Lagos Assembly parley seeks state police

Olanrewaju Lagada-Abayomi, Lagos

Security concerns dominated the 2nd Edition of the Lagos State House of Assembly/Media and Civil Society organisations parley on Saturday, with many of the participants calling for state police.

The participants resolved at the parley that state police would help to tackle security challenges.

According to them, “cultism, kidnapping and falling of containers on major roads are worrisome and that there is palpable fear among Lagos residents as a result of these threats to the lives and properties.’’

The Chairman of the House committee on information, Tunde Braimoh said the parley aimed at briefing the media and civil society on how far the Assembly has fared in the last two years and also to foster relationship with them.

The Speaker of the state Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa commended his colleagues for their support in the tasking job of the House.

Mr Obasa also recognised the role of the civil society organisations and the media in the achievements recorded by the Assembly in the past two years.

“In the last one year the House has passed eight bills into law with others at various stages… It has also passed 72 resolutions all bordering on welfare of Lagosians particularly security… Among these laws are: Neighbourhood Safety Corps Law; Kidnapping prohibition law; Lagos Property Protection law; Environmental Protection law amongst others, to tackle security and other problems in the state.

“Lagosians have benefited from all these laws and we shall not rest on our oars. We have also held MDAs to account through effective and efficient oversight functions,” he explained.

Mr obasa stated that the press has significantly contributed to democratic sustenance in Nigeria. He appealed to the press to continue to partner with government and the legislature to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.

He urged them to rise to safeguard the legislature, stressing that about six speakers of states Houses of Assembly were recently impeached under questionable circumstances.

“To sustain democracy we must protect the legislature and I urge the media to always be objective and fair in their reportage,’’ he stressed.

On state police, Mr Obasa said the conference of speakers of states Houses of Assembly in Nigeria would look into it.

Muyiwa Akinpelu of Global Excellence also advised the Assembly to lobby other states to agitate for state police as a way out of current security challenges.

Editors and Managing Directors from the print and electronic media and other social media practitioners as well as officials of civil society organisations attended the parley organised by the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Mercy Chukwudiebere