In a bid to record giant achievements and fulfil his campaign promises to his constituency members, newly elected lawmaker representing Lagos Island Constituency ll in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Lanre Afinni has inaugurated 11 committees, which will work with him to achieve his objectives and plans.
The inauguration was held on Friday at the prestigious Holy Cross Primary School, Lagos Island.
Members of the committees included: politicians, technocrats, opinion moulders, religious leaders, and community leaders.
The committees are: Education, Employment/ Economy Empowerment, Health, Youth and Sport, Elders, Women Affairs, Market/Artisan/Barracks/ Physical Project, Special Duties/Advisory and Media and Publicity.
Each committee comprises a chairman, secretary and nine other members.
The committees are headed by the following as chairmen: Education, Mr, Ahmed Olaufe; Employment/ Economy Empowerment, Mr, Soji Bada; Health, Hon. Musiliu Mayegun; Youth and Sports, Mr, Ayodele Gbagura; Elders Mr, Fatai Olateju; and Women Affairs, Mrs Jibike Shabiolegbe.
Others are Environment, Alhaji Monsuru Salawe; Physical Projects, Mr, Soji Jones; Martket/Artisan/Barracks, Mr, Tajudeen Ajiboye; Special Duties/Advisory, Mr, Akinola Akinjiyan; Media and Publicity, Hon. Monsuru Oteshade; while Ajagbe Adeyemi Teslim would serve as the Secretary of the Media and Publicity Committee.
Speaking at the inauguration, Hon. Afinni thanked the members of the committees for their roles during the party primaries, and general election, adding that their best was yet to come, but that he needed their ideas and support, saying that he could not do it alone.
According to the lawmaker, "I have called upon you today to reveal my programmes to you. You are my partners in progress as I believe in your capability.
"I need your advice, I don’t want to run my programmes at a loss. What is the essence of great ideas without executing them with competent hands like you or running a programme without positive results. I want you all to go round the constituency to listen to the yearnings of our electorates.
"Let me know their plight and let’s have a round table discussions to solve them. I can’t do it without your support and cooperation."
Emphasising on the reason behind each of the committees, the lawmaker stated that he came up with the Education Committee, for instance, because he believed that the best legacy one could give a child is education.
"On Employment and the Economy, an idle hand is the devil’s workshop. On Health, cleanliness is next to Godliness and as a youth, I will speak for the youth.
"On sports, all work and no play makes jack a dull boy. On Women Affairs, the people I love most are women because they are the salt of the world.
"Concerning Market, we all know the popular saying that "Oloja lonibo," which means the market men and women are those who produce the largest numbers of votes during election.
"On Elders, if we can take care if our elders definitely the coming generation will look after us too”.
Responding at the gathering, a representative of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the local government area, Mr, Kamal Oyeboh a.k.a Didan owo confessed that he was not a supporter of the lawmaker during the struggle for the party’s ticket, but that he was impressed with the committees the lawmakers had just inaugurated.
Oyeboh stated that if the committees could work vigorously in accordance with the good motives of the lawmaker and help him achieve his aim, there was no one that could stop the lawmaker from representing Lagos Island 11 for five consecutive terms in the state House of Assembly.
A 75-year-old community leader, who is also the Head of Gomez Chieftaincy family and Chairman of the Elders Committee, Mr, Fatai Olatunji said that since his involvement in Lagos politics he had never seen any lawmaker forming such committees.
He added that if all the outlined projects in the committees were carried out successfully, there was no single reason all the old people in Lagos Island would not sacrifice their last sweat for the lawmaker to be voted back into office in 2023.
The Chairman of the Education Committee, Mr, Ahmed Olaufe told our correspondent in an interview that members of the committees should not see themselves as small gods, and called on them to serve rather than seeing themselves as rulers.
Olaoufe then urged the Committees to be free from Ego, greed, and selfish interest.
The Chairmen and Secretaries of the committees were later directed to inaugurate their members before Wednesday as work would start within the next one week.