Delivering Results, Making a Difference: Obasa’s Transformational Leadership in Lagos Assembly
*By Dave Agboola
Leadership comes in various forms, but only a few possess the ability to truly transform their organisations and leave a lasting impact on their constituents. One such remarkable leader is Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
Obasa’s leadership is distinguished by his unique style of administration. He employs a proactive methodology, consistently searching for inventive solutions to tackle the challenges encountered by Lagos State. His leadership style is characterised by his ability to be easily reached, his friendly demeanour, and his great connection with the people. Rather than being limited to the confines of his position, he often interacts with the Assembly staff, attentively listening to their issues and devising policies that specifically address their needs. His distinctive administrative approach has garnered him the esteem and appreciation of both peers and staff, further cementing his role as a visionary leader.
Dr. Obasa has prioritised infrastructure development since being at the helms of affairs in the Lagos Assembly. He acknowledges the pivotal significance of great infrastructure in the advancement and progress of a state. One of his notable achievements is the completion of the staff wing of the Assembly. The staff wing provides much-needed workspace and facilitates a conducive environment for the Assembly’s administrative tasks. With an eye for aesthetics, the facelifting of the complex has given it a modern and impressive look, befitting its role as the legislative nerve-centre of Lagos.
Understanding the importance of a well-maintained work environment, Rt. Hon. Obasa spearheaded the renovation of all offices within the Assembly complex. By improving the facilities available to members and staff, he demonstrated a commitment to their welfare and productivity. He ensured the provision of adequate facilities and equipment for the staff and management of the Assembly, such as computers, internet access, vehicles, and office furniture. Moreover, his oversight in constructing two religious edifices within the complex showcases his respect for diversity and inclusivity.
Rt. Hon. Obasa’s leadership extends beyond physical infrastructure. Recognising the significance of health and well-being for the Assembly community, he invested in state-of-the-art facilities. The construction of a modern gym equipped with the latest gadgets promotes a healthy lifestyle and enhances the overall happiness of members and staff. Additionally, the establishment of a standard-class clinic under his administration ensures that medical needs can be promptly attended to, fostering a sense of care and support.
The Lagos State House of Assembly complex under Rt. Hon. Obasa’s guidance now boasts an enviable garden, adding a touch of nature’s serenity to the bustling legislative hub. This green oasis serves as a haven for relaxation and reflection, providing a conducive atmosphere for productive decision-making. Furthermore, the addition of a befitting pavilion for events has enhanced the Assembly’s capacity to host important gatherings, promoting collaboration and networking among stakeholders, another initiative of his.
To strengthen the Assembly’s relationship with the public, Dr. Obasa introduced digital billboards within the complex. These interactive displays showcase the Assembly’s activities, ensuring that the public remains informed about legislative proceedings, initiatives, and achievements. This commitment to transparency fosters civic engagement and empowers citizens to be active participants in the governance process.
All these initiatives have greatly improved the infrastructure of Lagos Assembly, stimulating their growth and establishing a strong basis for a prosperous future for its workforce.
It is worthy of note too that Obasa’s administration upholds unwavering principles of accountability and transparency. He recognises that a capable and streamlined administration can only be established on a solid bedrock of confidence. In order to promote accountability and openness, he implemented various initiatives, including conducting regular meetings with the staff and management of the Assembly. Obasa also fosters an environment characterised by transparency and confidence, enabling the public to engage actively in the process of governance and ensure that their representatives are held responsible through public hearings.
Obasa has also demonstrated his vision and commitment to building a virile knowledge-based society that can drive the development of Lagos State and Nigeria at large by making the human capital development of the Assembly’s staff and management a priority. He has initiated and supported various programmes and policies that aim to enhance the skills, knowledge, and productivity of the legislative workers. Sponsoring and facilitating the training of the staff and management of the Lagos Assembly, encouraging them to participate in local and international conferences, seminars, and workshops that expose them to best practices and emerging trends in legislative affairs, Obasa has not only aligned with the goal Number 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) but also established his strong support for continuous learning.
The Speaker’s provision of incentives and motivation such as regular promotion, recognitions, awards and other welfare packages for the staff and management of the Assembly, is another uncommon effort at displaying his visionary leadership imbued with love.
