Lagos Assembly Summons LAMATA Over Non-Use of Yoruba Language in Train Announcements

The Lagos State House Assembly on Tuesday asked the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) to appear before it over its refusal to add Yoruba to languages it uses for announcements and instructions in its train service.

The House further noted that since 2017 when the bill on compulsory teaching of Yoruba Language in schools was passed, the state had made conscious efforts to encourage the use of the language in public places, adding that this should be sustained.

It, therefore, invited LAMATA to appear and explain the reasons behind its refusal to adopt the use of the language.

The lawmakers also called on the Ministry of Environment to commence immediate clearing of drainage channels and canals across the state.

Hon. Kehinde Joseph, representing Alimosho Constituency II raised the issue under ‘Matter of Urgent Public Importance’ at plenary.

According to him, heavy rains in the state as predicted by the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, (NIMET) had damaged some houses in his constituency while some buildings had been submerged by flood with properties destroyed.

The lawmaker complained of blocked drainage channels and canals, saying there was a need for the Ministry of Environment to act urgently while the Ministry of Information should carry out sensitization of Lagosians to stop indiscriminate dumping of refuse.