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Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Tasks Ahead Assemblies Speakers Weighty, Need Concentration to Implement: Obasa Tells Colleagues



The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, has urged speakers of state legislatures to get over celebration of their electoral victories and deliver services to the people in their respective states.

Obasa’s Press Officer, Ms Chioma Anifowose, in a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday, quoted the speaker as making the call at a gathering of speakers of state legislatures in Abuja.

Obasa urged his colleagues to concentrate on ensuring leadership of all the state Houses of Assembly shares the same understanding of the vision of the Conference of Speakers.

He implored the speakers to make sure that the wellbeing of the people was paramount in their daily activities.

Obasa said the conference of speakers had agreed on a road map to move state parliaments forward toward achieving greater heights in service delivery.

“Evidently, this sitting will be an inaugural one for the new speakers as well as an avenue to intimate you all with what we have been doing, particularly concerning the issue of financial autonomy for the state legislatures and its implementation,” he said

Obasa said that the financial stability of state legislatures was sacrosanct, as it was the catalyst for good governance.

The speaker urged the speakers to be committed to uncommon developments in their various states, and by extension Nigeria.

“Let me remind us of some of the pending issues that are yet to be resolved, like the constitutional amendment that was ongoing during the 8th Assembly in the Senate and House of Representatives as well as State Police.

“We should all work together in the current assembly to continue with the process of constitutional amendment, which is geared toward enhancing the wellbeing and improved standard of living of our people,” he said..

Obasa, who doubles as the chairman of the conference of speakers of state legislatures in Nigeria, asked his colleagues to ensure service delivery to residents of their domains as a way to foster development of the country.




Obasa, who earlier led a delegation to Abubakar Malami, the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and justice minister, told his colleagues that there was need to urgently settle down and be pro-active in delivering on their promises to better the lives of the people “having in mind the progress of our dear country within the frame work of our legislative power.”

He urged the speakers from the other 35 states to remember that the tasks ahead of them are weighty and need concentration to implement.

Obasa noted that the meeting was to help ensure that the leadership of all the recently inaugurated state assemblies shared same vision and got to understand the goals of the conference of speakers. He said, through the conference, the speakers would be able to agree on the best way to move their state parliaments forward for success.

The speaker stressed that importance of financial stability in state legislatures describing it as the best way to ensure true governance across the country.

Urging the new speakers to be committed to the development of their individual states, Obasa further urged them to make the welfare of those they serve uppermost in every of their considerations.

The speaker also used the opportunity of the meeting to speak against the renewed attacks against Nigerians and other nationals in South Africa saying the continent needed peace and progress.


Sources: Legit.ng and DailyPost

Photos credit: Gbenga Adeniyi

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