The Lagos State House of Assembly has organised a Public Hearing on a bill titled, Bill for a Law to establish the Lagos State Awards Scheme, to specify among other things, the privileges of the Recipients and for connected matters.
The event which took place at the State House of Assembly, Lateef Jakande Auditorium was attended by civil servants and other stakeholders.
In his keynote address, the Speaker, Hon. Mudashiru Obasa who was represented by the Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade expressed his satisfaction with the state initiative to reward excellence in the State.
“I feel so delighted that we are here today on the Bill that takes care of the first stanza of Nigerian anthem that labours of our heroes past shall not be in vain. For us to make laws that will govern the people, we must have your inputs,” Obasa said.
The Speaker further stated that the Bill if passed into law would reward breakthrough, excellence, bravery and gallantry.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman House Committee on Special Duties, Hon. Hakeem Shokunle also pointed out that the State Government would encourage excellence through the law if eventually passed.
He added that one other feature that makes the Bill exceptional is the recognition of those that are deceased, saying Lagos State House of Assembly would welcome contributions through memoranda to make the law richer.
While answering journalists on the need to adhere to integrity in honouring the awardees, the lawmaker stated that the Bill was one of the best in the state, saying integrity would not be compromised.
The Deputy Majority Leader, Hon. Olumuyiwa Jimoh who gave the overview of the Bill stated that “the Bill which has 26 sections is the first of its kinds in the country.”
Hon. Jimoh disclosed basically there are two parts in the Bill, saying the Honours and Merit Award.