-Says Our Public Primary Schools Must Excel

Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat has reiterated the determination of the State Government to ensure that the public primary education system excels in terms of quality and standards, emphasising that many of Nigeria’s leaders were products of the public primary education system.

The Deputy Governor, who stated this today while receiving Chairmen of State Universal Basic Education Boards (SUBEB) in the South-West, also hinted at efforts to protect public Schools from the various security challenges, noting that walls are already being built where none exist while others are to be fortified.

While commending the efforts of the South West SUBEB in forging a unified front, the Deputy Governor said education is critical to the South-West region and such interaction will ensure a synergy between the Education Boards of the region.

He emphatically urged all the Chairman to ensure that cultism is wiped out of the school system in the South-West.

Speaking also on the introduction of geo-referenced tabloids for teachers in the primary school system, Hamzat stated that it would allow the States to effectively manage the delivery of high-level teachers while also allowing the collection of data to aid planning, advising the Board Chairmen to continue to foster integration and common front in dealing with the challenges of primary education in the South West region.

Earlier in his remarks, the Dean of the Group and Chairman of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Dr. Nureni Adeniran, who said the members of the association are in the State for the quarterly meeting, disclosed that the purpose of the Group was to forge a common front in dealing with issues of primary education in the South West, adding that they collectively act to attract the attention of the Federal Government.

While commending various efforts of the State Government to enhance basic education in Lagos State, especially through the Eko Excel Programme, the Dean urged the State Government to sustain the prompt payment of counterpart funding for SUBEB.

He further enjoined State Governments in the region to take proactive measures in ensuring safety in schools across the region by providing perimeter fencing/walls in basic schools as well as integrated security systems involving State and non-State actors.

According to Adeniran, the Unified front being adopted by the body has no political affiliation but is aimed at ensuring that the region remains a pacesetter in the education sector in the country.


• ‘Initiative Will Enhance Safety, Boost Investors’ Confidence’ – Governor

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, rolled out a groundbreaking plan for the enhancement of security and safety in Lagos State. The Governor approved a mass training for the State’s law enforcement personnel on the use of body worn cameras, ahead of the deployment of the digital tools for security operations across the State.

The three-day training, which will commence in May, will be facilitated by the State’s Law Enforcement Training Institute (LETI), headed by Prince Oyekan Falade. After the training, all State-funded law enforcement officers will be commissioned to wear body cameras for their operations.

Sanwo-Olu said the move would improve transparency and accountability in the activities of law enforcement agencies, and put the State Government in a better position to respond to security challenges in real time.

Provision of adequate security, the Governor said, is a key pillar of his administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S. agenda, stressing that the initiative reflected his Government’s resolution to ensure Lagos remained secure for residents and investors.

He said: “I am pleased to inaugurate the use of body-worn cameras by law enforcement officers in Lagos and this is a groundbreaking move to enhance safety in the State, as well as increase transparency and accountability in the activities of our law enforcement agencies. Lagos State has strategically set the pace among other States in Nigeria to launch the use of body worn cameras by law enforcement officers.

“The security challenges in different parts of the country are worrisome, but with proactive action, the use of modern technological tools, and a mix of well-trained and intelligent officers, we will successfully combat many of these challenges. With body-worn cameras, our law enforcement officers are better equipped to protect lives and properties, thereby, making Lagos safer for us all.”

Sanwo-Olu said the launch of the body-worn cameras would take the Government a step closer towards fulfilling its security agenda, stressing that the introduction of devices to frontline security team and officers would enhance their productivity and professionalism, while also fast-tracking law enforcement process.

The cameras, the Governor pointed out, will help the State Government check abuse of power and excesses by security personnel, while also improving the safety and accountability of officers, who will use the devices for evidence sharing and intelligence gathering.

“I am hopeful that all officers will optimise the cameras that will be assigned to them for the furtherance of justice and improvement of the law enforcement process. Our Government will continue to prioritise the welfare of our law enforcement officers whose pivotal efforts we acknowledge in the entrenchment of a safe city,” Sanwo-Olu said.

Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Khadijat Shittabey, applauded the Governor for approving the initiative, stressing that the body worn cameras would help the ministry in the administration of justice.

