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Lagos Assembly considers bill on award for deserving citizens

By Kehinde Olatunji
22 March 2018   |   4:12 am
The Lagos State House of Assembly is considering the Lagos State Award Scheme (LSAS) bill 2017.

The Lagos State House of Assembly is considering the Lagos State Award Scheme (LSAS) bill 2017.

This was made known during the second reading of the bill for a law to establish the LSAS to, among other things, specify the privileges of the recipients and for related matters.

House Majority Leader, Sanai Agunbiade, hinted that the executive bill is to establish the Lagos State Merit Award, which benefits would have the privilege of qualifying for certificates and medals, among others.

He said: “The bill is meant to be a kind of motivation to individuals who have served the state meritoriously in different capacities.”

Agunbiade further stated that the bill also provides for a council to comprise a chairman and five members representing each division of the state.

The bill conferred on the council powers to institute the awards and specify the conditions for the awards.

Speaking, representative of Kosofe Constituency II, Tunde Braimoh, noted that the proposed bill was relevant to the development of the state.

He added that the state’s social values, norms and standards were being eroded, hence the need to appreciate those who have contributed to the development of the state.

“It is a bill that seeks to reward and commend excellent performance. We need to find a way of celebrating and appreciating those members in our community that have excelled and distinguished themselves in their areas of callings or special requests,” he said.

Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, who stated that the bill was aimed at inspire others, added that the award should go beyond naming or giving plaques but should include special benefits so as to encourage others to do more.

He, thereafter, committed the bill to the Ad-hoc Committee on Special Duties for further scrutiny, which would report to the House within two weeks.