The Clerk of the Lagos State Assembly, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko says the Assembly will continue to promote accountability, due process and fight corruption in the State.
Mr Onafeko, who was represented by his Personal Assistant, Mr. Ibraheem Fagbolade stated after being conferred with a Prestigious Leadership Award by “Fight Against Corruption Organization (FACO) in Lagos, saying that, “corruption is an endemic scourge and must be uprooted through concerted efforts of the governments and well-meaning Nigerians for dividends of democracy to reach the citizens.”
“I am happy FACO is one of the leading human rights organization sensitizing people, the private sector and governments concerning the dangers inherent in corrupt practices,” he stated. He further explained that, “fighting corruption, institutionalizing accountability and due process has been the hallmark of the Lagos State House of Assembly,” declaring that the legislative Institution would continue in that regard to ensure the State and the country are placed on pedestal of good governance and socio-economic prosperity.
While commending FACO for being relentless in its laudable pursuit of corruption-free society, the Clerk of the House noted that the anti-corruption organization has in the last seven years been recognizing and rewarding competence, transparency and accountability in public service and governance. He added that the award given to him was “in recognition of the Assembly, under the able and dynamic leadership of Rt. Hon.( Dr.) MudashiruAjayiObasa’s stance against corruption and excellent performance in catering for the welfare of the people and ensuring they enjoy dividends of democracy through good governance.”
Earlier, the Chairman of Fight Against Corruption Organization, Dr. Francis Shopekan had informed the gathering that the Prestigious Leadership Award was bestowed on the Clerk because of his “untainted integrity, honesty, handwork and undeniable impact in various Offices he has served.” According to him, FACO was more motivated to give him the award for the innovation and transformation he had brought to the Assembly since his assumption as the Clerk of the House.
“Your immense contributions to the development of the Lagos State House of Assembly, your leadership skills, your track record of success and achievements over the years, your proven integrity, credibility, discipline, efficiency, compassionate heart, selfless service to humanity and your love for GOD have combined together to distinguish and brought you to this level,” he concluded.
The event was attended by the Permanent Secretary of the State Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, Mrs. Adetutu Ososanya and a host of other dignitaries.