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Lagos Assembly Begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report On MDAs

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Lagos Assembly Begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report On MDAsThe Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Lagos State House Committee, on Tuesday commenced the 2019 consideration exercise of the state Auditor-General’s statutory report on the account of the state Ministries Departments Agencies (MDAs).

While addressing journalists at the opening of the exercise, Chairman of the committee, Hon. Nurudeen Saka-Solaja explained that the purpose of the exercise was not to witch-hunt but to invite all heads of the indicted MDAs and sought clarifications from the as regards the outstanding queries raised in the Auditor-General’s report to enhance better service delivery in the state.

Saka-Solaja noted that the Public Account Committee is a statutory establishment of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and an important instrument of checks, probity and accountability by the legislature both at the federal and state levels.

According to him, “Sections 125(2) and 129(1) (c) of the 1999 Constitution as amended empowers the Public Accounts Committee of the House of Assembly to ‘summon any person in Nigeria to give evidence at any place or produce any document or other things in his possession or under his control and examine him as witness and require him to produce any document or other thing in his possession or under his control, subject to all just exceptions’ during the deliberation and consideration exercise of the audited report of the accounts of MDAs submitted by the Auditor-General of the state.

“Accordingly, in consonance with the need for effective and best practices in the pursuit of its statutory objectives, the Public Accounts Committee (State) of the Lagos State House of Assembly today commenced the deliberations and considerations of the audited report of the State Auditor-General on the accounts of the Lagos State government for the year ended, 31st December, 2019,” Saka-Solaja said.

He, however, assured Lagosians that as part of the oversight function of the legislative arm of government, that all monies budgeted for the MDAs will be properly scrutinized as well as judiciously spent as captured in the budget of the state.

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‘We are not planning any impeachment against Obasa’ -LAWMAKERS

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Members of the Lagos State House of Assembly on Monday passed a vote of confidence on Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, emphasising that they were not plannning to impeach the speaker, as insinuated in some quarters.
The Lawmakers said the speaker had demonstrated exemplary leadership so far so good, and as such, vowed to keep supporting him.
Recall that Obasa had been in the eye of the storm following ongoing investigation by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) into his financial dealings in the house.
While some of his accounts had been frozen courtesy of the order of Federal High Court in Lagos, the speaker was interrogated last week by operatives of the anti-graft body in Lagos. He was subsequently released on administrative bail.

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“I was never detained by the EFCC” -Obasa, Lagos Assembly Speaker

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By Adesina Ogunyemi

Claims by some news media that the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, was detained by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), may not be true as the latter has since returned home.

Obasa, chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, appeared before the EFCC on Thursday, October 8 as the agency continued with the investigation of some allegations against his office.

Obasa was at the EFCC office in honour of an invitation sent him by the agency.

“As a good citizen of Nigeria, a public officer and lawmaker, it was just justified that I honour an invitation by an agency trying to find out some answers relating to some questions.

“It is normal for the EFCC to invite whoever it deems should be invited. Honoring the invitation simply shows patriotism,” Obasa said in a statement released by his media office.

The Speaker added that he had returned home and was never detained by the EFCC as was already being speculated.

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Onafeko appointed as Acting Clerk, Lagos State House of Assembly

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By TIMI Joshua

The Lagos State House of Assembly has appointed Barrister Olalekan Onafeko as the Acting Clerk of the House.

Prior to his appointment, Onafeko was the Head of Administration/Human Resources Directorate of Lagos House of Assembly.

His appointment was announced on Monday, September 28, 2020, by the Deputy Speaker of the House, Hon. Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni.

According to the Deputy Speaker, “It is the responsibility of the Selection Committee of the House to appoint a new Clerk.

“We have met many qualified staff and we considered so many qualities such as competence, desirability and others and so we appointed Mr. Olalekan Onafeko,” he said.

The immediate past Clerk of the House, Mr. Azeez Sanni retired from the Service on September 10, 2020, after serving meritoriously for 35 years.

Since then, the Deputy Clerk, Mr. Taiwo Otun, had been acting as the Clerk during plenary.

Onafeko has a degree in Business Administration from Ogun State University, Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, and LL. B Laws from Lagos State University, Ojo, and Nigerian Law School.

He joined Lagos State Civil Service in 2000 as Administrative/ Human Resources Officer 2, on Grade level 08, and was posted to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.

He was deployed to the Lagos House of Assembly in 2005 as Administrative Officer/ Human Resources Officer 1, on Grade level 9.

He has won several awards such as Annual Best Officer Award, Best Officer Award, Senior Category at the Year 2014 Public Service Week. He had been nominated twice for National Merit Award.

Mr. Olalekan Biliaminu Onafeko will be the third Head of Administrative / Human Resources Directorate that will be appointed Acting Clerk and later substantive Clerk in the history of Lagos House of Assembly.

The first was Mr. Ganiyu Olusegun Abiru in August 2011 when the then Clerk, Mr. Taiwo Olatunji retired.

The immediate past Clerk, Mr. Azeez Sanni was the Director of Finance and Administration in 2016 when he was appointed Acting Clerk after the retirement of Mr Ganiyu Olusegun Abiru.

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