Hold us accountable, Johnson, Dawodu, Sokunle, Idimogu pledge
By Abolaji Adebayo
The lawmakers elected by the residents of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area’s two constituencies have pledged to fulfill the promises made during the electioneering campaigns.
Representatives Bashir Dawodu of Oshodi-Isolo constituency 1 and Ganiyu Johnson of constituency II told our correspondents in several interviews that the residents should expect qualitative representation at the Green Chamber, officially known as the Federal House of Representatives.
Similarly, the re-elected members of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Olushola Shokunle of Constituency I and Honourable Jude Idimogu representing constituency II have promised to use their new status as members of the ruling All Progressives Congress and their re-election to push for more dividends of democracy to the constituents.
Oshodi-Isolo LGA has two constituencies. While the main Oshodi-Isolo LGA constitutes a constituency, its local council development areas of Isolo and Ejigbo make up the second constituency.
The Lagos State Government in 2003 broke the constituencies into 20 wards which still continue till day under state law but federal law recognizes 10 wards written in the 1999 constitution.
While Hon. Shokunle and Hon. Idimogu will attend the inauguration of the ninth Lagos House of Assembly on Monday June 10, this year, Rep. Dawodu, who holds a doctorate degree and Rep. Johnson, an engineer will be at the inauguration of the Ninth Assembly on June 11, this year at Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
Speaking on his preparation for the inauguration, Rep. Johnson said since the inauguration would take place in Abuja, he would only host those who are with him in Abuja adding that there would not be any other ceremony in Lagos.
Reiterating his campaign promise of good governance and qualitative representation, Rep. Johnson assured the residents that he would not fail them.
His words: “Good governance and qualitative representation which encompass empowerment of the youths and the women, periodic town hall meeting with my people, influencing federal projects and programmes that would benefit my people to my constituency and lots more.”
He expressed concern that the on-going dispute over his victory at the polls may dampen morale but expressed confidence in his lawyer: “June 11 is the inauguration unfortunately it coincides with the day for the Tribunal hearing of the PDP’s petition against me though I have told my lawyer to be there, so there is no cause for alarm.” Rep. Ganiyu Johnson can be reached through 08023311532.
For Rep. Bashir Dawodu, there would be a ceremony for the party members in Lagos after the inauguration in Abuja but the time and venue of the ceremony have not been decided.
Rep. Dawodu also restated his promises to promote inclusive governance, good representation, and youth empowerment for the people of his constituency. Rep. Bashiru Dawodu could be contacted through his mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, and phone number 08184123602.
Closer home, the Lagos House of Assembly lawmakers have pledged to use their status as second term ranking members of the House to provide better representation and influencing more governmental projects.
Analysing how he plans to deliver his own campaign promises, Hon. Jude Idimogu said he would work closely with the authority of the chamber and the governor to influence them on some projects to be done in his constituency.
Idimogu said: “I’m no longer new to the system, I’m no more a JJC. I will do more for my people now that I’m at home. Unlike when I was in PDP, it was difficult for me to influence better things for the people of my constituency. Now, I will work with the authority to get things done in my constituency.
“Apart from that, there will more engagement, periodic stakeholders meeting, and I will also pass the messages of what is happening at the assembly to my people, I think they need more information on what is happening.
Speaking on his preparation for the inauguration, Idimogu said there would be a get-together ceremony especially for those who might not come to the Assembly for the inauguration at the Ejigbo Mini stadium where he would appreciate the party members for their support.
He said he has distributed Ankara fabric to the party members for the ceremony, noting that the ceremony would be an avenue to really appreciate them and tell them that he is with them at all time.
Hon. Jude Idimogu can be contacted on 08038828095.
For Hon. Olushola Shokunle, it is the party that would decide whether there would be any ceremony out the Assembly House as there has not been any arrangement for specially ceremony.
He said on the day of inauguration of the 9th Assembly, expectedly, community leaders, party leaders and members of the various interest groups in Oshodi would come to witness the inaugural ceremony.
On what Oshodi Constituents should expect from him, Sokunle assured his constituents of more empowerment programmes that would enhance their standard of living.
In a statement by his Media Assistant, Adekunle Okunade, Hon. Sokunle said he would fulfill his campaign promises of sponsoring more bills that would benefit the people of Oshodi and Lagos at large.
He said he would work hand in hand with his colleagues in the Lagos State House of Assembly to promote the interest of Lagosians under the leadership of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
“It is on record in Oshodi Constituency that Hon. Sokunle is the first state Lawmaker to have built 10 boreholes across the wards of the constituency.
“Like Governor Sanwoolu, Hon. Sokunle would immediately kick-start substantial skill acquisition training for the youths of the constituency after the inauguration of the 9th Assembly in June. He will also increase the number of beneficiaries of his quarterly computer training which started in July 2015.
“Also, the senior citizens residing in Oshodi would not be left out in the enjoyment of the dividends of democracy. The welfare of the elders and retirees living in the constituency would constantly be considered this time around.
“The free school bus ride programme will also continue and with time increase the number of buses for Oshodi pupils’ comfort. Through this programme, more hands in terms of drivers would be employed for service delivery.
“Also, the open door constituency engagement strategy would continue so as to carry the constituents along in the running of the constituency.”
Contact Hon. Shokunle 08096706050.