As Muslim faithful continue their fasting and supplications to Allah in this Holy month of Ramadan, I express my gratitude to the Lagos State House of Assembly for their decision to organise a special tawaf (circumambulation of Holy Kaabah) and prayer session for me today (Thursday) in Mecca.
I’m most honoured by this gesture purposed to be in furtherance of similar prayers seeking God’s blessings for my aspiration to lead our country from 2023.
However, while thanking Speaker Mudasiru Obasa and all members of the Lagos State House of Assembly for this important decision, I enjoin the Speaker and his colleagues to go beyond my ambition and pray for Nigeria as well.
I urge them to intercede on behalf of the nation and beseech Almighty Allah for an end to the challenges besieging our country.
I urge them to pray for President Muhammadu Buhari and his administration in their efforts to surmount these challenges.
Pray to Almighty Allah to touch the hearts of bandits and criminal elements in our country so they toe the path of goodness in this blessed month.
I also enjoin everyone organising or holding similar prayers either for themselves or for some particular causes to also remember to pray for our country in this sacred month.
The pendulum of Ikorodu Constituency II state assembly seat finally swings to Ijede for common good, after due consultations.
The Royal Fathers and the three Executive Chairmen of Constituency II unanimously Bldr. Olusesan M. Daini, Executive Chairman Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA. Hon. Prince Wasiu Agoro, Executive Chairman Imota LCDA and Hon.Gbadebo Motunrayo Alogba, Executive Chairman, Ijede LCDA agreed the on decades-old rotational arrangement for Ikorodu Constituency II seat.
HRM the Ranodu of Imota, Oba Ajibade Agoro speaking on behalf of the Adeboruwa of Igbogbo, HRM Oba Semiudeen Orimadegun Kasali, the Olubeshe of Ibeshe, HRM Oba Richard Ogunsaya, the Obateru of Egbin Kingdom, HRM Oba AbdulAkeem Oyebo Obateru and the Regent/Olisa of Ijede, High Chief Musediq Alliu communicated unanimous decisions of royal bodies to the three Local Council Chairmen.
In yet another revalidation of love for the youth demography, the lawmaker representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 1 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Mojisolaoluwa Alli-Macaulay has restated her commitment towards the development of the youths in all ramifications of which sports is an integral part.
This validation was established in the ongoing Amuwogames which will be coming to a close today, 28th November 2021 with a gala night. Amuwo games, a biennial event which was established to bring about cohesion and mitigate the restiveness in the youths of Amuwo Odofin especially during political periods kicked off on 6th, November 2021 and lasted for about a month with the games holding at different venues across the community while featuring about seventeen (17) different games without age barrier.
In furtherance of the testament of Hon Mojisola Alli-Macaulay’s love for the youths and her unending quest to see the youths of Amuwo Odofin and Lagos State thrive in all of their endeavours, she has been able to identify with the Amuwo Games Initiative where she pledged her full support towards the success of this great event at the opening ceremony and was actively involved in the activities.
Mama Amuwo as she’s fondly called by the people is known for her selflessness and motherly love for the youths and this she has over time exhibited which is evident in her numerous policies, projects and empowerment programs which has been targeted to the youths, children, women and aged in the community.
The lawmaker has therefore called upon all stakeholders to support great initiatives like this that will engage and project the youths of the community while harnessing their potentials for greatness towards individual and community development.
In her statement, she emphasized on the importance of sporting activities in bringing about a healthy community of people, and as a means of curbing social vices which is done through the engagements of the youths in positive meaningful activities that will enhance their spirit.
She further commended the organizers of the event which she tagged as laudable and worthy of emulation by other communities in order to help realize the THEMES agenda of the Governor of which sports is an integral part of.
Honourable Mojisola Alli-Macaulay reiterated that she will always do everything within her power to identify with the youths and support them in all of their endeavours in order to bring about positive individual, community and national development at large.
……Pledge to monitor the project and urge the artisans to take full advantage of the project
….. Project commence on Monday
The lawmaker representing Kosofe Constituency 1 and Chairman House Committee on Education (Ministry and Agencies), Hon Sanni Ganiyu Babatunde Okanlawon has facilitated the establishment of the first fire service station in Kosofe.
