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Ikeja Electric adds 34 additional Band A feeders in Lagos

This decision comes in recognition of Ikeja Electric's demonstrated ability to maintain a minimum of 20 hours of daily availability, surpassing industry standards.

FG clarifies on how Lagos-Calabar coastal highway will impact Landmark Beach Resort

Umahi clarified during an interview with Channels Television’s Morning Brief on Thursday that the redesign aimed to avoid demolishing existing infrastructure along the original route developed by the initial planners.

Lagos Lawyer achieves record-breaking walk across Third Mainland Bridge

In an exclusive conversation with The Record, Akingbemila disclosed that her curiosity about the possibility of walking the distance and the duration it would take motivated her to undertake the challenge.

Fire engulfs 14 buildings in Lagos Island Market

The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, in a statement issued on X disclosed that the fire originated from the refuelling of a generator.

JUST IN: Sanwo-Olu appoints Pelumi Nubi as Lagos Tourism Ambassador

Jubril Gawat, Senior Special Assistant on New Media to Sanwo-Olu announced this in a tweet on Monday, stating that she also got a brand new car, a new home in Lagos, and a customised plate number as gifts from the Lagos State Governor.

Annals Of Legislation

Lagos Assembly ranks high in legislative engagement. But the state’s budget is still not available online

This was disclosed in a EiE report entitled ‘Legislative Engagement: Why Are Our State Legislators Inaccessible’ compiled by EiE Research as at December 2023.

Lagos Assembly begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report on MDAs

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (State), Hon. Kehinde Olaide Joseph, said the exercise was aimed at curbing financial recklessness by MDAs in the State.

Adebola Shabi wants to bring back Saturday sanitation day to Lagos

"When we had environmental sanitation day, Lagos was clean and you spent less on your health."

How David Doherty became a lawmaker representing Amuwo-Odofin

"My constituency is my father and mother."

The women of the 10th Lagos House of Assembly 

What can we learn from the women in the 10th Lagos House of Assembly?

Navigating Lagos

Preserving Nigeria’s Legacy: Inside the National Museum in Onikan, Lagos

The National Museum Lagos boasts an extensive collection estimated at 47,000 objects, crafted from various materials including wood, ivory, metal, and terracotta.

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos in first two months of 2024

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos...

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Where to find co-working spaces in Lagos Mainland

As remote work continues to shape contemporary work culture, these spaces provide valuable solutions for those seeking flexibility, connectivity, and a dynamic work experience in Lagos.

Top five Lagos mainland restaurants for a perfect Valentine’s Day date 

Let's delve into five outstanding restaurants in Lagos mainland that not only tantalize your taste buds but also provide an enchanting atmosphere, making them ideal choices for your Valentine's celebration.

Eko Lifestyle

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Top 5 budget smartphones, as recommended by Computer Village vendors

  From communication and entertainment to productivity at work and...

Best spot to eat authentic pounded yam in Lagos

The culinary gem nestled in the heart of Lagos not only offers meticulously prepared pounded yam but also embraces the rich tapestry of Yoruba culture in its aesthetics and ambiance.

The enigmatic lure of New Afrika Shrine, Its People and Lifestyle

perience. Similar to Ajao, many viewed the New Afrika Shrine with skepticism, hearing stories portraying it as a haven for questionable individuals or a dimly lit place clouded with marijuana smoke.

Top five Lagos Beaches to visit this festive season 

As a beach lover who has visited over six beaches in Lagos, I curated five perfect beach locations for you to visit this festive season.

The Political Scene

Is the storm over between Sanwo-Olu and Obasa? 

Is this renewed joviality in the best interest of Lagosians?

Lagos is spending big on infrastructure. But choking on debt.

As of December 2022, Lagos was the state with the highest debt stock across the Nigerian federation.

What Ojodu residents want from LCDA Chairman Segun Odunmbaku

The residents made the requests following celebrations marking Segun Odunmbaku’s two years in office as Executive Chairman of Ojodu LCDA.

Who are the 39 people Sanwo-Olu nominated for his second-term cabinet?

The list came barely a day to the 60-day statutory deadline for appointment of cabinet members.

The women of the 10th Lagos House of Assembly 

What can we learn from the women in the 10th Lagos House of Assembly?

Persons Of Interest

Meet the man who swam across Third Mainland Bridge to raise awareness on silent killer among Lagosians

During his first year at the university, he stumbled upon the swim team one evening and decided to join. It was there that he discovered his love for swimming and the fulfilment it brought into his life.

I moved to Lagos for love and found so much more, Zimbabwean lady, Ngamira, shares her experience

Instead of returning to either Zimbabwe or her second home in Zambia, she decided to follow her heart to be with her partner in Lagos, Nigeria.

