- *SANWO-OLU APPROVES 21-YEAR JAIL TERM FOR
CULTISTS, SIGNS◊ ANTI-CULTISM BILL INTO LAW.GOVERNOR Appoints Two Permanent Secretaries, Members
of Procurement Agency Governing Board*
*•Three Other Bills Signed Into Law*
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has signed
the bill for the Prohibition of Unlawful Societies and Cultism
of 2021 into law, approving 21-year jail term for convicted
cultists in the State.
The State’s House of Assembly, in February, passed the
anti-cultism bill, which also stipulates 15-year jail term for
anyone found guilty of abetting cultists and residents who
willfully allow their properties to be used as meeting points
Sanwo-Olu assented to the bill at the swearing-in event for
newly appointed members of the State’s Public
Procurement Agency Governing Board and two Permanent
Secretaries held at Banquet Hall in the State House, Alausa,
At the event, the Governor also signed three other bills into
law. They are Lagos State Audit Service Commission
(Amendment) Law of 2019, Lagos State Public Procurement
Bill of 2021 and Coronavirus Pandemic Emergency Law of
The anti-cultism law repeals the Cultism (Prohibition) Law
of 2007 (now Cap. C18, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria,
2015) and provides for more stringent punitive measures, as
well as makes its application all-encompassing and
applicable to the general public, as against the restriction of
the previous law to students of tertiary institutions.
Sanwo-Olu said the State had suffered the negative effects
of unlawful societies and cultism, stressing that the new law
sought to make parents more responsible and show more
interest in the up-bringing of their children and wards to
ensure that they do not become a burden to the society.
Speaking on the appointment of the procurement agency’s
Governing Board members, the Governor said their selection
was predicated on their track record of integrity, experience
and professional competence.
He said the Board’s duty was to oversee the procurement
process, by ensuring that public funds were judiciously
expended in manner that would promote accountability,
transparency and value for money.
Sanwo-Olu said: “Your major responsibility as members of
the Public Procurement Governing Board is to ensure strict
adherence to the provisions of the State Public
Procurement Law. You hold a crucial and strategic role in
preventing wasteful spending and corruption in public
procurement. The State Government and taxpayers count
on you to keep the procurement process as transparent as
The Governor said the appointment of the two Permanent
Secretaries into the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure
was part of the move to restructure the ministry into two
distinct offices, as necessitated by the need to engender
improved efficiency and faster delivery of key projects
under the purview of the Ministry.
“I challenge you to utilise your wealth of knowledge and
experience for the expedited and seamless delivery of
works and infrastructure projects; you must ensure that we
achieve our purpose for restructuring the two offices,”
Sanwo-Olu charged the appointed Permanent Secretaries.
The bill to amend the State’s Audit Law of 2015 was
initiated by the executive to address observed flaws
hindering the successful implementation of the extant Audit
Law, Cap. A13, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.
With the amendments, the Central Internal Audit (CIA),
which was a department in the Ministry of Finance is now a
department under the Audit Service Commission. This is to
bring auditors under one body for effective administration
and independence of internal auditors in line with best
Lagos State Public Procurement Agency Law originally
enacted in 2011, forms the legal bedrock for the public
procurement regime in the State. The Law was based on the
United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
(UNCITRAL) model which is a properly regulated
procurement system standard on international best practice.
The Public Procurement Agency Governing Board members
are the Commissioner for Finance, Dr Rabiu Olowo
(chairman), Commissioner for Economic Planning and
Budget, Mr Sam Egube, Attorney General and Commissioner
for Justice, Mr. Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, Mr. Fatai
Onafowote (General Manager), Mrs Foluso Onabowale, Mr
Foluso Mustapha, and Mr Lanre Olusola.
Each Governing Board’s member has a term of three years
to serve in the Board.
The two Permanent Secretaries are Arc. Adebayo Odusanya
(Office of Works) and Engr. Rotimi Thomas (Office of