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LAGOS: No bad blood between govt, assembly – Sanwo-Olu

THE Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has today denied any ill blood between the state government and the state House of Assembly.

The governor stated during the swearing-in of 37 new commissioners and special advisers in Ikeja that he was aware of some of the sensitivities that accompanied the initial rejection of some nominees by lawmakers.

The House had rejected 17 commissioner nominees and affirmed 22 others on August 23.

Mudashiru Obasa, Speaker of the House, who presided over the day’s meeting, said the confirmation came after a thorough and detailed examination of the nominations by an ad-hoc committee led by House Chief Whip Fatai Mojeed.

Also on September 7, the lawmakers also rejected two of the governor’s commissioner candidates. The house, however, confirmed 15 of the 18 commissioner-nominees in Governor Sanwo-Olu’s second batch.

The governor said a week after the rejection that the decision required him to submit a fresh list of applicants for vetting.

“Let me go further to say that I am not unaware of the feelings in some quarters that the initial rejection of some nominees by the Lagos State House of Assembly, necessitating the submission of a revised list of nominees, signified a call to arms between the Executive and the Legislature. I reject such feelings in totality,” he said.

“Were the Executive designed to be omnipotent and omniscient, the very important oversight function of the Legislature will be needless.”

The governor commended the state House of Assembly for a job well done throughout the four-week nomination screening process.

He also urged the new cabinet members to give their utmost and ensure that their job reflects quality at all times by guiding the people.

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