BY OLAJIDE FABAMISE, Lagos
Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa has expressed disappointment in the activities of the state Public Procurement Board.
Obasa, who spoke during plenary on Tuesday stressed that the board was not forthcoming in its calling for the amendment of the laws that set it up to catch up with the current trend.
The Speaker added that the House was considering the appointment of Mrs. Iyabo Ladipo as a member of the board the House was planning to amend the law that set-up the board.
“The board members ought to have come to the House with a proposal for an amendment of the law that set them up. So, I am disappointed in them.
“The essence of procurement is to ensure that we get value for money and attract support from the World Bank and other agencies.
“These are the areas we want you to work on if your nomination is confirmed by us and you join the board eventually.
“We cannot slow down business, we must protect investments in the state,” he said.
Earlier, Mrs. Ladipo, a trained lawyer, whose nomination by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode into the board of the Lagos State Public Procurement Board was eventually confirmed by the House said she was capable of being a member of the board.
Answering questions from the lawmakers, Ladipo stated that a lot more could be done by the board in terms of training of procurement officers and Permanent Secretaries on handling contracts.
She said that Lagos State is first in many areas, saying she wanted to add her energy to the efforts of making business more efficient in the state.
Meanwhile, the House has confirmed the appointment of Mr. Azeez Sanni as the substantive Clerk of the House following a voice vote by members.