Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has dismissed claims of tension between the state government and the state House of Assembly led by Speaker Mudashiru Obasa.
Speaking during the swearing-in of 37 new commissioners and special advisers in Ikeja, the governor acknowledged that there were concerns following the initial rejection of some nominees by the lawmakers.
On August 23, the House rejected 17 commissioner-nominees but approved 22 others.
The Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa, presided over the confirmation, which followed a thorough screening of the nominees by an ad-hoc committee led by the Chief Whip of the House, Fatai Mojeed.
Additionally, on September 7, the lawmakers rejected two more commissioner-nominees while confirming 15 out of the 18 commissioner-nominees in the second batch sent by Governor Sanwo-Olu.
A week after the initial rejection, the governor submitted a revised list of nominees for screening.
Governor Sanwo-Olu stated, “Let me go further to say that I am not unaware of the feelings in some quarters that the initial rejection of some nominees by the Lagos State House of Assembly, necessitating the submission of a revised list of nominees, signified a call to arms between the Executive and the Legislature. I reject such feelings entirely.”
He emphasized the importance of checks and balances between the Executive and the Legislature, highlighting that the Legislature’s oversight function is crucial.
The governor commended the state House of Assembly for their diligent work during the nominees’ screening, which lasted about four weeks.
He also urged the new cabinet members to excel in their roles and ensure that their work reflects excellence, always keeping the interests of the people in mind.