Lagos Passes Bills For Mega City Project

In an effort to make Lagos a megacity in Africa, its House of Assembly passed three bills last Friday. The bills scaled through the third reading on the floor of the House at a plenary session attended by all the lawmakers.

The bills include the Parks and Gardens Agency Bill, 2011 which seeks the establishment of an agency to regulate activities at gardens and parks. The other bills are the Lagos Public Procurement Bill, 2011 and Lagos Tenancy Bill, 2011.The Lagos Public Procurement Bill, 2011 seeks transparency in government transactions, as well as monitoring of contract awards by the civil society.

The Lagos Tenancy Bill, 2011 spells out landlords’ rights and obligations to tenants as well as the rights of tenants and their obligations to landlords. LAHA’s Chief Whip, Rasaq Balogun (Surulere 11 Constituency), moved the motion for the presentation of the bills for the last reading. He was supported by all the legislators. After some amendments, the House passed the bills.

Adeyemi Ikuforiji, the Speaker of the House, said that the bills would enhance the implementation of the state’s megacity project. He noted that the three bills had earlier been sent to Governor Babatunde Fashola for assent but were returned for some amendments. Also at the plenary session, Ipoola Omisore (Ifako/ Ijaiye 11), moved a motion for the construction of pedestrian bridges at strategic bus stops on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway.

Mr Omisore said that absence of pedestrian bridges on the highway put the lives of pedestrians at risk. The motion was supported by the other members of the House. The assembly adjourned sitting till August 18.

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