…… Review Adopted Single Business Rules And Standing Order
Speakers of state Legislatures in the Southwestern part of Nigeria on Monday held a strategic meeting at the Lagos State House of Assembly ahead of the national chairmanship election of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria.
WesternPost reports that the election would be held in Abuja in the next few days.
State Speakers at the meeting hosted by Lagos Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, were Rt. Hon. Taiwo Oluomo of Ogun, Adebo Ogundoyin of Oyo, Adeoye Aribasoye of Ekiti, Adewale Egbedun of Osun and Olamide Oladiji of Ondo.
Coming out of the closed-door session that lasted for hours, Obasa told journalists that different issues relating to the growth and progress of Southwest were discussed.
“We looked at the progress of the legislature in the Southwest. Let me remind you that during the last Assembly, we all adopted a single Business Rules and Standing Order, which we have reviewed at this meeting.
“We also discussed the coming election of the Conference of Speakers. We deliberated on that because we have to be there with one voice. We have two Speakers, Ogun and Oyo, running for the position. So we have to harmonise our position before we go for the election.
“We also discussed the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) as it relates to the economic progress and development of Southwest. I am happy to tell you we made tremendous progress in our discussion and we have concluded that we will meet again to continue our deliberation. But in all, we have discussed in the interest of the Southwest,” Obasa said.
Also, Aribasoye, said: “We met to discuss the Southwest, the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, the coming election, the security of our zone, and the need for cross-fertilisation of ideas among the legislatures in the Southwest.”
Earlier, while being received at the legislative chamber of the Lagos Assembly, the Speakers told the State lawmakers that their visit had opened their eyes to further directions they needed to take for the progress of their individual states.
They commended Lagos lawmakers for standing firm in their support for democracy, true governance and the leadership of Speaker Obasa noting that their activities have helped to sustain a virile legislative arm in the State.
“What we have seen at the Lagos State House of Assembly will guide us going foward, Rt. Hon. Aribasoye (Ekiti) said while describing Lagos as a true ‘Centre of Excellence’ and thanking Obasa for being a worthy leader to Southwest Speakers.
Also, Oladiji (Ondo) said it was his first time visiting the Lagos Assembly, describing what he had seen as a true reflection of why the State continues to make legislative progress under Obasa.
Stressing that the Southwest remains the leading democratic light in Nigeria, Egbedun (Osun) added: “I want to use this opportunity to tell you that Speaker Obasa is our leader.”
On his part, Oluomo (Ogun) commended the Lagos lawmakers for standing with Obasa, who he described as making history for being the longest serving Speaker in Nigeria.
Further addressing the Lagos lawmakers, Ogundoyin (Oyo) thanked Dr. Obasa for always helping the Southwest Speakers with his knowledge and experience.
In his response, Obasa described his colleagues at the Lagos Assembly as dedicated, loyal to positive causes and passionate for the progress of the legislature and the State.