Lagos to enact ‘whistle-blower’ law


Governor-Babatunde-FasholaThe executive and legislative arms of the Lagos State government have agreed to enact the “whistle-blower” law, to help in the implementation of the Freedom of Information Act.

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The decision was taken at the 10th Lagos State government-organised Executive/Legislative Parley at the weekend.

A statement by media aide to Governor Babatunde Fashola, Hakeem Bello, also disclosed that it was resolved that the state should intensify its policy making, planning and budgeting as a means to facilitate better implementation of its policies.

Rising from its three-day brainstorming at the Orchid Hotels, Lekki, the Parley with the theme, “Towards Perpetuating the Culture and Practice of Excellence,” also resolved that in order to institutionalise best practice in the state, capacity building for staff both at the legislative and executive arms of government, would be further enhanced for efficiency.

It was also decided that as a matter of necessity, a civil service that is organised, well staffed and equipped to the level required to deliver its responsibilities, and formulate effective policies must be achieved, and that performance must be observed, tracked and evaluated, so that people could see whether or not targets were being met to be able to improve approaches where lapses are noted.

This according to the state, “will require critical reforms and reorientation of the state civil service into a modern, professional bureaucracy that must constantly innovate and brand its entire processes as an institutionalised model that leaves no Lagosian in doubt about its paradigm shift.”

On the subject of harnessing the potentials of the state to be an environment friendly society, the parley resolved to improve on policies, legislation, regulations, and planning requirements on environmental matters in order to further compel individual and corporate compliance.

“It is necessary to always convene a multi-faceted stakeholder engagement to drive the mainstreaming process, by identifying and strengthening links between development and the environment,”the parley also resolved, adding that there is a need to further educate and sensitise Lagosians on climate change policies in collaboration with local authorities through the establishment of Local Council Climate Change Adaption Learning Groups.

The parley also resolved “to further evolve policies that provide an integrated, harmonized and multi-sectoral framework for responding to climate change in Lagos State through adaptation, mitigation and other measures” adding, “Lagos State should further implement the State Partnership for Accountability, Responsiveness and Capability (SPARC) document, which describes  principles that guide improved strategy-making in the state – especially with a view to improving the impact of state government efforts to deliver public goods, and to improve the welfare of citizens”.

Members also observed that Lagos had been able to forge necessary links and processes (through a systemic approach) whereby all central and sectoral actors play their roles harmoniously in environmental matters.

They also observed that “the Nigerian International Financial Centre Bill before the National Assembly, though a product of the Financial System Strategy 2020 which seeks to make Nigeria the safest and most diversified financial hub among emerging markets by the year 2020, however, is not entirely in tandem with global best practices, “as a financial centre cannot be a creation of legislation alone but rather an indication of pre-existing economic indices.

“Lagos State, being host to over 90 percent of all financial institutions in Nigeria (banking, insurance, pensions, stock-broking, etc.), 70 percent of international and domestic air traffic as well as a home to the biggest Stock Exchange in West Africa (and two other OTC exchanges), is by natural placement the obvious international financial centre for Nigeria”, members also observed.

Participants also noted that to support the structure and objectives of the Financial Centre, Lagos State also had a reformed legal system, efficient judicial and alternative dispute resolution system, and effective process for the enforcement of the rule of law adding that good governance, through effective and efficient management of government budget and expenditure, had a causal relationship with efficiency in public administration.

Participants at the 10th Executive/Legislative Parley organized by the Political and Legislative Powers Bureau included the Lagos State Governor, his Deputy, Hon. (Mrs) Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire, Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Adeyemi Ikuforiji, members of the National Assembly Representing Lagos, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, members of the State Executive Council, All Progressives Congress, Party Chieftains in Lagos State including Chief Dele Ajomale, the State APC Chairman who represented Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as Chairman of the Parley among others.

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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