Homeschooling in Lagos: Mother of two, Tomilola, shares her thrilling journey

“I initially planned to homeschool my son till he was five years old when we would be more comfortable with sending him out into the world. After starting my homeschooling journey, I fell in love with it.”

How Lagos Bank guard defied odds to earn two doctorate degrees, now accounting scholar 

Learning is a process. The change wasn’t instantaneous. At Zenith Bank, I was trained as a frontline staff on how to handle members of the public. Here in an academic environment, what I learnt is helping me to handle students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, tradition, and ethnic groups as a public servant.

Nigerian cuisine needs better promotion – Sabi Chef 2023 contest winner, Olaoluwa

"Nigerian cuisine is not well appreciated and celebrated. Many times, I see people trying to be classy by eating foreign foods. We need to change that."

News Desk

Ikeja Electric adds 34 additional Band A feeders in Lagos

This decision comes in recognition of Ikeja Electric's demonstrated ability to maintain a minimum of 20 hours of daily availability, surpassing industry standards.

FG clarifies on how Lagos-Calabar coastal highway will impact Landmark Beach Resort

Umahi clarified during an interview with Channels Television’s Morning Brief on Thursday that the redesign aimed to avoid demolishing existing infrastructure along the original route developed by the initial planners.

Lagos Lawyer achieves record-breaking walk across Third Mainland Bridge

In an exclusive conversation with The Record, Akingbemila disclosed that her curiosity about the possibility of walking the distance and the duration it would take motivated her to undertake the challenge.

Fire engulfs 14 buildings in Lagos Island Market

The Director of the Lagos State Fire and Rescue Service, Margaret Adeseye, in a statement issued on X disclosed that the fire originated from the refuelling of a generator.

JUST IN: Sanwo-Olu appoints Pelumi Nubi as Lagos Tourism Ambassador

Jubril Gawat, Senior Special Assistant on New Media to Sanwo-Olu announced this in a tweet on Monday, stating that she also got a brand new car, a new home in Lagos, and a customised plate number as gifts from the Lagos State Governor.

Annals Of Legislation

Lagos Assembly ranks high in legislative engagement. But the state’s budget is still not available online

This was disclosed in a EiE report entitled ‘Legislative Engagement: Why Are Our State Legislators Inaccessible’ compiled by EiE Research as at December 2023.

Lagos Assembly begins Probe Of Auditor-General’s Report on MDAs

Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (State), Hon. Kehinde Olaide Joseph, said the exercise was aimed at curbing financial recklessness by MDAs in the State.

Adebola Shabi wants to bring back Saturday sanitation day to Lagos

"When we had environmental sanitation day, Lagos was clean and you spent less on your health."

How David Doherty became a lawmaker representing Amuwo-Odofin

"My constituency is my father and mother."

The women of the 10th Lagos House of Assembly 

What can we learn from the women in the 10th Lagos House of Assembly?

Navigating Lagos

Preserving Nigeria’s Legacy: Inside the National Museum in Onikan, Lagos

The National Museum Lagos boasts an extensive collection estimated at 47,000 objects, crafted from various materials including wood, ivory, metal, and terracotta.

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos in first two months of 2024

Road rage: 342 accidents claim 22 lives in Lagos...

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Where to find co-working spaces in Lagos Mainland

As remote work continues to shape contemporary work culture, these spaces provide valuable solutions for those seeking flexibility, connectivity, and a dynamic work experience in Lagos.

Top five Lagos mainland restaurants for a perfect Valentine’s Day date 

Let's delve into five outstanding restaurants in Lagos mainland that not only tantalize your taste buds but also provide an enchanting atmosphere, making them ideal choices for your Valentine's celebration.

Eko Lifestyle

From ruins to restoration: Discovering the treasures in Freedom Park Lagos

I discovered that the park, located on a prime location in Lagos Island, had a historical past—it used to be a prison during Nigeria's colonial era.

Top 5 budget smartphones, as recommended by Computer Village vendors

  From communication and entertainment to productivity at work and...

Best spot to eat authentic pounded yam in Lagos

The culinary gem nestled in the heart of Lagos not only offers meticulously prepared pounded yam but also embraces the rich tapestry of Yoruba culture in its aesthetics and ambiance.

The enigmatic lure of New Afrika Shrine, Its People and Lifestyle

perience. Similar to Ajao, many viewed the New Afrika Shrine with skepticism, hearing stories portraying it as a haven for questionable individuals or a dimly lit place clouded with marijuana smoke.

