By Peter Ejiofor
Lagos, April 10, 2022: The Human & Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) Resource Centre, have condemned the recent appointment of Mr Musiliu Akinsanya, a.k.a. M.C. Oluomo, as the chairman, Lagos State newly constituted Parks and Garages Management Committee.
Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on April 7, hours after the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) sacked Oluomo, appointed him to head the committee that would oversee the commercial motor parks and garages in the state.
The appointment of Oluomo was contained in a statement delivered by the State’s Commissioner for information and strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso.
The group on Sunday in a statement by their Directors, said the appointment was illegal on the ground that there was currently no known law in Lagos State that backs this appointment.
Moreso, by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended), the management of all parks, garages and bus-stops within the state falls under the purview of the Local government Councils, and not the state government, it said.
HEDA cited to Section 1(e) of the fourth Schedule to the 1999 constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria (as altered), which provides thus: “The main functions of the local government council are as follows: (e) Establish maintenance and regulation of slaughter houses, slaughter slabs, markets, “Motor Parks’’ and Public conveniences (emphasises ours).
It will be recalled that Oluomo, who was the Chairman of NURTW (Lagos Chapter), was sacked by the national body of NURTW, earlier last week for not showing remorse after his initial suspension for insubordination, abuse of office and incitements.
“The appointment of MC Olomo goes with him as the Chairman; Alhaji Sulyman Ojora, as Deputy Chairman; erstwhile AIG of Police, Mr Hakeem Odumosu, as the government liaison officer in the committee; Taiwo Olufemi Salaam, as secretary and 21 other members. They are to report to the state ministry of transportation.’’
HEDA commended the motive behind the committee of the state government “To ensure that activities and events of NURTW does not/are not allowed to threaten the law and order.
It, however, noted that civil society organisations pointed that the Lagos State Parking Authority Law provides for a Chairman and a six (6) members only, of the Authority; therefore, constituting a 25 – member committee contradicts the State Parking Authority Law.
“The state Parking Authority Law is clear, Section 2 (a & b) spelt it unambiguously about the composition of the Authority. More so, the position of liaison officer is unknown to the law.
“However, section 12 (1&2) of the Parking Authority Law provides for a general manager who shall be the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and who shall be in charge of the general administration of the Authority and transaction of its day-to-day business,’’ HEDA said.
It will also be recalled that HEDA wrote to the Lagos State lawmakers, their Speaker, just recently asking them to repeal this same law on the ground that the role of managing parks, garages and bus-stops falls exclusively on the shoulders of local government councils as enshrined in Section 1 (e) of the fourth Schedule of the 1999 constitution Federal Republic of Nigeria (as altered).
“It’s on these grounds that our group is making a prayer to the Lagos State Government to rethink its decision and follow the rule of law as it’s appropriate in the interest of peace and order he (Mr Governor) has promised the people.
“We also demand a probe into the collection of multiple taxes and levies imposed on buses, tricycles and motorcycles in Lagos State. It has been estimated that N123 billion is being collected per annum. It is likely to have increased as the levies collected daily are as follows:
“Big Bus – named `LT’ b/w N14,000 & N15,000; Small Bus – named `Danfo’ b/w N8,500 & N9,000; Tricycle named `Keke’ b/w N1,400 & N1700; Motorcycle named `Okada’ b/w N800 & N1,200.
“We expect the state governor to expedite actions in this matter,’’ HEDA said
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