drainage infrastructure through the emergency numbers 112 and 767.”

  1. Signing of Memorandum of Understanding without Recourse to the House.

Hon. (Engr.) Yishawu G.O.R. (Eti-Osa II) drew the attention of the House to the Punch publication of Tuesday, 6th March, 2018 where it was reported that the officials of the State Government and United Kingdom Firm, Low Energy Designs (LED) Limited signed a Memoradum of Understanding for the construction of 10,000 streetlights covering 300 Km across the State. He stressed the need for the House to seek clarification from the Executive Arm on the development as there was no recourse to the House before the document was signed. 

Members commented on the matter and unanimously agreed to refer the matter to an Ad hoc Committee.

Resolved to:

This House calls on the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice; Commissioner for Energy and Mineral Resources; the General Manager, Lagos State Electricity Board and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to brief the Ad hoc Committee on the Memorandum of Understanding signed in respect of the Construction of 10,000 Streetlights.

  1. Ipò Àìbójúmu tí àwọn Àyíká Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó wà.

Aṣòfin (Onímọ̀-ẹ̀rọ) Yishawu G. O. R. (Etí-Ọ̀̀sà II) pe àkíyèsi Ilé sí ipò àìbójúmu tí àyíká Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó wà, látàri pé apá iléeṣẹ́ Visionscape Sanitation Services Limited tí ó ń kó ilẹ̀ báyìí ò ká iṣẹ́ náà ní èyí tí ó ṣokùnfa àwọn ìdọ̀tí tí ó kún àyíká wa. Bákan náà, wọ́n fikun pé àwọn ọkọ̀ akólẹ̀ yòókù kìí ráàyè da ilẹ̀ wọn nù níbi ìdalẹ̀sí ti Ìjọba pèsè. Wọ́n ní ó ṣe kókó láti yára gbé ìgbésẹ̀ lóri ọ̀rọ̀ yìí láti lè dẹ́kun àjàkálẹ̀ àrùn.

Àbá àti Ìbéèrè tí ó wáyé: “Ilé yìí:

Dúró lóri àṣẹ tí ó pa fún Kọmíṣánnà tó ń bójútó Ọ̀rọ̀ Ìṣúná Owó ní Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó àti Olórí Àkáńtáǹtì Ìjọba/Akọ̀wé-àgbà láti dẹ́kun owó sísan fún iléeṣẹ́ aládàáni Visionscape Sanitation Services Limited;

Pe gbogbo àwọn Alága Ìjọba Ìbílẹ̀ àti àwọn Alága Ìdàgbàsókè Agbègbè Ìjọba Ìbílẹ̀ láti yára pe àwọn alábòjútó àjọ PSP padà sí ẹnu iṣẹ́ fún ìmọ́tótó àyíká, àti pé kí àwọn tó ń ṣàkóoso ibi ìdalẹ̀sí fi ààyè gba ọkọ̀ àwọn òṣìṣẹ́ akólẹ̀ yòókù láti máa da ilẹ̀ nù; àti

 Pàṣẹ fún Ìgbìmọ̀ Ilé Abójútó Ọ̀rọ̀ Àyíká láti pe Iléeṣẹ́ Ìjọba tó ń bójútó Ọ̀rọ̀ Àyíká ní Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó láti wá ṣàlàyé fún Ìgbìmọ̀ nípa àwọn ọ̀nà àbáyọ sí ìṣòro ìkólẹ̀ kódọ̀tí tó n kojú àyíká wa báyìí”.

Fẹnukò: “Ilé yìí:

Dúró lóri àṣẹ tí ó pa fún Kọmíṣánnà tó ń bójútó Ọ̀rọ̀ Ìṣúná Owó ní Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó àti Olórí Àkáńtáǹtì Ìjọba/Akọ̀wé-àgbà láti dẹ́kun owó sísan fún iléeṣẹ́ aládàáni Visionscape Sanitation Services Limited;

Pe gbogbo àwọn Alága Ìjọba Ìbílẹ̀ àti àwọn Alága Ìdàgbàsókè Agbègbè Ìjọba Ìbílẹ̀ láti yára pe àwọn alábòjútó àjọ PSP padà sí ẹnu iṣẹ́ fún ìmọ́tótó àyíká, àti pé kí àwọn tó ń ṣàkóoso ibi ìdalẹ̀sí fi ààyè gba ọkọ̀ àwọn òṣìṣẹ́ akólẹ̀ yòókù láti máa da ilẹ̀ nù; àti

 Pàṣẹ fún Ìgbìmọ̀ Ilé Abójútó Ọ̀rọ̀ Àyíká láti pe Iléeṣẹ́ Ìjọba tó ń bójútó Ọ̀rọ̀ Àyíká ní Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó láti wá ṣàlàyé fún Ìgbìmọ̀ nípa àwọn ọ̀nà àbáyọ sí ìṣòro ìkólẹ̀ kódọ̀tí tó n kojú àyíká wa báyìí”.