Perhaps one other remarkable achievement of Obasa’s leadership at the Lagos Assembly is his ability to inspire unity and collaboration among political parties. His inclusive approach has transcended party lines, encouraging all members of the House, regardless of their political affiliations, to work together for the betterment of Lagos State. Opposition party members have been drawn to Obasa’s leadership style and vision, causing a remarkable shift in the political landscape. As a result, many opposition party members have willingly converted to his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), recognising the positive impact that his transformative leadership has had on the state.
The tenure of Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, so far, as Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly has been characterised by a unique and effective style of governance, a strong emphasis on the improvement of infrastructure, a steadfast dedication to accountability and transparency, and the skill to promote harmony and cooperation among political factions. With his peculiar style of administration, Dr Obasa has reshaped the dynamics of governance in Lagos State. His influential leadership has achieved extraordinary outcomes, significantly impacting the lives of the Lagos Assembly workers.
Rt. Hon. Obasa’s achievements shall be indubitably regarded as a pivotal moment in the Assembly’s administration as it continues to live up to its mantra of being ‘above the common standard of excellence’.
*Agboola is Special Adviser (Research) to the Speaker of Lagos State House of Assembly.*
Governor Sanwoolu Replicates Primate Ayodele’s ‘Palliative Market’ Initiative In Lagos
*Governor Sanwoolu Replicates Primate Ayodele’s ‘Palliative Market’ Initiative In Lagos*
Since Nigeria has been enmeshed in economic hardship that started after the removal of fuel subsidy last year, Primate Elijah Ayodele, a Nigerian prophet, has been practically taking several measures to alleviate Nigerians from penury through different philanthropic activities.
Long before fuel subsidy was removed, Primate Ayodele has always dedicated the first Sunday of every month for ‘food service’, a service where everyone would go home with packs of food items like Rice, Beans, Garri, crates of eggs, tubers of yam, and a token.
Immediately fuel subsidy was removed, Primate Ayodele doubled his effort by making food service almost every Sunday. He understood the effect of the fuel subsidy removal on Nigerians and as an influential personality in the country, he effectively played the role of a succor provider for the people.
As time went on, the federal government announced that it will release some funds for palliatives in order to reduce the impact of fuel subsidy removal which has turned out to become a full blown economic hardship. When the government came up with this idea, Primate Ayodele knocked down the idea and said it would be another means to embezzle funds because it won’t get to the right people.
These were his words,
’’The N8,000 palliative is corruption, I see nothing in the palliative and it will not reach out to the poor masses. Despite the fact that Mr President has signed it, it will not make any impact. The governors will use it for their selfish needs. The poor will not enjoy it at all.’’
‘’It will not be a blessing to the majority, the palliative is just a waste of time and energy, it cannot work for its purpose,’’
Ever since, Primate Ayodele proposed in his heart to teach the government how to effectively organize a palliative that will impact the people directly. Instead of merely talking, Primate Ayodele went ahead to organize a ‘palliative market’ where he sold food items for ridiculous prices.
The idea behind this palliative market was to purchase items at the exorbitant prices they are being sold for and sell to the people at cheap prices. The first edition which was held in November 2023 saw a bag of rice sold for less than N5,000. There were other items like beans, indomie, tubers of yam, garri, groceries, turkey, groundut oil sold for very ridiculous prices and this wasn’t opened to church members alone, people from distant places benefited from this initiative.
As if that wasn’t enough, again on Wednesday,14th Of February 2024 to celebrate his annual thanksgiving programme, Primate Ayodele held another edition of palliative market and sold a full bag of rice for N20,000. There were also different food items bought at exorbitant prices by the man of God and sold to the people at cheap prices.
While speaking at the palliative market, Primate Ayodele called on state governors to replicate the same palliative market initiative in their various states because of the economic hardship in the country. He explained that affordability of food will go a long way in reducing the impact of the hardship on citizens.
In response to Primate Ayodele’s actions and calls, it appears Lagos state government has keyed into the palliative market initiative with the announcement of Governor Babajide Sanwoolu on Thursday morning during a live interview session.
Given the rising cost of food and other staples, Mr Sanwo-Olu expressed the state government’s resolve to open more markets where residents can buy food items at discounted rates.
