In a significant gathering of State Legislatures’ Speakers from the Southwestern region of Nigeria, hosted at the Lagos State House of Assembly, discussions were held to address key issues pertaining to the progress and development of the zone. This gathering precedes the upcoming meeting of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures in Nigeria, where the election of a national chairman is on the agenda.
Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, hosted his counterparts from the Southwest, including Rt. Hon. Taiwo Oluomo of Ogun, Adebo Ogundoyin of Oyo, Adeoye Aribasoye of Ekiti, Adewale Egbedun of Osun, and Olamide Oladiji of Ondo. Following a closed-door session, Speaker Obasa briefed journalists on the topics discussed during the meeting.
“We looked at the progress of the legislature in the Southwest. Let me remind you that during the last Assembly, we all adopted a single Business Rules and Standing Order, which we have reviewed at this meeting,” Speaker Obasa stated. “We also discussed the coming election of the Conference of Speakers. We deliberated on that because we have to be there with one voice. We have two Speakers, Ogun and Oyo, running for the position. So we have to harmonize our position before we go for the election.”
The meeting also delved into matters related to the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) and its implications for the economic progress and development of the Southwest. Speaker Obasa expressed satisfaction with the progress made during the discussions and confirmed that further deliberations would be held in the future, all with the best interests of the Southwest in mind.
Rt. Hon. Aribasoye reaffirmed the agenda of the meeting, emphasizing, “We met to discuss the Southwest, the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria, the coming election, the security of our zone, and the need for cross-fertilization of ideas among the legislatures in the Southwest.”
The visiting Speakers also commended the Lagos State lawmakers for their steadfast support for democracy, governance, and the leadership of Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, acknowledging that their experiences in Lagos had provided valuable insights into ways to advance their respective states.
Rt. Hon. Oladiji, who was visiting the Lagos Assembly for the first time, commended the legislative progress achieved under Speaker Obasa, while Rt. Hon. Egbedun emphasized the importance of unity in the Southwest and hailed Speaker Obasa as their leader.
Rt. Hon. Oluomo expressed admiration for the Lagos lawmakers’ loyalty to Speaker Obasa, who holds the record for being the longest-serving Speaker in Nigeria. Rt. Hon. Ogundoyin thanked Speaker Obasa for his guidance and experience, which he said had consistently benefited the Southwest Speakers.
In response, Speaker Obasa praised his colleagues at the Lagos Assembly for their dedication, loyalty, and passion for legislative progress and the development of the State, reaffirming his commitment to positive causes and the betterment of the region.