Co-sponsored Motions

  1. Review of the Special and Standing Committees of the House of Assembly. 

“This House:

Noted that Section 103 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria empowers State House of Assembly to appoint a Committee of its members for any special or general purposes as in its opinion would be better regulated and managed by means of such a Committee, and may by resolution, regulation or otherwise as it thinks fit delegate any functions exercisable by it to any such Committee;

Further noted that Subsection 2 requires the number of members of a Committee, the     terms of Office and quorum of such Committee should be fixed by the House of Assembly;

Observed the present formation and composition of the Special and Standing Committees of the House in such a manner that some Committees that should stand independently are joined with others, making oversight duties cumbersome and less impactful; and 

Worried that unless the erstwhile independent Committees, now joined, are separated with distinctive terms and separate membership, the versatility of the House of Assembly through its Standing and Special Committee may further be compromised.” 

Resolved that:

the formation of the Special and Standing Committees as presently constituted should be broken up into smaller units that will enhance efficiency; and

an Ad hoc Committee of the House be constituted to review the Business, Rules and Standing Orders of the Lagos State House of Assembly to cure any inherent errors.

  1. Call for Amendment of Lagos State University Law and Resolving the Perennial Crises.

“This House:

Noted that Section 3 (f) and (g) of the Lagos State University Law, 2004 state the objectives of the institution to include:

Encourage the advancement of the learning and to provide the opportunity for acquiring higher and liberal education; and

Act as a vehicle of development in general and in particular as an instrument that will effectively stimulate the development of the state through continuing education, applied research, technical assistance, direct consultation, informational services, internship program and student industrial work experiences scheme.

Further noted that Schedule 1, Sub 3(3) of the enabling law provides for two (2) terms tenure of four (4) years each for the Vice Chancellor, who is vested with the responsibility of maintaining and promoting efficiency as well as good order of the University;

Observed that since the establishment of the University, it has been bedeviled with internal crises and more often targeted at the incumbent Vice Chancellor aspiration for a second tenure;

Further observed that in the history of the University, almost all the Vice Chancellors ended their tenures in serious crises occasioned by aspiration for two (2) term tenure and leaving the office unceremoniously;

Also aware that Section 40 of the enabling law reversed the non-residential policy of the State University to a residential as far as practicable and made provision of residence mandatory for medical students in their clinical years;

Is worried that the incessant crises in the University have affected the image, development and standard of education are robbing off on the aim and objectives of establishing the university by the Lagos State Government; and

Is concerned that some Faculties that have brought honour, pride and recognition to the citadel of learning are now either losing the accreditation or remain not accredited.”

Resolved to:

A (i) Cause the amendment of all Tertiary Institutions Laws that established Lagos State University (LASU), Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH), Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Primary Education (AOCOED), Micheal Otedola College of Education (MOCOPED) in Lagos State and determine the tenure of Offices of the Vice Chancellor, Rector and Provost respectively; and

(ii) Organize an urgent stakeholders’ meeting, involving all segment of the university to discuss its prevailing problems and in particular factors affecting accreditations of courses in the university to be able to advice the Governor on ways of achieving enduring solutions to the hydra headed problems of the university.

  1. Call on His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to:

(i) Set in motion machinery of government that will give a more serious effect to residential policy of the Government in respect of the University as provided in Section 40 of the Lagos State University Law, 2004; and

(ii) Set up the appropriate Governing Council of all Tertiary Institutions in Lagos State as prescribed in the extant Laws establishing the Institutions.

  1. Need To Ensure Quality Control of Manufactured and Imported Products in Nigeria;

“This House:

Noted the proliferation of substandard products manufactured and imported into the country;

Further noted that this act of economic sabotage and disregard for the sanctity of human lives has become a hydra –headed menace which has defied all forms of control;

Is concerned that the efforts of regulatory bodies like the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) to check the menace have not discouraged these unpatriotic individuals and organisations;

Observed that the penalties for contravention of Sections 15, 16 and 19 of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria Act No. 18, 1990 is too flexible to deter individuals and organisations from committing this unpatriotic act;

Is worried that the high volume of substandard products either manufactured or imported into the country, has continued to have deadly implications on the health of Nigerians and in some cases resulted in the loss of lives and property;

