Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Tuesday inaugurated and issued the proclamation of the functionality of the 10th Lagos State House of Assembly.
Speaking at the Proclamation/Inauguration ceremony at the Assembly Chamber, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu said the proclamation symbolised not just the continuity of democratic journey but also the vital role of legislative power in Nigeria’s system of governance.
He said the legislature, an indispensable pillar of democracy, played an essential role in the journey of greater Lagos.
According to him, the legislature is the embodiment of the hopes and aspirations of the people, a crucial partner in the quest for good governance, and a custodian of the shared democratic values.
The governor said the assembly remained a testament to the strength of democracy and the commitment of Lagos’ residents to the pursuit of excellence.
”As we embark on this new journey, we are reminded of our shared commitment to bolster the prosperity of Lagos state and improve the lives of every resident.
”As we inaugurate this assembly today, you will also be conducting the election of the speaker and other principal officers, a constitutional function that further demonstrates the strength of our democratic values.
”It is a significant event, reminding us that the principles of fairness, respect for majority rule, and protection of the rights of the minority are the bedrock of our democracy.
”I want to assure you all that as your governor, I stand neutral in the selection process. My interest lies in how we can work together, irrespective of who assumes what role, to fulfill our shared responsibilities to the people of Lagos state.
”Each one of you, regardless of position, brings unique value and perspective to this assembly, and it is through our collective efforts that we will achieve the extraordinary.
”The emergence of the speaker and other principal officers is a decision entrusted to you by the constitution. I trust that you will carry out this duty with the highest level of integrity and respect for democratic principles,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu urged the 10th Assembly to ensure cooperation, dialogue, and mutual respect with the executive arm, for a ‘Greater Lagos Rising’.
According to him, the executive and the legislature are partners in the democratic journey, and the shared goal is to create a Lagos where everyone thrives, where opportunities abound, and where cultural diversity propels all forward.
”I stand ready to work with the 10th assembly, collaborating to drive impactful policies, and fostering an environment where the hopes and dreams of every Lagos residents can be realised.
”As we embark on this journey together, let us remember the words of John Quincy Adams, ”If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.
”I believe in the leadership that will emerge in this 10th house of assembly. I am confident that our collective efforts will usher in an era of unprecedented growth and development for Lagos state,” he said.
Giving his welcome address, the Clerk of the House, Mr Olamilekan Onafeko said the ninth assembly was highly successful in carrying out its roles, while congratulating Sanwo-Olu and the 10th assembly lawmakers for their victory at the polls.
Onafeko said the 40 members of the 10th assembly comprised of 20 lawmakers re-elected from the ninth assembly and 20 new lawmakers.
He urged the 10th assembly to work collaboratively with the executive, to ensure dividends of democracy for residents of the state. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)
Source: News Agency of Nigeria