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Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly has charged All Progressives Party (APC) leaders and followers in Lagos to desist from witch-hunting its power, in the name of political permutations.

He said this in his remark during the presentation of 2021 Budget by the State Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-olu on Tuesday at chamber in Alausa.

According to him as quoted, I admonish our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to learn from the failure of the party in control yesterday and ensure brotherhood and togetherness within ours.

“Our party must desist from witch-hunting its power, in the name of political permutations. It should be known to those flying witch-hunting cards within the party that a sword that shreds its shield lacks protection.

“As such, I implore us to hold hands together to make the APC stronger, viable and resilient for the benefit of future elections.

Here the excerpt of this speech
REMARKS BY RT HON. (DR) MUDASHIRU AJAYI OBASA, SPEAKER, LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY, DURING THE PRESENTATION OF THE Y2021 BUDGET BY MR BABAJIDE OLUSOLA SANWO-OLU, GOVERNOR, LAGOS STATE, AT THE ASSEMBLY HALLOWED CHAMBER, ON TUES, NOV 10, 2020

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Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, Governor of Lagos State; the Deputy Governor, Dr Obafemi Hamzat; Chief Judge of Lagos State, Justice Kazeem Alogba; distinguished members of the National Assembly; our highly esteemed royal fathers here present; members of the State Executive Council, Captains of industry, leaders of our pace-setting party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), Community leaders, Chairmen of Local Government and Local Council Development Areas; members of Diplomatic Corps; Captains of industry; market men and women; our energetic youths; members of the 4th Estate of the Realm; all invited guests present; all Lagosians; distinguished colleagues,

Ladies and gentlemen,

  1. I give gratitude to the Almighty Allah – the Alpha and Omega, the merciful and protector of our lives for making us witness this presentation of Y2021 budget today by Mr Babajide SanwoOlu, the Governor of Lagos State. You are all welcome to this all-important event.

  2. Dear Lagosians, we have all listened with rapt attention to how the wealth of our state will be utilized for our common good in Y2021 with the presentation of the budget size: N1,155,022,413,005 themed: BUDGET OF REKINDLED HOPE. The responsibility is now on the members of this Honourable House to do the needful. I assure you that we will meticulously perform our constitutional duty.

  3. Distinguished guests, just like this last year, Mr Governor was here to make a formal presentation of the Y2020 budget, unbeknownst to us all that a major crisis that would rock the entire world in the name of Coronavirus was in the offing.

  4. COVID-19 really hit us all bad as a people. We recorded many sad deaths in the hand of this deadly virus including our own Hon Tunde Braimoh and Senator Bayo Osinowo.

  5. At the same time, all sorts of events have happened in the year 2020 that will take time and resilience to address. These events have deepened the projected economic contraction this year, causing disruptions in supply-chain, and faster rise in inflation. As we have heard Mr Governor, the major focus of the Y2021 budget will be to address some of the challenges posed by these unprecedented events.

  6. You will agree with me that the effects of COVID-19 on the world economy cannot be over-emphasised. Right now, many people have been made unemployed by COVID-19. Some companies are still counting their losses.

  7. We were still grappling with the resultant effects of COVID-19 when the END SARS protests gritted us. Even though the protesters had good intentions to make their grievances known as regards police brutality in the country, it is sad to note that the action in the long run turned sour as some unpatriotic elements not only hijacked the situation but also saw it as an avenue to unleash mayhem.

  8. The devastating effects of the disruptions that followed the END SARS protests, in this state particularly, are beyond imaginations. The anarchy, burning, and looting of businesses have hit the economy with a blow beneath the belt.

  9. At the backdrop of the destruction of public and private properties and businesses in the wake of the #EndSARS protests, businesses have been counting their losses while economy experts have listed the immediate challenges the crises will throw-up against Nigeria’s struggling economy. Also, the replacement cost to Lagos State Government, which is the worst hit by the crises, is put at N1 trillion. More so, the overall cost to the private businesses has been put at several billions of US Dollars.

  10. As is evident, the role social media played in all of these cannot be overlooked. While we continue to support freedom of expression, willingness to interact with everyone be it youths, elderly and all categories of people as government, there is the need for us to be wary of those who use social media as a weapon of destruction, intimidations, assault and violation of the rights of others. When social media is employed in a ruthless manner such that causes disharmony, disaffection, and disintegration among family, friends and ethnic groups, it can no longer be considered to be beneficial to the society as a whole.

  11. For those who lost their lives and property, particularly the gallant Nigerian police, those whose businesses were destroyed, City Hall, Lagos judiciary, the TVC family, all the petty traders and affected banks and the residents of our dear state, I identify with you all at this trying period.

  12. I will like to reiterate my recent statement about our commitment as a responsive Assembly in working together with the Executive to bring succor to all the individuals affected in the aftermath of the END SARS protest. I assure you that the state is on the right course at achieving this.

  13. Having said that, may I use this medium to lay emphasis on the need for this state to be moved forward. It is over 20 years already that a solid foundation was erected by the administration of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. It is high time that we established a new pedestal of infrastructural developments and revenue generation in the state.

  14. The state should be like a bold polar bear in challenging restraining obstacles. It should be focused like a lion chasing a prey and ensure peaceful atmosphere like in a dove environment.

  15. Likewise, the need to increase and strengthen the manpower of our Neighourhood Safety Corps is very important. They need to be empowered and equipped with necessary tools that will make their job effective. As I said recently, more voices should be lent for a state police too. We cannot continue like this as a nation as far as issue of security is concerned.

  16. May I call on the youths also that while we are in support of your agitations and working out modality to meet your yearnings, you should desist from any form of destruction and vandalism of public properties.

  17. However, permit me to admonish our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) to learn from the failure of the party in control yesterday and ensure brotherhood and togetherness within ours. Our party must desist from witch-hunting its power, in the name of political permutations. It should be known to those flying witch-hunting cards within the party that a sword that shreds its shield lacks protection. As such, I implore us to hold hands together to make the APC stronger, viable and resilient for the benefit of future elections.

  18. All our party leaders and followers in Lagos, particularly our National leader and the GAC members, let us be resolute, determined, focused and stand together in unity. Surely, we will always remain upright on our feet and victorious in every situation and condition. LAGOS WILL NEVER FALL.

  19. Once again, I thank you all for coming and wish us a fruitful Y2021.
    Igbega Ipinle Eko, ajumose gbogbo wa ni.

Rt. Hon Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa
Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly

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