She said: “The cameras will also help to enhance professionalism on the part of the law enforcement agents, provide digital evidence of events and provide additional means of protection for officers. The cameras will be used to establish guilt or innocence of officers when confronted with allegations of wrongdoing.”

Falade, after demonstrating the operation of the camera on the Governor, said 7,000 officers will be trained in the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Lagos Neighborhood Safety Corps (LNSC), and the Lagos Environmental Sanitation Corps (LAGESC).

The training, LETI boss disclosed, will be done in 26 batches to reduce crowding of the training centre.

LETI was established in 2013 through an Executive Order, to set standards for recruitment of law enforcement agents, training and development of the officers.



  • The People’s Captain- Hon, Captain ADEBAYO DOSUNMU was present at the Union’s Quadrennial National Delegates Conference that was held at the New Haven Event & Conference Center at Ikeja GRA on the 26th March, 2021.
    The Honorable Captain who was decked in the Union’s colorful attire chosen for this year’s event had earlier in the week leading to the Quadrennial Conference held a strategic meeting with the top echelons of the Union’ Members in charge of running the affairs of the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria, which has the President-General- Comrade Prince Adewale Adeyanju in attendance at the Union Headquarters in Apapa, Lagos, where he reminded those in attendance that being a Maritime Personnel himself, as a Marine Captain & Later as a Port Captain, he understands the full workings of the industry, and therefore solicited for support on behalf of the teeming youths population in Amuwo-Odofin LGA on whose domain many of the Maritime Support Services were been done including some functional ports, like the NPA phase 2 Port in Kirikiri, Lagos and so many Oil Storage Depots, Cargo Terminals etc that dots the space of Amuwo-Odofin LGA, little wonder the Local Government has often being dubbed “The Maritime Hub” of Lagos State, & indeed Nigeria, he therefore made a case to the Union to see how these teeming youths population in Amuwo-Odofin LGA can be Co-opted into the Maritime Industry by;

(a) Carrying out Various Training & Re-training programs that are available in the sector in order to make these Youths employable in the Maritime Global Work Scheme.

(b) Link the boys & girls alike in Amuwo-Odofin LGA to partake in the various Scholarship Schemes available in this sector by various Oil Servicing Firms, in order to reduce the out of schools population in Amuwo-Odofin LGA and reduce the effects of illiteracy and antisocial vices seen in the community.

(c) The Union should engage various NGOs’ (nongovernmental Organization) dealing on Drugs reduction services to help sanitize the community from the dire effects of drug abuse that has bedevilled our community, whereby the ones certified “Clean” can be gainfully engaged by the firms plying their trades in the Community.

(d) To have Youths in Amuwo-Odofin LGA partake in the various Trainings Programs by NIMASA and other agencies of Government present in Amuwo-Odofin LGA for both Local & International Trainings.

(e) Supplies Support Services, The People’s Captain ADEBAYO DOSUNMU also engaged the Union Members to see how Youth’s and especially the Women folks in Amuwo-Odofin LGA can be coopted into the various supplies services schemes that abounds in the industry, so as to cushion the dire effects Poverty, as been made worst by the presence of Covid-19 Pandemic, of the women are worst hit.

The President-General and Assistant- Secretary General of the Maritime Union Workers Of Nigeria were full of praises for the People’s Captain, Hon ADEBAYO DOSUNMU, for his pragmatic approach towards seeing that poverty is reduced to the minimum in Amuwo-Odofin LGA and pray God Almighty to make his dream & indeed ambition of becoming the ” Next Local Government Chairman” of Amuwo-Odofin LGA come to past, saying that “They’d very happy to work closely with such a pragmatic & passionate leader who’s chosen to work tirelessly for his people & improve their lots, in order to leave marks and memories in the sands of times.

Prayers were offered for the reelection bid of the President-General while prayers were also offered for the Chairmanship ambition of the People’s Captain, *Hon ADEBAYO DOSUNMU.

