Constituents of Lagos West Senatorial District were in festive mood recently when the Senator representing them, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola (Yayi) presented them with empowerment items. Senator Adeola also presented items of empowerment to members of other ethnic nationalities. CHINAKA OKORO reports.
Constituents of Lagos West Senatorial District were elated when their representative in the National Assembly, Senator Solomon Olamilekan Adeola provided empowerment materials for them. But, they were not the only beneficiaries: there were also members of other ethnic nationalities.
Their arriving early at the venue of the empowerment programme was justified as they knew that much benefits awaited them. They have had such noble experiences in the previous editions. All wanted to be counted as participants in the programme.
The event took place at the Nigerian Police College Ikeja, Lagos. It was the fourh edition of the empowerment programme of the lawmaker.
This year’s event was no different as many constituents and others who are not indigenous to the district gathered with high expectations.
Appreciating the support of members of his constituency, Senator Adeola stated that “Lagos West Senatorial District, undoubtedly, is the largest in Nigeria in terms of the population of over 12 million, 10 local government areas and 28 local council development areas out of the 20 local government areas and 57 local council development areas of Lagos State.
The district, he said, comprises hundreds of communities that are populated by all ethnic nationalities in rural, semi-urban and urban areas and these communities are in dire need of all-round developments.
Considering all these and other circumstances, Senator Adeola has advocated for special status and grants for Lagos State.
Decrying lack of special considerations in terms of funds and infrastructure from the federal authorities, Adeola noted that situations such as these made him to go the extra mile to ensure that he attracts more resources to the district through necessary budgetary provisions.
Any wonder that, in less than two years in the Ninth Assembly, Senator Adeola has facilitated permanent and temporary federal employments and financial grants for his constituents, even as he has continued to discharge his legislative functions creditably.
Presenting his scorecard to his constituents during the event, Senator Adeola said some of the projects and programmes he had carried out included facilitation of six major waterworks in form of solar-powered boreholes and water treatment plants in six local government areas.
Mindful of the fact that unemployment is one of the problems his constituents, especially the youth are facing, Senator Adeola decided to provide skill acquisition programmes for his constituents. This was aimed at making them become economically viable, self-reliant, as well as being employers of labour.
As a result of this, he has facilitated the training of several hundreds of his constituents in the rural and riverside communities in fish farming, even as he also facilitated the training of no fewer than 1, 000 constituents in phone repair, hairdressing, and soap/detergent making, among other skills.
Realising the great role constant power supply plays in the economic development of his constituency, Senator Adeola took a definitive step towards ending the erratic power supply and other inefficiencies in the provision of light for his people.
This is encapsulated in his pet project tagged “Light up Lagos West” through which he facilitated the procurement of 28 units of 500KVA transformers for the 10 local government areas that makeup Lagos West Senatorial District, among other provisions.
The education sector was not left out as Adeola, who is Chairman, Senate Committee on Finance facilitated the manpower development of schools in Lagos through training of teachers in online teaching. This was in response to the COVID-19 pandemic that necessitated the closure of schools.
One of the most important projects Senator Adeola facilitated for his people is the construction of multi-million naira Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centres in two public secondary schools.
Among the items of empowerment he distributed were 28 block moulding machines, 484 grinding machines; 330 sewing machines; 28 tricycles; 126 vulcanising machines; 28 refrigerators; 28 deep freezers; 28 hairdryers; 28 clippers, steriliser and generators; and 28 units of 500kva transformers
He promised to do more for his constituents in other editions of the empowerment programmes in addition to discharging his constitutional responsibilities.
Senator Adeola said: “For many that have yet to benefit directly from empowerment and other schemes, the door is not closed, as the exercises are continuous and will always be equitable among our diverse 10 local government areas and 18 local council development areas.”
On why he extended the empowerment to members of other ethnic nationalities, Senator Adeola said Nigeria’s development depends on efforts by leaders and the people to break the barriers of socio-economic, political, religious, and cultural divergences and embrace unity and oneness.
Yayi, who said he had to extend the gesture to members of Igbo Community residents in Lagos State under the leadership of Eze Ndigbo of Lagos State Christian Uchechukwu Nwachukwu, Arewa Community and other ethnic nationalities said he invited Lagosians and those who are not indigenous to the state in order to reach out to them.
He noted that he would have limited the empowerment programme for those from his constituency, but reasoned that there is strength in diversity and power in unity; hence the empowerment of members of other nationalities resident in Lagos.
Responding on behalf of other ethnic nationalities, in Lagos State, Eze Nwachukwu (JP) who led members of the Igbo community to the event, praised Senator Adeola for his love for not only Lagosians but also for those not indigenous to it.
He said the Igbo were happy and appreciative of his gesture which demonstrates his pan-Nigerian spirit, adding that Senator Adeola had shown love for Ndigbo by identifying with them at all times as demonstrated by his empowerment of 10 Igbo sons and daughters who received grinding machines.
Senator Adeola also used the opportunity provided by the Town Hall meeting to eulogise the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and other APC leaders in the state, for considering him fit to represent the largest Senatorial District in Nigeria in terms of population.