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Now that Governor Ambode has broken a financial record and Obasa says it can be achieved



was in the once sleepy town. “Epe is becoming a small London. You need to see the level of development going on there,” he said.

For anyone who has not visited Lagos state in the last four years, I bet you that person would find it very difficult recognising Berger area today. To now think that these projects were executed without any borrowing speaks a lot about the person in charge of affairs in the state and those who he has surrounded himself with.

Enter the Lagos state House of Assembly. This arm of government headed by Mudashiru Obasa has ensured, in the last two years, that the governor succeeds. At the inception of office, Obasa told some journalists that the paramount responsibility of the Assembly under his watch is ensuring the best environment for the governor to excel. Through these efforts, the House has been able to plug major holes and assisted, even though indirectly, to boost the state’s internally generated revenue.

Obasa further reiterated his resolve to move at the speed required for the development of the state with Governor Ambode, when the latter presented the 2018 budget recently. This is why the budget would be passed shortly. It is currently bring examined by a committee of competent hands.

The governor continues to have the assurances of the House that his zeal, dreams and mission for the state will be achieved.

The governor and Obasa do not doubt how the budget of N1.046 trillion could be achieved. The speaker has confirmed the state has the capacity just like Ambode shares same belief. The two officials have come a long way, starting from the lowest level of governance being the local government. The speaker was a councillor in 1999, while the governor started his career at the local government level too before moving to the state.

The duo had been part of the modern Lagos policies charted by Ashiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Hence they have both been students of the same school of thought – Tinubuism. Again, Obasa was the chairman in charge of the committee on budget of the Assembly before becoming its speaker. On the other hand, Ambode has been and remains a finance guru leading the state to success on many fronts even when he was yet to become the governor. The budget will surely be achieved.

Egberongbe is the special adviser to Speaker Mudashiru Obasa on political and legislative matters.

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