The Lagos Senatorial Synergy: Astute Ashafa, Resolute Remi and Yearning Yayi

Astute Ashafa, Resolute Remi and Yearning Yayi

Since 1999, Lagos has continued to contribute quality legislative inputs for the strengthening and enriching our nation’s democracy multi-dimensionally. The contributions of Senators Mamora,  Ganiu Solomon, and their colleagues from Lagos are immense such that they all teamed-up to build the foundation for the  senatorial synergy from Lagos.

Expected legislative role performance for senators from Lagos is to go to Abuja to drive-in the Lagos developmental agenda issues to the overall developmental context of the nation with special recognition of the specific realities of Lagos state. These acknowledged tasks are the pivots that continue to inform the stand-point of Lagos senators.

Direct stewardship to immediate constituency has become the character of Lagos senators by way of town-hall briefings and various empowerment programs to improve the lots of the people of the state. The 8th session  senators from Lagos are true-to-type in competence and quality.

Senator Oluremi Tinubu represents Lagos Central Senatorial District on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC). An educationist, administrator, philanthropist and Officer of the Order of the Niger, she was the exemplary First Lady of Lagos State between 1999 and 2007, during which period she founded the New Era Foundation; a non-profit organisation, dedicated to youth development, girl-child education, women empowerment and inspiring young persons to excellence.

As Senator, she hosts a quarterly Town Hall Meeting with her constituents, to render accounts of her stewardship and obtain feed-backs on their developmental needs. To date, she has sponsored three bills: to provide Social Security for Elderly Citizens; seek the Amendment of the Labour Act, to enhance employment opportunities for women, and; a Bill to provide Special Economic Assistance to Lagos State in view of its status as a former capital city and the commercial capital of Nigeria.

Ashafa is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC). He is currently the Treasurer of the APC Senate Caucus. He was the Secretary of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) Senate Caucus, until the fusion of the ACN into the All Progressives Congress. Let it be acknowledged that Senator Ashfa’s entry into politics dates back to yester-years. In 1998, Ashafa worked with a political group towards the emergence of then Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the Alliance for Democracy (AD) gubernatorial candidate for Lagos State. He also worked on Senator Tinubu’s successful campaign for Governor of Lagos State, as one of the campaign coordinators for Kosofe LGA. Subsequently, as a co-opted member of the Governor-Elect’s transition team, he provided the blueprint for the local government reforms of the Tinubu administration.

Over the course of his term at the Senate, he has implemented several community development projects such as the ICT Training Program, which has trained over five hundred youths in the Senator’s district since 2011. Senator Ashafa has also implemented the Youth Energy Career Program, a six-month internship designed for graduates. Attendees are trained on power and energy systems at the Siemens Power Academy, in collaboration with the Lagos State Electricity Board. This program is designed to equip mid-management officers with the skill set required to drive the emerging independent power sector in Lagos State. Another program, the Education Enhancement Program provides scholarships to students at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels of education. The Senator’s office also implements a monthly health screening program, free of charge in several local government areas.

Solomon Olamilekan Adeola, also known by the alias Yayi  is the Senator representing Lagos West and Chairman of House of Representatives Committee on Public Accounts, he is also a chartered accountant, and a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

Following his decision to join active politics, sometimes at the dawn of the 4th Republic, Adeola was nominated and won the primary of the then ruling Action Congress of Nigeria and was elected as a member to represent Alimosho State Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly from 2003 to 2007 and again from 2007 to 2011. He was reputed to have been instrumental to the enactment of the law that strengthened the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service, a legislation that catapulted the revenue of the state from N5billion monthly to over N20billion. He was also part of the team that passed the Fiscal Responsibility Act and the Public Procurement Act of Lagos State.

He was elected to the Federal Legislature to represent Alimosho Federal Constituency at the Nigerian House of Representatives in 2011.

And when the committees of the House were inaugurated by the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aminu Tambuwal for members, he got position of the chairman of the only constitutional committee, the Public Accounts Committee of the House. He got the post as a first time member of the House. He is now a Senator and is the Vice Chairman of Senate Committee on Communications as well as member of the Finance, Marine, Interior and Science and Technology committees of the Senate.

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