The construction of the fire service station shall commence on Monday 15th November, 2021 at a vantage and accessible site in Oworonshoki yielded to us by our late Alaiyeluwa, His Royal magesty, Oba Saliu Oloruntoyin, the Oloworo of Oworonshoki kingdom.
Hon Okanlawon averred that the primary purpose of establishing this fire service station is another fulfilment of our strong commitment to help ensure safety of peoples’ lives and properties through prevention, repression(extinguishing of fire) and rescue.
The Lagos lawmaker promise to monitor the progress of project to the end and enjoin community leaders to do same.
He also advise further that this project is another economic lifeline which artisans and technicians residing in the CONSTITUENCY should take full advantage of by offering their services.
According to him, the fire service station when completed would serve the larger Kosofe (Kosofe local government area, Agboyi- ketu and Ikosi-Isherl local council development areas). He appreciates the Lagos State government for the approval of the fire service station and seeing the urgent need to achieving a sustainable disaster risk reduction as well as efficient management of emergency/disaster in the the entire Kosofe local government.
We’re poised to changing the complexion of governance in Kosofe with the delivery of more and more iconic Projects.
The Lagos State House of Assembly on Thursday passed the State’s Value Added Tax (VAT) with Speaker Mudashiru Obasa directing the Acting Clerk of the House, Mr. Olalekan Onafeko, to transmit a clean copy to Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu for assent.
The House also passed the bill that prohibits open cattle grazing in the state.
The two bills were passed after unanimous votes by the lawmakers at the sitting where they were read the third time.
Immediately after their passage, Speaker Obasa commended his colleagues for their passion to see that the state continues to grow.
“I thank you all for this historic exercise,” Obasa said.
Recall that the House held separate public hearings on the bills on Wednesday with stakeholders expressing support.
The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is hail and hearty, members of the Lagos State House of Assembly have said.
Led by its Speaker, Rt. Hon. (Dr) Mudashiru Obasa, the lawmakers said they had lengthy discussions with their host.
Photographs taken during the visit showed Tinubu all smiles and excited.
Among the members who visited Tinubu were Hon. Temitope Adewale, chairman of the House committee on Transportation, Hon. Nureni Akinsanya, chairman of the House committee on Physical Planning and Urban Development, as well as Hon. Sylvester Ogunkelu, chairman of the House committee on Overseas Investments and SDG.
According to Speaker Obasa, Tinubu was his jovial self and had discussions with the team on issues of national importance.
He added that the visit was necessary considering the position of Asiwaju as a leader in the country, a mentor and benefactor to many Nigerians.
“Asiwaju remains amazingly passionate about Nigeria. He is hale and hearty.
“We had a lengthy discussion about developments in the country; he was in high spirit, cheery, witty as usual and remains optimistic about the progress of the country,” the Speaker said.
The use and abuse of drugs has over the years become a prevalent issue in the society and as such it has been at the front burner of discussion by the government and the society at large. In order to further emphasize the need to combat this menace bedevilling the society and to reaffirm the concern of the government in curbing it, the Lagos State House of Assembly in it 7th annual constituency stakeholders’ meeting hammered on the effect of drug abuse on the society and the need to join hands to fight the menace.
The meeting which held on Thursday, 19th August 2021 simultaneously across all 40 constituencies was themed “Increasing Wave of Drug Abuse: A Threat to Nation Building”
The meeting which held at the Local Government Council of Amuwo Odofin was not only a gathering to deliberate on the issues around illicit use of drugs but also birthed new ideas and suggestions on how drug issue can be tackled in the Local Government and the State.
The event which was held simultaneously across all the legislative constituencies in the State had the attendance of Hon. Mojisolaoluwa Kehinde Alli-Macaulay, LSHA member representing Amuwo Odofin Constituency as the Chief Host, the Special Adviser to the Gov on Central Business District Hon. Gbenga Oyerinde, the Executive Chairman of Amuwo Odofin Local Government, Engr Dr. Valentine Buraimoh and his Vice-Chairman, Hon. Maureen Ashara and other important dignitaries in attendance.
Speaking at the event yesterday, Honourable Mojisola Alli-Macaulay stated that the government at various levels has been making efforts in addressing some of the problems associated with drug abuse and its danger to the nation’s youths. She emphasized that the Lagos State House of Assembly’s leadership and members of the House have always taken matters affecting residents, and especially the youths very passionately.
