In its continuous efforts at providing quality governance and accelerated grassroots infrastructural development within its area of jurisdiction, Kosofe Local Government Council on Tuesday, March 17 2020, held a groundbreaking public hearing on 12 proposed bills.
The public hearing on the proposed bills which has been described by political and community leaders within the local government area as a novel idea in the annals of Kosofe local government legislature, took place at Mende town hall with critical stakeholders invited to make relevant inputs before their enactment.
The 12 proposed bills which were placed before the critical stakeholders for deliberations are Lagos environmental sanitation law, Radio and Television license bill, merriment and entertainment permit bye-law, food stuffs and regulated premises bye-law, Establishment of markets regulation and prohibition of street trading, Car wash amendment and regulation bye-law, shop permit bye-law, control of kiosks, workshops and private lock-up shops bye-law; liquor license bye-law, warehouse permit bye-law, street naming and numbering bye-law and schedule of revenue rate/ Tarriffs bye-law.
The proposed bills contain different rules, regulations and modalities and clearly stipulate various degrees of stiff fines and penalties to be paid when infracted or contravened.
The executive chairman of Kosofe local government, Hon. Afolabi Sofola in his address, informed stakeholders that the local government council is empowered by the Constitution of federal Republic of Nigeria to make bye-laws and that the legislative arm of the local government was in accordance excersizing this power in enacting the bye-laws and involving critical stakeholders to make meaningful contributions.
He therefore expressed strong belief that the eventual enactment of the proposed bills into law would go a long way in making the local government to serve the people better with increase in revenue generation.
His words: “Government needs revenue to take care of people. Our people are not paying the dues. These bills will empower government to help people”.
In the same vein, the leader of Kosofe legislative council, Hon. Olumide County in his welcome address disclosed that the desire to make Kosofe Local government a better place through effective legislation was the major reason behind the proposed bills.
He also explained that the need to come up with inclusive and comprehensive bye-laws through proper public deliberations with the interest and wellbeing of the people of Kosofe at heart was the reason behind the public hearing.
While reeling out the list of the proposed bills, Hon. County urged residents of Kosofe Local Government to adhere strictly to the details of the proposed bills, warning that acts of contravention would attract stiff fines and penalties.
He therefore appealed to critical stakeholders present at the public hearing to educate, enlighten and advice their people on the importance of obeying the proposed bills when it finally becomes law.
While revealing the readiness of the local government chairman to provide basic infrastructures to the communities, Hon. County urged them to pay their taxes and rates regularly, warning that the local government grassroots development may be hindered due to lack of funds as the bill on internally Generated Revenue was among the bills presented.
Some political and community leaders present at the public hearing also made their opinions known.
Kosofe Apex leader, Chief Temionu in his address described the public hearing on bye-laws as uncommon initiative in Kosofe Local Government administration.
While congratulating the leader of the house and other councilors for the laudable step, Chief Temionu advised them to be sensitive and make laws that would be beneficial to the generality of the people.
His words: “Legislative arm is a very sensitive post. You want to make laws that will be beneficial to the generality of the people, laws that would not serve your own purpose. Because law for what it is, is transient. When you make laws today and when you eventually leave office, you live under the umbrella of the laws you made as power is very transient.”
Hon. Busayo Adebayo during an interview with newsmen praised the local government and its legislators for being dynamic, creative and showing great foresight for promulgating bye-laws, which he said would generate revenue for the council and also benefit the populace.
He noted that the proposed bills on warehousing and car wash were good innovative bills, adding that warehousing is no longer peculiar to Lagos Island.
While describing legislature as an interchange between executive and legislative, Hon. Busayo advised the people of Kosofe to accept and obey the bye-laws, stressing that the legislators are their eyes who could not mislead them.
The CDC Chairman of Kosofe Local Government Area speaking at the gathering assured the local government Chairman, of the readiness of CDC/CDA to work in conjunction with the local government in collecting TV&Radio license from their members .
He also urged the CDC/CDA members to ensure cleaniness of their communities, stressing that it is part of their duties as community leaders.
He advised them to inform appropriate quarters whenever they see any member of the community dumping refuse in prohibited places.
However the CDA chairman of Araromi/Gbagada, Chief Kayode Onasanya advised the local government to provide compactors that would be going from one place to another to evacuate wastes gathered along drainages during environmental sanitation periods so that the wastes would not be washed back into the drainages.
He also advised them to make provision for waste bins and baskets to be placed in strategic locations as it is done in Countries like Israel so that people walking along the streets could easily put their wastes in.
Baale of Soluyi 2 Chief Adegbite, expressed satisfaction with the proposed bills most especially the environmental bill. He said that the cleaniness of the community was very paramount.
He advised residents to support the initiative by paying their rates and permits regularly.
While Chief Oriola Onalaja, the Baale Of Araromi appealed to the local government to focus more attention on the tenants in revenue collections, stating that tenants would prove difficult for the landlords to collect money from.
The public hearing on proposed bills was well attended by Royal Fathers, Religious leaders, Community leaders, Market Women, Artisans, Residents, Political Class, Captains of Industry and Civil servants.