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Many had thought that the two weeks break of the Lagos State House of Assembly would provide an opportunity for the stakeholders to settle their differences by embracing alternative to dispute resolution to, upturn a inside source information claimed that a former member business interest might be affected by the dredging probe.
However, the 7 man Adhoc Committee mandated to investigate the indiscriminate dredging reported during the break on boat touring the dredging sites based on term of reference for the on spot assessment.
A regular contributor on Kosofe Post apparent thought that the targeted Lawmaker in the National Assembly, Sen. Adebayo Osinowo, has the National Assembly to his advantage since waterways is under the regulations of the Federal Government.
Rasheed Awofeso, in his contribution on Kosofe Post microblogging platform; Facebook in an article titled :” Dredging Investigation: Lagos Assembly Go harder; On Sen. Adebayo Osinowo Business interest” Said “What is the position of the law about dredging and hope the investigative panel raised by the Lagos State House of Assembly will not clash with the Federal Legislative“.
The response from Lagos State Ministry of Justice to the petition by the National Inland Waterways Authority (NIWA) in which it requested information on the activities of a seven-man committee set up by the Lagos State House of Assembly to investigate and make recommendations on dredging activities in its waterways confirmed that a serious fireworks trailed the 7-man ad-hoc committee activities that prevented it from submitting overdue report.
The latest developments revealed that the power tussle between Senator Osinowo and the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, RT. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa backed by kingmakers in the state is far from embracing jaw jaw and alternative to dispute resolution as the coast is now clear for the committee to laid their reports.
The Speaker, Hon. Obasa has chose to sit tight despite the catalogued heaps and weighty allegations levelled against him rather than step aside to prevent sham investigation by the Ad-hoc committee set up to look into his abuse of office among others.
The outcomes of the two Adhoc Committees on indiscriminate dredging and the Speaker alleged economic financial crimes in the coming days will define how serious the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government are serious on the war against corruption.