The Lagos State House of Assembly under the leadership of Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has dissolved all standing committees in the Lagos state Assembly.
Announcing the dissolution of these committees shortly before the House adjourned plenary on Monday, October 16, 2017, Speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa stated that the Chairmen of these Committees will henceforth be working in an acting capacity.
In his own words, Hon. Obasa says “May I announce to you all, that all standing committees of the House are hereby dissolved, while the Chairman of these Committees will be working in acting capacity.
“This will continue until new committee chairmen and members are constituted,” he also said, that committee chairmen must get permission from him before taking any major decision since they are still acting. However, the Speaker did not give any reason for the dissolution.
It will be recalled that committees of the state assembly were dissolved and reconstituted during the fifth and sixth houses of assembly headed by former speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji.
A source in the Assembly revealed that former speaker Adeyemi Ikuforiji dissolved the standing committees of the House after he became Speaker in December, 2005 after former speaker, Jokotola Pelumi was impeached.
It was gathered that the committees were not reconstituted then until several months later. Standing committees of the Houses of Assembly are usually in-charge of overseeing various state ministries.