The Executive Chairman, Engr Dr. Valentine Buraimoh in his welcome address recounted that the use of Illegal drugs will not be tolerated in the community. He noted that measures have been put in place to curb drug abuse across the Local Government Area as he advised students present and youths to stay away from drugs in their own interests.
The Deputy Director, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) who was also present reiterated that the agency is working assiduously to curb the menace of drug abuse amongst the youths. He urged residents to report anyone found with illegal drug substance.
Below is the full speech from Hon Mojisola Alli-Macaulay:
“The use and abuse of drugs is fast becoming prevalent amongst adults and especially the youths. Drug abuse has been identified to have diverse and devastating effects on the safety and progress of the society. Apart from its negative social effects such as violent crimes, disruption of the family, child abuse and neglect, as well as unemployment, it has been associated with some other criminal behaviours such as gang formations, cultism, armed robbery, rape and other social disturbances. There are also the economic and health effects such as loss of job, dropping out of school, stealing, and complicated health issues such as persistent nausea, changes in appetite and weight loss, liver damage, seizures, stroke, mental confusion, memory loss and brain damage, and lung disease. All these have far-reaching consequences on both government spending and public safety.
Besides, more disturbing is the revelation of experts who have established the nexus between the menace of drug abuse and rising incidences of violent crimes in the country such as kidnapping and banditry.”
it is highly instructive to note that the true measure of any progressive society, state, or nation is not merely by its success in the provision of social and infrastructural facilities or its economic achievements, but by the “average achievement in the key dimensions of human development, a long and healthy life, being knowledgeable and having a decent standard of living”. So it must be understood that when we talk about nation-building, it is not merely about the establishment of beautiful structures and recreational facilities but the process of engaging all residents, especially the youth in the development of the nation by ensuring the safety and sanity of all; by nurturing, building and protecting the younger generation who would not destroy but protect our legacy and lead us to the next generation.
The House has continued to be proactive in the consideration of viable laws and policies that would enhance youth potentials and development. Some of the recent laws that were passed attests to government efforts on this matter such as the “Law to Amend the Lagos State Sports Commission Law 2015, to Promote Youths and Sports Development in Lagos State and For Connected Purposes”. The Law will ensure that youths are provided with great opportunities not only in the area of recreation but where they can nurture, explore and utilize their potentials in sporting activities to become professional sportsmen and women. This would also take the minds of many of them off drug abuse and criminal activities. You will find comprehensive details of the Laws passed by the current 9th Assembly on page 10 of this programme brochure. Similarly, you will find details of our resolutions addressing various socio-economic needs and political issues affecting constituents and reflecting your mandate to us as your elected representative across the State on page 10-11.
Some of the bills under consideration which are youth-oriented include “A Bill For a Law to Provide for the Establishment of the University of Education, Lagos and for Connected Purpose”, it seeks to provide courses of instruction, training and other related studies as may be prescribed towards the award of degrees and certificates, while the other is aimed at establishing the Lagos State University of Science and Technology, to make provisions for its Powers, Functions and General Administration and for Connected Purposes”. The Bill is seeking to address the inadequacies in the polytechnic educational system with a view to upgrading the Lagos State Polytechnic to the status of a conventional University that would provide the opportunity for students that have preference for university education to fulfill their dreams as records have revealed the continuous drop in the enrolment of students into polytechnic due to the seeming inferior perception of polytechnic graduates.
While the passage of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps is aimed at ensuring the safety of all in our neighbourhood, the prevalence of drug abuse amongst adults and youths, if not effectively addressed and curbed will jeopardise the entire efforts of the House in the establishment of a safe, peaceful, and livable society.
We call on all stakeholders; residents, parents, teachers, students, school proprietors, religious organisations, celebrities, social media influencers, professional bodies, the academia, civil society organisations, community leaders, and individuals to work in concert with the government for the common good of our society by saying “No To Drug Abuse” and drug trafficking. Let us remember that our youths are our future and we must show more concern about their welfare. They are the hope of the next generation who can build our State and indeed the nation through positive contributions in sports, politics, education, the arts, science and technology, and innovations that solve future problems as future leaders. Without these, there can never be any meaningful sustainable development in the State and the nation. “
Others in attendance for the event were Leader of the Legislative Council, Councillors, Apex Leaders, Youth Leaders, Religious Leaders, Traditional Leaders and Ambassadors from Festac Girls Secondary School.