Is more worried that this unpatriotic act had impacted negatively on the domestic market of the economy, leading to loss of Government Revenue and worsen unemployment;

Resolved to:

Call on:

the National Assembly to amend the following sections of Standards Organisation of Nigeria Act No. 18, 1990 with a view to recommending stiffer penalties for contraventions: (see annexure)

  1. Sections 15. Offences relating to standards
  • Any person, other than the permitted manufacturer, who makes or sells or exposes for sale or uses for the purpose of advertising any material or document on or in which is portrayed-
  • an industrial standard in any way resembling or purporting to be any of the

  Nigerian Industrial Standards established in pursuance of this Act; or’

  • a certificate mark resembling or purporting to be a certification mark issued

    in pursuance of section 14 of this Act;

shall be guilty of an offence and on conviction liable to a fine of N1, 000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both such fine and imprisonment.

  1. Section 16. Powers of the Minister to established standard as binding

(4)  If any item of manufacturer does not comply with industrial standard, and that item is sold or delivered to any person with a view to its being sold to the public –

  • the manufacturer of the item; and
  • any person who sells, or is concerned in the sale of the item knowing that it does not comply with standard,

shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall be liable on conviction 

  • in the case of the manufacturer, to a fine not less than N50,000 but not exceeding N100,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years or to both such fine and imprisonment;
  • in the case of a seller, to a fine not less than N5,000 but not exceeding N10,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both such fine or imprisonment.

 (5)   If any item of manufacturer does not comply with a mandatory industrial standard, and that item is sold or delivered to any person with a view to its being sold to the public, the manufacturer of that item shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N1, 000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one year or to both such fine and imprisonment.

  • Section 19. Offences
  • If any person required to furnish returns pursuant to section 18 (1) of this Act fails to furnish those returns as required under this Act fails to furnish those returns as required under this Act, he shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N400 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to both.
  • If any person in purported compliance with a requirement to furnish returns as aforesaid knowingly or recklessly makes any statement in the returns which is false in a material particular, he shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N200 or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months or to both.
  • Any person who willfully obstructs, interferes with or resist any officer or servant of the Organisation in the execution of his duty under this Act or who aids, invites, induces or abets any other person to obstruct, interfere with, assault or resist any such officer or servant, shall be guilty of an offence and liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding N200 or imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months or to both;

His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to direct implementation of the Consumer Protection Law, 2014 to ensure quality control of goods in the State; and

Condemned in strong terms the unwholesome practices of businessmen and women importing substandard products in the country.

  1. Ìpè fún Ìpàdé àwọn Alẹ́nulọ́rọ̀ ní Ẹkùn-ìdìbò. (Yoruba)

“Ilé yìí:

Kíyèsi pé ojúṣe àwọn Aṣòfin ni láti ṣojú àwọn aráàlú àti láti ṣòfin fún ìṣèjọba rere ní Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó;

Tún kíyèsí pé ní ìbámu pẹ̀lu ojúṣe àwọn Aṣòfin, ó ṣe pàtàkì fún àwọn Ọmọ-ẹgbẹ́ Aṣòfin láti mọ àìní àwọn aráàlú láti lè ṣàlàyé rẹ̀ fún Ìjọba lójùnà àti ṣe ohun tí ó tọ́ nípa rẹ̀;

Mọ̀ wí pé púpọ̀ nínu àwọn aráàlú ni wọn kò ní òye pàtó nípa ojúṣe àwọn Aṣòfin tí wọ́n sì máa ń gbé ojúṣe àwọn Ìgbìmọ̀ Amúṣẹ́ṣe fún àwọn Aṣòfin;

Tún kíyèsi pé ó ṣe kókó láti tètè ṣe ètò ìlanilọ́yẹ̀ fún àwọn aráàlú nípa ojúṣẹ àti ìdiwọ̀n àwọn aṣòfin gẹ́gẹ́ bí ìwé-òfin ṣe làákalẹ̀ kí àwọn aṣòfin lè ní àǹfààní láti ṣe ojúṣe wọn dójú àmì gẹ́gẹ́ bí aṣojú rere;

Mọ̀ pé ó máa rọrùn fún àwọn Aṣòfin àti àwọn aráàlú láti ní ìbáṣepọ̀ tí ó dánmọ́rán nípa yíya àwọn ọjọ́ kan sọ́tọ̀ fún ìjíròrò pẹ̀lú àwọn ará ẹkùn-ìdìbò wọn ní Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó, láti fi òye yé àwọn aráàlú nípa ètò Ìjọba, ojúṣe àwọn ẹ̀yà Ìjọba kọ̀ọ̀kan, ìlànà Ìjọba àti gbígbọ́ ẹ̀hónú wọn, ṣe ìwádìí àti àkópọ̀ àwọn ohun tí àwọn aráàlú ń retí kí ìjọba ṣe fún wọn, kí ìjọba lè mọ àwọn ohun tí ó yẹ láti bójútó.

