Lagos - Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State on Wednesday said his administration would carry out periodic review of obsolete laws in the State to bring them in tune with current realities.
The Governor, according to a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Habib Aruna, said this in Lagos while inaugurating a new board of the Lagos State Law Reform Commission.
The governor said that the move was in line with his administration’s commitment to deepening democracy and rule of law as well as making the laws relevant and effective.
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He said such periodic review was important in achieving the goal of creating an enabling environment for investors, entrepreneurs and making Lagos globally competitive.
Ambode said that modern and civilized societies thrive on the quality of laws which regulate and guide the actions of government, organisations, individuals and institutions.
He charged members of the Commission to hit the ground running by expediting action on the creation of an electronic portal, aimed at providing access to laws of the State online.
“This is a major project which the new Board has a responsibility to deliver in record time. It is very vital to the success of our drive to attract investors to our State,” Ambode said.
The Chairman of the newly inaugurated board, Prof. Gbolahan Ellias (SAN), in his response, thanked the governor for the confidence reposed in the members.
He said that they would do all within the confines of the law to executive the mandate conscientiously.
Other members of the commission are Dr Omogbai Omo-Eboh, Demola Sadiq and Tola Akinsanya, while Ade Adeyemo is the Executive Secretary.
Ambode, also on Wednesday, appointed a former Chairman of the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Ifueko Omoigui-Okauru to head the Board of Trustees for the N25billion State Employment Trust Fund (ETF).
The Governor, according to the statement signed by Aruna, also approved the appointment of nine others to serve as members of the Board.
Other members of the Board include Dele Martins, Bilikis Adebiyi-Abiola, Otto Orondaam, Olufunmi Olatunde Daudu, Tunde Bank-Anthony and Micheal Popoola Ajayi.
Ambode also approved the Commissioner for Wealth Creation, Mr Tunde Durosinmi-Etti and his counterpart in Ministry of Finance, Dr Mustapha Akinkunmi, to be part of the Board.
The statement said that Akintunde Oyebode is to serve as Executive Secretary of the Board.
It recalled that the Employment Trust Fund, was signed into law by Ambode on Tuesday, keeping faith with the promise he made to the people during the electioneering campaign.
The governor, it said, had expressed optimism that the Fund would address the challenge of unemployment and promote wealth creation through entrepreneurial development.
He had also said that an annual contribution of N6.25billion would be injected into the Fund by the State Government for four years totaling N25billion.