The Lagos State House of Assembly has accepted an adjustment to the 2021 budget of N1.25 trillion.
According to Newsreal Africa, this was in response to a request made recently to the House by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu.
The Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, presided over the meeting, which was approved by a voice vote of MPs.
Following that, Obasa directed the Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, to deliver a clean copy of the budget report to the Governor for his approval.
Governor Sanwo-Olu proposed in September 2021 that the House adopt an amendment to this year’s Appropriation Law of N1.164 trillion, which was passed by lawmakers on December 29, 2020.
Obasa stated that the governor was proposing that the House reorder N460.58 billion to N496.26 billion in recurrent spending and N702.93 billion to N759.59 billion in capital expenditure.
During the debates that led to the passage of the amended law, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, read the various sectors allocations and declared the new appropriation law as N1,256,567,592,651 trillion.
According to Yishawu, a recurrent payment of N513,343,338,737 was approved from the consolidated revenue fund.
Speaking further, he that a total of N743,224,253,914 from the Development Fund has been approved for capital expenditure for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2021.
Meanwhile, members of the Lagos Assembly have agreed that all law enforcement officers in the state must be trained at all times.
The parliamentarians voiced their opinions as they read a bill for the establishment of law enforcement training institutes in the state for the second time.
The bill was hailed as highly significant by the Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, who presided over the sitting, adding that the proposal should include the conditions that would make it a good law.
He assigned the bill to the House Judiciary Committee, which will report in a few weeks.
Earlier in the bill’s debate, Hon. Victor Akande, head of the Judiciary and Public Petitions Committee, stated:
“There is a small gap in policing in Lagos State. As a result, we must establish a training center for our own people in order to teach them the current method of doing things,” he explained.
Hon. Bisi Yusuff, on his part, stated that the institute was important because “most of our law enforcement agents do not comprehend the job.” When properly implemented, the institute will aid in the remolding of the agents.”
Hon. Rotimi Olowo remarked in his speech that Lagos, being a megacity and the country’s economic core, faces some security challenges.
“There are some recruitment standards. The training institute will be able to look into that,” he added, adding that the institute would assist in training law enforcement officials on how to use current technology in information collecting and prosecution.
“Some of our security officers have no idea how to utilize smartphones. So this bill is appropriate,” he added, emphasizing that the institute will assist agents in treating individuals with dignity.
Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu also claimed that having a training and retraining institute for law enforcement agents would assist them to stay current with modern methods of securing society.
According to Hon. David Setonji, the law is the first of its sort among federation states.