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Lagos Assembly Calls for Engagement With Agitators, True Federalism

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AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM (Lagos)

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The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday called on the federal government to engage agitators across the country rather than employ the use of force.

This is as the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, argued that the use of the military in an attempt to quell agitations for secession would not yield the desired result since it is part of democracy for a people to speak out concerning how they are governed.

Obasa, who noted that the 22 years of unbroken democracy being enjoyed by Nigeria is worthy of celebration, however, said there many things yet to be done after so long adding that these had led to the tension in the country.

The Speaker, who made the comment during the debate on a motion about the 22 years of unbroken democracy in Nigeria raised by Hon. Setonji David, commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing an executive order granting autonomy to state legislatures and judiciary and for honouring the late MKO Abiola with the declaration of June 12 as democracy day.

Noting that democracy is a wholesome package, he added: “It is not about electing us alone. Those that elected us also have freedom, they have the right to protest where they think things are not working.

“The right to protest should not be taken away from them as long as such right is not taken for granted.

“There is no crime in seeking for separate nations within an existing nation,” he said as he mentioned some countries where the citizens have called for disintegration.

“Those representing the people through the ideology of social contract must listen to the people,” he said urging the government to engage the groups and calling on the National Assembly members to go beyond weeping on the floor of the House and truly rejig the constitution.

“For the southern governors, having stated their position, they should not go to sleep. They should follow it through,” he urged.

Concerning the issues of insecurity, the Speaker said: “We will continue to cry that we have state police and devolution of power.”

He said restructuring, which he described as part of the solutions and not a problem, should have addressed economic challenges and poverty level just as he lamented that the Naira has continued to fall against the Dollar.

He praised Lagos as the true example of democracy and promised that the state would continue to lead in this area.

The House observed a minute silence in honour of the late MKO Abiola and all those who lost their lives in the course of the struggle for democracy.

Earlier in his contribution, Hon. Rotimi Olowo described the current constitution as fraud.

“This 1999 constitution amended so many times can no longer be embellished. It is fraud,” he said as he called for the semblance of regionalism where the interest of the minority is taken care of.

To him, the current amendment is another effort in futility and a new constitution reflecting the will of the people has to be produced.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu suggested an overhaul of the constitution while noting that some items on the exclusive list be devolved.

On his part, Hon. Bisi Yusuff noted that Nigeria’s democracy is not a true reflection of the will of the people adding that the constitution was promulgated through a decree.

Supporting the motion, Hon. Desmond Elliot said Nigeria will not progress more than it is now if the constitution is not overhauled.

Other lawmakers who spoke concerning the motion include Hon. Tobun Abiodun, who complained that states are not allowed to manage their resources, and Hon. Kehinde Joseph, who noted the high level of insecurity in the country.

The House also called on the National Assembly to ensure true federalism while it urged Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and the government to engage in enlightenment of the people on security consciousness.

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Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Awards Set To Take The Center Stage.

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Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Awards Set To Take The Center Stage.

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AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM

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Countdown begins for the talk of the town Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Award (SRELA) is billed to take place as a presentation in the month of August 2021 and packaged by Society Reporters, a reputable news platform that serves as the watchdog of society; bringing to the fore pertinent issues that are otherwise overlooked for the past ten years of existence.

The debut of SRELA as special recognition excellence and the leadership award is to add value to the carefully selected awardees and recipients for the year, enhance their credibility, and reinforce the leadership stance of recipients in their field of endeavors.

The information available revealed that the organizers have made name for themselves by breaking many top society stories over the years and staging Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Awards (SRELA) now is another win for the online platform that stands out amongst its contemporaries.

Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Award (SRELA) is positioned to be an epoch-making event in the society like no other to celebrate and honor those that deserve the crest and creating unity in various industries across the board” disclosed an associate.

Checks also revealed that Society Reporters is a reputable platform that shines the light on elite society members, and the organizers have concluded plans to use this opportunity to stage an excellent award and throw even more of the spotlight on those who have made a difference in society regardless of the sector.

No doubt, Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Awards (SRELA) is an exclusive annual event to honor excellence and leadership with limitless imagination and bold execution to foster unity among the top players in various sectors at large, said the Publisher, Mr. Sunday Adebayo.

More so, the Awards aim to celebrate the commendable feats that define the personality of awardees/recipients; feats that have secured their position as high flyers with excellent perception and outstanding ratings in their respective categories.

The industry watchers also squealed that Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Awards is a good platform for the Recognition for Your Achievements, Exposure for You And Your Organization, and Access to Industry Leaders. And they wish to advise any prospective recipients not to miss this golden opportunity from Society Reporters.

The Governing Board of the Society Reporters Excellence Leadership Awards (SRELA)  headed by the Publisher Sunday Adebayo, and the Selection Panel for the SRELA 2021 edition has jointly ratified the selection of reputable recipients for the maiden edition that would be unveiled officially soon.

