While workers at the National Assembly are at dagger drawn with the leadership of both chambers over the non-payment of their salaries and allowances, their counterparts at the Lagos State House of Assembly are full of praises for Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly for proactively dealing with their welfare across board.
“I always feel delighted to be in the midst of staff because i have seen myself being part and parcel of this administration of the House. Your welfare is very paramount to me and also to the Clerk because he is always in my office to discuss issues affecting staff with me.”
Obasa stated this during one of the quarterly staff interactive forums held at the Assembly complex. Information reaching City Rovers, however, revealed that Obasa is walking the talk as he has tripple the allowances of the legislative aides, and non-legislative aides- administrative workers in the Assembly, and their salaries are paid as and when due. Sources within the legislative chamber revealed that since he couldn’t unilaterally increase their salary, he resorted to reviewing their allowances upward, a gesture that was greeted with wide jubilation among the members of staff of the Legislative House.
Aside the foregoing, the 8th Lagos legislative Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa is gradually winding up with the 2019 general elections around the corner, not without its unprecedented achievements though. The leadership of the House and the lawmakers still have more surmountable legislative tasks ahead of them in the next 5 months before the expiration of the subsisting 8th legislative session. Chief among them is the scrutiny of the 2019 budget, yet to be submitted by the Governor of the state, Akinwunmi Ambode. Even though sources within Alausa, the corridor of power hinted that the budget would be presented to the House sooner rather than later. Just like last year, the legislators worked assiduously in ensuring that the 2018 budget was adequately scrutinized, this year too, the 2019 budget scrutiny will not be an exemption, said a source.
It is also instructive to note that the 8th Legislative Assembly whose ship is being steered by Obasa that was inaugurated on June 8, 2015, has passed into laws over 17 bills, while there are also others at various stages of passage. Over 159 resolutions have also been made. These resolutions and laws are those that border majorly on the security and well-being of residents of Lagos, which have had direct impact on them and promoted monumental infrastructural renewal as well as development across the State.
Part of the inherent achievements of the 8th Assembly is the election of Obasa as the Speaker of the Conference of Speakers, a feat which was said to have been largely made possible as a result of the obvious achievements recorded by 8th Legislative Assembly through pre-emptive legislation that has brought about transformation in Lagos state.