Speakership Tussle: Stop Relegating Lagos Indigenes; Next State Assembly Speaker Must Be Indigene, Says Ex-Minister Olanrewaju - LagosTrend

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Monday, June 5, 2023

Speakership Tussle: Stop Relegating Lagos Indigenes; Next State Assembly Speaker Must Be Indigene, Says Ex-Minister Olanrewaju

 



Former Nigerian Minister of Communications, Maj-Gen Tajudeen Olanrewaju (rtd.) has said that a Lagos indigene should be the next Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly.

Tajudeen, a trustee of Omo Eko Pataki, faulted the current Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa’s move to retain the seat, saying that the issue of indigeneship in the control of activities in the Lagos State House of Assembly has always been wished away since the beginning of the democratic dispensation.


The former minister who said this in a press statement issued on Saturday, noted that whereas Obasa is at liberty to exercise his right to contest for the speakership, the interest of the indigenous people of Lagos must be respected. 

He stated, “An indigene from Lagos State should occupy the Speaker's seat of Lagos State House of Assembly. Speaker Obasa should be interested in equity and balance to not contest the position of the speaker. This is just my plea to our respected brother, Speaker Emeritus.

“From what I gleaned from the media, the position of Papa Olusi about the need for indigenes to take the centre stage is a good assessment in the affairs of the Assembly. With the best of intentions, the Lagos State House of Assembly should promote the highest interests and best ideals of the five Divisions of the State in their business.

The issue of indigeneship in control of activities in the Lagos State House of Assembly has always been wished away since the beginning of the democratic dispensation. They are always deprived of the majority and denied perspective participation.

 

“Omoeko Pataki, of which I'm a trustee, would be keen to observe the process of business in the assembly and encourage the members to promote the best possible ideals of our indigenous IBILE people of Lagos State, particularly in the employment into the civil and public services, empowerment and promotions to the senior cadres in government.”

 

He continued, “It is evident that our newly sworn President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a prominent politician and leader in Lagos State politics and state administration. If, with his current disposition and his intervention is necessary, he must be conversant with the agitation of the indigenes for the position of the Speaker. The balance of opportunities should begin to swing as a matter of necessity and duty to favour the indigenes of the state.

 

“I would want to observe a sea change, which will redefine the rules of marginalisation that underline almost every facet of employment in the public and civil service in the State. The general opinion held is that an indigene had been experiencing a long-standing history of obstacles to get to the top of his position.”

 

He noted that the recently concluded tests and interviews on new magistrate appointments left a bitter taste in the mouth as the Lagos State indigenes that, according to him, “did very well were not considered for engagement, and those appointed, apart from some of them being non-indigenes, did not perform better than the best indigenous choices.

 

“This has been the pattern most of the time. It is not certain if Governor Sanwo-Olu was aware of what the scene looked like at the Ministry of Justice. This is not a blame game, but there is a need for a dynamic transformation in the state government, by paying attention to demands of the indigenes for peace and development.”


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