  • During the event of the 26th ,March, 2021, where various dignitaries were present including the President of the Nigeria Labor Congress (NLC)- Ayuba Wabba, Representative of the Office of the Minister of Transport, Right Honorable Amiachi Chibuike, Director-General of NIMASA, ably Represented by The Executive-Director- Cabotage Services & Maritime Labor), Right Honorable Engineer Victor Ochei ESQ, Former Speaker, Delta State House of Assembly, who’s presently the Executive-Director, Cabotage Services & Maritime Labor with NIMASA who earlier in his Welcome address elucidated the various programs presently on at NIMASA, at reducing unemployment amongst our teeming Youths Population, the People’s Captain, Hon, ADEBAYO DOSUNMU had a chat with him as well, during the tea- break section along with the President of NLC- Comrade Ayuba Wabba to passionately solicit for the great people of Amuwo-Odofin LGA, especially the Youths Population, to participate fully in the various Programs Presently going on at NIMASA, the Executive-Director, Cabotage Services & Maritime Labor, therefore asked for a Strategic Meeting at his office, where he & the People’s Captain-Hon ADEBAYO DOSUNMU can have a more reboust and in house discussions in order to accommodate the Great people of Amuwo-Odofin LGA in the various Programs, Schemes available at NIMASA , for a greater productivities amongst the Youths Population in Amuwo-Odofin LGA. Hon, Victor Ochei ESQ a dogged Politician himself, praised the negotiative skills of the People’s Captain ADEBAYO DOSUNMU , and the great love he has for his people of Amuwo-Odofin LGA and the passion to see them lead a better life in the midst of the very plenty opportunities offered in the Maritime Industry and for the better future of Amuwo-Odofin LGA Youths, he therefore prayed for him, and said he looks forward to the strategic meeting.

Other areas of concerns, which the People’s Captain ADEBAYO DOSUNMU hope to take advantage of in improving the lots of her People are in the ;Parastatals & Units in the Maritime Sector;

( Parastatals )


  • Nigerian Shippers Council
    -NPA (Nigerian Ports Authority Units ;

-Seamen (Seafarers)
-NPA (Stevedoring)

…Together We Can!


Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has inaugurated the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency Board members with a charge to the appointees to take full responsibility for the protection of Lagosians against hazardous and substandard products.

Speaking during the inauguration which took place at the State House Ikeja, the Governor said that the constitution of the new Board members and their inauguration came at an auspicious time when all hands must deck to maximise the gains of a rapidly growing economy like Lagos.

“As a progressive government that is conscious of the huge responsibility that comes with building a megacity, all the members were carefully appointed because they possessed the wherewithal to function optimally”.

The Governor expressed absolute trust in the members to discharge their duties with a high sense of responsibility towards ensuring that the vision and mission for which the Agency was established are achieved.

Sanwo-Olu urged the Lagos State Consumer Protection Agency Board members to do all within the ambit of the law to effectively control the rate at which expired and substandard products, as well as services, are being sold to unsuspecting members of the public.

“In accordance with making Lagos a 21st-century economy, which is one of the pillars of our administration’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda, I implore you to use your new office to seamlessly engage consumers of goods and services, manufacturers and other stakeholders in order to acquaint them with the policies of this administration”, he averred.

The 12-member LASCOPA Board include Mrs. Olufunmilola Falana, Board Chairman; Afolabi Adebayo Solebo Esq., General Manager (LASCOPA) and Arinola Momoh-Ayokanmbi Esq., Board Secretary. Others are Mr. Abuldwazee Adedoyin Banjo, Dr. Dayo Lajide, Folashade Aina Thomas-Organ, Mr. Femi Awogbami, Mr. Niyi Fabikun, Mrs. Faderera Lekan-Rotimi, Mr. Ayodele Musibau Kusamotu, Mrs. Mosunmola Samuel and Mr. Alayande Olarenwaju.


The Lagos State Government has vaccinated about 1,700 intending pilgrims for the year 2021 holy pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The two-day vaccination exercise which took place on Saturday and Sunday at the Adeyemi-Bero Auditorium, Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, was conducted by officials of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) in collaboration with the Lagos State Ministry of Health.

Speaking during the exercise, the State Commissioner for Home Affairs, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi, emphasised that since the COVID-19 vaccine is one of the requirements for gaining entry into Saudi Arabia, it became compulsory and expedient for every intending pilgrim, Ulamah (clerics) and staff, among others, to get the vaccine.

