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Lagos Speaker Opens Up On Sleaze Allegations

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Speaker, Lagos House of Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, has denied allegations that he awarded illegal contracts to himself through companies registered in son’s name as published online on Saturday.

Obasa denied the allegation during plenary on Monday.

The report said the speaker allegedly owned several companies used for receiving contracts from the Lagos State Assembly and ministries as well as launder public funds.

The companies included, Adesav International Ventures, Quick Solution International Ventures, White Honey Enterprises, Cream on Ice Services, A.B DELCO Nigeria Company, and Fabric Splash Ventures.

Others were,  Skye-Macosh Company, Swifthill International Ventures, Silver Section Global, Davedab Global Ventures and Jose Macosh Company.

However, Obasa, challenged the media outfit to publish the contract date, location, amount and contractual agreement.

He said: “Let me also join my colleagues to emphasise that what was published had nothing to do with me.

“I said it two weeks ago during plenary when the publication was out about the existence of the kingdom which I made my position known  on that.

“But the fact remains that the kingdom has no relationship with the Lagos State House of Assembly.

“At least, they have alleged and they must be able to prove by giving out the name of such contracts, the amount, the location, the date and the contractual agreement.

“So, with this, the public will be better convinced that truly such allegation exists,” said the Lagos Speaker.

According to him, there is no relationship between the kingdom and Lagos State House of Assembly.

He said the media outfit could prove him wrong if they had the necessary proof.

Speaking earlier, the Clerk of the House, Mr Azeez Sanni, who brought the matter to plenary, said that the house did not in anyway award contracts to the mentioned companies in the report published by the media outfit.

“Mr Speaker! Let me seek your indulgence to speak on the publication in which some allegations were made regarding the house.

“As the clerk of the house and Head of Administration, I want to say categorically to the public that this house has not had any business dealings with the mentioned companies,” he said. (NAN)

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Violators of coronavirus lockdown face jail term as Lagos assembly passes new law

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The Lagos state house of assembly on Thursday passed into law an emergency bill to help the state combat coronavirus.

Of the 51 confirmed cases of the virus in Nigeria, the state has the highest number, 32.

On Thursday, the state lawmakers passed the “Emergency Coronavirus Pandemic Bill 2020” personally sponsored by Mudashiru Obasa, the speaker, into law.

It affords Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor, the legislative concurrence to spend an initial N20 billion to effectively contain the virus and enforce compliance by Lagosians.

The bill was presented on the floor of the chamber by Noheem Adams, deputy majority leader, after which it scaled the first and second readings and was passed to the committee on health for further deliberation.

The bill was later laid before the house by Hakeem Sokunle, chairman of the committee on health, after which it scaled the third reading.

The bill gives the governor the opportunity to make recourse back to the house before any regulations.

The bill also stipulates a fine of N100,000 for defaulters, one month imprisonment in the correctional centre or three months community service.

Where the offence is not spelt out, it attracts N200,000 and also allows the leadership of the various arms of government to structure their own restriction format.

Section 8 of the bill makes provision for the coronavirus Trust Fund.

The bill further empowers the governor to declare a state of emergency of up to three months if the situation requires so.

Speaking on the bill, Adedamola Kasunmu (Ikeja constituency 2), said it was important to alleviate the impact of the virus on the economy of Lagos, especially since the bill would enable the executive to expend necessary funds to contain the virus by providing adequate facilities in the state owned hospitals.

On his part, Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti-Osa 2), said: “We urge Lagosians to bear with us. Pandemics are not new but the way government and people react to it matters 150 states in the world.

“Lagos recorded the first case,so they should look at the possibility to broaden it to capture much more.”

Contributing, Obasa said the contingency plan in the budget cannot sort out the current issue.

“Government needs be seen doing something, making effective pronouncements. The governor can make recourse back to the House if need be. If the budget procedure takes much time that can’t suffice, the kick off fund will help,” he said.

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Lassa fever death toll rises to 176 — amid battle against coronavirus

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Nigeria has recorded three more deaths from the Lassa fever outbreak, raising the total death in 2020 to 176.

The National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) disclosed this on Thursday in its latest situation report.

It said 28 new cases were also recorded, shooting the total number of those infected up to 932 across at least 27 states.

The NCDC  added that the states with highest new confirmed cases are Edo (eight) and Ondo (five).

Lassa fever is transmitted to humans via contact with food or household items contaminated with rodent urine or faeces. Its symptoms include high fever, soar throat, nausea, fever and general weakness.

The disease has been endemic in Nigeria, as there is often an outbreak every year. This time, Nigeria is battling it alongside a new disease: the coronavirus.

As of Wednesday night, 51 persons have been infected with the virus, which has led to the death of one person and grounded economic activities across the country.

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus in December, half a million people have been infected globally while at least 23,500 have died from the disease.

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Lagos Assembly Reinstates Suspended Lawmakers

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Lagos State House of Assembly has lifted the suspension placed on four of its members.

The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa announced the move at the start of plenary on Thursday.

Speaker Obasa said that the Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) and the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress called a meeting on Tuesday to intervene in the crisis and directed that the House should reinstate the suspended lawmakers.

The affected lawmakers are Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh, who was the Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Rotimi Abiru, who was the Chief Whip, Hon. Moshood Oshun and Hon. Raheem Adewale.

Their indefinite suspension was announced at the plenary on Monday, 9th of March and the affected lawmakers and their aides were later denied access to the legislative complex.

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