Speaker of the 8th Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has expressed his concern over the rate at which speakers in State Assemblies are being sacked.
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Obasa made this known while reacting to questions posed to him at a media parley organised by the Lagos Assembly on Thursday.
The Lagos Speaker who called on the media to support the legislature said he was worried about the leadership crisis rocking most House of Assemblies saying about six speakers had been sacked in recent time.
Obasa, however, stated that his concern should not be seen as an indication that his future as Speaker of Lagos Assembly had come under threat, adding that he enjoyed the supports of his colleagues in the House.
In his address at the occasion, the Speaker highlighted the achievements recorded by the House under his leadership.
According to him, “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.”
Recall that some of the bills passed by the 8th Lagos House of Assembly and signed into laws by Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode, include, Lagos State Properties Protection Law (2016), Lagos Kidnapping Prohibition Law (2017), and Environmental Management and Protection Law (2017) among others.
Currently, the House is in the process of amending the Public Office Holder (Payment of Pension) Law.
Expatiating on the amendment of the Payment of Pension Law, Obasa said in his speech, “This amendment is a private member’s bill and is titled Public Office Holders (Payment of Pensions) Amendment Bill, 2016. The Bill has been read first time and awaiting second reading.
“The intendment of this bill is to save tax payers money while addressing the cost implication of some parts of the law. For instance, the law allows governors and the deputy to have a house each in Lagos and Abuja while both governor and the deputy are also entitled to 6 and 5 vehicles respectively. But with this amendment, both governor and the deputy will be limited to a house in Lagos where they served as well as have 3 and 2 vehicles respectively.”