He disclosed that 1,518 intending pilgrims, 105 Ulamah (clerics), 25 Hajj Guides and 52 members of staff of the Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board were vaccinated during the exercise.

While affirming that not all the State’s intending pilgrims were present for the weekend vaccination exercise, Elegushi urged those who were unavoidably absent to ensure that they get themselves vaccinated in any of the accredited centres across the State without further delay.

The Commissioner urged them to immediately take the vaccine in order to meet up with the average of 12 weeks interval required for every intending pilgrim to take the two doses of the vaccine before departing for the Hajj exercise.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs, Mrs. Elizabeth Adebunmi Adekanye, who was at the venue to monitor the exercise and ensure strict compliance with the COVID-19 protocols, said the two-day exercise was hitch-free.

She also advised those that had gotten the vaccine outside the Board’s arrangements to endeavour to bring their certificates to the Board for necessary documentation.

On his part, the Executive Secretary, Lagos State Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board, Mr. Rahman Ishola, expressed delight at the impressive turnout of the intending pilgrims for the vaccination despite the short notice.

Reacting to allegations from some quarters that the vaccination fee was included in the Hajj fare, the Executive Secretary debunked the claim as untrue, unfounded and blatant falsehood.

Ishola pointed out that the N1.3 million Hajj fare had been fixed before the COVID-19 pandemic struck the whole world in Y2020, stressing that the State Government did not include any vaccination fee in the fare for Hajj 2021 exercise, which still stands at N1.3 million.

The Executive Secretary reiterated that the vaccination was given free of charge to every intending pilgrims who attended the exercise, noting that during the 2019 Hajj exercise, the State government refunded N100,000 each to the pilgrims out of the N1.4 million initially charged.

He said the refund was done to acknowledge the fact that the State Government is not in the business to cheat or make unwarranted profit from any of her citizens but to serve them diligently and selflessly.

Ishola, therefore, appealed to peddlers of fake news to desist from the act in order not to disparage the enviable image the State has built over the years on Hajj operations.

He also commended officials of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency for a job well done as well as the intending pilgrims for conducting themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner throughout the exercise.


Following the completion of the newly refurbished Glover Memorial Hall (GMH) by the Lagos State Government and the subsequent commissioning of the facility by Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu earlier in March 2021, the Project Contractor, Sustainable Procurement Services Ltd on Thursday, officially handed over the facility to the State’s Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture.

The brief hand-over ceremony between the contractor and top officials of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture was led by the Commissioner, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf and the Permanent Secretary, Princess Adenike Adedoyin-Ajayi.

Receiving the keys of GMH from the Project Contractor, the Commissioner disclosed that the State Government has equally engaged the services of a Facility Manager for the Hall.

She declared that the Hall is now officially open for patronage from members of the public, just as she assured residents of the State to be on the lookout for series of shows that would be hosted at the Glover Memorial Hall subsequently.

While thanking the contractor for delivering the project, Akinbile-Yussuf tasked the Facility Manager to ensure proper maintenance of all the equipment and the entire building so that it can continue to serve its intended purpose.

She explained that the engagement of a Manager will allow the Ministry to focus on its other mandates, while also overseeing the management of the Glover Memorial Hall Facility.

The Permanent Secretary later presented keys of the Glover Memorial Hall, GMH, to the newly appointed Facility Manager.

Babajimi Benson And The Quest To Provide Affordable Home Solar Lights In Ikorodu Division ~Ajasa-Info

By Sulaimon Mojeed-Sanni

“And God said, Let there be light: and there was light” – Genesis1:3

For every household in Nigeria, visibility particularly immediately after the arrival of darkness is an essential necessity. Due to the epileptic supply of electricity across the country, most homes have switched to traditional alternatives like lanterns, kerosene burning lamps, candles, and for those who are averagely comfortable, generators with their grievous health hazards.

On average, a candle to light a household in Nigeria every night is N50 while a litre of kerosene sells between 150 and 200. To put light on sticks of candles all through the year would amount to N18,250, almost Nigeria’s minimum wage. Not to talk of calculating for kerosene or other alternative sources of lighting households. That’s a different level of expenses, yet every home needs to be lighted at night.