The August event had a very robust interactive session availing participants the opportunity to contribute their opinions to the discussion of the meeting.
The diligent, populace-focused House of Assembly member representing Amuwo-Odofin Constituency 1, at the Lagos State House Of Assembly extended her masses-driven qualitative representation to the optical wing of the health sector.
The exercise commenced on Friday 20th, August 2021 morning at the Local Government Council Secretariat with many eye doctors (Opthamologists) present, many aged and young people trooped into the local government council to benefit from the free eye test, been the first day.
The free eye test (VISION AMUWO) exercise continues on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd of August 2021 as the last day.
This initiative is another part of the laudable initiatives of the humane, dynamic, progressive and indomitable representative of the Amuwo-Odofin Constituency 1.
Vision Amuwo Day 2 commenced, with over 200 participants ( pensioners).
Mama amuwo free eye test which kicked of Friday 20th August saw over 300 pensioners tested for accurate glasses prescription, given free drugs and eye drops.
It kicked of on a high note with 12 professional optometrists and senior ophthalmologists, at the Amuwo Odofin local government Council, 41 Road festac, Lagos Nigeria. Speaking one to the benefactors Mrs Olajoye “these doctors are highly professional, this is not my first eye test, so i have had an experience and these doctors i see here, know what they are doing, God will continue to bless Mama Amuwo for us”.
Speaking to mama amuwo, Hon. MojisolaOluwa Alli-Macaulay who is the Lawmaker Representaing Amuwo Odofin Constituency 1 on the inspiration behind this she said “As we all know, the eyes is one of the most important part of the body , it helps you get where you want to go and do what you have to do, it’s very very important, so I thought it’s best to do comprehensive eye test for the elderly and that brought about this. We are partnering with Besh Foundation United Kingdom To Put this together and we found out that pensioners need a lot more attention and sometimes they do not get it” I feel fulfilled and we going to have another batch for younger people”
Also speaking to Hon. Valentine Buraimoh, who was tested as well on his experience “this is a laudable project and we thank mama amuwo, she is a visionary leader and always given us qualitative representation, she always has my full support’.
The event started Friday 20th and runs through to Sunday 22nd of August.
The 7th Annual Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting in the 40 Constituencies within Lagos State was held yesterday at different locations.
The Assembly Member Representing Kosofe Constituency II, Honourable Femi Saheed received Kosofe Constituency II Stakeholders at the Mascara Health Centre, Ketu where the meeting was held and was agog with Constituents.
The event began with opening rendition by the anchor. A minute silence was however held for Late Senator Bayo Osinowo and Barr. Tunde Braimoh who was the Chief Host of the 5th edition.
The welcome speech was delivered by the Chairman Agboyi Ketu LCDA, Mayor Dele Osinowo who warned the audience on the adverse effect of drug abuse. He charged the seated audience, particularly the students to brace up for the future with serious commitment to their studies whilst shunning social vices like drug abuse that could endanger their lives.
In the same vein, the Lawmaker representing Kosofe Constituency II who doubles as the Chief Host in his keynote address welcomed everyone to the 7th edition of the Annual Constituency Stakeholders’ meeting holding simultaneously at 39 other venues in Lagos State. Theme: The increasing wave of drug abuse: A threat to Nation building. He opined that the theme for this year is timely and accurate to correct a swaying generation of drug peddlers amongst the youth. He further reiterated that the event is aimed at sensitizing residents, parents, teachers, organizations, religious and professional bodies, also individuals on the disturbing trend of drug abuse in our society and the danger it portends if not nicked in the bud.
Some drugs he highlighted but not limited to are cannabis, tramadol, marijuana, loud, smoke, codeine while the various dangerous mixture is being experimented leading to novel psychotropic substances such as Monkey tail, Skoochies, Revlon, Colorado etc.
A representative from the NDLEA and Kosofe Education District also addressed the audience stressing the importance of shunning drug abuse as a recipe to achieve national human capacity development.
Constituents further engaged the facilitators during the Questions and answer session.
The session rounded up pretty well with commendation for the Lagos State House of Assembly for organising such a timely Stakeholders’ meeting to address a germane issue of national importance.