Fẹnukò láti:

Ṣe Ìpàdé àwọn Alẹ́nulọ́rọ̀ ní Ẹkùn-ìdìbò ní ọjọ́ kan náà ní gbogbo Ẹkùn-ìdìbò ogójì tí ó wà ní Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó ní ọjọ́ Ìṣẹ́gun, ọjọ́ Kẹwàá oṣù Kọkànlá, ọdún Ẹgbàálémẹ́ẹ̀dógún;

Pe Ìpàdé àwọn Alẹ́nulọ́rọ̀ ní Ẹkùn-ìdìbò tí yóò wà fún gbogbo ìpele àwọn tọ́rọ̀ kàn ní ẹkùn-ìdìbò kọ̀ọ̀kan ní Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó tí ìwé-ìpeni yóò sì wà fún àwọn tí ìpàdé ọ̀hún kàn láti lè mú èròǹgbà ìbáṣepọ̀ pẹ̀lú àwọn ará ẹkùn-ìdìbò ṣẹ;

Ya ọjọ́ méjì sọ́tọ̀: Ọjọ́rú, ọjọ́ Kọkànlá àti Ọjọ́bọ̀, ọjọ́ Kejìlá oṣù Kọkànlá ọdún Ẹgbàálémẹ́ẹ̀dógún kí àwọn aráàlú lè fi àkọsílẹ̀ wọn ṣọwọ́ sí àwọn akọ̀wé tí yóò wà nílẹ̀ níbi gbọ̀ngàn ìpàdè Alẹ́nulọ́rọ̀ náà; and

Pé kí àwọn Adarí Ilé Aṣòfin Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó gba àkópọ̀ àbájáde àkọsílẹ̀ ẹ̀dùn ọkàn àwọn aráàlú tí ó jẹyọ níbi Ìpàdé àwọn Alẹ́nulọ́rọ̀ ní Ẹkùn-ìdìbò kí wọ́n fi ṣọwọ́ sí Ìgbìmọ̀ Amúṣẹ́ṣe fún ìgbésẹ̀ tí ó yẹ.

  1. Call for Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting. (English)

“This House:    

Notes that one of the primary responsibilities of the Legislature is to represent the interests and aspirations of its various constituents and make laws for the good government of the State;                        

Further notes that sequel to the constitutional responsibilities of the Legislature as stated above, it is imperative that Members of the Legislature interact with constituents to know their needs and ventilate same for government attention and actions;                                                                                                 

Realizes that a large number of members of the public does not know the specific functions of the Legislature and as such often erroneously make demands on Members of the Legislature to perform the functions of the Executive Arm;                 

Further realizes the urgent need to commence public enlightenment programme that will educate the public on the duties and constitutional limitations of the Legislature as well as making adequate and best use of the elected representatives in each of the Constituencies; and 

Is aware that a better constituency engagement could be achieved when some days are set aside for the Member of the  House of Assembly to interact with constituencies  simultaneously throughout the State, to enlighten members of the public on the structure of Government, duties of the respective Arms of Government,   explain Government Policies , receive   criticisms, complaints and suggestions from the Constituents,  investigate, gather and collate the peculiar needs of the people to enable the government process and attend to constituency needs”.                                                                    

Resolved to:

To hold Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting in each of the forty (40) Constituencies of the State, simultaneously on Tuesday, 10th of November, 2015;                               

That the Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting will be for a cross section of interest groups in each of the constituencies of the State to achieve the desired objectives of this Constituency engagement initiative;                                                 

That additional two days of Wednesday, 11th and Thursday, 12th November, 2015 be set aside to enable constituents submit to the Desk Officers at the venue of the Stakeholders’ Meeting; and                                  

That the outcome of the Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting be collated and process by the Leadership of the House of Assembly as the needs assessment of the forty (40) Constituencies of the State for onward transmission to the Executive Arm for necessary action.

