27 Jan Senator Yayi: Two Years On, Effective Representation Continues
Doubts were however expressed that with a population of over 12 million representing over half of Lagos State mega city, a population that is twice bigger than that of most states of the federation that are run by powerful governors, Yayi may find it challenging effectively representing the district in the Red Chamber.The doubts were further reinforced by the crisis that bedeviled the leadership election at the Senate which saw Senator Adeola rooting for the party position with intrigues and fallouts that denied him his rightful position even in the traditional ranking of position in the Senate.
And within the two years covered by this summary, the nation fell into a recession which impact vitiated otherwise effective representationThese countervailing circumstances notwithstanding, Senator Adeola has so far singled out himself a senator to be reckoned with in the 109-member Chamber with a publication rating him among the top 10 senators in terms of contributions at plenary.
At the level of the primary duty of law maker and in furtherance of his belief that we have enough laws that are not operational or needs to be amended to bring them up to date or correct anomalies in them, instead of making new laws, he has presented a bill “Federal Capital Territory Act Cap F6, LFN (Amendment) Bill, 2015” to correct the anomaly of double taxation affecting Nigerians in the Federal Capital Territory.
He has since been reinstated and is processing his papers for payment of salaries from 1994 to 2015. With the reinstatement, he was retired and is due to collect gratuities and pension.At the general level of participation in debates, Senator Adeola contributed to the debate on the Legislative Agenda of the 8th Senate when the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Legislative Agenda of the 8th Senate was debated.
The Senate and the Federal Executive Council have since approved the loan for Lagos State Government.As it is his practice as a representatives’ over the years he have continued his goodwill gesture to reach out to leaders and members as well as other critical stakeholders in the senatorial district during festive periods to the best of his ability and of the resources available.
Of course the usual undocumented transfer payment for school fees, house rents, burials etc of some constituents are weekly occurrence that needs no trumpet blowing. All in a Nigerian legislator’s work.However it is in the area of empowerment that Senator Adeola greatly excelled in the last two years.
The scholarship is to run for 4 years. He also facilitated Entrepreneur Development Training Programme for 200 youths of Lagos West.In the area of infrastructure development of his district in assistance and complementing the efforts of Lagos State and Federal Government, Senator Adeola donated 10 Nos of 500KVA transformers to a community in each of the 10 LGAs that made up Lagos West.
The Senator has sunk 28 Boreholes at the rate of 1 in each of the 28 LCDAs. The Senator also donated 5 Nos of 18 Seater Toyota Buses to Lagos West Senatorial District Obas, the Council of Baales Lagos West Senatorial District, the CDC, the Christian Association of Nigeria, and the League of Imams.Other empowerment of the Senator includes 300 Grinding Machines at 30 per LGA, 380 Sewing Machines at 38 per LGA, 150 2KVA Generators at the rate of 15 per LGA, 120 Hair Dryers with stands at 12 per LGA, 250 Hand Held Dryers at the rate of 25 per LGA, 250 Clippers at 25 per LGA, 500 Helmets at 50 per LGA, 44 wheelchairs at 4 per LGA, 500 Lifejackets for Distribution to riverine LGAs, 40 Modern Vulcanizing Machines at 4 per LGA, 20 Welding Machines at 2 per LGA, 10 Tricycle at 1 per LGA and 5 Block Molding Machines.
And presently another set of 20 Block Molding Machines are at his Senatorial District Office awaiting distribution to constituents as part of employment creation and entrepreneur development scheme.Certainly these are all enviable achievements in two years by a senator representing the largest senatorial district in Nigeria without any special privileges or allocations different from other senators with far less number of constituents.
No wonder a popular magazine recently adjudged him as “Senator of the Year 2016”. As it is constituents and indeed other Nigerians expect more from one of the youngest senator who look good to go on to higher offices with his people oriented performance.Odunaro is the Media Adviser to Senator Adeola