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Just In: Lagos Assembly increases 2021 budget by over N90bn

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Lagos State House of Assembly has approved the addition of over N90 billion to the 2021 budget, increasing it from N1.164 trillion to N1.25 trillion for the year.

It said that the increment was made following a request from the state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, that the 2021 budget be reordered with an increment of the recurrent expenditure from N460.58 billion to N496.26 billion; and N702.93 billion to N759.59 billion for the capital expenditure.

The House approved the increment on Tuesday through a voice vote of members at the sitting presided over by Speaker of the House, Mudashiru Obasa,

Obasa, thereafter, ordered the Clerk of the House, Olalekan Onafeko, to pass a clean copy of the report to the Governor for his assent.

Sanwo-Olu had in September 2021 requested the House to approve an amendment to this year’s Appropriation Law of N1.164 trillion passed by the lawmakers on December 29, 2020.

During the deliberations leading to the passage of amended law, the Chairman of the House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, read the various sectoral allocations and announced the new appropriation law as N1,256,567,592,651 trillion.

Meanwhile, the members of the Lagos Assembly have agreed that law enforcement agents operating in the state needed to be trained always.

The lawmakers made their positions known as they read for a second time a bill for the creation of law enforcement training institutes in the state.

Speaker of the House, Obasa, who presided over the sitting, described the bill as very important adding that the proposal should have the stipulations that would make it a good law.

He committed the bill to the House Committee on Judiciary to report back to the house in weeks to allow further deliberation on the issue.

Earlier during the debate on the bill, Chairman of the Committee on Judiciary and Public Petitions, Victor Akande, said it was long overdue.

“Policing in Lagos State has a little lacuna. Thus we have to put up a centre for the training of our own to teach them the modern way of doing it,” he added.

On his part, Bisi Yusuff said the institute was necessary because “most of our law enforcement agents do not understand the job. When well implemented, the institute will help to remold the agents.”

In his contribution, Rotimi Olowo noted that Lagos, being a megacity and economic hub of the country, has some challenges in relation to security.

“There are certain criteria for recruitment. The training institute will be able to look at that area,” he said adding that the institute would help train enforcement agents on the use of modern technology in intelligence gathering and prosecution.

“Some of our security personnel do not even know how to use the smartphones. So this bill is apt,” he added stressing that the institute would help agents treat people with dignity.

Yishawu also argued that having an institute to train and retrain law enforcement agents would help them keep abreast of modern ways of securing society.

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