  1. Occupation and Vandalisation of Pubic School Buildings and Facilities by Hoodlums and Miscreants.

“This House:

Noted the efforts of the Lagos State Government in providing Lagosians with high quality education through public primary and secondary schools across the State;

Further noted that Education is the most vital factor that defines the life, value, political culture and economic power of the people of Lagos State, as it provides them with the capacity, knowledge and skills to foster a thriving economy;

Observed the spate in which public school facilities and premises are being turned to residence by hoodlums and miscreants, who vandalise school facilities and also use these buildings as their hideouts to perpetrate their nefarious and underhand dealings such as raping, kidnapping, use and peddling of hard drugs;

Further observed that a number of these schools have damaged gates and fences due to deterioration and rainstorms, which enables these hoodlums and miscreants gain access into the school buildings unhindered; and

Realized that if this trend is not curbed, it would become a major challenge in the public school systems in Lagos State, which would spill over into the larger society.”

Resolved to:

Call on His Excellency, the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode

to:

direct the Ministry of Education, to liaise with relevant authorities to ensure the rehabilitation of fences and gates in public schools across the State; and

set in motion machinery of government that will critically appraise the security arrangements and apparatus in all public schools across the State with a view to strengthening security of the school buildings and facilities.

Call for National Rebirth Programme to Stem the Tide of Indiscipline in the Country.

 “This House:

Notes that one of the legacies of Retired Generals Muhammadu Buhari and Late Tunde Idiagbon administration of 1984 – 1985 was the policy of the War Against Indiscipline (WAI) which helped to bring back sanity to the nation’s polity;

Further notes that the programme was able to inculcate public morality, social order, civic responsibility, discipline and patriotism among Nigerians in everyday-life pursuit;

Is concerned that almost 32 years after the introduction of this lofty programme which was the landmarks of the then military government, the nation has lapsed into a theatre of absurdity such that indiscipline has become the order of the day; and

Is further concerned that the gains of the programme has not only been reversed but the nation has been plunged into individual, collective, private and institutional indiscipline which has become a norm in the society with grave negative impact on the socio-moral cum political values, thereby threatening the collective consciousness of the nation.”

Resolves to:

call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to as a matter of urgency come up with a National Rebirth Programme akin to War Against Indiscipline so as to stem the tide of social disorder, indiscipline and other social ills being experienced in the nation; and   

strengthen all enforcement institutions for efficient and effective service delivery with a view to restoring orderliness and discipline in the nation.

   

16. Need to Control the Continuous Decline in the Value of the Naira.

“This House:

Noted with concern the continuous fall in the value of Naira against other major currencies in international market, especially the American Dollars due to increasing demands for foreign exchange to meet the domestic imports in consumables, automobile, machines, energy (fuel), construction, technical and manufacturing expertise;

Further noted that the Dollarization of Nigeria economy stemmed from the ignoble demand for payments for goods and services such as hotel bills, school fees, rents, medical bills and other domestic affairs like partying, political campaigns and mobilizations in foreign currency as status symbols;

Was aware that Section 20, Sub-Section (1) and (5) of the CBN Act, 2007 mandated that only the currency issued by the Central Bank of Nigeria shall be the legal tender for all transaction payments and that non-acceptance of the Naira for payment in Nigeria attracts a fine of N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira) or 6 (six) months imprisonment; and

Was worried that except the ostentatious spending of the Dollars for domestic transactions and continuous demands for foreign products and services for which there are local substitutes are curtailed in order to promote local production and patronage, the demand for foreign exchange will continue to create balance of payment deficit in a mono-product economy like Nigeria with limited exports to shore up its earnings and foreign reserves.”

Resolved to:

Call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to direct:

the Minister of Power, Works and Housing to intensify efforts at improving power supply across the country so that key sectors like manufacturing can achieve maximum productivity which will correct the balance of payment deficit;

the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria to enforce compliance with the monetary regulations prohibiting indiscriminate use of Dollars for domestic transactions and ostentatious lifestyles and to review fiscal and monetary policies frequently;

the Minister of Information to embark on sensitation campaign on the need for Nigerians to patronize locally produced goods as this would help the economy generate the desired consumption shift; and

call on the State Ministry of Information and Strategy to begin immediate promotion of Made in Nigeria goods.

  1. Need to Appraise the Performance of 2017 Mid-Year Budget of the State. 

 “This House:

Notes that the Lagos State Appropriation Law, 2017 places the budget size at N812,998,290,343 for the fiscal year;

Further notes that the Budget focuses on massive investment in security, traffic management, infrastructure, environment, health, housing, tourism, power, e-governance, education, agriculture, skills acquisition, physical and social development;

Observes that in the implementation of the approved budget, the present administration of His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State had embarked on various developmental projects in the twenty (20) Local Government Areas and thirty-seven (37) Local Council Development Areas of the State in the last six (6) months;

Realizes that there is need to ascertain the holistic performance of the Year 2017 Budget by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) across the sectors in the State; and

Is convinced that the Mid-Year Budget assessment would disclose the level of performance, compliance with the provisions of the Appropriation Law and serve as a basis during the consideration of Year 2018 budget proposal.”

