By Victor Ahiuma-Young
Lagos State Civil Society Partnership, LACSOP, has called on Governor Babatunde Fashola to urgently assent to Lagos State Procurement Bill, Lagos State Tenancy Bill, Lagos State Public Finance Management Bill, the Criminal Law of Lagos State Bill and others passed by the State House of Assembly between 2009 and 2011, saying when assented to, they will impact positively on the lives of millions of Lagosians.
LACSOP, in a statement, however, commended Governor Fashola for signing into law the Lagos State Special People Bill and Lagos State Public Private Partnership Bill and urged him to expedite action on several other critical bills passed by the State House of Assembly towards the end of the tenure of the sixth assembly, but were still awaiting the governor’s assent.
The statement by Mr. Ayo Adebusoye for LACSOP Steering Committee, read in part: “Rising from a recent meeting of the group’s Steering Committee, the group noted that some of these bills like to the Lagos State Procurement Bill 2009, Lagos State Tenancy Bill 2009, Lagos State Public Finance Management Bill 2010, all passed on Wednesday 25th May, 2011 and the Criminal Law of Lagos State Bill 2010, passed on Thursday June 2nd 2011, are bills that In view of the imperative need for adequate legislation to cater for issues emerging from the state government developmental drive, LACSOP is using this opportunity to encourage His Excellency to give urgent and priority attention to these all important bills in the first weeks of his new administration with a view to ensuring that no time is wasted before they are assented to.”
“LACSOP also believes strongly that these bills will empower the poor and socially marginalised people of Lagos State and foster greater popular participation in the ongoing transformation of the state. The bills will also go a long way to increase citizens voice and strengthen accountability in public finance management and Lagos State should be a pace setter in striving to achieve that goal. We are quite convinced that His Excellency will see the opportunity to consolidate on the gains of the last four years by giving these additional laws to the citizens of the state as veritable tools to attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015 and the actualization of Lagos State as “ Africa ’s model Mega City ”.