The Speaker of Lagos House Of Assembly, Rt Hon, Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa, has said that the legislature he leads is not a rubber stamp to the executive arm of government.
Obasa stated this in response to a question during the Assembly’s annual media parley with journalists and civil rights activists on Monday, May 28, 2018, at the Lateef Jakande Auditorium.
He said the cordial relationship between the Assembly and the executive was based on the fact that they both have a common leadership in Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and that many of them in position of authority today at both the legislative and executive arms of government have been in government for a long time to the extent that they have known each other very well.
“For instance, when I was the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee some time in the past, the governor was the Accountant General of the state.
“This does not, however, mean we are a rubber stamp to the executive. If we have to agree, we say yes and if we have to disagree, we will say emphatic no,” he maintained.
The Speaker in his response to the controversial Land Use Charge issue said the ad hoc committee set up to look into it has not submitted its report to the Assembly.
He claimed the government requires money to provide all the infrastructure that are springing up in all the nooks and crannies of the state .
He said he was sure that, at the end of the whole exercise, the Land Use charge will be favourable to the generality of the people of the state.
On the unpacked refuse in many parts of the state, he assured that the Assembly has waded into the situation, adding that some PSP operators, who were managing waste in the state before the emergence of Visionscape, were gradually returning to waste management.
He said, “Visionscape is a ghost, it is not known to the Lagos State House of Assembly. Yes, we are one , but where needed we say no, and where necessary we say yes.”
The Speaker said in the last one year, the Lagos House of Assembly has passed 9 bills into law and 45 resolutions.
According to him, the acts and resolutions passed by the Assembly in the last one year addressed issues relating to environment, power and energy, transport, as well as education.
He thanked journalists and civil rights activists for their cooperation and support in the last three years of the 8th Assembly. He implored them not to relent in their duties and responsibilities towards the legislature.
Because, according to him, the legislature is the basis of democracy and that if the legislature fails democracy will collapse.
– Tolani Abatti