The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Monday, hosted His Imperial Majesty (HIM) Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogúnwusi, the Ooni of Ife.
Clad in his traditional royal apparel, Oba Ogunwusi, who arrived at the Assembly complex at about 1.30 pm, immediately went into a meeting with Speaker Obasa.
The monarch left after the brief meeting just before the House commenced the day’s plenary.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Speaker, Eromosele Ebhomele, say Oba Ogunwusi has been a friend of the Lagos State House of Assembly.
According to Ebhomele, in 2016, he commended the House of Assembly for its laudable steps toward promoting and preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Yorubas.
Also in 2017, when he led some chiefs on a visit to the House, Oba Ogunwusi urged other state Houses of Assembly in the Southwest to emulate the Lagos State House of Assembly in the promotion of the Yoruba Language.
“I am very happy to be here and see the Lagos State House of Assembly, using the Yoruba language to conduct its activities. I, therefore, enjoin all other Houses of Assembly in Yoruba Land to take a cue from this House.
“People in other countries honour and cherish the Yoruba language, but sadly here at home, we seem not to cherish what is ours.
“I, therefore, urge the Lagos State House of Assembly, to do all within its power to persuade other state Assemblies in Yoruba speaking areas, to see the sense in conducting their House businesses in Yoruba, as this, is one of the surest ways to promote our language and cultural heritage,” the revered traditional ruler said during the visit.
Meanwhile, the House, on Monday, passed a bill to establish a training institute for law enforcement officers in the state.
The ‘Bill for the Establishment of Lagos State Training Institute, to provide for the training of law enforcement officers,’ was read for the third time and subsequently passed at a sitting presided over by Speaker Obasa.
Obasa, thereafter, directed the Clerk of the House, Mr Olalekan Onafeko, to send a clean copy of the Bill to the State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for assent.