Welcome and thank you all for joining me today to mark the third anniversary of representing the people of Lagos Central Senatorial District. It feels like yesterday when this assignment began and I give God all the glory for the success recorded so far.
I thank all our party leaders and elders in the All Progressives Congress (APC), men, women, and youth across the State, especially those in Lagos Central Senatorial District who have steadfastly identified with us, whose support and commitment over the years is legendary.
As you all know, I was elected into the 7thSenate on the platform of Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on 9thApril, 2011 and sworn in on the 6thJune, 2011. The need for a broader, inclusive and cohesive platform nationwide led to the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) formally registered on 30thJuly, 2013.
Since then, our collective quest in APC for genuine change and development has continued to gather impetus across the length and breadth of Nigeria. This is why my theme for the account of my three years of stewardship for this press parley, “Making A Mark: Three Years of People – Focused Representation” is very apt.
The account I will render to this august gathering is two-fold. First, I will give an overview of my activities in the Senate, highlight the benefits that have accrued to my constituency and Lagos State in general. Second, are my developmental initiatives at the constituency level.
AT THE SENATE:
So far, I have sponsored 3bills and co-sponsored 2 motions on issues affecting my constituency. The bills are:
1. National Social Security Agency Bill, 2011. The Committee report on this Bill has been presented to the Senate for consideration.
2. A Bill for an Act to Amend the Labour Act CAP LI LFN 2004 and for other matters. A report on the Bill has been presented to the Senate for consideration.
3. Lagos State Special Economic Assistance Bill 2013. The Bill passed First Reading.
1. Motion on Flood Disaster in Lagos – Considered on 13thJuly, 2011
2. Urgent need to investigate the imminent collapse of Third Mainland Bridge, Lagos. The motion was considered on 7thFebruary, 2013.
Constituency Projects in the Budget
1. 2012Budget – On-going construction of a N222.3million Drug Rehabilitation and Counselling Centre located in Gedegede, Eti – Osa.
2. 2013Budget – On-going construction of N223 million ultra-modern market in Oke – Ira, Eti Osa axis of the state.
3. 2014Budget – A model primary school at Takwa Bay in Iru/Victoria Island LCDA is being proposed for a sum of N220 million.
Under the Senate Committee on Education, I was able to secure intervention funds through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) as follows:
1. (2011) A total of N160 million for Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education, Ijanikin, Lagos. Funds used to build a 1,200-seater auditorium.
2. (2011) A total of N160million was recommended for Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu, Lagos. Unfortunately, the money could not be accessed since the school had not retired a fund previously allotted.
3. (2012) N109million intervention was given to Michael Otedola College of Primary Education (MOCPED) Noforija, Epe. Funds used to build MOCPED’s School of Primary Education Studies. Another sum of N41.6million was secured for them in 2013 to enable them equip their e-library with computers, multimedia kits and a high capacity generator.
4. (2012) N108million was secured for Lagos State University, Ojo, Lagos to address needs in the teaching and learning facilities.
5. Also, through the Senate Committee on Education, additional resources were secured to rehabilitate the following schools and provide 3 Classroom Blocks with toilet facilities:
Jibowu Junior High School, Yaba (N21million)
Banjo Primary School, Otumara – Ilogbo, Ebutte – Metta (N20 million)
Christ Cathedral Church Primary School, CMS, Lagos Island (15 million)
Teslim Elias Primary School, Oja – Oba, Lagos Island (N15 million)
Ansar ud Deen Primary School, Okepopo, Lagos Island (N15 million)
Ire Akari Primary School in Orile, Apapa Iganmu (N15 million)
Through the Universal Service Provision Fund, Aje Comprehensive High School in Yaba was supplied with 100computers, 1 server, 2teacher laptops and 110 charging points.
6. 2014Projects worth a sum of N61.5 million is proposed. The new projects expected under the 2014 federal budget are for the provision of three classroom block with VIP toilets, along with the supply of 5 sets of computers, UPS and printers for each of the following schools:
Iponri Primary School, Iponri, Ebute Metta.
St. Clementina Primary School, Mosalasi Bus Stop, Surulere.
State Nursery/Primary School, Arakan Barracks, Apapa
Union Baptist Primary School, Oja – Oba, Isale Eko.
Senate Committee on Millennium Development Goals (MDG)
Under the 2012national budget, a N25 million conventional street light project at Agungi Ajiran Road, Eti – Osa was executed.
A N7.5million 500 kVA electricity transformer was installed at Igbo Efon Village, Eti – Osa.
Additional electricity transformer installed at Ilasan Estate Bus – Stop, Eti Osa.
– An on-going construction of N43.2million Skill Acquisition Centre, Gedegede, Eti – Osa.
(2012) MDG Constituency and Special Zonal Intervention Projects:
– Construction and furnishing of a N38.5million Library at Ansar Ud Deen Primary School, Bishop Aboyade Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.
– N2.9million solar street light at Alaguntan Road, Ilaje, Ajah, Lagos.
– One 500 kVA electricity transformer at Akabogu Street, off Adetoyeshe Olagunju street, Paradise Estate, Sangotedo, Lagos.
– Christ Cathedral Church Primary School, CMS, Lagos Island: Construction of three classrooms block with VIP toilet
– Three classrooms block with VIP toilet at Holy Cross Cathedral Primary School behind City Hall, Lagos Island East.
– Three classrooms block with VIP toilet (N23.4million): State Nursery & Primary School, Organ Barracks, Point Road, Apapa, Lagos.<