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The Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa has lamented continued disregard for the legislative arm of government at the state and federal levels.
   
Obasa who said such actions could cripple democracy in the country and called for a redress, spoke at a media/civil society organisation parley in Ikeja.
   
Recall that recently the mace was forcibly removed from the upper chamber while the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris also refused to honour the invitation of the Senate on issues bothering on the security of the country.
   
Consequent upon these, Obasa stressed that the legislature plays a key role in the democratic principle of Separation of Power; hence it must be protected from unlawful actions.
   
According to him, “The latest development as regard the legislature across the country both at the federal and state levels is alarming.

It is so sad that the legislative arm of government is being dishonoured and disregarded by rejecting its invitation as well as the stealing of mace.
   
“We must remember that legislature is the basis of democracy. Without legislature there will be no check and balances let alone the separation of power. So, I call on you all to rise up and protect legislature to defend our democracy.”
   
The Speaker also urged media professionals and CSOs to join hands in the promotion and sustenance of democracy describing them as watchdogs who checkmate the activities of the government on issues that are detrimental to the welfare of the people.
   
“Through constant advocacy, government lobbying and regular public engagements, they have been bridging the gap between elected officials and the electorate.
   
“Likewise, it has been proven beyond reasonable doubt that informed citizens are the foundation for a strong democracy.

As such, the Nigerian Press has been sensitizing the public through timely circulation of information on the activities, policies, and plans of the government on one hand; and the rights and responsibilities of citizens on the other hand,” he added.
   
Recounting the achievements of the House in the last one year, Obasa disclosed that the Assembly has passed a total of nine bills into laws while 45 resolutions have been made.

   
He stated that some of the laws that were passed addressed issues related to environment, education, transport, power and energy sector, adding that the resolutions were used to tackle various issues that affect the people of the state.
   
Citing examples, Obasa said the need to preserve the cultural heritage from going into extinction necessitated the resolution of the Assembly to call for compilation of buildings of architectural value and longstanding history that are relevant for the preservation.
   
“This House also mandated the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture to affix state crest or mark such buildings as listed under the state law.

In the same vein, the need to commence public sensitization on the importance of preserving sites, monument, and locations of historical relevance in the state, necessitated the call to the Commissioner for Education to include studies of our cultural heritage in the school curriculum in Lagos State.”
   
He however agreed that no meaningful development could take place in an unsafe environment and called for urgent upgrade of all fire service stations in the state with modern firefighting trucks, service equipment and personnel.
   
“This will enable the Agency combat fire incidents with a view to preventing loss of lives and property in the State during fire or flood disaster.”
   
He added that in spite of the challenges confronted, the members of the 8th Assembly have remained undaunted and resilient in the legislation of bills for the enhancement of the growth and development of the state and for the fostering of the total wellbeing of the people.
 
“It is expedient for us to present our score card for necessary appraisal by the electorate and for the purpose of setting the records straight.

We are mindful of the huge responsibilities invested in us, as well as the expectations of the electorate; and we are glad to give account of our activities at the Lagos House of Assembly in the year that just rolled by as we have been doing since the beginning of this administration.
   
“We firmly believe that the legislature, and indeed the Lagos House of Assembly, as one of the major institutions in a democratic system, has a critical role to play in promoting fair governance.


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