Indeed, the state of the power infrastructure has created an environmental nightmare across the country. Despite transmuting from National Electric Power Authority (NEPA) to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), and the privately-owned distribution companies, keeping the lights on has been difficult, forcing many into using generators. Today, Lagos state is notorious for the poor quality of air caused majorly by fossil fuel-powered generators.

Not having light in a household amounts to psychological blindness wherein you open your eyes but all you see is darkness with socio-economic implications that tells on productivity and relaxation of citizens. Enters Honourable Babajimi Benson representing Ikorodu Federal Constituency at the House of Representatives, National Assembly, who in his quest to ameliorate the suffering caused by the unavailability of power and provide clean alternative energy for households in Ikorodu, partnered with the Rural Electrification Agency to facilitate the provision and installation of 800 home solar systems for households in the Division. The standard kit deployed to households includes one 50wp solar panel with a battery to store solar energy, 4 Wired LED bulbs, 1 solar-powered fan, and a rechargeable mobile radio.

The clean energy power pack can power up to 6 USB-powered devices or 12V powered appliances with the capacity to eliminate the need to rely on Ikeja Electric in charging phones. The idea behind the project is aimed at ensuring universal access to affordable electricity by 2030 in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 7 – Affordable and Clean Energy. Solar lights are powered by photovoltaic panels, meaning they produce clean and sustainable energy.

No doubt, amongst the constituency projects facilitated since 2019 by Rep. Benson, ranging from 13-storey building schools, 2 healthcare centres, 1 Mini Stadium, 2 connecting roads amongst other human capacity development training for youths in Ikorodu, the #LightUpIkorodu project seems the most far-reaching because of its immediate benefit in the light of the epileptic situation of the power supply in the country.

From the testimonies so far, it would not be out of place to request that Rep. Babajimi Benson facilitates more of such people-inclined projects and encourages his colleagues to do the same. Maybe, just maybe, the self-serving discos with their crazy estimated billing would realise their uselessness once citizens can power their fans and provide light through solar.

Unknown to the federal lawmaker, the provision of the solar lights to the vulnerable is an exciting check on the attitude of Ikeja Electric, an organization seemingly impervious to change. The project can be equated to obeying God’s command of “Let there be light”. It means for 800 families, Rep. Benson has removed darkness from their lives at no cost since it is solar panel-enabled lighting.

Unlike many political poseurs we have around, Rep. Babajimi Benson seems to know his onions with the deft ability to blend human needs into political experiences. Aside, the home solars, he also deployed a good number of solar-powered street lights to troubled dark spots and night markets within his constituency.

The immediate impact of the deployment might not be visible beyond being able to see what is happening in our immediate environment but in a broader sense, the solar lights to vulnerable households mean saving another naira that would have been deployed to buying candles, kerosene, petrol and even gas. It is a kobo safe to improve what the girl-child will eat every night when her parents are safe from the hassle of providing light by all means necessary.

The clean energy provided by Rep. Babajimi Benson also means our children can read more and be in an environment to innovate and create solutions to issues around Ikorodu Division. A child who reads with solar light devoid of the attendant noise pollution that accompanies generating sets would be more positioned to think broadly and creatively.

There is a general belief that “outdoor lighting plays a key role in the design of public space and can have a profound impact on its structure. Whether it is used for roads, cycling paths, footpaths, residential areas, or parking lots, its quality has a direct impact on the community.”

Installing solar street lights in selected markets, youth centres, and health centres provide an opportunity to extend night-time opening hours for these infrastructures and encourage access. Solar lights are more cost-effective in the long run for rural-urban dwellers and perform the dual function of illumination and protecting the ecosystem by reducing carbon dioxide emissions particularly from our ”I better pass my neighbour” killer generators. As important as deploying solar panel street lights to market places and communities in Ikorodu are, I must admit what struck a core of reasoning in me as a community member is the deployment to over 800 households In Ikorodu, many of whom are not politicians.

On average, a low-income earner in Lagos State buys N2000 worth of petrol to power their generator in a week, with the home solar installation, the money can now be deployed to other uses. For young people trained to deploy the solar panels to homes, this is a new frontier of knowledge, source of employment and a clear positive impact on the community.