Specifically, the governor disclosed that plans have been concluded to open Sunday Markets in at least 42 identified markets across the state where residents will be able to buy food items at discounted price. “You will only be able to buy items worth up to N25,000,”
This is no doubt a welcome development and it vividly shows that state governments are now interested in doing the right thing for the benefit of the people. If other state governments follow suit, the impact of economic hardship would be reduced to its barest minimum.
Labour Party Candidate Accuses Former Chairman of Forgery and Electoral Sabotage in Ebonyi State
Labour Party Candidate Accuses Former Chairman of Forgery and Electoral Sabotage in Ebonyi State
Eze Oko Splendour, the Labour Party’s 2023 governorship candidate for Ebonyi State, has levelled serious allegations against the party’s former National Chairman, Julius Abure, in a statement released on Wednesday. Splendour accuses Abure of orchestrating a campaign of “criminality, deceit and manipulation” to deny him the governorship candidacy.
Following his victory in the party’s primaries, Splendour claims Abure pressured him to step down in favour of Edward Nkwegu Okereke, who had unsuccessfully contested the primaries for the All Progressives Congress (APC). When these efforts failed, Splendour alleges Abure resorted to forgery, fabricating a withdrawal letter bearing his forged signature and submitting it to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to facilitate an illegal substitution.
“I was left in utter shock when I eventually caught wind of the reprehensible actions of the former Chairman,” Splendour states in a speech he read at a press conference. He describes Abure’s actions as a “betrayal of trust” and a “brazen act of criminality” that undermines “internal party democracy, free and fair elections, and the rule of law.”
Splendour further claims that after pursuing legal action, the Federal Criminal Investigation Department (FCID) recommended Abure’s prosecution. However, he expresses concern that the case has stalled, prompting him to appeal directly to the new Attorney General of the Federation, Lateef Fagbemi.
“The prosecution of Abure is not only a matter of justice but also a reaffirmation of our commitment to the principles of transparency, fairness and accountability in governance,” Splendour emphasizes. He urges Fagbemi to take swift action, highlighting the importance of holding those who attempt to manipulate elections accountable.
He concludes with a call for upholding the rule of law and ensuring no one is above it. While Abure has yet to respond to the allegations, Splendour’s accusations raise concerns about potential manipulation within the Labour Party and the integrity of electoral processes in Ebonyi State.
Also the party Governorship flag bearer in plateau state had his name removed and substituted by National Chairman, Julius Abure who allegedly forged his signature on purported letter of withdrawal.
EFCC declares Leno Adesanya, promoter of Sunrise Power, wanted
EFCC declares Leno Adesanya, promoter of Sunrise Power, wanted over ‘corrupt offer to public officers’
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has declared Leno Adesanya, the promoter of Sunrise Power and Transmission Ltd.
In a notice issued on Tuesday, the EFCC said Adesanya is wanted “in an alleged case of conspiracy and corrupt offer to public officers”.
Adesanwa was mentioned in three out of the seven-count charges preferred against Olu Agunloye, former minister of power and steel.
The EFCC is prosecuting Agunloye over the $6 billion Mambilla hydropower contract.
TheCable had reported that EFCC traced some suspicious payments made by Sunrise Power and Transmission Ltd to Agunloye’s bank accounts.
In one of the counts, the EFCC alleged that on August 10, 2019, Agunloye “corruptly received the sum of N3,600,000.00” through his Guaranty Trust Bank account no.0022530926 from Sunrise Power and Transmission Company Limited (SPTCL) and Leno Adesanya for approving the Mambilla Hydroelectric Power Station project.
Former President Olusegun Obasanjo had challenged Agunloye to tell Nigerians where he derived the authority to award a $6 billion contract to Sunrise for the Mambilla hydropower project in 2003.
Sunrise Power is in arbitration with Nigeria at the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Paris, France, alleging a breach of contract.
The company said it was awarded a $6 billion build, operate and transfer (BOT) contract in May 2003 by the Obasanjo administration but that the federal government repudiated the agreement.
Sunrise is asking for a compensation of $2.3 billion, claiming it had spent millions of dollars on financial and legal consultants before the contract was jettisoned.
In its defence at the arbitration, the Nigerian government is alleging fraud and corruption of public officials in the award of the contract.
The matter is similar to the P&ID case in which a UK court nullified an $11 billion award against the country for the same reasons.
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