Top five Lagos Beaches to visit this festive season 

As a beach lover who has visited over six beaches in Lagos, I curated five perfect beach locations for you to visit this festive season.

The Political Scene

Is the storm over between Sanwo-Olu and Obasa? 

Is this renewed joviality in the best interest of Lagosians?

Lagos is spending big on infrastructure. But choking on debt.

As of December 2022, Lagos was the state with the highest debt stock across the Nigerian federation.

What Ojodu residents want from LCDA Chairman Segun Odunmbaku

The residents made the requests following celebrations marking Segun Odunmbaku’s two years in office as Executive Chairman of Ojodu LCDA.

Who are the 39 people Sanwo-Olu nominated for his second-term cabinet?

The list came barely a day to the 60-day statutory deadline for appointment of cabinet members.

The women of the 10th Lagos House of Assembly 

What can we learn from the women in the 10th Lagos House of Assembly?

Persons Of Interest

Meet the man who swam across Third Mainland Bridge to raise awareness on silent killer among Lagosians

During his first year at the university, he stumbled upon the swim team one evening and decided to join. It was there that he discovered his love for swimming and the fulfilment it brought into his life.

I moved to Lagos for love and found so much more, Zimbabwean lady, Ngamira, shares her experience

Instead of returning to either Zimbabwe or her second home in Zambia, she decided to follow her heart to be with her partner in Lagos, Nigeria.

Homeschooling in Lagos: Mother of two, Tomilola, shares her thrilling journey

“I initially planned to homeschool my son till he was five years old when we would be more comfortable with sending him out into the world. After starting my homeschooling journey, I fell in love with it.”

How Lagos Bank guard defied odds to earn two doctorate degrees, now accounting scholar 

Learning is a process. The change wasn’t instantaneous. At Zenith Bank, I was trained as a frontline staff on how to handle members of the public. Here in an academic environment, what I learnt is helping me to handle students from diverse backgrounds, cultures, tradition, and ethnic groups as a public servant.

Nigerian cuisine needs better promotion – Sabi Chef 2023 contest winner, Olaoluwa

"Nigerian cuisine is not well appreciated and celebrated. Many times, I see people trying to be classy by eating foreign foods. We need to change that."

Three reasons why Lagos House of Assembly rejected Sanwo-Olu’s 17 commissioner-nominees

A photo combination of Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa.
A photo combination of Lagos state governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Speaker of the Lagos House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa.

On August 23, the Lagos State House of Assembly confirmed 22 out of the 39 commissioner-nominees in a list forwarded by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for screening.

With no evidence to substantiate the move, the Assembly’s decision to reject the 17  commissioners-nominees remains shrouded in mystery. 

Ikeja Record looks into three possible reasons that might shed light on the Assembly’s decision.

Geographical Imbalance

An argument of geographical imbalance surfaced at one of the plenaries held at the Assembly for the  commissioner-nominee list sent by Sanwo-Olu. During the plenary, some lawmakers, including the deputy majority leader, Adedamola Kasunmu, raised concerns about the exclusion and underrepresentation of certain local government areas, and constituencies from the list. 

Ikeja Record  gathered that the lawmakers might have also listened to the concerns by some groups in Ikorodu and Mushin who stepped forward with claims of unequal local council representation in the list. Some councils reportedly have a higher number of representatives, while others have a more limited representation. According to the group, one local council has 12 representatives, while more than 10 others only have one each. They point out specific places like Badagry with two representatives, Lagos Mainland with three, and Eti-osa with 12.

Religious Imbalance

The rejection of the 17 commissioner nominees might also be tied to the issue of religious imbalance. Earlier this month, a coalition of religious organizations, comprising more than 30 Islamic groups, had called for a review of the cabinet list, stating that the nominees didn’t fairly represent Muslims in the state. The group, known as The Joint Muslims Forum (JMF), argued that the inclusion of only eight muslims out of the 39 nominees overlooks the significant demographic fact that Muslims make up more than 60% of the population in Lagos and played a pivotal role in shaping the outcome of the governor’s re-election.

Pending disagreements

Beyond geographical and religious factors, the possibility of pending disagreements can not be ruled out. There have been unresolved disputes and differences since April when the House first raised questions about some appointments made by the governor without legislative screening. Among those  appointments are Hakeem Muri-Okunola, holding the position of head of service, and Muritala Abiodun, serving as the accountant-general.

What next?

It is not yet clear what will happen next. But the constitution maintains that any commissioner or special assistant serving at the cabinet level must be approved by the Assembly. Sanwo-Olu has the option to present new names or approach the House with the rejected ones, but the Assembly, chaired by Speaker Mudashiru Obasa, reserves the right to approve or, as it did last week, say no.

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