Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday inaugurated the 8th State House of Assembly with a call on the lawmakers to join hands with the Executive to drive development in the state.
The Governor, who spoke at a brief but impressive occasion held at the new Chambers of the House, urged the members to maintain the standard set by the 7th Assembly.
“Distinguished members, as we commence a new dispensation, it is important to note that we have a great task ahead,” he said. “A great task, not only in the complexities of Governance, but in sustaining the high standard that has been set by both the immediate past legislative and executive arm of government. As you settle down to commence your legislative duties, I seek your support.”
The Governor, according to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, also assured that his administration will seek approval of the House for his policies, just as he promised to respect their views and opinions.
“While we must recognise the principle of separation of powers, a cornerstone of the presidential system of government, it is significant to also recognise the imperatives of interdependence among the three arms of government. We shall have our moments of deferring opinion and views, however, when such occur, it must always be resolved quickly and in the best interest of our people,” he said.
He also reminded the lawmakers of the need for them to put Lagosians at the centre of all their actions, stressing that while the opinion of the people must count in all their decisions.
Ambode also stressed the need for the lawmakers to maintain close relationship with their constituencies adding that it was the only way their aspirations can be gauged and harmonised into laws and policies.
The Governor also said, “I intend to take advantage of this opportunity and also engage the federal Government on very pertinent issues that have valuable interests to the ordinary people of Lagos state. Dear members, our time is already counting, we need to get down to work and give our people the very best service we can offer. The people of Lagos deserve no less”.
“Finally, in line with the provision with Section 105, Subsection 3 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as Amended in 2010, I have issued and handed over to the Clerk of the House of Assembly, a proclamation for the commencement for the Eight Assembly of the Lagos State House of Assembly on this 8th Day June, 2015”.
Earlier, the Clerk of the House, Mr Ganiyu Olusegun Abiru, charged the members- elect to work hard to secure a better life for the average citizen of Lagos while not compromising the interest of the people for pecuniary gains or benefits.
He said they must consciously and diligently work hard to secure a better life and greater opportunities for the people through viable, pragmatic laws and other legislative instruments that would ensure visible social, economic and infrastructural transformation in all the 40 Constituencies of the state.
The Clerk later read out the contents of the Proclamation Order signed by the Governor for the inauguration of the 8th Assembly after it was presented to him by Ambode.
The event was also witnessed by the Deputy Governor, Dr (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule; the First Lady, Mrs Bolanle Ambode; the Secretary to the State Government, Mr Tunji Bello; the Chief of Staff, Mr Olukunle Ojo; former Speaker, Hon Adeyemi Ikuforiji; National Publicity Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed and several dignitaries.