Sanwo-Olu’s Nominees Rejected for Poor Performance—Obasa

August 29, 2023
Sanwo-Olu nonimees rejected Obasa

By Aduragbemi Omiyale

The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, has hinted that the state parliament failed to confirm 17 of the persons nominated as Commissioners by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu because they did not perform well in their first term in office between 2019 and 2023.

He said this on Monday while reacting to comments made by critics that the Lagos Assembly rejected the nominees because of an alleged in-fighting between the executive and the legislative arms of government.

However, he noted that the House would not be forced to spill some secrets to the public, warning those “living in glass houses…to be careful.”

He emphasised that the parliament would not be intimidated to carry out its constitutional role, submitting that if the rejected nominees “have not done well, we have right to say no and we have said no.”

“We don’t want instigations and conflicts; the executive and the House are working together; we are brothers and colleagues; we will continue to work together, but we need to caution fourth columnists not to instigate crisis,” Mr Obasa stressed.

As regards the rejection of the former Commissioner for Health, Prof Akin Ababyomi, the visibly angry Speaker said considerations went beyond his efforts in the fight against COVID-19, which he described as an isolated issue in the challenged health sector of the state.

“Before Prof Abayomi, there were Leke Pitan, Dr Jide Idris and others. COVID-19 was an isolated case that was considered. Before COVID-19, we had Ebola which was also taken care of under Babatunde Fashola.

“Beyond all these, we are the representatives of the people, their mouthpieces, eyes and ears. The health sector of Lagos is not just about COVID-19. We have general hospitals and other healthcare centres around the State. What can be said about them?

“Before Engineer Aramide Adeyoye, we also had Engineer Ganiyu Johnson and Dr Obafemi Hamzat as Commissioner for Works and under whom the Ikoyi-Victoria Island link bridge was built while Babatunde Fashola was Governor. Under Bola Tinubu as Governor, there was a massive infrastructural development too.

“So, we must stop making allusions concerning some things we do not understand. They mentioned the former Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotosho and his experience, but how about actions in office?” Mr Obasa asked.

He said the civil society groups, which are threatening to protest the action of the parliament, have the right to do so but maintained that “we are not going to be threatened or intimidated. We have said no, but if there is a convincing or germane reason for us to reverse our decision, we will, but not by threats.”

He stressed that the House is not at loggerheads with the Governor, describing Mr Sanwo-Olu as his “brother and colleague in the Lagos project and service to the people of our state.”

“The Governor and I have been around in the system for a long time. While he was SA to the former Deputy Governor, Femi Pedro, I was in this House as the Chairman of the House Committee on Rural Development.

“He was SA on Establishment and Pensions, and I was the Chairman of the House Committee on Public Accounts (Local Governments).

“While he was heading LSDPC, I was Chairman of the House Committee on Economic Planning and Budget. Then, I became the Speaker, and when he became the Governor, I remained the Speaker. So, it’s been a long journey together,” he stated.

Recall that after he was sworn in as Governor of Lagos State for a second term of four years in office, Mr Sanwo-Olu forwarded the names of 39 persons to the House for screening and confirmation as Commissioners.

However, last week, the state legislative arm of the government cleared 22 and rejected 17. It did not explain the reason for this action until yesterday after the Lagos Assembly came under criticism from members of the public.

Aduragbemi Omiyale

Aduragbemi Omiyale is a journalist with Business Post Nigeria, who has passion for news writing. In her leisure time, she loves to read.

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