Resolved to:

“Mandate the Committee on Economic Planning and Budget to embark on the assessment of Budget performance of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for the Fourth quarter (October – December) 2016 and Mid-Year (January – June) 2017 from Monday, 17th July, 2017”.

  1. Increasing Security Concerns on E-Taxis Operations in the State.

“This House:

Notes the increasing patronage of internet driven business in the State, especially in the transportation sector where technology is fast changing the process of booking, payment and planning of movement with a click of a button from the comfort of the passengers home;

Further notes that worldwide, the incidence of private car owners turning in their vehicles for hire services is gaining prominent attention because of the need to increase their streams of income;

Is aware that in Lagos State, many car owners have joined the growing fleet of car hire provider using electronic platforms like Uber, Oga Taxi, Taxify and Smart cab;

Observes that the security measures adopted by the providers of these electronic platforms are not enough to guarantee the safety of both passengers and drivers in their vehicles during operation; and

Worries about the security implication of this new trend of transportation, especially against the backdrop of incessant cases of harassment, killing, kidnapping and robbery involving both passengers and drivers on the e-taxis platform.”

Resolves to:

Call on His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State, to direct the Commissioners of: 

Transportation to monitor the activities of e-taxis operators by putting measures in place to guarantee the safety and security of operators and users in the State;

Science and Technology in conjunction with the Nigeria Police to work out modalities for safety by integrating all relevant security information into a data base and ensure the installation of monitoring devices in all e-taxis as part of regulatory guidelines for the operation of private cab services in the State; and

Finance in conjunction with Lagos State Inland Revenue Services (LIRS) to ensure collection of taxes and other levies accruable from e-taxis operators in the State.

  1. Call for the Listing and Preservation of some Historical Buildings and Sites in Lagos State.

 “This House:

Notes the provision of Section 4 (b) of the Listed Sites (Preservation) Law, CH.L 86 Laws of Lagos State, 2015 which states inter alia:

“A site may be listed for any or a combination of the following: historic interest-buildings, sites, locations or monuments that are associated with aspects of State, National, social, economic, cultural, ethnic, political history or interest to the public by being associated with persons of public renown or having some quality of interest in their physical fabric”

Further notes that there are some buildings with prominent architectural antiquity and monumental designs and values;

Whereas, such buildings of aesthetic repute form part of the historical beauty and tourism potentials of some countries in each division of the State, while such buildings are now giving way to sets of commercial shops and modern residential apartments without any regard for their aesthetic and historical values, thereby wiping away such buildings with their monumental values;

Is worried that unless such building sites and locations are listed in accordance with the extant Law, Section 1 (1) of the Law may not apply to protect them as stated thus:

“As from the commencement of this Law, no property, site or monument location to which this Law applies as a listed site under grades I, II and III shall be altered, demolished or improved upon except as is necessary owing to normal wear and tear or minor repairs, without the prior issuance of listed site consent of the Governor in accordance with the provisions of this Law.”

Is concerned that there are sites and locations of national, political and cultural history in the State which are significant but are yet to be listed in accordance with the extant listed sites law. Such sites like the Epetedo Declaration site where Late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola (MKO) declared himself winner of the June 12, 1993 General Election may soon be decimated and lost in history to some insignificant structures instead of being taken over, developed and listed as a tourist site as a pointer to the current national democratic dispensation; and

Is further convinced that if these structures and sites are well preserved and listed, they will help the historical psyche and boost the tourism potential of the State and the Nation at large.”

Resolved to:

  1. Call on His Excellency, Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State to direct:
  2. the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts and Culture to liaise with the Lagos State Records and Archives Bureau to go round the State and compile list of buildings of such architectural value and long standing history that are relevant for preservation;
  3. the appropriate Ministry to affix State crest or mark such buildings as listed under the State Law;
  4. the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to take over, list and develop Epetedo Declaration site in memory of Late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola (MKO) and the June 12 struggle in Nigeria;
  5. the Commissioner for Information and Strategy to commence public sensitisation for the need to preserve property sites or monument locations of historical relevance and architectural values in the State; and
  6. the Commissioner for Education to cause the inclusion of our cultural heritage in the school curriculum in Lagos State.
  7. urge Members of the House to go round their constituencies and come up with list of such buildings, sites, locations or monuments that are associated with aspects of State, national, social, economic, cultural, ethnic, political history or interest to the public by being associated with persons of public renown or having some quality of interest in their physical fabric with a view to compiling such list and forward it through the House Committee on Tourism, Arts and Culture to the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture for consideration and adoption.
  8. The Deplorable States of Some Residential Estates in Lagos State.