Today, Rep. Babajimi Benson marks his 49th birthday, I can’t help but extol his rare qualities, particularly the compassion and responsiveness he has displayed since he assumed office as our representative in the green chamber. To say that he has raised the bar of leadership beyond the reach of opportunistic politicians whose major interest is to serve their pockets rather than work for societal good is to state the obvious. Rep. Benson is one light that illuminates the dark, like an incandescent flashlight in a dark alley. Without any shadow of a doubt, he has changed the narrative for the better.

As he marches towards a new milestone, I wish him the very best in his unshakeable pursuit of welfare for the good people of Ikorodu Division.

Sulaimon Mojeed-Sanni writes from Ikorodu.
Twitter handle: @OmoMojeed


It gives me a great joy to be celebrating a mentor, a political juggernaut, a true example of a nationalist and the national leader of our great party, All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his 69th birthday. Your birthday is a very significant day not only for you but for those of us who truly believe in your ideology and your ability to take us to the promise land.

I celebrate you today as always for your brilliance, sagacity, wisdom and your ability to stay calm even at turbulent times. All of these have singled you out amongst equal and has thus earned you the “Jagaban Borgu” title. I, Deola Banjo on behalf of my family, Executives, legislative, management, staff and entire good people of Ikorodu North LCDA wish you more outstanding success, good health, long life and every good thing your heart desires. May God continue to protect you so you can do more for humanity and for our dear nation, Nigeria. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR. LONG LIFE AND PROSPERITY.

Signed: Builder Deola Banjo Executive Chairman Ikorodu North LCDA


It gives me a great joy to be celebrating a mentor, a political juggernaut, a true example of a nationalist and the national leader of our great party, All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his 69th birthday. Your birthday is a very significant day not only for you but for those of us who truly believe in your ideology and your ability to take us to the promise land.

I celebrate you today as always for your brilliance, sagacity, wisdom and your ability to stay calm even at turbulent times. All of these have singled you out amongst equal and has thus earned you the “Jagaban Borgu” title. I, Deola Banjo on behalf of my family, Executives, legislative, management, staff and entire good people of Ikorodu North LCDA wish you more outstanding success, good health, long life and every good thing your heart desires. May God continue to protect you so you can do more for humanity and for our dear nation, Nigeria. HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR. LONG LIFE AND PROSPERITY.

Signed: Builder Deola Banjo Executive Chairman Ikorodu North LCDA

Gbajabiamila celebrates, eulogises Tinubu at 69 ~Ajasa-Info

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, has celebrated a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on his 69th birthday, which comes up on March 29.

Gbajabiamila, who was full of praises for the Jagaban of Borgu Kingdom, said the Asiwaju has been living a fulfilled life worthy of emulation by all.

Gbajabiamila said Tinubu, a former senator and an ex-governor of Lagos State, has made his mark and has his footprints in the sands of time in the development of Lagos State and Nigeria.

He said as a foremost democrat, a progressive at that, Tinubu’s doggedness, determination, resilience and commitment alongside other patriots made it possible for the entrenchment and deepening of democracy in Nigeria.

In a statement he personally signed, the Speaker noted with delight that Tinubu is one Nigerian that carries everybody along, politically, socially and economically irrespective of tribe, ethnicity, religion gender or station in life.

“This is a great day once again in the life of a great man and an exemplary leader, the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, whose 69th birthday should be celebrated by all.

“The Jagaban of Borgu kingdom means many positive things to different people. To some, he is an emancipator; to others, he is a great philanthropist. Yet, to some people, Asiwaju is a rallying point, a unifying pillar.

“His democratic credentials are unrivalled. His philanthropic activities transcend borders. To the Asiwaju, life is nothing without touching the lives of people.

“When he served as the governor of Lagos State from 1999 to 2007, he made his indelible mark and laid the foundation for the development of the state to what it is now.

“Despite his achievements in life, the great Asiwaju does not blow his trumpet and remains unassuming, which is his hallmark.

“For those of us that come from his “school”, we know that he stands for justice and fairness for all. His presence in our political space is more than a blessing to us all.

“I make bold to say that our current crop of politicians have a lot to learn and gain from the Asiwaju.

“I pray that the Almighty Allah will continue to preserve the life of this great man, give him the wisdom and good health to continue with the work of building our nation through various means available to him,” the Speaker said.