Lagos Cabinet: House ad hoc Screening Committee submits report

The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday received the report of the 15-man ad hoc Committee it set up to screen Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode’s nominees for the posts of commissioners and special advisers.

The committee, led by Mr Wasiu Esinlokun-Sanni (APC-Lagos Island 2), submitted its report, after which the 37 nominees were called upon to appear on the floor of the house.

Speaker of the House, Mr Mudashiru Obasa, said selection of the nominees was a call to perform and enhance the living condition of Lagos residents.

Obasa said there was a need for the nominees to share the bio data and their experiences before the house screening ad hoc committee on the floor of the Assembly.

Among the nominees that appeared before the house were six former cabinet members from the former Gov. Babatunde Fashola administration.

They include Mr Gbolahon Lawal, Dr Jide Idris, Mr Folarin Coker, Mr Seye Oladejo, Mr Ganiyu Johnson and Mr Babatunde Hunpe.

Others are Mrs Yetunde Onabolu, Fela Bank-Olemoh, Akinyemi Ashade, Mr Steve Ayorinde, Alhaja Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf, Mr Kehinde Joseph and Prof. Ademola Abass, a professor of law.

They also include Dr Akintola Benson, Dr Abdul-Hakeem Abdul-Lateef, Dr Mohammed Akinkunmi, Dr Babatunde Adejare, Dr Femi Onanuga, Dr Dayo Mobereola, Ade Akinsanya, Wasiu Anifowoshe, Mrs Lola Akande, Agboola Dabiri, Ganiu Okanlomo Sanni and Anofi Elegushi.
The rest are Rotimi Ogunleye, Mrs Adebimpe Akinsola, Mr Femi Odubiyi, Alhaji Musiliu Folami, Mr Adeniji Kazeem, Mr Adeyemi Labinjo, Toyin Suarau, Babatunde Durosinmi-Etti, Deji Tinubu, Mrs. Mudirat Giwanson and Mr Kehinde Bamigbetan.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that all the nominees, who took turns to share their experiences, commended the Assembly for setting up the ad hoc committee.

They said that the development made the process less cumbersome.
Sharing his experience on the floor of the House, Ayorinde, one of the nominees, said he was a journalist for more than 33 years across different media organisations.
He said that the media houses range from Comet to Punch and National Mirror and he was also a Deputy President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors.
The nominee commended the Assembly’s ad hoc committee for its interest in results.

Also, Abdulateef, a former member of the Assembly and former Special Adviser to Fashola, said he would work to enhance the living standard of Lagos residents and Nigeria
Abass, who described the screening as ‘ very rigorous and thorough’, said Lagosians would find him a worthy ambassador.
Responding, the speaker said that the house would look into the report of the committee the next adjourned date.

Obasa said that the house was not bound by the decision of the screening committee, but assured that justice would be done.
“We have done our own little bit to make the members of the public have an insight on those who will constitute members of the Lagos State cabinet.
“The decision of the committee is not binding on the house but I can assure you as well that the house will do justice. We will do our job the way it should.
“The decision of the house will be conveyed to the governor,” he said.
The speaker commended the nominees for lauding the Screening Committee set up by the house.
Thirty-six out of the 37 nominees of Gov. Ambode were present on the floor, while one was absent during the screening.
The house adjourned its plenary session to Oct. 15 to consider the decisions of the ad hoc committee.

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