 “This House:

Notes the housing deficit in the State as well the effort of Government and private estate developers at ensuring the provision of affordable shelter for residents of the State;

Further notes with dismay the deplorable states of some residential estates built over 30 years ago without adequate maintenance thereby resulting in the deplorable state of facilities such as proper refuse disposal, portable water system, flowing drainage system, streetlights, central sewage system, recreational parks and roads amongst others;

Is worried that no sooner had these estates been allocated to residents that the parent Agencies and private developers have abdicated their responsibilities of maintaining the infrastructure and sustaining the healthy environment created by the initiative;

Is concerned that the continuous neglects of the estates with the attendant failed roads, failed sewage, dilapidated buildings, erection of illegal structures and degraded environment may thwart the plan of the State Government to secure a better standard of life for current and future citizens of the State, if urgent attention is not given to the rehabilitation of some of the estates; and

Wonders the roles the Residents’ Associations are expected to play in achieving the sustainable maintenance of these estates.”

Resolved to:

mandate a 7-Man Ad hoc Committee to organize a stakeholder’s meeting on the deplorable state of some residential estates established by Government in the Lagos State.

  1. Need to Curb the Menace of Drug Abuse among Youths in Lagos State.

“This House:

Noted that drugs are chemical substances that when used in the prescribed measure, confers health benefits to the users;

Further noted that in recent times youths have formed the habit of using drugs for purposes other than their prescribed use, such as for pleasure, to feel or get high, perform better in certain situation, to change their perception of reality or for other purposes and in manners that are not consistent with the set standards of behaviour in the community at large;

Is aware that contemporary drug abuse transcends the use of conventional hard drugs like cocaine, heroin, cannabis and Indian hemp consumption but now includes seemingly harmless over the counter drugs such as cough syrups with codeine, rubber, gum, septic tank fumes, urine concentrates, colorado, skushi, skunk, loud and kerosene gas e.t.c which are mixed with soft drinks to conceal their contents;

Is further aware that youths now abuse a combination of these substances with two popular drugs; tramadol and codeine which are commonly used for the treatment of cough and severe pain and are easily purchased over the counter from drugs stores and ‘Chemists’ without doctor’s prescription;

Is concerned that those mostly involved in this practice are unqualified pharmacists, nurses and road side hawkers selling to these young people who consequently commit sexual crimes and other acts of violent;

Is worried that this abuse has damning and adverse health effects, which include mental disorder, liver cirrhosis and many socio-economic consequences like school drop-out, cultism, armed robbery and other related crimes in the State.”

Resolved to:

Call on His Excellency, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, the Governor of Lagos State to direct the Commissioners, Ministries of Health; Information and Strategy; Youth and Social Development, and other relevant Agencies to collaborate with entertainment social Ambassadors (celebrities), other community ambassadors, Members of House of Assembly, House of Representatives and prominent Lagosians to embark on aggressive campaign towards curbing the menace of drug abuse and its adverse effects particularly on the youths and the society at large;   

Call on the Chairman, Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit to carry out strict enforcement against sale of drugs by road side hawkers;

Call on the Pharmaceutical Board to direct its members to restrain from selling drugs particularly those that required prescriptions over the counter without prescription from qualified physicians;

Call on other relevant authorities to wake up to their responsibilities and address issues relating to the sales, distribution and circulation of the said drugs and other ones in the Country; and

Mandate Honourable Members to embark on sentisisation programme across schools in their various constituencies.

Bill Sponsored into Law

Regulation of Smoking Law, 2014.

Bills Sponsored for Consideration

  • Lagos State Sunset Agency Bill, 2013;
  • Rape Shield and Civil Liability Bill, 2014;
  • Lagos State Resident Registration Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2013
  • Lagos State Examination Board Bill, 2014.