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Kano Rebuts Trending Story on Women Driving Ban

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Kano Rebuts Trending Story on Women Driving Ban

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TESLIM TESLIM (KANO)

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Kano state government has described as fallacious a trending story on social media platforms on a purported plan to officially disallow women regardless of any faith from getting behind the wheel.

The state commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba who made the clarification in a statement issued on Thursday, said government had at no time contemplate on the matter.

He said the story, which could not be traced to any credible source, was nothing but the imaginary thinking of the authors.

“The trending story lacks any credibility and that is why it is wholly attributed to a source that cannot be substantiated,’’ it added.

Malam Garba pointed out that if at all there was such plan, the state government does not have to be involved in any secretive meeting to decide on a critical issue that has to do its teeming populace.

The commissioner stated further that even Saudi Arabia which for decades had laws that sanctioned women from driving has, after all, lifted the ban in 2018.

He said it was interesting that some of the scholars quoted to have supported the alleged ban have already dissociated themselves from the story.

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PUBLIC HEARING: LAGOS ASSEMBLY OBTAINS STAKEHOLDERS OPINION ON DNA, FORENSIC CENTER BILL

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PUBLIC HEARING: LAGOS ASSEMBLY OBTAINS STAKEHOLDERS OPINION ON DNA, FORENSIC CENTER BILL

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AJAGBE ADEYEMI TESLIM  SPONSORED BY: H&H

Lagos Assembly on Wednesday organised a-day public hearing on “A Bill for a Law to provide for the establishment of the Lagos State Deoxyribo-Nucleic Acid (DNA) and Forensic Center, to support criminal investigation, Law enforcement and the preservation of evidences for the judicial system and for other connected purposes” to obtain stakeholders and the Publics opinion on the Bill.

In his Welcome Address, the Chairman Joint Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights, Public Petitions and LASIEC and Health Services, Hon. Victor Akande stated that the Bill is a corroboration of the House’s responsiveness and responsible to any matter affecting the citizenry especially as it relates to criminal investigation and dispensation of justice in Lagos State.

He further urged for vibrant contributions in order for a judicious and practicable legislation for the benefit of Lagosians.

Giving his Keynote Address, Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasi Eshinlokun-Sanni, representing the Speaker Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa stated that the bill seeks to enable the forensic center in providing a suitable data bank that will encompass information of Lagos residents to better solve and prevent criminal activities in the State.

“If we want our desired developments to become reality, we need accurate robust information with these population and immigration realities. There is the need for a suitable databank that will have an across the board information of Lagos residents”.

Hon. Sanai Agunbiade, giving the extensive Overview of the Bill assured the Stakeholders that the bill had enjoyed robust debate on the floor of the House and having survived on merit is being committed to the joint Committee on judiciary and Health Services for more input by stakeholders and the publics.

Enjoining the Stakeholders that, “As professionals, we want you to assist us to give Lagosians a clear, unambiguous Law that will be beneficial to all and other States to use as specimen for their own Law”. He Said.

In his analysis, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo SAN, Lagos State Attorney General /Commissioner for Justice adjudged that the bill is another display of the dynamism that Lagos Assembly is working in collaboration with the other arms of government.

Adding that the Bill serves as a tool in the creation of the Forensic and DNA center and it will assist Lagosians in sleeping easier. “Science has progressed so much that we cannot go back to analog method therefore we must deploy the use of forensic services to fight crimes.

Prof. Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health while following the line of the Commissioner for Justice, spine in the pioneering spirit of Lagos by using Law as an opportunity to make the State a safer place as the commissioning of crime can be adjudicated and criminals can be brought to book.

“The power of bio-technology allows for the placement of old crimes and to shed more light on previous circumstances leading to the crime. It is a step in the right direction to utilise the science of bio-technology which is an exact and advance science of cataloguing circumstantial materials and data associated with matter under investigation”.

Following the contributions of the Stakeholders, Dr. Salawu Tajudeen, Vice Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association while commending the House noted that Forensic is multifaceted and the functionality of the center must reside with the professionals of the medical sector.

Deputy Chief Registrar of the High Court, Mr. Fadeyi on the part of the judiciary highlighted that there should be a definition which should include the High Court and Magistrate as they are the principal coroners of the judiciary system.

He added that the establishment of the Center will assist in extraditing and resolving issues such as ballistic and forensic test challenges.

In his contribution, Dr. Babafemi Thomas, Director Pathology Services advocated that many sub-division branches of forensic science should be captured in the bill as well as the body that will be responsible for the funding as it will guide and reduce instruments of conflict.

Dr. Jibola Keshiro, Managing Director, Apapa General Hospital is of the opinion that the role of the Director of the Center goes beyond legal services as it is more technical and involves medical professionalism, therefore a medical professional and specialist be recommended for the position.

In response to the concerns raised on some clauses in the Bill, the Deputy Speaker, Hon. Wasi Eshinlokun-Sanni assured the stakeholders and the publics that the Bill will include their aggregate.

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