The Lagos Liberation Movement (LLM) has called on the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa and other lawmakers in the Assembly commence the process to hasten the presentation of the State’s 2019 Appropriation Bill to the Assembly for Consideration, by the State’s Executive, led by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
According to the group, the call became imperative as Lagosians continued to anticipate the presentation and passage of the 2019 Budget which according to the group may be counterproductive and lead to a shutdown of governance and economic activities in the State, if delayed.
In a statement signed by the convener of the group, Comrade Mark Adebayo and obtained by InsideMainland, the body said; “Lagos, which is the fifth largest economy in Africa is at a palpable risk of slowdown in its developmental strife if the Lagos House of Assembly does not quickly reconvene session to accept the submission of 2019 Budget proposal by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode.
“It was observed with concern that since the return of democratic rule in 1999, Lagos State Government kept the enviable record of being the first amongst equal to submit its budget proposal before the last quarter of an operational year and passage of same before the end of the first month of the New Year. This has no doubt been responsible for the seamless economic growth of the State of excellence.”
The statement continued that; “However, LLM is shocked to receive the news that even when the Commissioner for Budget and Planning in the State wrote the Assembly last year for a date when the Governor would address the lawmakers and submit the 2019 Budget, the Speaker responded that it would be impossible to reconvene the House at any determinable date because members of the House are currently busy with their various political campaigns for offices in this year’s general elections!
“This is not only reprehensible but also highly condemnable and disrespectful to the indigenes and residents of Lagos state. This is much more so when viewed against the background that the over N1trillion budget is largely targeted at meeting the demands of Lagosians and promise of Governor Ambode to complete all the infrastructural development projects like the Agege flyover, Oshodi Transport Interchange, Lagos-Abeokuta BRT corridor among others, initiated by his administration. It is trite to emphasize that the refusal to reopen the Assembly and expedite the passage of the budget would not only affect the infrastructural developmental strides but also equally provoke monumental needless hardships and sufferings on Lagosians.”
The group concluded saying; “Should the Leadership of the State House of Assembly refuse to answer this subtle clarion call to reopen the assembly without further delay, we shall not hesitate to mobilize Lagosians for the necessary legitimate actions, to compel a reopening of the House of Assembly.”