Bills Facilitated into Law       

  • Lagos State Public Procurement Law, 2011;
  • Lagos State Scholarship Board Law, 2012;
  • Lagos State Polytechnic Law, 2012;
  • Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency Law, 2011
  • Cremation Law, 2012;
  • Lagos State Christian and Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Boards Law, 2013;
  • Lagos State Public Service Staff Development Centre Law, 2013
  • Lagos State Emergency Command and Control Centre, Law 2014;
  • Consumer Protection Agency Law, 2014
  • Facilities Management and Maintenance Law, 2014;
  • Lagos State Lands Registration Law, 2015;
  • Lagos State Health Management Agency Law, 2015.
  • Lagos State University (Amendment) Law, 2015;
  • Lagos State Employment Trust Fund Law, 2015;
  • Appropriation Law, 2016;
  • Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (Amendment) Law, 2016;
  • Local Government Election Tribunal (Amendment) Law, 2016;
  • Local Government Administration (Amendment) Law, 2016;
  • Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law, 2016; and
  • Lagos State Properties Protection Law, 2016;
  • Kidnapping Prohibition Law, 2017;
  • Lagos State Sports Commission Law, 2017;
  • Lagos State Sports Trust Fund Law, 2017;
  • Environmental Management and Protection Law, 2017;
  • Lagos State Independent Electoral Commission (Amendment) Law, 2017;
  • Lagos State Cancer Research Institute Law, 2017;
  • Lagos State College of Nursing (School of Nursing, Midwifery and Public Health) Law, 2017;
  • Yoruba Language Promotion and Preservation Law, 2017;
  • Lagos State Cooperative College Law, 2017;
  • Lagos State Customary Court (Amendment) Law, 2017;
  • Lagos State Electric Sector Reform Law, 2018;
  • Appropriation Law, 2018;
  • Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018;
  • Lagos State Teaching Service Commission Law, 2018;
  • Lagos State Pension Reform (Amendment) Law, 2018;
  • Lagos State Awards Scheme Law, 2018;
  • Lagos State Health Scheme (Amendment) Law, 2018;
  • Lagos State Mental Health Service Law, 2018;
  • Lagos State Tourism Promotion Agency Law, 2018; and
  • Lagos State Local Government Service Commission Law, 2019.

Committee Chaired:

  • Chairman, Committee on Economic Planning and Budget;
  • Chairman, Committee on Waterfront Infrastructure Development; and
  • Vice Chairman, Committee on Education, Science and Technology.

Committee Membership:

  • Member Committee on Economic Planning and Budget;
  • Member Committee on Public Accounts (State);
  • Member Committee on Economic Planning and Budget;
  • Member Committee on Works & Infrastructure;
  • Member Committee on Energy & Mineral Resources and Waterfront Infrastructure Development;
  • Member Committee on Wealth Creation and Employment;
  • Member Committee on Energy & Mineral Resources;
  • Member Committee on House Services;
  • Member Committee on Information and Strategy; and
  • Member Committee on Ethics, Protocols and Privileges;

Committee Assignment

Visitation to Orange Island Development Company Limited Reclamation Site, Orange Island”         

Ad hoc Committees Chaired

  • Chairman, 9-Man Ad hoc Committee on Economic Planning and Budget

            Appropriation Bill, 2018;

  • Chairman, 3-Man Ad hoc Committee on a “Petition by Doctor Kolapo Akande of 8B, Femi Osoniyi Close, Magodo G.R.A Phase II, Shangisha, Lagos”;
  • Chairman 5 – Man Ad Hoc Committee on ‘The Plight of Part One (1) Law Students of Lagos State University (LASU) ‘;
  • Chairman, 5 – Man Ad Hoc Committee on ‘A petition Against the Senate of Lagos State University, Ojo Lagos Over non-Ratification of Results-2004/2005 Part-Time Degre Programme of Okota Campus, Isolo (Faculty of Management Science)’;

Ad hoc Committee Membership:

  • 7-Man Ad hoc Committee on Lagos State Public Procurement Bill, 2011;
  • 7-Man Ad hoc Committee on Proposed Removal of Oil Subsidy by the Federal Government. 
  • 7-Man Ad hoc Committee on Cancellation of the Contract on the construction of the 4th Mainland Bridge;
  • 10-Man Ad hoc Committee on Economic Planning and Budget Year 2017 Appropriation Law (Amendment) Bill, 2017;
  • 11-Man Ad hoc Committee on the incessant boat mishaps on the State waterways and the activities of sand dredgers as it affects water transportation in the State;
  • 7-Man Ad hoc Committee on the review the Business, Rules and Standing Orders of the House;
  • 8-Man Ad hoc Committee on Appeal to Revisit the Impeachment of Otunba Olufemi Pedro; and
  • Omọ̀ Ẹ̀gbe Ìgbìmọ̀ Àṣàyàn Ẹlẹ́ni Mẹ́jọ lori Ipò Àìbójúmu tí Àyíká wà ní Ìpínlẹ̀ Èkó.