Lagos Assembly raises another panel to probe Fashola

Thursday, April 15, 2010

By Oziegbe Okoeki

The Lagos State House of Assembly yesterday reopened investigation into the allegation of financial recklessness against the Fashola administration.

It reconstituted a panel to probe the scam about three weeks after dissolving the old one.

The panel is headed by Deputy Majority Leader Ajibayo Adeyeye, with Sanai Agunbiade, Rotimi Olowo, Omowunmi Olatunji Edet, Adefumilayo Tejuoso, Babatunde Adejare and Dayo Fafunmi, as members.

Speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji reminded members that the House had resolved to investigate the Governor before it went on Easter break.

This, he said, followed the presentation of a petition by a group "The True Face of Lagos" to the House. The petitioners demanded that the House should carry out an investigation to save the Governor from sleepless nights.

The group said it took the step because of the judgment of an Ikorodu High Court which stopped the earlier investigation because no formal petition was presented to it and that the matter was not recorded in the House journal.

"Having passed the votes and proceedings of that sitting and according to the power invested in the House by Section 128 (1) and (2) of the 1999 Constitution, the House has decided to set up the panel to investigate the allegation.

"The committee is empowered to call on all and sundry that it finds necessary in order to do a thorough job and it should carry out the assignment with utmost interest of Lagosians at heart and the fear of God should be allowed to prevail", Ikuforiji said.

The committee has two weeks to carry out its assignment.

In a related development, the House has set up an ad hoc committee to investigate the activities of land grabbers and speculators.

The committee is headed by Adebayo Osinowo, with: Ahmed Omisore, Rotimi Sotomiwa, Jide Akinloye, Sanai Agunbiade, as members.

The House decided to set up the committee following a petition by the landlords’ association of Gberigbe Orelade Community in Ikorodu, accusing the Baale, Chief Olusegun Ogunlana, and some land agents of threatening their lives and destroying their properties.


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