…Accolades to an astute Politician, the number three in order of ranking in Lagos State, as he celebrates his 49th birthday.
Speaker, Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, is an astute politician, who has shown that every dream is realisable as long as the dreamer is focused and committed. From a humble beginning as a local government councillor in 1999, Obasa has grown to become a key figure in the political calculus of Lagos, climbing to number three in order of ranking in the state. Incidentally, his accomplishments have not blown him off. He has remains humble, unassuming and inspiring.
CITATION OF RT. HON. (DR.) MUDASHIRU AJAYI OBASA, SPEAKER, LAGOS STATE HOUSE OF ASSEMBLY
Proudly representing the good people of Agege Constituency 01, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa is one of the most experienced legislators and currently the longest serving Member in the Lagos State House of Assembly.
He was born on November 11, 1972 and graduated from the Lagos State University where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Law (L.LB) and later enrolled at the Nigeria Law School.
An early starter in politics, his political career began at the dawn of the 4th Republic when he successfully won election into Agege Local Government Legislative Council as a Councillor in Ward E and where he served as Deputy Leader. Before he became a Councillor, he was an active party member who served as the Zonal Chairman, Exco member and Campaign Committee Chairman.
Building on his political achievements and experience, in Y2003 at the age of 31, Obasa contested and convincingly won election to the 5th Assembly of the Lagos State House of Assembly on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to represent Agege Constituency 1.
A vibrant, thorough and reliable legislator and a darling to the people of Agege, Obasa had no problem renewing his mandate for a 4-time record in 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019. Over the years, while carrying out his representative and lawmaking duties, he has left no one in doubt in terms of his loyalty and commitment to serve as he distinguished himself as the Chairman and member of various sensitive House Committees including Education; Rural Development; Public Accounts; Local Government, Economic Planning and Budget amongst others with outstanding impacts on governance.
At the inauguration of the 8th Legislative Assembly the straightforward, ever-smiling and generous Obasa was unanimously elected as the 7th speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly. During the period as speaker, he brought the many years of his political ingenuity and legislative experience to the fore, thus, ushering in an era of remarkable innovation, historical development and quality representation.
Amongst these, he initiated the first ever annual Constituency Stakeholders’ Meetings which are held simultaneously across all constituencies in the State to engender deeper constituency engagement between legislators and their constituents down to the grassroots for better development. The reports of these meetings have fuelled a number of major policies and infrastructural developments across the State since 2015. Other areas include infrastructural development in the House with cutting edge technology, active presence of the House on various social media platforms including live streaming of its plenary sessions with vital information and public education on its website.
Very passionate about the delivery of good governance, Obasa had personally initiated a number of Private Member Bills which were passed into laws. These include the Neighbourhood Safety Corps Bill, a visionary initiative that established the first law-backed local policing and intelligence gathering outfit in the South-West which is now a precursor to the proposed Amotekun Bill; the Anti-Kidnapping Bill, a proactive measure to forestall the growing security challenges in the country; and the Cancer Research Institute Bill, meant to create a cancer research institute aimed at reducing cases of cancer in the State.
Under his leadership, the Lagos State House of Assembly has continued to build sterling reputation for best practices in legislation and representation. Its laws, resolutions and activities have continued to inspire many including students, politicians, legislative and government institutions in the country and beyond. While the Lagos State House of Assembly has earned for itself numerous local and international commendations, it was no surprise that the Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa has been honoured with several awards including as Best Speaker of the Year 2016 by Eko Club International, Atlanta, USA; Golden Ambassador of Lagos State University (LASU) by Lagos State University; Podium Recognition Awards 2016 by Podium International; Best House of Assembly Speaker 2016 by Global Excellence; Speaker of the Year 2016 by City People Magazine; Outstanding Leaders Award by Christian Coalition Against Corruption; Lagos State at 50 Prestigious & Visionary Award for Leadership by Igbo Community in Lagos. He was given a Certificate of Excellence by the State of Georgia, USA in recognition of his outstanding contributions towards the development of democratic processes in Lagos State in particular and Nigeria in general.
In February, 2018, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Ajayi Obasa was named the Most Outstanding State Legislator of the Year 2017 by the Independent Newspapers Limited (INL), publishers of Daily, Saturday and Sunday Independent Newspapers.
In July 2018, the African Bar Association (ABA) honoured him with a Certificate of Recognition for his contributions to the Law profession through law-making.
In August 2018, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Obasa was unanimously elected the Chairman of the Conference of Speakers of State Legislatures of Nigeria, another confirmation of his leadership quality and highly revered legislative experience and competence. He held this position till November 2020.
In December 2018, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Obasa was named a member of the Committee for the Implementation of Autonomy for State Legislature and State Judiciary by President Muhammadu Buhari.
On January 17, 2020, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Obasa was conferred with an honorary Doctorate Degree (Honoris Causa) by the prestigious Joseph Ayodele Babalola University (JABU), Ikeji Arakeji, Osun State in recognition of his selfless service to humanity, as well as his contributions to national issues on the development and growth of the country.
As part of the recognition for his unexampled strides, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Obasa was given the chieftaincy titles as follows:
Gbajumo of Egbaland by Alake of Egba, HRM Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo III; Baamofin of Ijeshaland by the Owa Obokun of Ilesa and Paramount Ruler of Ijesaland, His Royal Majesty Dr. Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran; Akomolasha of Ibadan land, by Olubadan of Ibadan, HRM, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Aje Ogungunniso 1; Otunba Asiwaju of Itori Kingdom by Onitori of Itori Kingdom, Oba Fatai Akamo; Shobaloju of Ikorodu by Ayangburen of Ikorodu, Oba Adewale Kabiru Shotobi (Ilufemiloba Adegorushen).
He is also a member of associations like:
Association of Friends
Again, on June 7, 2019, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Obasa was re-elected Speaker of the Lagos State 9th Assembly.
He is happily married and blessed with loving and God-fearing children.
Six (6) Things To Know About Dr. Mudashiru Obasa @49.
1. He celebrates his BIRTHDAY today!
2. His humility is topnotch. Highly respectful, he will never look down on anyone.
3. He is very intelligent, a good listener, a slow talker, shy, but very courageous when it has to do with a good course.
4. If he has a reason to stand with you and by you, he will do that 100 percent
5. He will never discriminate. He has aides who are not Yoruba and he believes in religious tolerance. Among others, he once attended a retreat of the Deeper Life Church.
6. He is a passionate lover of God and man. He will always tell you: “Do all the good you can no matter how small. Search you heart every day and be sure it is pure enough to make you sleep soundly.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BOSS, FRIEND AND TEACHER.
GOD BLESS YOU…