Let’s Make Lagos Stand Like A Country, Obasa Tells Lawmakers At Plenary

The Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, has admonished the lawmakers to work towards making the state to stand as a country, such that it will not have to wait for subventions from the Federation Account.

Obasa spoke on Thursday at a plenary as lawmakers who resumed from the recess  they had taken for the general elections thanked God and Lagosians for their reelection for the 9th Assembly

The lawmakers also took turns to hail the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, party stakeholders and constituents for their reelection.

The successful lawmakers commended Obasa for “shouldering” their matters as his, and giving them necessary support.

Mr. Tunde Braimoh, representing Kosofe Constituency II in the House, commended Tinubu, Obasa, all stakeholders and his constituents for their support.

Braimoh, who was reelected for the second term, said that the trust reposed in him by the people would not be regretted.

According to him, the annual stakeholders meeting of the House, through which it interfaces with the people, should be held more frequently to feel the pulse of the people, as such fora aided their reelection.

Also, Mr. Bisi Yusuff, representing Alimosho Constituency I in the House, commended former Osun governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, residents, party stakeholders and his family for staying by him to ensure his third term.

Mr. Abiodun Tobun, representing Epe Constituency I at the Assembly, who also commended people of Epe for supporting him for his third term, and promised to serve the people more.

Mr. Jude Idimogu also commended Tinubu, Obasa and other APC leaders in his constituency, Oshodi-Isolo I, for giving him the opportunity to serve for a second term.

Other lawmakers who spoke at the plenary include: Messrs Yinka Ogundimu (Agege I), Olusola Sokunle (Oshodi-Isolo I) and Setonji David (Badagry II)

Others are: Messrs Nurudeen Solaja-Saka (Ikorodu II), Moshood Oshun (Lagos Mainland II), Noheem Adams (Eti-Osa I), Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa II), Ibrahim Layode (Badagry I), Fatai Mojeed (Ibeju-Lekki I), among others.

Some of the lawmakers were reelected for second term, third term and fourth term, while only Obasa was reelected for the fifth term in the March 9 governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Meanwhile, some other lawmakers like Mrs. Adefunmilayo Tejuosho (Mushin I) and Mr. Dipo Olorunrinu (Amuwo-Odofin I) who would not be returning to the House for the 9th assembly also commended the people for the opportunity to serve.

In his response, Obasa commended his colleagues for their support and loyalty, assuring that Lagos had the capacity to soar higher than where it was currently operating.

The Speaker urged the lawmakers to reciprocate the love and support received from the people during the elections and ensure they do more for them in the 9th assembly.

“I want to thank all the members for praising me. You stood by us, so we too should stand by you,” he said.

Obasa urged the reelected lawmakers to appreciate their constituents with their works.

“Let us serve the people effectively so that the people would see that we are working.

“Let us ensure that we push Lagos to stand like a country. States such as California and Atlanta in the United States of America could stand on their own.

“We should do something so that Lagos can go forward beyond its level. Let us move Lagos forward and work hard so that we do not wait for allocations from Abuja before we can do what we want to do.

“We have been doing it and we must do more. We should think on what we can do as lawmakers to take Lagos higher.

“I believe that Lagos can go beyond what we are. We should see it that the work is to be done collectively,” he said.

Obasa said that the House could do a lot by working with the incoming governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

He urged chairmen of all the House standing committees to finish their legislative work before the end of the 8th Assembly.

Obasa thanked outgoing Governor Akinwunmi Ambode for his efforts and for the feat recorded by the APC in the last elections.

The House adjourned its plenary session till April 8.