Obasa To Sanwo-Olu: Work On Projects To Alleviate Poverty, Empower Lagosians

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Leshi Adebayo



The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly has urged the Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, to work more on policies to bring more dividends of democracy to the people of the State.

Obasa gave the advice when the governor visited the Assembly on Wednesday to present the 2022 Budget Of Consolidation put at ₦1,388,285,459,990.51.

Speaking after the presentation by the Governor, Obasa who passed a vote of confidence on Mr. Sanwo-Olu for the achievements of the current administration, said the dividends still need to get to the grassroots.

In his words, “While the projections of this administration are being guided by its THEME agenda, we need to further strengthen it to touch the lives of the people.”

“Despite the numerous infrastructural developments going on in the state, the impact is not yet fully getting to all and sundry as it should be.”

“At the same time, our policies must be channelled towards fighting poverty in our society and empowering our people, particularly those below poverty line.”

“In doing this, land has become the sole and natural belonging of the people, which can be used as a source of fund to lift them out of poverty.”

“But as it were, the policy seems not to be helpful when it comes to acquisition. As such, there is the need for the government to readdress the issue of land vis-à-vis landowners in acquisition, excision and compensation.”

The Speaker also called on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to rejig the economy of Nigeria to reduce unemployment, insecurity and poverty.

In this regard, he said, “Let me also use this medium to call on our President, Muhammed Buhari to do everything within his power in addressing the state of economy.”

“You will all agree with me that the level of unemployment, inflation, insecurity, infrastructural decay in the country is at an alarming rate. As such, I urge Mr President to work towards rejigging the economy.”

“The federal government should at the same time work with the component units, which are the states, to further empower them to develop the natural endowment resources. This will no doubt boost the economy.”

“Some provisions in the constitution should be reviewed as well such as the railway line and distribution of electricity. For the umpteenth time too, state police should be well considered now as a way of tackling insecurity in the country.”

He praised the House of Assembly for its pro-people orientation and for constantly supporting the Governor to meet the yearnings of the people of the State.

Obasa, further expressed that the support the Governor enjoys from the Assembly had reflected in the successes so far achieved by the government

While commending the 7-man judicial panel of inquiry into cases of brutality and human rights violations committed by operatives of the disbanded Special Anti-robbery Squad (SARS) in the state, for completing its task, the Speaker urged Lagosians to remain patient and not stoke controversies as a white paper on the report is being expected.

He said, “May I use this medium to commend the seven-man judicial panel of inquiry to investigate cases of brutality and human rights violations committed by operatives of the disbanded special anti-robbery squad (SARS) in the state, chaired by retired Justice Doris Okuwobi.”

“No doubt you were chosen to saddle this task based on your pedigree, integrity and creditability. We have utmost trust in you. As such, what you have been able to put together for about a year must not be jeopardised by mere unwarranted statements that can generate controversy.”

“Let’s not forget that Lagos has never been a police state and it will not start now. Our state has always been a free state for all. We have absolute faith and confidence in our Governor that he will not descend so low to incite violence against any member of the panel irrespective of the decision or interest of the members of the Panel.”

Obasa added, “Based on this, I will plead with Lagosians and Nigerians as a whole that, while we await the White Paper of the ENDSARS Panel report, people should remain calm and not rush to judgment.”

“You can rest assured that justice will surely be served based on the outcome of the report. Of course, we are aware that justice is the basis of any democratic government.”



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