….Urges collaboration and synergy amongst Parents, Teachers, Government, And Security Agencies.
The annual Lagos State House of Assembly Stakeholders meeting was held across the 40 constituencies in Lagos state today the 19th day of August 2021.
The event which is an avenue for stakeholders such as market leaders, community leaders, traditional and business communities to meet with their representative in the House of Assembly, to give feedback and propose memoranda for the needs of the people which is aimed to be included in the next budget of the state.
The 2021 program is a peculiar one as it focuses on the youth and the menace of drug abuse in society.
The theme; Increasing Wave Of Drug Abuse, A Threat To Nation Building comes as a result of the flagrant abuse of drugs amongst our young population and the need to provide a lasting solution that would transform into building a virile nation of healthy and sane society.
Hon Usman Hamzat, the Executive Chairman of Ifako Ijaiye Local Government declared the event opened by encouraging the attendees to be bold enough to talk about the subject matter and also provide sustainable solution to curbing the monster in our locality.
The chief host of the event, Hon Temitope Adewale in his speech expressed his worries over the damage that the abuse of drugs is causing among our youths. Stating that, if the menace is not curbed, we may not have sane leaders in the nearest future as drug abuse leads to untimely death and destroys others by inhibiting them from achieving their life assignment.
He charged the audience to act as watchdogs in ensuring that we speak out when we see something.
The representative of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mrs Jumoke Olaiya was also in attendance to speak with the audience on the effect of drug abuse and ways to curb the spread of it.
The event also features a documentary on drug abuse and the rehabilitation process of an addict.
Speaking further at the event, the Oba-elect of Iju Ogundimu, Prince Ogundumu advised all the participants to position themselves as agents in combating drug abuse in their various communities.
Other speakers at the event lent their voices to eradicating the abuse of drugs in our community. In unison, they all summit that, to have a prosperous and strong nation, efforts must be put in place to fight drug abuse, especially among our youths and teenagers.
The highpoint of the event was the presentation of cash to 100 widows in Ifako Ijaiye and another 100 petty traders who were sourced from outside the political group in the constituency.
The beneficiaries were filled with joy and they expressed their gratitude to Hon Adewale for his kind gesture and unrelenting effort in ensuring and delivering dividends of democracy to the people of his constituency.
The event witnessed a huge turnout from the schools in the constituency, uniform organizations and youth bodies, Corps members, NYCN, YNN, NACOMYO, the Police, DSS, NDLEA, Immigration, LNSC, NSCDC, LASCOTA, Ifako Ijaiye NULGE, Market men and women, and other stakeholders.
The dignitaries present were the Chairman of Ifako Ijaiye Local government Prince Usman Akanbi Hamzat and his Vice Mrs. Oluwatoyin Akerele Awoniyi, the former Chairman of the Council Apostle Oloruntoba Oke, the SA to the Governor on Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Engr Adekunle Olayinka, Representative of the MHR, Mr. Lukman Adeleye, Iyaloja General of Ifako Ijaiye, Chief Mrs. Doyin Coker, the Oba Elect of Iju Ogundimu Prince Ogundimu, the former House of Assembly member Hon Dayo Saka Fafunmi, The CAN president Ifako ijaiye chapter, Rev Olubolade, Co-Chair of NIREC Alhaji Oyedeji, Leader of Ifako Ijaiye Legislative Hon Victor Onifade and all the newly sworn-in Councillors.
Also present were Pastor Ayo Jeje, former SLG Ifako Ijaiye Local Government, The CDC chairman Pastor Samuel Opajobi and all the CDC executives, APC party Chairman in Ifako Ijaiye Dcn Banjo Omole, Lagos State Treasurer of NURTW Alhaji Azeez Istijaba, Engr Jacob Dada, Education Secretary Ifako Ijaiye Mr. Olanrewaju Jongbo, former Sole Administrator Ifako Ijaiye Com. Rotimi Adeleye, former Vice Chairman Ifako ijaiye local government, Hon Kayode Aremo, Representative of Tutor General/Permanent Secretary District 1, HoD Education, Ifako Ijaiye, Alhaja Ogungbo-Alimi, Council of Baales, and other leaders and elders in the local government.
It is hoped that the message of the event shall go around the community and everyone becoming an agent to campaign against drug abuse.