The Lagos State House of Assembly on Tuesday screened six Governor’s nominees for both the Lagos State Public Procurement Commission and the state Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM).
Nominated and screened for the position of General Manager, Lagos State Public Procurement Commission was Mr. Onafowote Fatai.
Onafowote was born on 16th January, 1967.
He attended University of Ibadan and studied Agriculture, Biochemistry and Nutrition.
He started working at the Lagos State Agricultural Development Project. He later became Programme Secretary, State Food Security Programme
He also supported Lagos State Public Procurement as a Technical Adviser before he rose to be the acting General Manager of the commission since May 2016.
He is a certificated procurements manager, who has worked under World Bank project in the sector.
While answering questions from the lawmakers, Onafowote agreed that insurance bond is important for procurement, adding that the fund given to any contractor ought to be protected.
“I support the reform ongoing in the House of Assembly on public procurement. nitial payment for contracts could be between 20 and 40%. It could be lower for projects that involved a lot of money. Financial capability is part of consideration. 20% could be low, but it should oscillate between 20 to 40 per cent,” he said.
He added that he started acting as the GM of the commission as a child of circumstance, when the immediate past General Manager resigned.
The House also screened nominees for the Lagos State Teaching Service Commission (TESCOM).
Nominated and screened for the position of the Chairman of the board of TESCOM was Mrs. Ariyo Elizabeth.
Ariyo was born in 1956, and she attended United Missionary College and got Grade 2 Teachers Certificate, taught in Ilesha, Osun State. She also studied at the University of Lagos from 1982 to 1986 and studied English Language.
She started working with the Lagos State School Basic Studies in 1986, and later worked as an inspector, planning officer and state Primary Education Board.
She became a Permanent Secretary in 2015 and retired in 2016.
On her plans for speedy payment of teachers’ pensions, Ariyo promised she will monitor payment of pension of teachers, adding that there is presently no central body.
Also screened to be a member of the commission was Mr. Ashaka Jacob.
Ashaka was born in 1958 in Topo, Badagry. In 1976, he proceeded to Government Teachers Training College, Badagry for Grade 2 Certificate and was employed as a teacher.
In 1981, he went to Lagos State College of Education and graduated in 1984. He went back to teaching in 1985 after his NYSC Programme.
He worked at Agboju Secondary School for nine years. He later gained admission to the Lagos State University for first degree and went back for Masters Degree programme in Education Science and Administration in 2001.
Another nominee screened for TESCOM was Mrs. Sidikat Smith.
Smith was born in 1954 and attended the University of Lagos, where she studied Biology Education.
Mr. Adeleke Kara was also screened to be a member of TESCOM.
Kara went to the Federal College of Education, Okenne, and later taught at Teachers College, Ikorodu before going to the University of Ibadan to study Guidance and Counseling.
The fifth nominee screened for TESCOM was Mrs. Hadijat Hassan. She was born in 1965 and attended Lagos State University, where she studied Political Science and later got masters degree and is currently undergoing her Phd programme at the University of Ilorin.
However, a Bill for a law to amend the Lagos State Neighbourhood Safety Corps (2016) was read for the second time.
Chairman House Committee on Judiciary, Public Petitions, and Human Rights, Hon. Tunde Braimoh stated that the bill needs overhauling and that the citizens must be made to know the importance of security.
He said that the House has a responsibility to ensure that the agency works well and made to achieve its aim.
The Majority Leader, Hon. Sanai Agunbiade also added his voice to the need to review the Bill, which he said considered the issue of vigilante.
He said that members of the corps have power to conduct search or to arrest any erring member of the public.
Hon. Rotimi Olowo (Shomolu Constituency 1) and Hon. Yishawu Gbolahan Yishawu (Eti Osa 2) also spoke on the essence of funding to make the Corps function effectively.
The Bill was later committed to the House Committee on Information, Publicity and Strategy, headed by Hon. Adefunmilayo Tejuso. The Committee has two weeks to report back.
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