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.
The Lagos speaker is also the Chairman, Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria.
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 also seized the opportunity to condemn the Xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and foreign nationals in South Africa, saying it portends great danger to continental people.
Man Who Robs Prostitutes In Edo lands in police net
The man whose name has been given as Godstime Ogechi specializes in robbing prostitutes in Ugbiyoko, Egor local government area of the state.
A statement released from the command revealed that Ogechi operates alone and uses a rod that looks like a gun.
He would get the girls and lie to them that he will pay them to spend the night with him then take his victim to a dark street where he would rob them.
Upon interrogation, Ogechi said he has lost count of the number of girls he has robbed.
“I don’t have any gang. I operate along Ekenwan road. I pick street girls at night and rob them. I will chat with them and tell them I want to take them for daybreak. When we get to a dark corner, I will bring out this thing like a gun and threaten them. They will give me their phones. I cannot remember the number of girls I have robbed. I was caught when one of the girls ran away after I have paid her. I went back to the spot I picked her from and demanded for my money. She raised alarm.”
Gov. Bello opens up on why he granted amnesty to 13 suspected armed bandits in Niger State
Niger State Government has granted amnesty to 13 suspected armed bandits that were arrested by security operatives along Kontonkoro axis in Magama Local Government Area of the state.
Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger disclosed this while delivering a keynote address at the 2nd General Abdulsalami Abubakar Foundation Annual Peace Lecture on Saturday in Minna.
He said the bandits were released based on the dialogue and peace deal as well as agreement reached by the government and bandits from the area in August.
The governor said the peace accord reached had led to gradual reduction in activities of armed banditry and kidnappings in the area.
“After hearing them on why they decided to engage themselves in such activities, we had to go into a peace agreement with them in the interest of peace and for them to help us with useful information to tackle spate of insecurity in the state,” he said.
The governor noted that they have been cooperating and helping security agencies with useful information on how to identify the unrepentant bandits who were still terrorising the state.
He said the repentant suspects have been engaged into various trade and skill acquisition programmes, adding that the same approach would applied with bandits in Pandogari, Allawa and Erena areas of the state.
How LASCOPA recovered N18.9m compensation for consumers in Lagos
The Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency (LASCOPA) says it has recovered N18,886,754 as refund and compensation for consumers in the state
The General Manager, LASCOPA, Mrs Kemi Olugbode, disclosed this in a statement in Lagos on Saturday.
She said that the money was recovered for consumers who sought the support of the agency to get redress from infringements on their rights by retailers and traders of various consumables.
Olugbode said that LASCOPA received complaints daily from aggrieved consumers seeking redress from various unfair trade practices in the state.
She noted that 87.1 percent of the total complaints received by the agency had been amicably resolved, while 9.4 percent were receiving attention.
”About 1.5 percent of the complaints received are awaiting court judgment and two percent were dropped for lack of merit,” he said.
Olugbode said that complaints were received from transportation, banking and finance, food and beverages, Insurance, e-commerce, telecommunications and property sectors.
Other areas are; electricity distribution companies, confectioneries, Manufacturing, automobiles, pharmaceuticals, chemical and agro-allied companies, among others.
She urged consumers to take advantage of the agency`s services to seek redress whenever there was an infringement on their rights, as it was free of charge.
Olugbode said that complaints should be forwarded online through the agency’s e-mail addresses, email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
She said that complainants could also visit LASCOPA’s office and all complaints should be accompanied with relevant documents attached.
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