Lagos Assembly halts demolition of Onigbongbo market
…Confirms nomination of Onimole as GM, Lagos Public Procurement Agency
By CHINELO OBOGO
Friday, May 11, 2012
Lagos State House of Assembly has halted the proposed demolition of Onigbongbo Market, Ikeja by the Lagos State Ministry of Physical Planning and Urban Development.
This resolution was made, following the recommendation of the House Committees on Lands and Housing; Judiciary, Human Rights and Public Petitions. The Assembly took the action after the conclusion of debates on the protest letter sent to the House by the Chairman of Onigbongbo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Francis Babatunde Oke.
The LCDA had in the letter requested the Assembly to restrain the Ministry of Physical Planning and Development from carrying out the demolition and also stop the Ministry of Transportation from harassing traders on the pretense that the government wants to build a market along the metro line. In his ruling, the Speaker of the House, Ikuforiji Adeyemi directed the two ministries to stall all actions on the demolition of the market, pending the conclusion of the committees’ investigation.
In the same vein, the Assembly also confirmed the appointment of Mr. Akinkunmi Oladipupo Onimole as the General Manager of Lagos State Public Procurement Agency. The nominee was scrutinized by the lawmakers on his wealth of experience on procurement, his marital status, educational background and work experience.
However, during the confirmation exercise, the lawmakers discovered from Mr. Onimole’s speech that the Attorney-General of the State, Adeola Ipaye had already issued him an appointment letter prior to his appearance before the House.
The Clerk of the House, Mr. Segun Abiru has been mandated to write a letter to the Attorney-General, intimating him against issuance of appointment letter to governorship nominees before their appearance before the House of Assembly.
In his response, Onimole explained that he intends to start work through sensitization, which would transient into public enlightenment and added that about 4,000 people, including members of the public have been sensitized.