Lagos Assembly Summons LAMATA Over Non-use Of Yoruba Language In Trains


On Tuesday, the Lagos State House of Assembly issued a summons to the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) concerning its decision not to include Yoruba as one of the languages used for announcements in its train services.

The Assembly recognized the significance of incorporating the Yoruba language in train announcements as a means of effectively communicating with passengers. This inclusion would especially benefit new riders, facilitating their understanding of instructions and information.

Moreover, the Assembly highlighted the state’s concerted efforts, since the passage of the 2017 bill mandating the teaching of Yoruba in schools, to promote the use of Yoruba in public spaces. It emphasized the importance of sustaining these efforts. Consequently, LAMATA has been summoned to appear before the Assembly to provide an explanation for its refusal to embrace the Yoruba language in its operations.

In a related matter, the Assembly called upon the Ministry of Environment to promptly address the issue of clogged drainage channels and canals throughout Lagos. The concern was raised by Kehinde Joseph, who represents Alimosho Constituency 2, during a session dedicated to “Matter of Urgent Public Importance.” He reported damage to residences and flooding in his constituency, exacerbated by heavy rains predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency. He urged immediate action by the Ministry of Environment and recommended public awareness campaigns by the Ministry of Information to discourage indiscriminate refuse disposal by Lagos residents.

Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu, representing Eti-Osa Constituency 2, attributed the flooding issue in the state to climate change and rising sea levels. Hon. Temitope Adewale, representing one of the constituencies of Ifako Ijaiye, suggested reintroducing environmental sanitation measures to encourage residents to clear their gutters.

Hon. Ladi Ajomale expressed dismay at the flooding situation in his constituency, while Hon. Rasheed Shabi advocated for the implementation of stricter policies. He called upon Local Government chairmen to take responsibility for clearing and fumigating drainages within their respective areas.

Deputy Speaker Mojisola Meranda, presiding over the plenary session, urged relevant agencies to expedite their actions and called on each Local Government to fulfill its duties, with the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) ready to fulfill its role.

Additionally, the House confirmed the nomination of Tolani Akibu, initially deferred by lawmakers, as proposed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.

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